#105501 – 2.5-4.5in Lift Kit- Steady Track™ – Component Builder
This ‘builder’ kit is for custom picking your options if you already know what you are looking for or there is already a kit on the truck and you only need certain components. We have other pre-selected kits where you do not have to pick your options if you prefer. Depending on your selections, this kit will give your truck a minimum of 2.5in of lift and a maximum of 4.5in of lift.
If you are lifting the front of your truck over 2.5 inches you will need rear lift components.
This Base Kit Includes*:
- 105017 Track Rod Bracket Kit
- 105068 Adjustable 2017 Track Rod
- 105031 Pitman Arm
- 105058 Steady Track High Mount Fox ATS Steering Stabilizer Bracket Kit
- 105029 Sway Bar Relocation Kit
*Not all parts shown in truck photos maybe included.
*This kit only contains front truck components; you must add rear components separately if desired. This excludes a shock package, a shock package, if added, will include front and rear shocks.*
Customizable Lift Kit, 2.5in to 4.5in Lift – Steady Axis™ with Steady Track™ System
This kit, depending on your selections, will give your truck a minimum of 2.5in of lift and a maximum of 4.5in of lift. Please push back hard against the non-functional practice of rasing a 4.5in Lift to 6in by raising the springs higher. 4.5in lift is the limit of this system for many reasons. If you want a 6in lift get the 7in to 9in lift and run shorter springs in it to lower it to 6in the function will be perfect.
Upgrades for the rear suspension are avalible. (Not always necessary)
OUO’s Traction Bar System (Starting Budget $1200) Search #800060 includes 101025, 101010, 101044
Track Rod Frame Joint Options
You can simply adjust the OUO track bar fully installed. You don’t need to remove the track rod to get the axle straight under the truck. We include an OUO wrench so you can torque the jam nuts. There is also a set screw lock on the joint threads.
OE Bushing OUO Joint has a cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. It is low cost to replace. It lasts a long time, 100k mile zone. Does not need service. Rugged, same joint is used on the F550. Tried and true, been used in these trucks since 2005. Best joint to keep the factory suspension feel.
Teflon FK Joint is the aftermarket industry standard. It has no cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. It will need to be replaced most frequently, 25k mile zone. It is not low cost to replace. It does not need service. We add a seal to keep the water out. Water and grease will ruin the Teflon liner in these joints. Do not grease a Teflon Joint.
Chromoly OUO Joint will last a very long time, 200k mile zone. It will need to be maintained. It is nearly indestructible, but it will need to be greased and tightened at the spanner ring every 20k. It has no cushion to adsorb harsh road impacts. If you do wear it out, you can rebuild it for low cost. Best for truck pulling, drag racing full boosted launches.
At the axle end of the OUO track bar we keep the factory Ford joint. We do this for many reasons. They are strong, the same joint is used in the F550’s and millions of Ford trucks since 2005. Yes, they are a wear item, all joints are, but they are robust and last a long time. They do not need maintenance. They can be replaced correctly, at a very low cost by any shop in the country with no special instructions. Might not seem like a big deal, until it is a big deal.
One Up Offroad’s Steady Axis™ Steering with OUO’s Steady Track™ Stabilizer
OUO’s Steady Axis™ Steering refines the geometry of the front suspension components. Taking into account all of the factors of the radius arms, drag link, track rod, shock travel, three-dimensional axle housing, and knuckle paths to get the lowest bump steer possible. Going beyond “good enough” and optimizing the system to get it perfected.
OUO’s Steady Track™ Stabilizer moves the high mount steering stabilizer off of the drag link and onto the pitman arm. This design change gives a higher level of confidence in the steering performance.
– The Steady Track High Mount Fox ATS Steering Stabilizer Bracket Kit will NOT fit on 2017 truck without the rest of the system. There is no quick easy fix band-aid to repair the lift you have now, keep reading to the bottom to find out why.
This 2.5in Lift System has been optimally designed to give the best possible steering geometry. We don’t even call this a level kit because it is much more than a level kit.
There is more to the front suspension of solid axle trucks than trying to make the bars the same length and the same angle. No matter how many magazines say it, or internet ‘experts’ repeat it, the “same length / same angle” is not the correct mathematical equation to make these trucks not have bump steer. “Same length / same angle” is an overly simplified answer to a complicated equation. Also, we know you can’t just move the track rod location over an inch to make the factory track rod work and not suffer negative consequences of increased bump steer because of changing that geometry. Just like putting on a 2in dropped pitman arm with no other matching components is a horrible idea. Usually the lowest cost is not the best way to get a top of the line truck to drive well. One Up Offroad has never set out to build anything lowest cost, instead we have always strived to make the best product possible and let the cost be where it may.
There were multiple issues with the 2017 and newer front suspension that we needed to address. The 2017 and newer truck steering is much more sensitive to bumps and feedback than earlier trucks. Some trucks are worse than others. We have been able to significantly reduce the feedback with our refined designs.
When a truck is not lifted, having the steering stabilizer attached to the drag link is some-what functional because the angles between the two are closer to horizontal. As you raise the suspension you increase the angle of the drag link. When the suspension cycles, that increased angle is trying the be held straight by steering stabilizer that’s moving on a completely opposing arc. These opposing arcs cause the steering stabilizer to induce bump steer by forcing the drag link to follow the arc that it is mounted on and not the arc of the track rod. The Fox ATS Adjustable Steering Stabilizer is an amazing design. The pass thru shaft design works really well, is effective and the adjustability makes this an excellent unit. However, if it is put on a lifted or leveled truck it will amplify the bump steer. To fix this problem we invented the Steady Track System. Our patent pending and trademarked Steady Track System™ moves the mounting of the steering stabilizer off the drag link onto a bracket on the pitman arm. This eliminates the suspension movements from affecting the steering stabilizers directional control. Refining these details gives a more stable feel to the steering wheel.
In order to install the OUO Steady Track stabilizer system on a 2017 and newer Super Duty, we needed to change the drag link pitman arm attachment from the joint on top, to the joint on the bottom. This modification would make room to attach the steering stabilizer to the pitman arm without contacting the drag link while turning. Also, flipping the drag link joint to the bottom allowed us to reduce the angle of the drag link. Moving the location of any steering component requires the steering geometry to be refined and optimized and OUO’s Steady Axis Steering Locations resolved the new location of the drag link. This new location for the steering made the longer than stock track rod mounting to push outside of the frame rail and into the path of the sway bar. Relocating the sway bar forward gave room for the new track rod location and for larger tires to go into the clearance area of the sway bar. It’s all the fine details put together to make big improvements. Years of development and testing went into this design to make your trucks drivability better.
Trucks with solid front axles have the highest un-sprung weight in any automotive class. When you take off the 20-inch factory wheel and put on a 26-inch wheel you increase that un-sprung weight. When you take an 8in sidewall height and reduce it to 3 inches it removes a tremendous amount of ride quality. When you run 60 pounds of air in your tires it makes the truck ride very harsh. Large wheels and short tires will make it so you feel every bump in the road like it’s twice as big, even if you have the absolute best tuned suspension. It’s unrealistic to think anyone can tune a shock to make a heavy-roller with metal wheels drive like a luxury car.