JD Fabrication Long-Travel Front Suspension Kit
Fast-150 Long Travel - JD Fabrication Gives Our Ford Legs
Our '06 2WD F-150 has been a fun truck and we've done some mild suspension upgrades over the last year or so. But, we were ready to take the performance up a few more notches. We were looking to add a long-travel front suspension and immediately turned our attention to the guys at JD Fabrication in Escondido, California. Jesse Nelson and Dave Dinsmore have been building off-road hardware and vehicles for more than a decade. Along with doing full custom work, they offer a handful of long travel kits for 2WD and 4WD trucks.
We were after one of their '04-and-up 2WD F-150 kits that widen overall track width by 8 inches and offer 16 inches of usable wheel travel. Their kits have been proven in use for a number of years now. In fact, one of their F-150 kits was used during early prototype development of the Ford Raptor.
The kit comes quite complete with 4130 chromoly boxed lower A-arms, billet aluminum or steel boxed upper A-arms, custom lift spindles, heavy-duty tie rods, and shock mounts with an over-the-engine crossover tube. FK rod ends and uniballs, Crown Performance brake lines, and all other hardware are included, as well. The kit offers the option of running a coilover shock along with a bypass shock, and a hydraulic bumpstop. We opted to use Bilstein coilovers with Eibach springs, combined with Bilstein bumpstops.
The kit can be installed in about a weekend if you have the ability to do a little metal cutting and the welding needed for the shock mounts, bumpstop cans, and limit strap tabs. We had Nelson perform the installation in his shop and followed along as he pushed our F-150 to a much higher level of off-road performance.