2005 Ford F150 - Skyjacker Lift Kit - Higher Calling
Moving to the back of the...
Moving to the back of the truck, take out the rear shocks, using a 15- and 18mm socket. Remove the rear U-bolts, using a 21mm socket, and disconnect the rear brake line bracket from the framerail.
To allow for the axle to lower...
To allow for the axle to lower down far enough to install the new Skyjacker rear leaf springs, the fuel-filler extension must be disconnected from the bed. These bolts are located behind the fuel door. The fuel extension clamp located on the outside of the driver-side framerail must also be disconnected.
Lower the axle down, so that...
Lower the axle down, so that there is no load on the rear leaf springs. Remove the rear spring eye bolts, using a 21mm socket. Remove the factory leaf spring.
To do this, it will be necessary...
To do this, it will be necessary to loosen the gas tank straps to allow the gas tank to slide over enough to get the spring eye bolts out. Be sure to support the gas tank. On the passenger side, it will be necessary to remove the exhaust. Disconnect it in front of the factory muffler, and remove.
Install the new Skyjacker...
Install the new Skyjacker rear spring on top of factory block. Be sure to install it with the long end of the spring toward the rear. There is a degree shim attached to the bottom of the new leaf spring to correct the pinion angle. Be sure that the thick portion of the shim is toward the rear. Install the new rear U-bolts, and torque to 130 lb-ft. Attach the new brake line bracket to the factory mount on the framerail, using the factory hardware. Now you can install new rear shocks, plus the wheel and tire combo, so you can set the truck on the ground. With the truck on the ground and the weight of the vehicle on the springs, tighten the rear spring's spring eye bolts.
The Final Word With the Skyjacker...
The Final Word
With the Skyjacker lift kit installed, you'll be able to run a 35-inch tire to complement your new suspension. The kit is pretty simple to install, except for the knuckle and the coilover steps. Again, make sure you do some homework before tearing your truck apart in the driveway. The last picture of the truck is Skyjacker's completed project, and as you can see, it looks way different than the stock version it was derived from.