I recently purchased the 2.5" front end lift / leveling kit from NCD Customs for my Titan. I figured since I was doing the install myself, I would make a write-up with the directions and pictures to show a how-to for the guys who would like to save money and or are not confident that they can do it themselves. This project is really easy and takes pretty much basic garage tools.
The Instructions from NCD Customs are as follows (with my own input also)
12, 14mm sockets
19mm or 3/4" socket
17, 19mm wrenches
21, 22mm deep well sockets
( I found it to be helpful to also have a socket for every wrench size on hand)
1. "Before beginning, read the instructions carefully and completely.
Park the vehicle on level ground and firmly set the emergency brake. Place the transmission into PARK. For manual transmission equipped vehicles, it is recommended you place the transmission in REVERSE. Please pay close attention to the recommended torque values and use a torque wrench when final tightening of the fasteners is required. All torque ratings are given in FT/LB (foot pound). Using a torque wrench and the supplied torque values will ensure your vehicle's suspension is properly re-assembled and will reduce the chance of stripped or damaged fasteners."
2. "Jack up one side of the vehicle per manufacturer specifications and support with jackstands. Lift the front enough to raise the front tire off the ground. (IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DO ONE SIDE AT A TIME)." (TIP: I had put the truck in 4WD to keep the wheel from turning while removing the lug nuts)
3. Remove the front wheel using a 21mm socket
4. "Disconnect the lower swaybar link attached to the lower control arm using a 17mm wrench." (I prefer using a socket)
5. "Remove the large lower strut assembly bolt using a 19mm socket on the nut and a 19mm wrench on the bolt head." (or vice versa)
"NOTE: An impact wrench will be helpful to remove this bolt. It is very tight." (I did not have any issue at all removing this bolt out with a socket. IMO, it wasn't that tight).
6. "Remove the three upper strut nuts on the tower using a 14mm socket."
"...Remove and discard the cotter pin from the ball joint (new pins are supplied)."
"...Remove the ball joint nut with a 22mm socket or wrench." (same bolt that the cotter pin was in). "Smack the spindle near the upper ball joint with a hammer. The sharp vibration will cause the ball joint to pop loose from the spindle. This will allow the lower control arm to swing down allowing the removal of the strut assembly."
"Do not use a ball joint splitter(pickle fork) as you can damage the rubber boot that retains grease for the ball joint. Now lower the strut assembly down from the upper strut tower. Remove the strut assembly from the vehicle. You should now be able to access the upper strut plate (top of strut)."
7. "Install one of the spacers on top of the strut. Use the factory nuts and a 14mm wrench..." (socket actually) "...to bolt the spacer to the strut torque the three nuts to 25 ft lbs."
8. "re-install the strut back in the upper strut tower, (you will have to rotate the strut 180 degrees in order to line up the studs) start nuts on the three studs that extend thru the tower. Use an 11/16" wrench and the nuts and washers provided in the kit. Keep loose until after next step. Torque 30 ft lbs. after next step."
9. "Jack up the lower control arm and raise enough to re-install the lower strut bolt. Torque to 120 ft lbs. torque nuts from previous step."
10. "Jack up the lower control arm and connect the upper control arm to spindle"
11. "Torque the upper ball joint nut to 90 ft lbs. Install the new cotter pins provided." (make sure that the threads are clean. If the spindle turns while re-installing the nut, make quick sharp turns of the nut to keep the spindle from spinning while tightening bolt.)
12. "Reconnect the lower swaybar end link. Torque to 35 ft lbs."
13. **skip step 13, it does not apply with my kit.**
14. Re-install front wheel and hand snug the lug nuts with a socket.
15. Lower vehicle and torque the lug nuts to factory spec (98 ft lbs for my truck). Repeat the whole proccess on the other side.
16, "ALIGN THE VEHICLE. Re-aligning the vehicle must be done to allow the suspension to relax to its proper ride height (the tires will be toed-in which will cause severe tire wear and will force the front to sit too high). Re-aligning the vehicle is required with any lift/leveling kit. Re-torque all bolts after 300 miles."
Just look at the ride height. This makes the Titan look tougher just by being a little higher in the front. It feels tougher sitting up higher while driving to. :lol:
I hope this helps anybody who is looking to this also.