How To Install A Lift Kit On Your 1st Gen Nissan Titan

Installing a lift kit sounds challenging. Modifying the frame and/or suspension system seems like an intimidating project if you haven't done it before. The truth is that installing a lift kit is definitely doable. You'll need the right tools and a good model-specific lift kit that contains all the correct parts and a comprehensive tutorial.

We can’t provide a complete step-by-step guide to lifting your Titan because the instructions are kit-specific (and will be included in the lift kit you buy), but we can give you a basic overview of how a lift kit is installed to help you figure out if this is a project you could tackle on your own.

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1. Lift Your Titan

It’s impossible to lift your truck without, well, lifting your truck. You can put your truck on jackstands. It's much easier to do the job using a commercial lift, which you can usually rent by the hour.

2. Take Off the Wheels and Make All the Necessary Modifications

The instructions included in the lift kit will tell you what to do with the suspension system and/or frame.

If you're getting a front spacer lift or leveling kit, you'll need to unbolt the top of each front coilover to insert the spacer. (On some trucks, you will completely remove the coilover.) Installing a rear spacer usually requires replacing the rear U-bolts. If you're getting a higher grade lift kit, you will have more components to install. Air tools really speed up suspension work. If you’re doing a bracket lift, you'll need a way to cut and weld your frame.

3. Install a New Set of Wheels and Tires (Optional But Recommended)

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Installing a kit will usually require adding new tires and wheels. If you lift your Titan by only 2 or 3 inches, then your stock wheels and tires will look and work just fine. A 6” lift calls for bigger wheels and tires.

4. Bring Your Truck to an Alignment Shop

Once you've got your truck rolling, you want to drive straight to your local shop for a wheel alignment. Doing this is absolutely necessary after modifying your suspension system. It prevents a bunch of alignment-related issues from cropping up in the future.

5. Set a Reminder to Check Your Bolts After a Few Thousand Miles

Most kits recommend checking your bolts for tightness after a few thousand miles of use. Leaf spring U-bolts are known to need re-torquing, and you should check all of them. You can set a reminder on your phone, calendar, or whatever else works best for you.

Top Recommended Lift Kits For Nissan Titans

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Not all lift kits are created equal. You should avoid kits that:

  • Are not model-specific
  • Contain parts made of subpar materials
  • Require additional parts
  • Don’t offer full installation instructions

At Sam’s 4x4, we make a point to carry only the highest quality lift kits, and the Rough Country brand fits the bill. All Rough Country lift kits are model-specific, all-inclusive, and composed of durable parts made out of 100% laser cut materials and CNC machined iron. Last, but not least, Rough Country lift kits are covered by their limited lifetime replacement warranty.

We carry a variety of Rough Country lift kits for first generation Nissan Titans:

Want to know more about any of the lift kits we carry for the Nissan Titan? Please call us, email us, or reach out to us via social media. We’ll get back to you within one business day.