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How to Lift a Truck

2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

It doesn’t matter what kind of truck you drive, Sussex Honda understands the allure of lifting your truck, but do you know how to lift a truck? Newton drivers often ask us at the dealership, “How do I lift my truck?” You can learn the difference between body lift kits, suspension lift kits, and leveling kits here, and if you have additional questions or concerns about how to lift a truck, contact the service department at Sussex Honda.

What Tools Do You Need to Lift a Truck?

These are several tools you’ll need to install a lift kit on your truck, including:

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

Sparta Twp drivers should also have a pry bar and a hammer on hand, in case there are any old parts that you struggle with removing. You may also want to have some WD-40 on hand to help loosen tight joints. Remember, these are just the minimum necessities. If you have access to a full auto shop, even better! If you need any OEM truck parts or accessories, or still need to purchase your lift kit, contact the parts department at Sussex Honda near Hackettstown.

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

Remember that no set of online instructions should ever replace the instruction manual included with your lift kit when you purchased it! The steps below are only a summary of the process. That way, you can decide between doing it yourself and professional installation at Sussex Honda. Make sure that you have a lift kit that is right for your truck’s specifications. Then, follow the steps below to learn how to lift a truck!

  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
  2. Loosen your lug nuts, so the tires are easier to remove once your truck is off the ground.
  3. Use your jack and jack stands to raise the truck. The process may take a while, so you’ll want to be careful to ensure that the vehicle’s center of gravity is right where it should be.
  4. Remove all your wheels and tires and set them safely aside on the ground.
  5. Remove all of the old U-bolts, shocks, and springs.
  6. Attach the new bolts, shocks, and suspension according to the instructions in your lift kit.
  7. Use a torque wrench to ensure that all the pieces and bolts are tightened securely according to the instructions.
  8. Attach your old tires, or attach a new set of bigger tires if you desire.
  9. Lower your truck carefully, bringing it down bit by bit, and keep it as level as possible as you get it near the ground.

Depending on the scale of your modifications, you might also need to install a longer driveshaft, a new transfer case, or other additional components.

A word of caution. Before you go off-roading in the Denville area, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection of your work at Sussex Honda.

Get Your Truck Lifted at Sussex Honda Today

Now that you know how to lift a truck, the next time a person asks, “How do I lift my truck?” you might even be able to answer them! However, if you want to take the quicker, more comfortable, and less risky route, schedule service at Sussex Honda today. Contact us and let us know how we can help!

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