I decided to slap a little redneck on it by putting a grill guard on, raising it 3 inches, and putting bigger, more aggressive tires on. I actually do a good bit of off-roading going to and from hunting locations, so improving my traction and climbing ability serves a very important purpose.
I didn't want to break the bank making these various advancements so I opted for ordering a lift kit and having some grease monkey friends help me put it in. It's a labor intensive job and you have to have the right tools, but you can save tons of money doing so. There are more extreme lifts you can put on a pick up like mine, but they void the factory warranty and jack up your insurance. 3 inches was as far as I could take her up.
Here's the progression of "Operation Hickification" (the process of making my vehicle more fitting for the hick and redneck I have been accused of becoming):
My F-150 being raised in my friends garage in order to get at "all four corners" at once. Manly stuff...
I worked on installing the aluminum lift blocks under the rear leaf springs (shiny things on either side of pumpkin) while Robert and Dan started taking apart the front end in preparation to add the lift mounts to the strut assemblies.
No greater friend is there than one who will open his garage to you and help you with a manly install!! Robert is an RPC member who loves to turn a wrench!
Robert puts the 3-inch extension on the top of the strut assembly. This is the largest extension you can put on the factory assembly.
Dan, Robert's friend, is building his own drag racing car in Robert's garage. We were glad he was on hand to help us get the lift kit in.
My F-150 after the lift kit has been put on. Very studly. 31 inch factory tires, however. Not for long.
My F-150 with the new Bridgestone Revo 33 inch tires mounted. Ready to rock and roll, climb, mud, and do some serious damage!! Yeeeeeeehaaaaawwwww!