Lift versus Level
What’s the difference between a lift kit and a leveling kit?The simplest way to describe the difference between a lift and a leveling kit is to differentiate between how the two raise a truck. On any stock truck coming straight from the manufacturer, the rear of the vehicle sits a few inches higher than the front end. This is called a raked stance. Trucks are designed this way intentionally. The higher backend means less risk to the factory rear suspension under a heavy load. A leveling kit works by lifting the front of the vehicle to match the height of the back. A (suspension) lift kit actually impacts both the front and the back of the vehicle, lifting both.
Why do people lift or level their trucks?Although a truck’s factory rake is helpful for towing and hauling, many people don’t find a truck’s natural stance aesthetically pleasing. In this case, they often decide to level or lift their truck and/or add other custom aftermarket parts to achieve the look they prefer. Because the rear of the truck remains high in either case, lifting or leveling a truck will not negatively impact its payload capacity. Leveling kit components: A leveling kit usually just consists of a 2 -2 ½ inch coil spacer, struts extensions or torsen key Lift Kit components: A 6” inch lift kit, for example, may consist of new springs, shocks, control arms torsion bars, spacers and other components.
Why level versus lift your truck?If you’re working within a budget or have time constraints a leveling kit may also be a better choice for you, as they’re faster and easier to install than lift kits and cost less.
Why lift versus level your truck?A lift kit is best choice for those primarily concerned with adding height. If you’re planning to take your truck offroad, a lift kit will help provide greater clearance over rocky rough terrain and better handle in mud or snow.
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