Super Lifting An '02 Ford
Big trucks will always have a place in this hobby and our hearts. No matter if it's a sky-high mud bogger or a larger-than-life trail monster, big trucks simply demand attention. As kids stuck riding in the backseat of our parents' car, we watched in awe as the bottom of some off-road behemoth went roaring past, our faces glued to the window in amazement. They were simply the coolest things we'd ever seen.
Knowing that there's still a demand for the nose-bleed section, Superlift has a massive 10-inch suspension kit available for the '99-'04 Ford Super Duty. Using a combination of beefy military-wrapped leaf springs, drop hangers, and lift blocks, the kit provides you with enough lift to easily clear 38-inch-tall tires. Designed to keep your workhorse true to its nature and give it a little added height for when the weekend rolls around and dirt is in the forecast, the Superlift kit captures the best of both worlds.
To follow the transformation of one of these beasts, we headed down to Diesel Tech where Loren Taylor and his expert crew of technicians had our '02 F-250 four-door longbed ready to tackle the dirt in no time. Although an entirely bolt-on suspension kit, it requires a little drilling, so plan accordingly. This would probably be a good time to call up your buddy with a hoist, because with this much lift, jackstands might not cut it. So for all you Super Duty owners looking to cook up a little mini-monster all your own, it's time to take a peak at what Superlift is brewing.
Brake lines are a focal point on any lifted rig, as those tiny hoses are all that stops you from crushing the car in front of you. Addressing this is a set of extended braided lines up front, while a hard line extension attaches to the new bumpstop bracket in the rear.
How Fast Did You Say?
We've all done it, the ol' "when the speedometer says 50, you're really going 65" guessing game, but with Superlift's TruSpeed you can finally know true mph. Using a few simple wires to tie in the module, you can put guessing in the past. The next time an officer ask you if you knew how fast you were going, you can simply reply, "Yes."
Standing tall in traffic, it's nice to see what's happening farther down the road than you've ever seen before. Minus a little road noise from our 38-inch Nitto Mud Grapplers, the suspension remained quiet and carried the truck firmly both on and off road. Definitely not meant for rockcrawling, this setup is great for anyone who is looking to have some fun out in the dirt, especially those who like messy stuff. Although Superlift suggests the use of a 38-inch tire, we felt we had plenty of room to go a few inches bigger. If you're not afraid of trimming, your options are wide open.