Lift­ing a ’13 F-150 With a 6-inch Kit From BDS


Lift­ing a ’13 F-150 with a 6-inch kit from BDS

The truck-buy­ing mar­ket has never been stronger and now rep­re­sents lit­er­ally dozens of new trucks from the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from the strip-o model per­fect for con­trac­tors or fleets, all the way to the top-of-the-line trim level that ba­si­cally gets you the in­te­rior and ameni­ties of a lux­ury car with the con­ve­nience of a big pow­er­ful en­gine, higher ground clear­ance, and a bed to make Home De­pot runs.

With deal­er­ships packed to the gills with new trucks and the ve­hi­cle-buy­ing pub­lic now think­ing of trucks as a vi­able op­tion for fam­i­lies, there leaves a glut­ton of per­fectly good used trucks to be traded in and con­se­quently resold to other driv­ers. And for­tune smiles upon the savvy shop­per who looks for a good-con­di­tion lease turn-in with low miles for their new pur­chase. A quick trip to any rep­utable used ve­hi­cle lot will find a host of used trucks that can be picked up for a song.

That is ex­actly what hap­pened in this case. Our con­tacts over at Out­law Of­froad in Santa Ana, Cal­i­for­nia (just min­utes from the Truckin of­fice) do a tidy busi­ness keep­ing the desert pre­run­ner com­mu­nity in rollcages and cus­tom-fabbed bumpers, but the ma­jor­ity of im­pact wrench noise comes from the day-to-day churn­ing of lifted trucks. A crop of stock trucks and SUVs ar­rive in the morn­ing and leave with their al­ti­tude in­creased. The bread and but­ter of any cus­tom truck shop in­volves get­ting the techs crank­ing on in­stalling lift kits, thus mak­ing them cooler in the process.

So when Chris Moody called us from Out­law, we jumped at the chance to see the shop again and do some quick cov­er­age of its ef­fi­cient lift­ing process. A cus­tomer had just pur­chased a ’13 F-150 from the used car lot of a ma­jor deal­er­ship in the area, and the owner wasted no time get­ting the stock rig over to the shop to get it lifted. For the pro­ject, the owner chose an ’09-to-’13 two-wheel-drive BDS 4- to 6-inch kit equipped with Fox 2.5 re­mote-reser­voir coilovers. The kit ar­rived in a bunch of boxes, as the com­po­nents were made of heavy high-strength steel, with all the mount­ing hard­ware needed to make this a quick bolt-in af­fair. Fin­ish­ing off the truck is a set of 18x9 Fuel Mav­er­ick wheels with 35x12.5R18 Toyo Open Coun­try R/T tires. Fol­low along and check out the source box to see what’s avail­able for your ride.

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