(approx) 2 Hours
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Hey, guys. Joe from American Trucks, and today I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the MaxTrac 2½ inch Leveling Kit fitting all '04 and newer two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive F-150s, excluding the Raptors. Now, this kit is going to be perfect for the F-150 owner who's looking to get some bigger tires under his truck, add a little bit more ground clearance and eliminate the factory rake. These spacers are constructed out of ¼ inch steel and feature stamped top plates which is going to add to their strength and durability. They are then powder coated which is going to seal them from any corrosion. Now, most importantly, the upgrade in ride height is going to allow you to run some bigger tires underneath your truck. Now we started with 35s and we did find that they are going to rub on the bumper. But a 33 we tried and we have it on our truck right here. That is going to clear with no issues at all.Now, another great thing about this kit is we're going to be eliminating the factory rake. Now, F-150s from the factory...they come out a little bit lower in the front. Now that's to counterbalance any weight added in the back whether it's something heavy in the bed or if you're towing something. But that definitely costs you in the looks department. So if you're not planning on doing either of those consistently this can definitely help improve the look by bringing the front up a little bit and level with the back. Now, on top of that, we are adding a little bit of ground clearance in the front. Now it's not gonna be much. Don't plan on tackling the toughest trails with this setup, but it's definitely something that shouldn't go unnoticed. Now, we also sell a couple of similar kits from MaxTrac as well. We have the combo kit 2.5-inch front, 1.0-inch rear, so if you were looking to add back a little bit of that rig and go higher in the rear, that's going to be perfect for you. Or if you were looking to go higher overall, we have the 3-inch lift in the front 1.0-inch rear combo kit as well.Pricing for this kit is going to come in at around 100 bucks and that is a good deal. With this product, you get a lot of return on investment especially when considering a full lift kit is going to cost you 10 maybe 15 times as much as this, definitely a good buy, well worth the money. Also included in that price is going to be a limited lifetime warranty from MaxTrac. Now, before we move on to the install, I just wanted to make a quick note. Anytime you're taking apart and reassembling suspension components, that is going to throw your alignment out of whack. So always plan on getting an alignment done when messing with suspension. Also, another common modification with leveling kits like this is going to be bigger tires. Okay, we got some 33s on here and they are going to throw your speedometer calibration out of whack. And just so you guys know what the difference is going to be, I did a little bit of math. When the speedometer is reading 70 miles an hour, the actual speed of the truck is going to be closer to 75 miles an hour. So plan on getting your speedometer recalibrated as well or at least know what the difference is to avoid some speeding tickets.So install is going to be more on the difficult side. All I'm going to be doing though is removing a strut assembly, so having a lift makes this exponentially easier. With that being said though I'm going to give it an easier three out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should only take you about two hours to get this installed. But again budget some more time if you do plan on using a jack and jack stand. So with that being said let me show you how to get this on your truck. For this install you will need a 3/8 drive impact and ½ inch drive impact, 8 millimeter socket, 10 millimeter socket, 18 millimeter socket, and a 21 millimeter socket. You'll need a hammer. In our case, we needed the air hammer. You will also need a bolt and nut to hold down the bottom of the strut so you can hammer it out, ratchet, basic ratcheting wrench set, a pry bar and not pictured in the shot is a Ford jack. So first things first, in order to get at our suspension components, we got to get the wheel out of the way, 21 millimeter sockets to get the [inaudible 00:03:48]. Next, we're going to use that same 21 millimeter socket to loosen up the nut on our tie rod. So next we're just going to hit this collar around our tie rod bolt here. Usually, this is seized up, so if you just give this a good couple of smacks, it should pop out and you should be able to move it over here. So you should see this kind of spring up like that and then sit back down then it's loose. You should be able to lift it and pull it out of the way. So next we're going to grab an 18 millimeter wrench and an 8 millimeter socket and loosen up our sway bar end link. So before we drop our spindle, we're just going to loosen this brake line bracket here. There's an 8 millimeter bolt and a 10 millimeter bolt on there. So loosen those up and the brake line should drop out of the way. So next we're going to grab the pry bar stick that in between one of the coils to put some downward pressure on our upper control arms. Then we're going to take a 21 millimeter socket and loosen up the spindle. So before we take this nut all the way off, we're just going to leave it a couple of threads on. Reason being is this upper ball joint is usually seized just like the tie rod was but this is under some upward pressure. So once this breaks loose, this nut is going to catch it and keep it from swinging into you or the truck. Then we're gonna use a pry bar, return it, and then take this nut off. So next we're just going to use a 15 millimeter ratcheting wrench in order to get the three nuts off the top of the strut assembly. So once that last stud is all the way loose, you want to support your brake rotor and lower control arm assembly and remove that nut. So after the top's loose, we're going to take an 18 millimeter socket and loosen up these two nuts on the bottom of our strut. Now, same thing like we do with the upper ball joint, I'm just going to put those nuts back on so we can tap them with a hammer. Now the reason we're hammering these out is obviously in order to get that out. If you want to leave it in, you have to lower the top edge of the control arms to the bottom of that hole. So it's easier to just knock that supplied bolt out than you have to lower it that much to get the bottom of the strut out. So as you can see that is now pressed out allowing us to completely remove that bolt, so with that one side out, what I'm gonna do is actually put a bolt through there. Now all that's going to do is hold it still while we tap the other side out with a hammer. So now all the hardware is off what was holding our strut onto the two control arms and the other strut mount. What I'm gonna do is lift that strut up back into its holes, remove the bottom, and the assembly pulls right out. So now we have our strut assembly on the table we're going to install two and a half inch spacers. So those only go on one way and they are side specific. So once you have a press in place you can use these tapered nuts to secure the spacer to the strut assembly and then these flange nuts are going to be used to secure the assembly to the vehicle. So I'm going to tighten down our spacer with an 18 millimeter socket. So with our spacer installed, we can now take the strut assembly back to the truck and do the reverse of the uninstall to get this on. So now all we're going to do is reinstall the strut assembly. So what I'm doing now is I'm just getting a nut started on the top of that. Then we're going to pull down our lower control arm to get the bottom of our strut assembly seated. Next, you could pry down on your lower control arm and re-put the studs in. Now, these are a little bit spaced out here but they will pull back in and sit once we put the nuts on the bottom. And next, we're just going to snug those nuts down with an 18 millimeter socket. And I'm just going to put some pressure on this side as well. So the bottom is seated, so we're going to move on to the top and again those are 15 up there. We're going to use the flange nuts from the MaxTrac kit so we're going to hand-install the other two and then tighten them down with a 15 millimeter ratcheting wrench. So next we are going to get our spindle reseated back in place so we're going to pull down on the upper control arm with pry bar and then get this nut started on the bottom. So we have a nut on the bottom of our ball joint. As you could see there's a little bit of a gap in between the two. This is actually where our taper is. So this is going to free spin like this. So what we're going to do is lower the truck onto a floor jack, put a little bit of upward pressure on the lower control arm that should seat that taper and allow us to tighten up that right all the way. Next, we're going to reinstall our tie rods, so I'm gonna pull on the rotor and line that up and drop it in. So next we're just going to secure our break line brackets, again starting with this top one, and that's a 10 millimeter bolt. And, lastly, this one here is an 8 millimeter bolt.So you notice on the other side we didn't tighten down the sway bar. That was on purpose. It would have made doing this side a whole heck of a lot harder. So now that this side is almost buttoned up, the last step is to secure our sway bar and then put the wheels back on. And I'm gonna use an 18 millimeter socket to do that. And again, lastly, we're going to put the wheels back on.And that is going to do it for my review and install of the MaxTrac 2½ inch Leveling Kit, fitting all '04 and newer two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive F-150s, excluding the Raptors. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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May 10, 2020
I am very pleased with this 2.5” leveling kit. Simple install and great product. Highly recommendHelpful (0)
April 17, 2020
Makes the truck look amazing with such a simple change. Great product!Helpful (0)
December 20, 2019
Good kit but be careful
I’d like to think of myself as pretty handy, but here in the north Mother Nature has a way of making things more difficult. Be aware that many of the parts you have to remove are subjected to weather and often tend to seize and rust making some parts very hard to remove. Without completely taking apart the front end it makes for a difficult install. I even did my kit at our shop with many mechanics tools. Additionally, I do not suggest this for any type of frequent off road use. If you pay close attention next time your truck is on a lift or jacked up, at full droop the control arms tend to hit the strut spring. If you are looking for something to enhance performance I suggest doing a strut kit.Helpful (0)
October 29, 2019
I wasn't going for the biggest lift in the world, but I did want some extra height for a low price. This leveling kit does the job. It is well constructed in comparison to other leveling kits on the market and adds just enough height to a stock truck to make it look aggressive.Helpful (2)
September 25, 2019
top quality love ability to get impact on it
bought these because they are steel and the notches are there so you can put impact wrench on it. Now the install was a pain but that's not the fault of the leveling kit from Max Trac, that's the nature of the design. PLus- i refused to take off hubs. I disconnected tie rod, upper control arm, and front frame side lower control arm and did a lot of cussing, prying, lubing, and shouting. Took several hours by myself.Helpful (1)
June 24, 2019
Not to hard to put on the first one took a little longer than the 2nd one. Second one went on pretty quick. Just make sure you get an alignment done after install.Helpful (0)
April 23, 2019
2012 F150 XLT 5.0L V8
I have had the front 2.5 inch spacer kit on for 4 months. The ride quality is equal to stock and the kit is made up of quality components. The 2.5 inch lift is a perfect height for the front; however, the truck will sit higher in the front when compared to the back. The Max Trac 2.5 in. levelling kit does not come with a block for the rear and will require a block in order to actually sit level. The 2.5 in. difference in the front is only noticeable when the ground is flat, or when looking at the wheel wells. Appearance wise, the truck looks great with the added height and clearance; however, I am going to be looking into a set of blocks for the rear for the level look.Helpful (1)
March 29, 2019
Took an hour to install the driver side. Most of the time spent was just figuring out how to put it in. Only took 15 minutes for the passenger side.Helpful (0)
March 03, 2019
Max trac 2.5 level
Turned out great. A little harder to get strut in after level is installed but that’s about itHelpful (1)
February 27, 2019
Absolutely love it thanks you guys so much and it was very cheap!Helpful (0)
What will I have to have aligned, the tires or the suspension?
Is their any trimming required to fit a 33 by 12.5, Or could I fit 35s?
To run 33" tires with this kit, you will not require any trimming. A 35" tire will rub and have clearance issues.
For installation do you require a Strut Compressor???
This Max Trac Leveling Kit does not require you to remove the spring from the strut assembly so no spring compressor is required. Simply remove the strut and place this block spacer on top and re-install the strut. If you have any questions about installation, feel free to give us a call or send over an email.
(approx) 2 Hours
Mechanical expertise or professional installation required.
What's in the Box
|Lift Type:||Strut Extension Spacer||Lift Height:||2.5"|
|Shocks Included:||No||Max Tire Size:||33"|
Fits 2WD/4WD Models Only.