About Leveling Kits
Did you just got your brand new vehicle and realized that the front end is already lower than the rear? Even though it may seem odd, this is intentional. Many manufacturers build their off-road vehicles so that the rear end is slightly higher than the front. This way, when you have a full load that drags it down a little, it will become even with the front end.
It’s also possible that your vehicle could have become front heavy because of added features, like a winch or bumper. The weight of the extra hardware can drag it down, making it uneven with the rear. Leveling kits are a great way to fix this imbalance problem, but there are a few questions you should ask yourself along the way.
Is A Leveling Kit The Right Solution For Me?
The main reason people opt to purchase a leveling kit is for aesthetics. People just don’t like the way their vehicles look with the back end a couple of inches higher than the front; it looks unbalanced. The second most common reason people purchase leveling kits is to provide more space for larger tires and wheels. Lastly, if you have a vehicle that is imbalanced, in the long run, it can throw off the balance of your suspension, affect the handling, or create wear and tear on your tires and suspension. If any of these are a concern, then a leveling kit is probably the right solution for you.
What Kind Of Leveling Kit Should I Get?
There are four main types of leveling kits to consider:
- Strut Extensions – This type of leveling kit is one of the easiest to install or, if necessary, remove. You just add a spacer on top of a factory strut, and that’s it – no extra modifications are required.
- Coil Spacers – As with strut extensions, this type of leveling kit adds a spacer to your vehicle for extra lift, but it is added on top of factory spring buckets rather than the factory struts. You may need to purchase shock extensions in conjunction, but in the long run, these leveling kits allow you to uphold your vehicle’s factory stance & OEM ride quality.
- Torsion Keys – This is probably the most complicated to install of the leveling kits because the torsion keys replace the factory pieces, adjusting the torsion bar to add those extra inches. It is also highly likely that you will have to make slight adjustments in the future, for which you will need a torsion key adjuster tool.
- Block Kits – This is a non-standard leveling kit that is built for the rear of your vehicle instead of the front. If you find yourself doing a lot of hauling or towing, you may discover that the rear of your vehicle has become lower than your front. A block kit is designed to boost it back up to match the front.
Who Should Install The Leveling Kit?
There is a bit of a risk in taking on this task yourself – if you install the leveling kit incorrectly, it could affect how your vehicle handles and add wear/tear to the suspension, both things that you’re trying to avoid by purchasing a leveling kit in the first place. If you’re nervous about installing it incorrectly, it’s best to have a professional do it. You’ll have to pay extra for the labor, but you’ll receive their expertise and experience.
Now that you’ve determined they why, which, and how of leveling kits, adding those extra inches to balance and upgrade your vehicle should be a cinch!