Can I Remove my Lift Kit and Go Back to Stock?
August 25, 2021
It's common to wonder "Can I remove my lift kit and go back to stock?" Sometimes it's for resale purposes because it is said that lifting your truck loses its value, or maybe you just want to switch up your build and remove the lift kit. So the million-dollar question is...can you? Also, how would you do it?
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What is a Non-Crossmemeber Lift Kit?
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. A cross-member is important to the truck's suspension because, in order to have proper handling, the body panels need to be in alignment and the frame needs to have the load strength and torsional strength.
In order to get a kit where you do not need new cross-members; that limits you to about 3-4 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. The only option for a kit that requires no cutting (besides a leveling kit) is the ReadyLift SST lift kit. If you're worried about ride quality with this kit, we want you to know ReadyLift puts a lot of attention toward quality control during phases from engineering to testing to make sure they're creating a product that serves a great look, ride quality, and performance.
If the aftermarket lift kit installed on your vehicle and does not use new cross-members then converting back to stock is as simple as removing the lift components and reinstalling the stock components.
What is a Crossmember Lift Kit?
Things get more difficult when it comes to lift kits with new cross-members. 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. Be aware that when you remove a suspension lift kit, your truck will need to be realigned after the removal process is completely done.
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.
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.
Can I Remove My Lift Kit?
So, the answer is it's possible. It depends on what kind of aftermarket suspension you've added to your build and what kind of cutting was done to install it. Removing a leveling kit is a lot less hassle than attempting to remove a lift kit. Depending one what sort of lift kit you purchased, odds are the cutting needed to install it has made returning to your stock from not an option. If you've been considering returning to stock or at least lowering down to refresh the look of your truck and get something new, there are a couple other easy ways to do that too. One common way to change up your build's look is upgrading to some new wheels or tires. To make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible, we offer wheel and tire packages designed to save you money and show up at your in as little as 7 days with free mounting, balancing, and shipping. If you want to build now and pay later, you can make easy monthly payments on your upgrades through our partnership with Affirm.