How to Lift a Truck

Red pick-up truck

You may have seen lifted trucks rolling around Port Huron and thought about getting your Jeep vehicle or RAM pickup lifted. We don’t blame you. Lifted trucks look cool and provide a lot of clearance. But is lifting a truck something you can do yourself? Yes! Lots of brave do-it-yourselfers have lifted their own pickups with a little bit of work. The Service Department at Moran Blue Water Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Fort Gratiot is eager to help. We’ve put together the handy guide below on how to lift a truck. If you’re wondering, “How do I lift my truck?”, read below.

How Do I Lift My Truck? – Choose a Kit

The first step in our “how to lift a truck” guide is to decide whether you want to use a suspension lift kit or body lift kit. We strongly recommend that amateurs who try to tackle this themselves stick to body lift kits, as they are far less complex than suspension lifts. Here the details about each type:

Body Lift

  • Can increase your truck’s height by 1 to 3 inches (not as high as a suspension lift)
  • Is less expensive than a suspension lift
  • Is far simpler than a suspension lift

Suspension Lift

  • Can lift your truck 4 to 6 inches (twice as much as a body lift)
  • Is more expensive than a body lift, and may require the purchase of additional parts
  • Is more complex than a body lift

How Do I Lift My Truck? – The Tools

Knowing how to lift a truck means knowing what tools to use. Here’s a list:

  • Vehicle jacks and jack stands
  • Socket wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Lug wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Body lift kit -or- suspension lift kit

How Do I Lift My Truck? – 10 Steps

Follow these steps on how to lift a truck:

How to Lift a Truck

  • Remove the negative battery cable.
  • Loosen the lug nuts so the tires are easy to remove when it’s time, but don’t remove the tires yet.
  • Use your jack and jack stands to raise the vehicle.
  • Remove the wheels and tires.
  • Remove the old U-bolts, along with your vehicle’s current shocks and springs.
  • Attach the new bolts and, while assembling any parts according to the instructions that came with your kit.
  • Attach the new shocks and suspension.
  • Use your torque wrench to make sure that all pieces and bolts are tightened according to the proper specifications.
  • Mount the tires.
  • Lower your vehicle carefully, keeping it as level as possible as it inches towards the ground.

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If you’ve enjoyed this handy guide, you might enjoy our post on how much it costs to lift a truck. Our Service Department is eager to help you with any of our service needs. You can even make an appointment online. We’re just a short drive away from both Saint Clair and Marysville, so drop by or contact us today!

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