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Can I Remove my Lift Kit and Go Back to Stock?

December 15, 2020

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Today we are quickly going to explain to you if you are able to take your vehicle back to stock after putting on a lift kit. Many wonder this for resale purposes because it is said that lifting your truck loses its value, or maybe they just want to switch up their build and remove their lift kit.  

 

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Table of Contents

1. Non-Crossmember Lift Kits

2. Crossmember Lift Kits

3. Leveled Truck

 

Non-Crossmemeber Lift Kits

 

A cross-member is a structural part of the main structure of the truck. It is a steel structural section that is bolted to the underside of the truck to support the engine and or transmission.

When you lift a truck you generally need to cut the cross-member in order to fit everything and insert new cross-members, we explain this in the next section.

 

Lifted Truck

 

In order to get a kit where you do not need new crossmembers; that limits you to about 3-inches at most for a lift and you need to be careful when you are purchasing your lift kit to make sure you get the correct one. 

If the aftermarket lift kit installed on your vehicle and does not use new crossmembers then converting back to stock is as simple as removing the lift components and reinstalling the stock components.

 

2017 Toyota Tacoma

 

Crossmember Lift Kits

 

Things get more difficult when it comes to lift kits with new crossmembers. These lift kits most likely use a front differential drop and the factory frame had to be cut in order to make room for the front differential to be lowered down. In these instances, the cut pieces would need to be welded back on if you wanted to return back to stock.

Most people do not retain their stock section of frame which was removed, AND although possible, it would not be recommended to weld it in place for safety reasons. Please note the new crossmember kits only apply to IFS (Independent Front Suspension) 4x4 trucks.

 

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Leveled Trucks

 

If you own a Leveled truck, you can return it to stock easily. You just need to remove the leveling kit, easy peasy. 

This does not apply to “Level-Lifts” or any other kit which includes drop crossmembers. BUT! In many cases, if you have a 6” lift installed, you can go down to a 4’ OR, upgrade to a different lift kit/ coilover conversion, OR go even larger! SO there are options, just not necessarily going back to stock. 

If you want some more information on removing a lift kit to install something else, check out the video that we linked above. 

 

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2012 Ford F150

 

We hope that this was helpful for you as you build your pickup truck, SUV, Jeep, etc., and choose a suspension system! Happy Shopping! 

 

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