2015-2016 F-150 Rough Country 2.5″ Leveling Lift Kit w/ Shocks Review & Install

2015-2016 F-150 Rough Country 2.5″ Leveling Lift Kit w/ Shocks Review & Install


Hey, everybody. I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com
and this is my review and install of Rough Country’s two-and-a-half-inch leveling kit
with rear shocks, fitting your 2015 and newer F-150. A leveling kit’s gonna be the easiest
and most affordable way to change the altitude on your new truck without totally altering
the ride quality in the process. Now, you should be checking out the Rough
Country kit if you wanna get rid of the factory rake on your new F-150. You wanna get that
front end in the air a little bit more to match the rear, giving you some more ground
clearance in the process. Now, this is also going to be a great way to stuff a bigger
wheel and tire under your new rig. In fact, Rough Country says you can easily squeeze
33s under there, but I’ve personally seen guys run 35s on a two-and-a-half inch level.
It’s all gonna come down to your offset wheel and tire size. Now, in thinking about going with a leveling
kit as opposed to a more involved full suspension lift kit, I’d probably ask you what you’re
gonna be doing mostly with your truck. Is it gonna be a daily driver, or a tow rig that
will be on road most of the time, or do you plan on subjecting your rig to some serious
off-road duties? Well, if it’s gonna be mostly a family hauler with some occasional tow duties,
I’d probably say the leveling kit is great way to go for the reasons I already mentioned.
It’s gonna save you a ton dough and it’s also gonna be much easier to install, saving you
some money there. Now, most leveling kits are gonna consist
of some kind of strut spacer for the front or some kind of strut extension. That is the
case here with the Rough Country kit, but this kit’s also pretty nice in the fact that
it does include some stuff for the rear. You’re looking at additional one-inch blocks for
the rear along with their premium Rough Country N2.0 shocks. Now the rear is something you guys can experiment
with at home. Again, this is a leveling kit so expect a pretty level stance when installing
this full kit. But if you do want to maintain the slightest bit of rake, meaning the front’s
gonna be slightly lower than the rear, then you might wanna go with a slightly larger
block for the rear. Again, something you can totally play around with on your own. Check
out the forums or the product page for more info there. Breaking down the individual components of
Rough Country’s kit here again, we do have the front strut spacers, T 60-61 build aluminum.
Very nice material here, guys. Basically gonna help resist any corrosion or rust over the
years. Just add to the durability of the product. Again, guys, this is Rough Country’s two-and-a-half-inch
leveling kit, so expect the front to be raised roughly two-and-a-half-inches when installed
when compared to your factory ride height. In addition to the front setup, Rough Country
does again include some premium N2.0 shocks, the one-inch additional rear blocks that you
will use in conjunction with your factory blocks, and finally, some longer U-bolts. Now, the rear shocks are a nice addition as
they are designed for on and off-road use, and they do include what Rough Country calls
their velocity sensitive valving technology, which is gonna basically react like an adjustable
dampener, but you’re not gonna have to mess with any knobs or adjustments, anything like
that. It’s gonna do it for you all on the fly. Now, Rough Country claims this provides
excellent ride quality on the highway and some solid control in gnarly off-road situations.
And if you should ever need it, guys, this entire kit is backed by their lifetime warranty. On the topic of price, guys, the Rough Country
kit is going to be one of your more premium options here at AmericanMuscle.com. But again,
you do have to factor into the price that this does include a bunch of stuff for the
rear, which a lot of the other kits do not. Ultimately, guys, again, this thing is only
gonna run you a couple hundred bucks. Compare that to a couple thousand dollars with those
full suspension lift kits. And you’re gonna have to think this thing is a bargain when
your number one objective is just to get the truck in the air a little bit more and stuff
a bigger wheel and tire under there. I’ve said it before, guys, but I’ll say it
again. A leveling kit is going to be much easier to install compared to the more involved
suspension lift kits. But overall, there still is a fair amount of work. I’ll call it two
out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter, and a few hours from start to finish in the
garage. Now, of course, you will need to remove your front struts in order to install the
brand new spacers, along with removing the factory rear shocks, and installing the brand
new Rough Country units along with those one-inch block extensions. Again, not a terrible amount of work, but
you do have to know what you’re doing in the garage. So make sure you have a good set of
tools on hand. A lift will definitely be your friend here, but if this all sounds a little
bit too intimidating, don’t be afraid to leave this one up to your local shop. So to summarize, guys, Rough Country two-and-a-half-inch
leveling kit will be a solid and affordable way to get the truck in the air a little higher.
It’ll easily fit 33s and even possibly 35s with a little modification. So be sure to
learn more about the Rough Country kit here, at AmericanMuscle.com.

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  1. Someone mentioned on an online f150 forum that you possibly need to get your speedometer checked if you get larger tires. It might be wrong, but is there any truth to this? Also, If i have 265/70r17's as my stock size wheel and just wanted to keep those wheels for now what would be the largest all terrain tire that i can put on those suckers? mainly do town driving but do go hunting a lot. I want to have this kit put in my 2015 f150 xl 2.7 Any recommendations on skid plates.

  2. I just installed this on my daughters truck and on the drivers side the rubber boot is rubbing on the strut where it mounts to the lower control arm, any solutions?

  3. AM, do you HAVE to remove the EPAS plugs before starting? I have the 2.5" rough country level strut spacers and my plugs are so firmly in place they aren't coming out anytime soon. Is it a bad idea to install without unplugging them?

  4. Those rear blocks from rough country are a serious safety hazard. I've had mine on for a year now and I noticed they are wearing down and coming out leaving my rear axle to just hang there. At first I was satisfied with the service from rough country but I feel like I may not be doing any more business with them due to product quality and mine and my passengers safety

  5. will it be posible for americanmuscle.com to do a review on the lowering kit?
    https://www.americanmuscle.com/maxtrac-2in-f-4in-r-low-w-maxtrac-shocks-1517-f150.html

  6. Stacking rear blocks is a recipe for disaster! Replace the full block and spend the extra money and get a better kit that does not stress your ball joints! I’d go with some bilstein 5100’s for the front and ready lift replacement blocks for the rear with 5100 shocks in the back as well.

  7. If you raise the rear, you're still going to have a rake. The before and after looks no different to me.

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