Lowering a truck is a task that is often required in order to fix or replace something on the truck. This can include things like changing a tire, fixing a broken part, adjusting the suspension, and many more. But how to lower a truck for free?
If you are a truck owner, you should know that a truck can be lower in many ways but you should also know that there is a way to do the same thing for free. If you are lowering, but don’t have any idea how to do that for free then this discussion is for you.
In this discussion, we will show you the easiest way to lower your truck at home and for free. Besides that, we will give you a list of many tools that will make your task easy. So, let’s see the process.
Is it Possible to Lower a Truck For Free?
We all know that lowering is a very common maintenance task with a truck. Some of us know the process too. But a number of people want to know about the lowering process for free. Even some people wonder whether it is possible to do it for free or not.
The answer is yes, it is possible to lower a truck for free. This can be achieved through a number of means, including lowering the suspension system, or other ways. Once the truck is lowered, the driver can start work by removing excess debris or cleaning the truck. But you may have to buy some elements.
We will show you the easiest way i.e. lowering the suspension system from both rear and front wheels. So, let’s know about the required tools first.
Tools To Require To Lower a Truck
The truck lowering depends on the suspension system. There are different types of suspension systems that are used for trucks. Our main discussion will be lowering a truck that has a leaf spring suspension system. If you are going to lower your truck with this type of suspension system, you will need the following tools:
- 4 U Bolts (Size of the bolts will be based on the number of inches you want to lower your truck)
- Lowering Blocks (Blocks’ height depends on the number of inches you want to lower your truck)
- Adjustable Wrench
- Face Shield
- Grinding Machine
How To Lower A Truck For Free?
Once again saying, we will show you the leaf spring suspension truck lowering. If you are having trouble lowering your truck with leaf springs, there are a few things that you can do to solve the issue. The following steps will say everything.
Step 1: Park the Truck On A Plane Surface
To understand your towing position and present height, you have to park your truck on a plane surface. Your garage can be a better option for you to do that.
Step 2: Jack Up The Truck
Now you have to jack up your truck. We suggest using two jacks to work on the rear axle. This will keep you safe. There are different types of jacks. Whatever you use, remember about safety and ensure equal height on both sides.
Step 3: Remove Existing U Bolts
After you jack up the truck, you have to remove U bolts. If the U bolts are not very old, you may open them by using the adjustable wrench. But the old and rusted bolts will fall you in trouble. If the U bolts are not being loose easily, try to cut them.
To cut these bolts, you have to use a hand power cutter/ grinding machine. Before using this machine under the truck, you have to wear a face shield for face safety.
Step 4: Add Lowering Block
When the U bolts are loose, you have to add lowering blocks on the leaf spring. This is the critical part because a measurement works here. If you want to lower your truck by 2 inches, you have to use a 2-inch thick block. All sizes of blocks are available on market.
While adding a block, you have to place it in the correct place i.e. in the middle of everything. There is a nipple on block, you have to keep them facing the axle’s middle part. You have to add the same size blocks on both sides.
Step 5: Add New U Bolts
When the previous step is completed successfully, now tight the new U bolts properly. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the bolts and nuts. Some people use power tools, but they will create damage to threads.
That is all about lowering a truck that has leaf spring suspension. Now you need to remove the jack. You will see the result in your eye. We hope you will be able to lower your truck without any cost. However, if you face any problem, you may watch the video given below.
How Much Does it Cost to Lower a Truck 2 Inches?
Lowering a truck 2 inches can be costly, depending on the type of lowering block you are going to use. A common procedure is to lower the vehicle using a hydraulic lift (we show the process), which can cost up to $200. This is only the cost of blocks and U bolts.
Additional equipment such as jacks, adjustable wrench, and other equipment are thought to be your own. If the truck is lowered on a flat surface, the entire process can take up to 2 hours. Though you expected a free lowering, you need to buy them. They are the primary equipment that you need.
By following our simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a safer and easier truck-lowering experience. We tried to teach you everything you need to know about the different types of trucks, the different types of suspensions, and the different types of lowering kits.
The video given in the discussion will help you a lot if you are stuck in the process. There are some more kinds of suspensions. This process will not work there. So, be careful about that. Thanks for reading from us.