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.