Photo 2/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 01 | Running the 50th anniversary NORRA Mexican 1000 is no easy feat, but with equipment like this, we managed to do it with no issues and a respectable finish. This was in no small part due to our well-outfitted tow/chase ’13 Ford F-350.
Photo 3/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 02 | We started out with a clean, clean slate, but the tires were toast, and the hot rod stance had to go. The stock steps were way too close to the ground, as well.
Photo 4/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 03 | The Icon Vehicle Dynamics K62500 Stage 1 leveling kit was just the ticket for our upcoming adventure. It includes dual-rate coil springs and match-tuned 2.0 Aluminum Series shocks for the front and rear, as well as vehicle-specific alignment cams.
Photo 5/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 04 | Ultra Motorsports dualie wheels were just what we needed and would match the race car that was running Ultra’s Xtreme beadlocks. We chose the Predator in satin black and a 17-inch size, which enabled us to retain the stock inner rear wheels, keeping things simple and leaving us with plenty of spares.
Photo 6/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 05 | The 35/12.50R17 General Grabber X3s are the exact same tire we put on the race car, making this decision a no-brainer. This is a tire we reviewed online not long ago, which you can find at truckin.com.
Photo 7/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 06 | Once we had the truck up on the lift at SoCal SuperTrucks in San Bernardino, California, we jumped right in by disconnecting both the sway bar end links and the track bar.
Photo 8/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 07 | Next, we removed the brake line bracket from the steering knuckle. We also sprayed that crusty alignment can with penetrating oil so we could get it off in a few minutes.
Photo 9/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 08 | Now we were ready to remove the old shocks, top and bottom, to make way for the Icon components.
Photo 10/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 09 | With everything out of the way, we could droop the front axle enough to simply remove the stock coil.
Photo 11/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 10 | An air chisel was used to break the upper knuckle loose.
Photo 12/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 11 | Then the factory alignment cam could be removed and tossed.
Photo 13/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 12 | The Icon alignment cam was dropped into place with the proper index and locked back down with the top nut and cotter key.
Photo 14/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 13 | Something to remember before reassembly: The factory coil spring isolater needs to be reused on the Icon coil before it is installed.
Photo 15/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 14 | Now the Icon coil is squeezed back into place.
Photo 16/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 15 | It is extremely important that the coil is clocked correctly into the lower pad.
Photo 17/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 16 | Next, the Icon 2.0 aluminum-bodied shock was installed into the lower mount.
Photo 18/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 17 | And the upper mount quickly followed. This install moved along pretty quick and easy!
Photo 19/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 18 | We reinstalled the brake line bracket and the sway bar end link but saved the track bar for when the truck was back on the ground for alignment.
Photo 20/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 19 | We were looking pretty good under the fenderwells at this point but still had a little way to go.
Photo 21/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 20 | Installing the rear shocks was a simple remove-and-replace affair.
Photo 22/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 21 | We began the tire mounting and balancing with the factory 17-inch inner rears.
Photo 23/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 22 | A 1.5-inch adapter was needed to keep the 12.50 Generals from making contact in the rear. SoCal SuperTrucks uses a local company called Bronson Investments. They were located and installed in the matter of an hour.
Photo 24/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 23 | Finally, the rest of the Generals were mated to the Ultras and mounted, balanced, and installed, then the SoCal crew finalized the alignment and testdrove the truck. Soon, we were on our way to Bud’s Diesel in Midway City, California, for one more upgrade.
Photo 25/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 24 | The stock steps had already taken a beating and hung too far down for our liking anyway.
Photo 26/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 25 | Lucky for us, we had a set of N-Fab AdjustSteps waiting for us at Bud’s that would be perfect for our tow/chase truck.
Photo 27/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 26 | The Bud’s Diesel crew made quick work of getting the old steps out of our way.
Photo 28/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 27 | And the installation of the new steps didn’t take much longer; they use the same mounting holes, making things as easy as possible.
Photo 29/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 28 | We threw the adjustable steps on for all you loyal readers to see. It was another easy, basic, bolt-on affair.
Photo 30/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 29 | They look and work great, but for the trip and the final photos we decided to leave them off the truck.
Photo 31/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 30 | In less than a day’s work, we took an F-350 that was looking a little tired and gave it new life, and we also readied it for its 2,000-mile trip to Cabo and back.
Photo 32/32 | 2013 F350 Dualie Icon Lift 31 | After that 2,000-mile trip, we had zero complaints about the killer Ultra-General combo or the Icon leveling kit. Everything performed flawlessly. We can’t wait to do it again!