We teamed up with Street Scene Equipment to build an F-150 with a lifted look. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have some 4x4 functionality, too, which is why we tapped Fabtech for a 6-inch 4WD '04-'06 F-150 Performance System lift kit and asked Off Road Unlimited to install it. That lift would give our pickup just the right vertical attitude. This is a pretty straightforward lift that will look familiar to folks who like to nudge their truck's stature a bit higher. The difference between this kit and previous versions is primarily in the shocks, in that this kit uses the Dirt Logic 2.5 coilovers in the front. Plus, we added an air leveling system from Air Lift, used Randy's Ring & Pinion and Mag-Hytec parts to change the differential gear ratio and differential cover, and then added Nitto tires and Weld wheels.
We'll start with the mods done to the front and then move toward the rear. Check it out, and if you're interested in changing the looks and functionality of your Ford, give these companies a call.
From the Driver SeatAfter getting in the newly lifted F-150, our immediate impression was how much taller the truck felt. Also, the rather loud tire tread noise emitted by the Nitto Mud Grapplers was quite noticable. The company's aggressive tread blocks are perfect for dirt slinging and rock crawling, but all we can say is, you may need to turn up the radio to drown out the buzz of those tires during your daily commute. The truck was previously fit with AMP Research running boards, which are a great addition to any lifted truck. It has a lower gear set of 4.10 and its speedometer has been reset to operate accurately. This truck is a definite head turner wherever it goes, and we could not be more proud of the truck's ride height and handling characteristics. It's not a sports car, but it handles really well. Special thanks to Fabtech's Brent Riley, Off Road Unlimited's Mike Duval, and the crew for the late nights it took to accomplish the lift prior to hitting the SEMA Show.