How to Lift a Truck

A lifted RAM 1500 parked in a driveway

No matter what type of truck you drive, using a lift kit on your vehicle will give you an extra dose of confidence every time you hit the streets of Minneapolis. Whether you drive a Ford truck or another model, a lift kit will enhance your off-roading experiences. Lift kit pricing can range anywhere from $100 to upwards of $7,000 depending on far off the ground you want to body of your RAM truck to go. Lifting a truck requires attention-to-detail, so it’s important to follow the instruction manual that came with your kit. See below for details on how to lift a truck, and contact Cornerstone Plymouth in Plymouth if you run into issues lifting your truck.

How Do I Lift My Truck?

Before getting started on lifting your truck, make sure you have the tools needed on hand. They include:

  • Vehicle jacks and jack stands
  • Socket wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Lug wrench
  • Screwdriver

Optional, but highly recommended tools are as follows:

  • Pry bar and hammer for removing old parts (if needed)
  • WD-40 or penetrating oil to loosen tight joints
  • Extra nuts and bolts
  • Access to a full shop is recommended

If you need any of the parts listed above, or you still haven’t purchased your lift kit, you can order online and pick it up at Cornerstone Plymouth parts department.

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

Please note: Online instructions should not act as a substitute for the instruction manual that came with your lift kit. The purpose of this guide is to give you a brief overview of the process so you can decide between at home installation and bringing it in for professional service.

Ensure that you choose a lift kit that fits your truck’s specifications and then follow the instructions below:

  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts so the tires are easier to remove when your truck is off the ground.
  3. Use your jack and jack stands to raise the vehicle. The process will take a while, so you’ll want to make sure that the vehicle’s center of gravity is right where it should be.
  4. Remove the wheels and tires and set them aside.
  5. Remove the old U-bolts, along with your vehicle’s current 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.
  7. Use your torque wrench to make sure that all pieces and bolts are tightened according to the proper specifications.
  8. Attach your old tires, or attach a set of bigger tires that you’ve purchased for your vehicle.
  9. Lower your vehicle carefully, going little by little, and keeping it as level as possible as it inches towards the ground.

If your modifications are extensive, you may need to install a longer driveshaft, a new transfer case, or additional components.

Get Your Truck Lifted at Cornerstone Plymouth in Plymouth!

Now that you have a good idea of how to lift a truck, you’re ready to install your lift kit. Before you leave the beaten path in Maple Grove and Minnetonka, schedule an appointment with your Cornerstone Plymouth service center to have your truck inspected by a specialist.

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