Rough Country Gives The F-150 A 6-Inch Boost
When Ford trotted out the all-new F-150 in 2004, the truck world sat up and took notice. The new F-150 was a radical departure from the version it replaced, from sheetmetal to interior. Sales were brisk, and so was the aftermarket response. As a matter of fact, even after four years the aftermarket continues to respond to the popular F-150 with new products designed to enhance its performance both on- and off-highway.
Case in point: Rough Country Suspension recently introduced a 6-inch kit for the '04-'08 F-150. This kit was developed using a 35x12.50-17 tire with factory wheel. It was designed to lift the front suspension 6 inches and the rear 5 to 5.5 inches so the vehicle would set level. Naturally, the kit includes everything needed to complete the installation including bracketry made from 0.250-inch-thick, 50,000-psi tensile-strength A572G50 steel that has been powdercoated textured black. Aside from the aforementioned things, one of the kit's big selling points is its affordability. At the time of this writing, the kit is advertised on roughcountry.com for only $1,199, which makes it one of the least expensive F-150 6-inch kits on the market.
We recently had the opportunity to travel to Rough Country world headquarters in Dyersburg, Tennessee, to view the installation of the kit. Rough Country says that due in part to computer-aided design the kit installs easily in 8 to 10 hours. After watching the Rough Country folks install the kit, we think that figure is accurate, though obviously installation time will vary depending on your skill level. If you choose to install the kit yourself, we found the instructions to be complete and well-illustrated, and there's a complete listing of the tools required.
So how does the kit do what it does? Here are the highlights of the install, beginning with the reassembly of the front suspension using the new Rough Country components.