How to Lift a Truck

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It doesn’t matter what kind of truck you drive, from a classic Chevy to a late-model Dodge RAM, Truck Ranch understands the fascination with lifting your truck, but do you know how to lift a truck? Logan drivers sometimes ask us at Truck Ranch, “How do I lift my truck?” Learn the difference between body lift kits, leveling kits, and suspension lift kits, here, and if you have questions about how to lift your used pickup truck, contact Truck Ranch.

Tools Needed to Lift a Truck

You must have the right tools to do the job correctly. These are the tools you’ll need to install a lift kit on your truck:

  • Vehicle jacks and jack stands
  • Socket wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Lug wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer

The pry bar and a hammer are for any old parts you struggle with removing. You might also want to have some WD-40 close by to help loosen tight joints. Remember, these are just the minimum necessities to do the job. Hopefully, you have access to a fully stocked auto shop! If you need any OEM truck parts or accessories or want to purchase your lift kit, contact a professional service center near Logan.

How Do I Lift My Truck? A Step-by-Step Guide

Remember that no set of online instructions will ever replace the instruction manual included with your lift kit when you buy it! Truck Ranch encourages you to read and follow those instructions! The steps below are only a summary of the procedure. That way, you know what is required and can decide between doing it yourself and opting for professional installation. Make sure that you have the correct lift kit for your truck’s specifications. Then, follow the actions below to learn how how to lift a truck!

  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
  2. Loosen your lug nuts so that the tires are easier to remove when your truck is off the ground.
  3. Use your jack and jack stands to raise the truck. Take your time and be careful to confirm that the vehicle’s center of gravity is secure.
  4. Remove all of your wheels and tires and set them safely on the ground.
  5. Take off all of the old U-bolts, shocks, and springs.
  6. Fasten the new bolts, shocks, and suspension according to the instructions in your lift kit.
  7. Use a torque wrench to make sure that all the pieces and bolts are tightened firmly according to the instructions.
  8. Attach your old tires, or attach a new set of bigger tires if you want.
  9. Slowly lower your truck, bringing it down bit by bit, keeping it as level as possible as you get it near the ground.

Depending on the scale of your lift modifications, you may also need to install a longer driveshaft, a new transfer case, or other additional components. Before you go off-roading around Hillsboro, make a service appointment to have your work checked as an added precaution.

Buy a Lifted Truck at Truck Ranch Today

Now that you know how to lift a truck, the next time someone asks you, “How do I lift my truck?” you may even be able to answer them! Still, if you want to take a more effortless and less risky route, contact us. Truck Ranch sometimes has trucks that are already lifted on our lot. Truck Ranch is always at your service and conveniently located near American Fork. You may also want to check out our other service tips and tricks.

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