2020 Ram 1500

Learn How to Lift a Truck with Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor

Regardless of whether or not you drive a new RAM truck like the RAM 1500, or another truck from a popular make like Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota, or Nissan, if you’re wondering how to lift your pickup truck, then you’re in the right place! Lift kits can be costly and laborious to install, so all of us here at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor are here to help you learn what you need to know about lifting your truck! We’ll also run through the difference between suspension lift kits, body lift kits, and leveling kits. Ready? Let’s learn more about how to lift a truck now!

 

 

What Tools Will I Need to Lift My Truck?

Installing a lift kit isn’t for those lacking in tools. But it’s easy to get the tools you need to install a lift kit if you know what you need! With that in mind, here’s what tools you will require to lift your truck:

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

It’s also smart to have some kind of penetrating oil on hand to loosen tight joints (which you can use the hammer and pry bar to do). Keeping a few extra nuts and bolts on hand is probably also wise. Also, remember — the supplies listed above are by no means comprehensive. You may need more depending on your specific vehicle and its age or condition.

Need to purchase parts or lift-kit-related tools? Check with our parts department first to see if we have what you need, then order what you need online!

How Do I Lift My Truck at Home?

We can’t emphasize this enough: lifting a truck is an involved process, and these instructions shouldn’t serve as a go-to-guide, but rather, a fill-in resource. Always refer to the instruction manual that came with your lift kit. (You may also wish to read it in its entirety before starting any work on your vehicle, as lifting a truck can take many hours if not days of work).The steps below are meant to provide you with an overall process overview so you can learn more about the process.

With the above having been noted, here’s a rough guide on how to lift your truck at home:

  1. Unhook the negative battery cable from the battery terminal.
  2. Loosen your truck’s lug nuts carefully (and slightly) so when you raise the vehicle, the wheels are easier to take off.
  3. Using your jack stands, raise your truck off the ground. This will probably take a while, so make sure to keep your vehicle’s center-of-gravity even using best-practices when raising a vehicle into the air. Not sure about that process? Our service center can help.
  4. Take off the wheels and tires and lay them aside.
  5. Remove your truck’s current U-bolts, along with its shocks and springs.
  6. Attach the new bolts and, while assembling any parts according to the instructions that came with your kit, attach the new shocks and suspension to the undercarriage also.
  7. Tighten all pieces and bolts according to the proper specifications included in your lift kit’s instructions using a torque wrench.
  8. Put on your new wheels and tires, or your current set, if compatible with your new lift kit.
  9. Lower your vehicle slowly and methodically, keeping it as level as you can as it moves towards stable ground.

Do you have modifications to make? You might also require a longer driveshaft, a new transfer case, or other components to add on.

Barring the installation of any additional components, your lift kit should now be installed! That said, we recommend bringing your vehicle to a service center like ours for a quick look-over to make sure it’s fitted safely and properly.

How Long Does it Take to Lift a Truck?

How long it takes to lift your truck will usually be determined by what kind of lift kit you’ll be installing. For instance, it’s easier to install a leveling kit than it is to install an off-road-ready suspension lift kit. It will also vary based on your level of automotive experience.

Certified, trained automotive service advisors with lift kit installation experience usually take between seven and fifteen hours to install a new lift kit. Expect your installation to take roughly twice that long installing at home, even with moderate experience. If you have a lot of experience, it might be possible for you to finish a lift kit installation within one weekend. If you don’t have any experience, we recommend leaving lift kit installation to the pros.

Should I Lift My Truck at Home?

We’ll be frank. Lifting a truck is laborious, and it requires great patience and meticulous attention-to-detail. Since lift kits can be expensive, it can be tempting to try and avoid the cost of installation. But if you don’t have the parts you need on hand, the cost of lifting a truck might actually end up ballooning to more than it would cost to have a professional deal with your lift kit installation for you.

If you do decide to lift your truck at home, do your research and know what you’re getting yourself into. Be sure to also follow your lift kit’s instruction manual exactly. Our guide is simply meant for those who would like a general overview of the process.

Get Your Truck Lifted at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor

Thinking about bringing your vehicle to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram pros who know how to lift a truck? Here at Nyle Maxwell CDJR of Taylor, we are happy to help you with all your automotive service & parts installation needs, including lift kit installation! On your new or used truck. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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