We were looking for a solution to level our 2006 2WD F-150 to gain a little more fender clearance and stance up front. When choosing to install a front coil/strut lift such as we’re doing on this Ford, there are several methods typically used to gain lift. Of course, choice will depend on your budget and expected use for the truck to choose the kit that works best for you. Methods of front coil strut lift include the use of strut spacers that make the overall strut longer, coil spring spacers that add preload to coil springs, and replacement strut shocks. Let’s consider the performance differences for a small front lift.
Bilstein builds a replacement shock to offer lift for a Ford F-150. When used, the strut assembly retains use of the factory coil spring, but adds preload to raise the ride height. Since there is an increase in preload, Bilstein designs their replacement shock with increased rebound dampening. Bilstein also optimizes shock dimensions to gain more travel over stock.
The Bilstein replacement shock is not just a performance shock upgrade; it’s also priced around the same as any other factory-strut replacement shock! The 5100 series is ride height adjustable and allows for several different lift heights. Along with the front shock upgrade, we installed a set of their 5100 series high gas pressure monotube shocks on the rear. Bilstein makes these upgrades for both the 2WD and 4WD F-150 trucks.