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Do you droop at the front? Is your rear end too prominent? If you’re embarrassed by the way your truck looks, don’t worry, a leveling kit will put you back on the straight and level.
A leveling kit at work
A similarly unpleasant sight is a truck hauling a load which causes the rear to drop way too low while the front points skywards. Both of these are easy fixes with a leveling kit and can be done for well under $200.
This guy is in need of a leveling kit
Unlike a Lift Kit which raises all four corners of a truck or SUV, a leveling kit is only fitted to one end, depending on which is sitting lower. Leveling kits make more sense because a lowering kit is shackled to a vehicle’s suspension and compresses it, thus reducing the amount of shock absorption and suspension travel. A lifting kit doesn’t impede the shocks/springs’ movement so the vehicle retains a comfortable and responsive ride quality.
Torsion keys offer up to 2” of lift
i. Torsion Keys are high-grade forged components that replace weaker OEM parts. Working on a vehicle’s torsion bars, torsion keys can lift the front end by up to 2 inches.
ii. Strut Extensions are spacers that sit on top of a vehicle’s front coil-over strut. Because they are simple to install they are very cost effective, and being quick to uninstall they are extremely popular with people who lease their truck. Various sizes will lift anywhere from 1 to 3 inches.
iii. Coil Spacers work in much the same way as strut extensions. Among the cheapest of leveling kit options, coil spacers are placed on the coil springs themselves to achieve the desired lift; usually about 2 inches.
iv. Block Kits are spacers designed to raise the back end of a vehicle. By far the most popular rear leveling method, these sturdy blocks sit between the rear axle and the chassis, providing up to 4 inches of lift. Easy to install, block kits are strong enough to cope with even the heaviest cargo loads.
Coil Spacers are excellent value for money and provide about 2 inches of additional lift
v. Air Suspension Kits can be fitted to the front or rear suspension to achieve the desired lift and leveling effect. Because they use air pressure they provide an incredibly smooth ride. There are various types of air suspension kit, including air helper springs that work in conjunction with the existing OEM suspension components, and air springs (called air bags) that replace the OEM parts on either the front or rear suspension.
Level and looking good
If your truck or SUV doesn’t look or drive how you want it to, don’t get mad, get level. Learn more about Leveling Kits and other products at 4WheelOnline
By John Bone