Upping The F-150 Ante
Due to its style, comfort, performance, and abundance of available aftermarket accessories, the Ford F-150 has always been a popular choice among pickup owners. Ford truck enthusiasts know this truck inside and out and have always had a very personal relationship with their vehicles. It is their reliable daily driver and their play-time vehicle as well. In 1997, after decades of twin I-beam suspension, the F-150 4x4 transitioned into A-arm and torsion-bar front suspension. The rear suspension design remained the same with a solid axle and leaf spring on top of it. This particular body style ran all the way until 2003 and included the '04 Heritage.
When another vehicle hit the front end of this '03 Ford F-150 4WD, the truck was in need of some serious work. And since the truck was going into the shop anyway, why not use this opportunity for a revival? Hoping for a bigger and badder look for his truck, the owner turned to Skyjacker for a bolt-on 6-inch suspension lift - no cutting, welding, or grinding. This kit is completely reversible and can be put back to stock if needed, which is a real plus if you own a lease truck that you want a few inches taller and will need to return to stock.
To comply with the added height, the owner needed new tires and opted for an aggressive set of 35x12.50R20 Mickey Thompson ATZs complete with 20-inch American Eagle Alloy chrome wheels. It's not a wheel size that we would've picked, but hey, to each his own.
We stopped by for a quick look at what the guys at Rick's Pro Truck in Jackson, Mississippi, were up to and to see how things were progressing. We were able to bang out a few shots and show you another option to up your F-150.