Force leveling kit (#91200) drops the rear of the
2WD F150 approximately 2-in. or 1.5-in. for 4WD trucks)
to level out the stance. Unlike other leveling kits
they smartly include pinion shims to correct driveshaft
angle and eliminate any driveline vibration.
With four months and a little over 4,000 miles the 2006 F150
is really growing on me. Besides a fluke no-start condition
that resulted in a warranty PCM replacement the F150 platform,
redesigned in 2004, has proved to be everything people have
been raving about. The 4.6L 2V engine is torquey and while
I haven't had a chance to tow with it, it has handled heavy
bed loads just fine. This F150 is the base-model STX, which
I selected primarily due to its low price tag, but also because
of its monochromatic color (the XL and XLT's come with chrome
bumpers.) The draw back to the STX model however is the lack
of creature comforts such as power door locks and windows.
We'll tackle those in the next issue, but in this article
we're addressing an aesthetic nuance common to all '04-'06
F150's; the very noticeable stinkbug stance.
Ford designed the new F150 suspension with a hefty rake so the
truck is higher by about 3" in the rear then in the front.
This is obviously done to accommodate for heavy loads in the
bed. However aside from contractors we suspect most F150 owners
aren't loading up the bed to max capacity on a daily basis.
If your mentality is anything like mine, I'd rather have a good
looking and level stance on the days I'm not hauling then on
the few days I am.
There are a couple of options for leveling out the new F-150.
You can raise up the front with coil-spring spacers, or you
can drop the rear down. It's all about personal preference,
and I preferred to lower it. Since I don't plan on changing
out the factory 17" wheels any time soon I figured anything
that helps reduce the big fenderwell gaps would be good.
To lower the rear we used a leaf-spring shackle kit from Ground
Force suspension. They have been modifying truck suspensions
for 30-years and know how to alter the factory suspension
without altering the stock driving characteristics. Unlike
many shackle kits on the market for these trucks the Ground
Force kit includes pinion wedges to correct the pinion angle,
since it will change upon lowering.
The last thing any new truck owner wants is to tear into
his rig without knowing how difficult the task will be or
if there is the chance the truck will be out of commission
for longer than expected. Rest assured the leveling kit can
be installed in two hours flat, with basic metric hand tools,
a floor jack and jack stands. We had no surprises and everything
needed to finish the job is included in the kit. The truck
looks great (see the before and after photos in the sidebar)
and handles just like it did from the factory, if not a little
better. Take a stance and level your new F150, it's worth