Extra Altitude And Articulation
The Ford Super Duty has become a must-have for big-truck enthusiasts. Its heavy-duty components combined with its tough looks have meant big sales for the folks at the Blue Oval. Of course, part of the popularity of the Super Duty has to do with its simple leaf-spring suspension. For those wanting to lift the Super Duty, doing so means not having to deal with a maze of brackets and two days of install time at a professional shop. Instead, lifting the Super Duty is a simple affair.
Of course, with lots of Super Dutys out there and with plenty of owners willing to take advantage of their lift-friendly suspensions, lots of suspension companies offer lift kits for them. So how do you pick one lift kit over another? The answer is simple: quality. One of the newest kits, and one that caught our eye due to the quality of its components, is from Full Traction Suspension.
Eager to see how the new Full Traction Suspension system would perform, we opted to put the company's 6-inch version (4-inch and 8-inch lifts also are available) on our '99 Ford Super Duty crew-cab longbed. Though the installation is fairly simple, we decided to let the professionals at Performance Off Road & Automotive Accessories in Bakersfield, California, tackle the install so we could shoot the photos during the process. What follows are the highlights of the install, and its results.
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The Tire-And-Wheel Combo
Since our Super Duty spends a lot of its time on the pavement but also is used for the occasional off-highway jaunt, we wanted a tire that had great pavement manners, along with excellent dirt ability. We went with the BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain KM in the newer 37x12.50R17 size. They run smoothly on the highway, work well in the dirt, and have a three-ply TriGard sidewall. Besides, the 37s offer more ground clearance than the 35s and offer a D load-range rating. For wheels, we used a set of 17x10 series 1439 Eagle Alloys available from 4Wheel Parts Wholesalers for a great looking tire and wheel combo.