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How to Lift a Truck | Beechmont Toyota Guide

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Regardless of the kind of truck that you drive, a lift kit has its appeal. This helpful off-roading accessory allows you to drive around Cincinnati without worry. As lift kits can be costly, however, learning how to lift a truck at home is a common query. Although you’ll find distinctions between body lift kits, suspension lift kits, and leveling kits, this introductory guide from Beechmont Toyota should be a solid start for you!

How Do I Lift My Truck?

If you’re wondering how to lift your truck, we’ve got you covered with a basic list of tools you’ll want to begin with to install your lift kit:

  • Screwdriver
  • Lug wrench
  • Torque wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • Vehicle jacks
  • Jack stands

You’ll want to begin with a hammer and a pry bar in case you have any difficulty removing old parts. You’ll also want to keep a few extra items on hand:

  • WD-40 (or other penetrating oil) to loosen stubborn joints
  • A few additional nuts and bolts
  • A full shop, if you have it, is also useful to lift your truck

If you need any additional parts or need to purchase your lift kit, you can pick it up at our Beechmont Toyota parts department or order your parts online.

How Do I Lift My Truck at Home? A Beechmont Toyota Guide

No guide can completely replace the instruction manual that you received with your purchased lift kit. However, the following steps can give you a rough overview of the truck-lifting process so that you can decide whether you prefer to lift your truck at home or whether to opt for professional installation for your truck-lifting kit at Beechmont Toyota near Loveland.

When you purchase your lift kit, ensure that the one you select coincides with your particular vehicle specifications. After, take the steps below to lift your truck yourself:

  1. Take out the negative battery cable.
  2. Loosen up the lug nuts enough so that you can easily remove the tires when your truck is above-ground.
  3. Using your jack and jack stands, raise your truck. This process can take some time, so you’ll want to ensure that your truck’s center of gravity is where you need it to be.
  4. Take off the tires and wheels and put them to the side.
  5. Take off the old U-bolts and your truck’s current springs and shocks.
  6. Attach the new bolts and, while assembling any parts according to the instructions that came with your kit, attach the new shocks and suspension.
  7. With your torque wrench, ensure that all bolts and pieces are fastened according to the appropriate specifications.
  8. Fasten your old tires or install a bigger set of tires you’ve purchased for your truck.
  9. Gradually bring your vehicle down and keep it as level as you can as it approaches the ground.

Depending on how extensive your modifications, you may need to install additional components as well, such as:

  • A new transfer case
  • A longer driveshaft
  • Other various components

While your lift kit is installed, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection at your local Beechmont Toyota service center near Mason. An inspection can grant you the extra security you need. The next time someone asks, “How do I lift my truck?” they may turn to you for assistance!

How to Lift a Truck With Beechmont Toyota

Now you know how to lift your truck by yourself. However, it’s always safer, easier, and quicker to schedule service with your Beechmont Toyota service center. You may even find it more affordable to allow us to help. Contact us today to discover how we can help you lift your truck!

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