When you first purchased your new pickup truck, you probably couldn’t wait to take it off-roading to see what it could do. Then you realized your truck was actually designed for highway driving and not fully equipped for your off-road adventures. Your off-roading experience can only improve by upgrading certain stock truck parts. This guide showcases some of the best-selling truck parts and accessories designed to get the maximum performance out of your truck.
Product: Skyjacker 6″ Lift Kit
Applications: ’07-’09 GM K1500
To really get over those off-road obstacles, you’re going to need to raise your truck from the stock lift. The great thing about the Skyjacker 6″ lift kit is that it does everything you would expect from a lift kit, delivering comfort, stability, and performance, but it does it without cutting the upper differential mount. Basically, everything you need is provided, including heavy-duty rear and front crossmembers, differential drop brackets and front metal strut spacers. Plus, you won’t need to modify the factory steering assembly thanks to iron steering knuckles that are designed to fix the steering geometry. You even have the option of minimizing the front axle pinion wrap with Skyjacker’s anti-torque rod.
Product: N-FAB Pre-Runner Bumpers
For its second appearance on this truck parts guide, N-FAB brings their pre-runner bumpers to the field. Each Pre-Runner is inspired by the light patterns of wide off-road races. To replicate this, N-FAB Pre-Runners can each house up to three 9″ front racing lights. Their unique ability to install with no brackets means they can actually be applied to the factory OEM bumper, rather than having to upgrade the bumper simultaneously. And because it’s made of .095 wall race car tubing, there will be minimal corrosion over the years. As with any other truck part, you want it to add to the style of your rig, and these Pre-Runners do that by standing 2 inches or less from the front bumper, maintaining a clean, put-together look.
Product: Air Lift RideControl
Applications: 07′-’09 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 long box pickups
The new Chevy Silverados and GMCs have an extended bed length that necessitates different types of truck parts. Air Lift took this into consideration when they designed their new RideControl air suspension kit, which they made to fit this new body style. And they made the installation as easy as possible; not only does it slip right between the rear leaf spring suspension and the vehicle frame, but it uses the pre-drilled factory holes to bolt onto the truck – no more drilling is required. They created a single sleeve design specifically with these 1/2-ton pickups in mind to provide the best load support and ride quality. And, get the customization you want with adjustable air springs that range from 10-100 psi and can provide up to 2,000 lbs. of load-leveling capacity.