2006 Ford F150High And Mighty: Fabtech F-150 6 Inch Lift

Before And After, You Guess Which Is Which.

Mark Halvorsen
May 1, 2007
Photographers: Wes Allison, Steve Warner
Photo 2/26   |   2006 Ford F150 logo
We teamed up with Street Scene Equipment to build an F-150 with a lifted look. Of course, it doesn't hurt to have some 4x4 functionality, too, which is why we tapped Fabtech for a 6-inch 4WD '04-'06 F-150 Performance System lift kit and asked Off Road Unlimited to install it. That lift would give our pickup just the right vertical attitude. This is a pretty straightforward lift that will look familiar to folks who like to nudge their truck's stature a bit higher. The difference between this kit and previous versions is primarily in the shocks, in that this kit uses the Dirt Logic 2.5 coilovers in the front. Plus, we added an air leveling system from Air Lift, used Randy's Ring & Pinion and Mag-Hytec parts to change the differential gear ratio and differential cover, and then added Nitto tires and Weld wheels.
We'll start with the mods done to the front and then move toward the rear. Check it out, and if you're interested in changing the looks and functionality of your Ford, give these companies a call.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working 10 hours
Mechanical Difficulty Intermediate
Tools Needed: Socket set, wrenches, Sawzall, and basic handtools
 
 
PARTS USED:
Air Lift Ride Control air leveling, PN 59544 $265
Fabtech 6-inch 4WD 2004-06 {{{F-150}}} Performance System, PN K2003D $2,995
Mag-Hytec {{{Ford}}} 12-9.75 differential cover $250
Nitto Mud Grappler Extreme Terrain tires, 35x12 PN 50R20LT $370.99 each
Randy's Ring & Pinion 4.10, YG F9.75-411 $232.56
Weld Racing Cheyenne 6 wheels, 20x10-inch $677 each
 
Total Cost $9,000
(Including parts, labor, and installation materials)
From the Driver SeatAfter getting in the newly lifted F-150, our immediate impression was how much taller the truck felt. Also, the rather loud tire tread noise emitted by the Nitto Mud Grapplers was quite noticable. The company's aggressive tread blocks are perfect for dirt slinging and rock crawling, but all we can say is, you may need to turn up the radio to drown out the buzz of those tires during your daily commute. The truck was previously fit with AMP Research running boards, which are a great addition to any lifted truck. It has a lower gear set of 4.10 and its speedometer has been reset to operate accurately. This truck is a definite head turner wherever it goes, and we could not be more proud of the truck's ride height and handling characteristics. It's not a sports car, but it handles really well. Special thanks to Fabtech's Brent Riley, Off Road Unlimited's Mike Duval, and the crew for the late nights it took to accomplish the lift prior to hitting the SEMA Show.

Sources

Mag-Hytec
Van Nuys, CA 91402
818-786-8325
www.mag-hytec.com
Ford Motor Company
Dearborn, MI 48126
800-392-3673
www.ford.com
Air Lift Company
Lansing, MI 48908
800-248-0892
www.airliftcompany.com
Weld Wheel Industries
Kansas City, MO 64101
800-788-9353
www.weldracing.com
Randy's Ring & Pinion
Everett, WA 98204
866-631-0196
RingPinion.com
Off Road Unlimited
www.offroadunlimited.com
Fabtech Performance Suspensions
Brea, CA 92821

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