Project Rough Country 6" Lift
After a lot of research I decided to go with Rough Country for my 6Ē lift kit. It was the most complete kit including the front bumper spacer and it happened to be the least expensive kit. I had previously test drove 2 titan xdís with this kit and I was impressed by the quality of this kit and how the truck drove.
I also decided to install the kit myself as I am pretty experienced with modifying cars and trucks and I have the tools and room to do the job. I have always found it advantageous to install my own upgrades and modifications so I understand exactly how it all works so if something goes wrong I know how to fix it.
Along with the 6Ē lift kit I also purchased the steering stabilizer and the 20Ē LED light bar kit that Rough Country sells.
If you choose to install this kit yourself you will need to have the right tools on hand and I will recommend the must have tools for this job along with a good complete set of automotive tools. To do this job on this truck you need bigger than normal tools
Large Long metric end wrench set that are sized between 14mm and 24mm
Large Metric impact sockets from 14mm to 32mm
24Ē Breaker bar
24Ē Torque wrench
Large drill bits up to ĺĒ
Air Impact wrench
Grinder/Metal Cutoff wheel
A set of heavy duty 6 ton Jack Stands
Large Heavy Duty Cable ties
A good heavy duty 3 ton or higher floor jack with some blocks of wood
Most of the work you can do by yourself but there are couple of steps that will require you to have 1 or 2 of your buddies to help you out.
The Rough Country kit was very complete and all of the components were well made and the hardware was of high quality. The kit indicates that the job can be done in 8-10 hours but if you think you can do this in that time frame, think again. This install was not technically difficult, but it was physically difficult to do and very time consuming.
In all from pulling the tires off the truck to finishing the fender trimming it took me 2 Ĺ days to do this. I also had to fabricate, trim, and drill a few of the parts and instructions are basically an overview as there are many steps that are vague and or left out completely. Unless you are very experienced with modifying vehicles I wouldnít recommend attempting this on your own as itís a pretty major undertaking. It requires complete removal of the front suspension and front differential and axel. Installing the front Diff axel back into the new brackets was the hardest part of the job. I also had to drill a hole to mount the rear of the front Differential into the drop bracket as there was no hole pre-drilled. This required very careful alignment and since the front axle is very heavy it was quite difficult to get it mounted back in the truck. I had 2 of my buddies help me with this and it took 2 hours to get it mounted back in.
You will want to take lots of pictures and make sure you snap photos of the alignment bolts for the lower control arms. This allowed me to pre-align the suspension back to where it was before I took everything apart. I messed up the studs on the strut extensions by trying to seat them with an air impact wrench and I stripped them out. I ended up having to buy some bolts and then welded them in from the backside. Also the cutting that they instructed you to do on the stock cross member on the right side was unnecessary but I didnít realize this until after I installed the new cross member.
The front of the truck lift kit install was ĺ of the whole job and was the most difficult part. The rear suspension components were much easier to install and the rear of the truck only took me 4 hours to finish while the front took at least 16 hours to do. A lot of that time was lost with having to weld bolts and cut and trim things to fit properly. I canít imagine anyone being able to install this kit in 8 hours their first time as there are steps involved where you will hit road blocks where you have to fight your way through it. It was definitely the most challenging project I have ever taken on and I have a lot of pride in accomplishing it and having it installed correctly.
Even after installing the front bumper extension I still had to trim the inside corners of the front bumper as well as the back of the fender. My wheels are 20X10 -24 offset so the extra offset made my tires stick out about 2Ē from the fender which is why trimming was necessary but minor.
The front LED light bar was a piece of cake to install and wire in. Also the Steering stabilizer was very simple to install as well but I had to do some minor trimming to get it to fit the bracket. With 35X12.5X20r tires you really want the steering stabilizer to avoid bump steer. Especially if youíre like me and like to hop curbs and medians.
Once everything was installed I test drove it and was very pleasantly surprised that the ride of the truck was not compromised. Itís slightly bouncier and the steering has a heavier feel to it but the truck still rides great. The Nitto Ridge Grappler tires are awesome and they are amazingly quiet!
I was expecting to notice power loss and fuel economy loss but again I was very pleasantly surprised that I didnít really notice any power loss over stock and my fuel economy didnít drop. I still get 15 to 16 mpg in town. When I drove a lifted Titan XD with the gas engine the power loss was dramatic. With all the extra torque from the diesel engine the tire size really didnít faze it much at all.
The look of the truck is dramatic over stock and itís awesome to drive sitting up higher. You definitely feel road superiority in driving this truck lifted. People are much better at getting out of your way too. I used to have dodge ram guys getting all idiotic and wanting to race me but after itís been lifted that all ended. Now I just look down and smile when I am stopped next to them.
2016 Platinum Reserve Blue and Gray