2011 Ford F-350 Performance Suspension Upgrades

    4 1/2-Inch Suspension Lift For Work & Play

    Ali MansourPhotographer, Writer

    Modern 1-ton trucks are virtually strangers from the pickups of the past. No longer are vinyl floors and understated interiors the norm; rather, touch-screen navigations, ultra-plush seats, and layers of sound-deadening material are standard throughout. Though the interiors of these workhorse goliaths may have grown a little soft over the years, the rugged HD platforms, for the most part, have maintained their beefy underbellies. And while the power levels and creature comforts have increased, many 1-ton pickup owners still find themselves looking for improved suspension and a taller stance to better survive in the dirt.

    To answer the call of workhorse pilots across the nation, Carli Suspension has created a complete line of Performance 2.0 suspension systems for the 3/4- and 1-ton Ford and Dodge 4x4s. Available in 2-, 3-, 41/2-, and 6-inch lift configurations, the 2.0 series are specifically tuned suspensions that will increase not only the height, but the ride quality and off-road performance of your truck.

    To check out Carli's latest 2.0 Ford system, we headed down to the company's headquarters in Orange, California, and installed a 41/2-inch version on an '11 F-350 4x4. This particular kit is designed for the 6.7L diesel and can clear up to 37-inch-tall tires. Since it's an entirely bolt-on kit, we found the suspension to be relatively easy, but due to the long front coil springs, driveway installation maybe a little difficult, but not impossible.

    To find out more about the 2.0 Performance series and what's available for your truck, visit Carli on the web at www.thecarlisuspension.com.