The beauty of driving a brand-new truck is enjoying the handling and comfort that only a brand-new truck can offer. But there’s a common misconception floating around out there that tells us that modifying a factory-fresh suspension system in any way whatsoever compromises the manufacturer’s cushy ride and damper. Well, let us be the first to tell you that buying into reasoning like that will get you (and your truck) nowhere fast. This isn’t the Stone Age, man. The days of using ill-fitting parts pulled from the junkyard have long past. Today, you can have it all, a freshfrom- the-dealership pickup with an upgraded suspension setup that better suits your lifestyle.
MaxTrac Suspension has stood at the forefront of fabricating suspension lift kits for trucks of all years, even though it invests a lot of resources into developing packages that cater to the newest of the new models. Take this ’15 Ford F-150 for example. Its latest offering will soon jack up the front 7 inches, and the rear 4, which will turn this truck from tame to insane in no time flat. The stars of the front-end components are the 4.5-inch front lift spindles. Now, these babies are what help maintain the factory ride quality because they were designed to keep the stock suspension geometry intact. The 2.5-inch strut spacers allow for use of the OE strut assembly, which further promotes a softer ride. At the rear, 4-inch blocks, along with MaxTrac’s own shocks, bump the rear up easily and with much comfort. Installing this assemblage of suspension parts will not only result in a more aggressive ride stance, but it will also give the F-150 better agility by clearing room for larger, off-road tires underneath the fenders. This is what you call a classic win-win situation.
Speaking of the exterior, there was slight rubbing up front, but we’ll touch on that next issue. Don’t worry, it’s nothing major, but it is pretty typical when upgrading to a beefier tire. The 37- inch Nitto Trail Grapplers were a big step up from stock, and at full lock, the factory bumper was just hugging them too tightly. Honestly, it will give the guys a good excuse to build up the truck’s attitude to better match the beastly look of its increased altitude. Stay tuned as a complete bumper and side step package from Addictive Desert Designs will help free up a few necessary inches. With that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s dive right into installing this MaxTrac lift kit already. Follow along as this clean ’15 prepares for life in the dirt. Watch as its transformation plays out step by step, and you’ll see just how easy it will be to push your own truck straight to the top.