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Off Road Truck Leveling Kit Buyers Guide

Posted in How To on February 1, 2010
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If you take a look at most of the trucks rolling off the show room floor these days, you will find they share one common problem: a sagging front end. Unfortunately, most of these trucks do not share the same suspension geometry, which has resulted in numerous leveling kits available. These kits include coil spacers, add-a-leafs, shackles and replacement coilovers. Getting your truck to sit level also means it's time to step up to a larger tire. The combo is a cheap and easy way to get your ride looking and performing off-road much better. Be sure to keep this guide handy when the time comes to outfit your new truck.

ProRYDE Suspension Systems
Multi-Adjustable Front Lift / Leveling Kit
Application List:

'94-to-'01 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD
'94-to-'02 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD Eight-lug
'06-to-'09 Dodge Mega Cab 2500/3500 4WD Eight-lug

Most leveling kits only leave you with one height option, but not this setup from ProRYDE. Its adjustable kit gives you the ability to choose from 1.5-, 1.75-, or 2-inch lifts. The tallest of these kits will allow you to run a 35-inch tall tire and wheel combination as well. They are precision manufactured for strength and fit and maintain that smooth factory ride. All parts are black e-coated for a durable, lasting finish.
For more information, contact: ProRYDE, www.proryde.com.

ProRYDE Suspension Systems
Dual Adjustable Front Lift / Leveling Kit
Application List:

'05-to-'09 Ford Super Duty F250/F350 4WD

ProRYDE has released yet another adjustable leveling kit, this time for Super Duty owners. This kit solves the unequal side-to-side leveling issues typical with this truck model. It simply relocates the original OEM lower spring seat and includes shock extenders to maintain factory ride quality and comfort. All parts are forged and machined to never fail and are black e-coated for a durable, lasting finish.
For more information, contact: ProRYDE, www.proryde.com.

Daystar
Ford F150 2-inch Leveling Kit
Application List:

'09 Ford F150 2WD/4WD

If you want to stuff a larger tire and wheel combo under your new '09 F150, look no further. Daystar's new 2-inch level kit will get your truck sitting nice and pretty level and help you get 33-inch tires underneath. The kit consists of polyurethane spacers, which are positioned on top of the factory strut assemblies. The design does not preload the front coils and avoids the metal-to-metal contact common among other leveling kits. The kit can be installed with common hand tools and is backed by a lifetime warranty.
For more information, contact: Daystar, www.daystarweb.com.

Daystar
Camouflage Lift & Leveling Kits
Application List:

Dodge, Ford, Jeep

For the true outdoorsman out there, Daystar has just introduced its popular spacer kits in camo. What makes these spacers different from so many others is their construction. Daystar uses a high-tech polyurethane rather than aluminum or steel. With polyurethane there is no metal-to-metal contact and it also enhances the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harmonics) canceling characteristics of the suspension. The kits are made to work directly with factory suspension systems and can be installed in your garage. With strut applications, Daystar's top-mount easy-install design does not preload the coil springs or require disassembly of the factory struts. All kits come with a lifetime warranty.
For more information, contact: Daystar, www.daystarweb.com.

ReadyLift
Torsion Keys Kit
Application List:

'88-to-'98 Chevrolet Silverado 4WD

This kit is one of the fastest, safest, and least expensive ways to bring the front of your Chevrolet CK Z71 1500 4WD level with the rear. The adjustable 66-3000 torsion key provides 1.5 inches of leveling lift. This gives you the clearance and ability to add wheels and tires up to 32-inch diameter. The kit can be installed in about 1 to 2 hours by a certified mechanic, and costs less than the price of a single custom wheel. OEM ride quality or comfort stays the same and ReadyLift is also the only company that forges its torsion keys for ultimate strength.
For more information, contact: ReadyLift. www.readylift.com.

ReadyLift
Leveling Kit System
Application List:

'07-to-'10 GM Sierra 1500 2WD/4WD 6-lug

The new Sierra has quite a bit of front-end sag brand new. To solve this dilemma, check out the new leveling kit from ReadyLift. The kit does not require any permanent modification to factory parts. The 66-3085 kits include two aluminum SST Strut Extensions and two aluminum SST Lower Strut Mount Spacers along with all the necessary hardware. This combination will raise the front of the new body style 1500 series GM trucks 2.25 inches from stock while providing the option to upgrade to 33-inch tires on OE Offset style wheels. Unlike some leveling kits, the 66-3085 kit requires no modifications to the strut. This is very important if the owner intends to return the truck to stock at some point down the road.
For more information, contact: ReadyLift. www.readylift.com.

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Performance Accessories
Trail Master Suspension
Leveling Kits
Application List:

Ford F150 2WD/4WD
Chevrolet 1500/2500/3500 Silverado & HD

Under the same owner, both Performance Accessories and Trail Master have leveling kits suited to bring your Ford or Chevy to a level stance. These kits provide 1.5 to 2.5 inches of front-end lift, eliminating the factory OE sag while maintaining your factory quality ride. You can choose between machined aluminum spacers or urethane spacers. It comes with all necessary hardware and detailed installation instructions. Forged torsion bar leveling kits are also available. All products are made in the USA.
For more information, contact: Performance Accessories, www.performanceaccessories.com or Trail Master Suspension, www.trailmastersuspension.com.

Zone Offroad Products
2-inch Leveling Keys
Application List:

'99-to-'06 Chevy Silvarado/GMC Sierra 1500 4WD

If you've been looking to level your half-ton GM truck then Zone Offroad Products has the answer. Their torsion bar keys are made in the USA and are 100-percent resonant-frequency tested. The keys are CNC machined to ensure the proper amount of lift for your vehicle. This is just one item in a complete line of leveling products. Optional Zone Offroad shocks are available.
For more information, contact: Zone Offroad Products, www.zoneoffroad.com.

Revtek Suspension
2.5 Tundra Lift
Application List:

'07-to-'10 Toyota Tundra 4WD

Tundra owners finally have the ability to get the look they have been waiting for with the new Revtek 2.5-inch lift system. The kit includes spacers, a front differential drop, rear 1.25-inch tapered lift blocks, U-bolt hardware and emergency brake cable brackets. Revtek also has a second kit available for Tundra owners (kit #437F) that provides a level ride height by raising the front only, and includes split/spacers and front differential drop. Both kits are designed for bolt-in installation, (no cutting or drilling necessary), and both kits maintain the OEM suspension geometry.
For more information, contact: Revtek, www.revtek.com.

Skyjacker Suspensions
Aluminum Spacer Kit
Application List:

'07-to-'09 Chevy/GMC K-1500 Truck/Avalanche/Tahoe/Yukon

Skyjacker's newest product line includes aluminum spacers for the top of the O.E. coil-over shocks/struts. These are the perfect solution for a low cost lift and the name Skyjacker ensures you that these are high quality parts. The spacers attach to the top of the factory struts. They are CNC machined from high aircraft quality billet aluminum and protected by a black anodized coating. Bolt-on installation is simple and retains the factory shocks. The complete kit includes two front spacers, six double-ended studs, six SAE washers, six nylon insert lock nuts and a tube of thread locking compound. It takes about 1.5 hours to install. The actual spacers are not exactly 2 inches in height; because of the suspension geometry, you do gain a true 2 inches of lift.
For more information, contact: Skyjacker, www.skyjacker.com.

Fabtech Motorsports
Dirt Logic 2.5 Coilover System
Application List:

'04-to-'08 Ford F150

The Dirt Logic 2.5 Coilover shocks are a direct replacement for the factory coilover shocks on F-150 trucks. These vehicle specific shocks offer the ability to be adjusted in height from 0 to 3 inches of lift, and provide a good highway ride with excellent offroad capabilities. Unlike a typical spacer lift, replacement coilovers will offer a much more controlled ride both on and off the road.
For more information, contact: Fabtech Motorsports, www.fabtechmotorsports.com.

BDS Suspension
2.5 Level Kit
Application List:

'09-to-'10 Ford F150 2WD/4WD

BDS's new 2.5-inch leveling kit includes a new upper strut mount as well as pre-load spacers. Unlike some systems on the market, the two-piece system does not max out the upper ball joints during suspension travel. A 1-inch rear block kit is available to maintain a slight rake if desired. BDS Suspension products are covered by the exclusive "No Fine Print Warranty."
For more information, contact: BDS Suspension, www.bds-suspension.com.

King Shocks
OEM Performance Series Bolt-on Shock Kits
Application List:

'00-to-'09 Toyota Tundra
'07-to-'09 Jeep JK Wrangler
'07-to-'09 GMC Sierra 1500

From Trophy Truck, to your truck, King Shocks' new line of OEM shock upgrade kits are built with the highest quality materials and same precise tolerances found on our Pure Racing shocks. Each kit provides infinitely adjustable ride height settings and up to a 25-percent increase in wheel travel. Included remote reservoirs dramatically increase fluid capacity and heat dissipation to provide sustained performance even under the most punishing conditions. The damping curves and spring rates needed for excellent off-road performance have been refined through countless hours of brutal testing. Applications are currently available for Ford, Chevy, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Jeep vehicles. Each kit comes with everything you'll need for simple 100-percent bolt-on installation with no cutting or welding done to your vehicle. Front and rear kits have been tuned to work together but can be purchased separately. King Shocks' OEM upgrade kits enable you to experience the famous King ride quality and race winning performance on your daily driver or prerunner.
For more information, contact: King Shocks, www.kingshocks.com.

ToyTec Lifts
FJ Level Kit
Application List:

'07-to-'09 Toyota FJ Cruiser

ToyTec Lifts has designed and engineered a new leveling kit for the FJ that utilizes a two piece front spacer, CNC machined from T-6 6061 aluminum. With the two-piece design, the spacer eliminates damage to other components like CV joints and boots along with upper ball joints (common problem among modified Toyota trucks). For the rear they use a simple to install 1.5-inch black poly spacer for a nice comfortable, better-than-stock ride.
For more information, contact: ToyTec Lifts, www.toyteclifts.com.

RCD Suspension
High Performance Leveling Kits
Application List:

GM, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, Nissan

RCD Suspension have taken the top applications, studied the vehicle platforms, and produced applications that maximize the usable travel of the vehicle's suspension system. This increases ride quality and performance substantially. In addition, spring preload is enhanced, increasing rate, and improving the handling and performance. With the increase in travel, spring rate, and improvement in center of gravity, comes the need for better shock valving-something no others do better than Bilstein. Each application is custom tuned and the result is vastly improved handling, performance, and the improved stance you want from a leveling kit.
For more information, contact: RCD Suspensions, www.racecardynamics.com.

Tuff Country
2-inch
Leveling Kits
Application List:

'07-to-'09 Chevy Silverado 1500 2WD/4WD

Tuff Country's new leveling kit uses strut spacers that are mounted above the factory struts. This leveling kit maintains a factory ride by not adding any additional preload on the struts. It will also allow for slightly larger tires (285/70R17s). It includes two strut spacers and required hardware. The install is a snap, requiring no cutting or welding. All parts are made of high-quality grade aluminum, no spring compression is required and no permanent modifications are made to factory parts. The product carries a limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
For more information, contact: Tuff Country, www.tuffcountry.com.

Bilstein
5100 Series Front Height Adjustable Leveling Shocks
Application List:

'07-'09 Chevy K1500 4WD/2WD
'06-'09 Dodge Ram 1500 (exc. Mega Cab)
'04-'08 Ford F150 4WD/2WD
'04-'08 Nissan Titan 4WD/2WD
'05-'09 Toyota Tacoma 4WD/Prerunner
'99-'08 Toyota Tundra 4WD/2WD

Do you want to add a little performance to your leveling kit? Check out these new shocks from Bilstein. They feature multiple snap ring grooves on the shock body, which allow different spring seat positions providing 0 to 2.75 inches of front-end lift. The shock uses your stock front coil springs and ride height is adjusted to your desired level. Bilstein also claims that this shock will increase your vehicles wheel travel preventing over-extension. As usual with Bilstein, this shock contains a high-pressure nitrogen gas floating dividing piston, which eliminates the possibility of oil foaming and performance loss from shock fade.
For more information, contact: Bilstein, www.bilstein.com.

Top Gun Customz
Titan Leveling Kit
Application List:

'04-to-'07 Nissan Titan 4WD/2WD

Top Gun Customz used the highest quality materials for these spacers, including zinc-plated hardware and nylon locking nuts. With this kit, you simply unbolt the strut from the vehicle, install the steel spacers on top of the strut and bolt everything back up. The ride quality is unchanged. This kit comes with all hardware and complete instructions. It is recommended that you have the alignment checked after installation. They take as little as one hour to install. The spacers are made from heavy-duty 1/4-inch laser cut steel for superior strength. The product carries a lifetime warranty.
For more information, contact: Top Gun Customz, www.topguncustomz.com.

Camburg Engineering
2.5 Coilover Suspension
Application List:

Toyota Tundra
Chevy Silverado

These new coilovers from Camburg are a great choice to level your truck and are designed to work with the stock suspension and give added wheel travel and lift. These coilover shocks have an internal reservoir and are nitrogen charged to 200 psi. Installation time is as low as 1 hour. The coilovers are 2.5 inches in diameter and will soak up just about anything off-road terrain can throw at you. These shocks offer advanced technology equipped with a true internal hydraulic limit spacer, and they are also rebuildable.
For more information, contact: Camburg Engineering, www.camburg.com.

Pro Comp Motorsports
Level Lift Suspension
Application List:

'09-to-'10 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD

This easy to install system raises the front and rear of the new Dodge 1500 4WD for a proper level stance and allows fitment of larger size tire-and-wheel combinations (up to 35-inch-tall tires). Each kit includes precision-engineered front spacers with bump stop extensions and rear coil spacers. Once installed this system delivers an OE quality ride and allows for added personalization of the vehicle stance. These systems are constructed of heavy-duty steel and feature a durable black powdercoat finish for the ultimate corrosion protection and lasting good looks.
For more information, contact: Pro Comp Motorsports, www.procompmotorsports.com.

Rough Country
Ford Leveling Kit
Application List:

'09 Ford F150 4WD/2WD

The new '09 Ford F150 two-inch leveling kit is an affordable new product offered by Rough Country to give the truck a level stance while maintaining factory ride. This kit includes upper and lower strut spacers and new hardware, bolting on in a mere two to three hours. The leveling kit clears 33-inch tires, with minor trimming allowing room for 35s. Available to ship the same day, your next weekend project is just a phone call or click away.
For more information, contact: Rough Country, www.roughcountry.com

Cage Off-Road Products
Front Pre-load Spacers
Application List:

'04-to-'09 Ford F150 4WD/2WD

Cage Off-Road's new polished T-6 billet aluminum upper coil spacer raises the front of the vehicle 2 inches. They increase ride quality by changing the front to back weight ratio. Designed to use the factory rubber isolator, the installation is simple with no cutting or welding required and provides years of outstanding good looks. Cage also offers their optional nitrogen shocks for superior ride quality and performance.
For more information, contact: Cage Off-Road Products, www.cageoffroad.com.

Icon Vehicle Dynamics
2.5 Leveling System
Application List:

'05-to-'09 Ford F350 Super Duty 4WD

This 2.5-inch Leveling System is a great way to level your Super Duty front to rear. The system's components provide a better-than-stock ride quality and are perfect for the cost-conscious truck owner who wants a level truck and a smooth ride. For F-250 applications, a 4-inch block can be used in place of your factory 2-inch block, in turn leveling the truck from front to rear, allowing use of ICON Series Mono-tube Rear Shocks. Other features include a 50-percent increase in wheel travel, two inches more travel from ride height to front bump stops, and it will clear 34-inch tires (35-inch tires with minor trimming).
For more information, contact: Icon Vehicle Dynamics, www.iconvehicledynamics.com.

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