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Leveling & Lift Kit Suspension Guide - Add-An-Inch

Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on July 1, 2009
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Some of you aren't looking for 12-inches of lift, 47-inch-tall tires, and enough horsepower to drag-race the meanest Pro Street muscle car in your neighborhood. Some of you just want a little bit of lift to clear a taller tire and still be able to load your gear and your rear into your truck without a step ladder. So just for you we've compiled a short list of short lifts.

We're sick of hearing about the lousy recession. But if you're in a place where income isn't coming in as fast as it once did, then consider these smaller lift kits. They have smaller price tags and don't affect mileage as much as a larger kit that uses big heavy tires. Speaking of tires, many of these kits will fit 33- to 35-inch sizes, but make sure you research the tire width and wheel backspacing so that they fit properly.

Low Range Off-Road
Low Range Off-Road has a 3-inch Leveling/Lift Kit for the '07-'09 Toyota Tundra that includes solid CNC machined 6061-T6 Aluminum spacers with studs as well as solid aluminum rear blocks with a 3 1/2-degree taper to decrease driveline vibrations. A differential drop is used to keep CV joints from premature wear from the increased angle. Also included are skidplate drop spacers with longer factory-style flanged bolts, bumpstop spacers, and detailed instructions. The kit allows for up to 33-inch tall tires, but 35s can be fitted with minor modifications to the skidplate and with the front mudflaps removed.
Low Range Off-Road

Offroad Design
Offroad Design builds its Zero Rate Add-a-Leaf to let you bump the ride height up on the front or rear of any leaf-sprung vehicle by an inch with the added bonus of moving your axle forward or backward if necessary. Moving the axle can help clear larger tires by moving them away from steering, fender, or firewall contact as well as increase the approach or departure angle. Since the leaf bolts into the spring pack just like a normal leaf, the Zero Rates can't spit out like a block and the 1-inch height minimizes axlewrap and wheelhop problems. The Zero Rate is available for any vehicle using 2 1/2- or 3-inch-wide leaf springs.
Offroad Design

Cognito Motorsports
The Cognito Motorsports '01-'09 GM eight-lug economy leveling kit is for customers with 1500HD, 2500, 2500HD, H2 Hummer, or 2500 Suburbans looking to get a little more height out of the front of the vehicle. Torsion keys allow added adjustment to gain ride height and level the vehicle. In addition to the torsion keys, a shock extender is included to achieve the available downtravel left in the stock suspension. You can also upgrade to longer Bilstein or Fox shocks to improve performance. In order to level the vehicle and increase downward wheel travel, maintain proper alignment, and keep a quality ride, add the Cognito Upper Control Arm Kit.
Cognito Motorsports

Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension
The '09 Ford F150 2-inch leveling kit from Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension lifts the front of the F150 to be level with the rear. It is designed to install above the factory F150 struts (no strut disassembly for easy install), and it maintains a factory ride. The leveling kit is powdercoated for durability and comes with a limited lifetime warranty for around $110.
Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension

The Truxxx Lift and Level Kit for the '05-'09 Ford F250 Super Duty 4x4 gives you the ability to raise your vehicle 2 1/2 inches in the front and 1 inch in the rear with heavy-duty steel spring spacers and shock extensions in the front, and 3-inch replacement blocks with U-bolts in the rear. The kit fits both diesel and gasoline models, allowing the fitment of a bigger tire and wheel package, up to 35 inches with proper wheels, and all for around $350. Truxxx Lift and Level Kits are proudly made in the USA with only the highest quality steel.

Daystar offers a 2-inch Lift and a Leveling Kit for the all-new '09 Dodge Ram 1500. Daystar utilizes a pair of high-density polyurethane spacers on top of the factory struts to achieve lift with its Leveling Kit. This design does not preload the strut, so there is no impact on ride quality, and installation is simple and requires no special tools. Daystar uses Polyurethane spacers because they helps absorb the noise, vibration, and harmonics that come from the suspension. Daystar's kit utilizes rear coil spring spacers that are positioned on top of the factory coil springs. Since the stock springs are retained, there is no impact on ride quality or load-carrying capacity. Both kits are manufactured in the USA.

Pure Performance
Pure Performance offers two leveling kits that fit a multitude of applications. All the Pure Performance leveling kits are made from 3/16-inch-thick laser-cut steel and are precision welded for proper fitment. The spacers provide anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 inches of lift based on the application. All leveling kits retail around $125 per kit. One leveling kit fits '07-and-up 1/2-ton Chevy/GMC trucks and SUVs, '04-and-up F150s, and '07-and-up Toyota Tundras. The second leveling kit fits '06-and-up Ram 1500 trucks, '05-and-up Toyota Tacomas, and '06-and-up FJ Cruisers as well as '03-and-up Toyota 4Runners.
Pure Performance

Deaver spring suspension
The new '99-'04 F250/F350 4WD Leveling Kit from Deaver Spring Suspension is a four-leaf assembly that center-bolts to the bottom of the stock spring and raises the truck 2 inches. It is designed to not affect ride quality and not need to change shocks or any other geometry of the front end. The kit comes with new center pins and U-bolts for around $250.
Deaver Spring Suspension

Rubicon Express
The Jeep JK Wrangler leveling/lift system from Rubicon Express is great for those looking to level and slightly lift their JK Wrangler. This economy-minded suspension system will enhance the factory ride of your Jeep with specifically tuned shocks, and allows the use of 33- to 35-inch tires. The complete package includes 2 1/2-inch front coil spacers, 1 3/4-inch rear coil spacers, a front 2-inch bumpstop, a rear 2-inch bump pad, Rubicon Express front twin-tube shocks, and Rubicon Express rear twin-tube shocks, all for around $370.
Rubicon Express

Zone Offroad
If you've been looking to level your IFS 1/2-ton GM truck, then Zone Offroad Products has torsion bar keys designed to offer 2 inches of lift for around $100. The keys are made in the USA and are 100-percent resonant frequency tested. Once 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 from Zone Offroad.
Zone Offroad

BDS Suspension
BDS Suspension has released a 2 1/2-inch leveling kit for the '09 F150 two- and four-wheel-drive pickups. This system includes a new upper strut mount as well as preload spacers. The preload spacer is designed to increase performance in cornering as well as offset the increased weight of larger tires to maintain a quality ride. 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

Skyjacker Suspensions
Skyjacker has what you need to take the new Ford F150 to the next level: a 2-inch leveling kit for clearing 33-inch tires on factory backspacing wheels. Skyjacker also offers kits for GM, Ford, and Toyota trucks. The F150 kit includes front aluminum spacers with new hardware designed to increase the front height by 2-2 1/2 inches. These metal spacer kits are easy to install, and they maintain the OE ride quality. For a dealer location new you contact Skyjacker.
Skyjacker Suspension

Rough Country
If you have a '99-'04 4x4 F250 or F350 Super Duty with a gas or diesel engine, you can level your truck with Rough Country's 2 1/2-inch front spring hanger brackets, front shackles, crash bar, and hardware kit. Longer shocks are recommended. This is an economical (just over $300) way to run 33x12.50s.
Rocky Mountain Suspension Products

Jeff's bronco graveyard
Just released from the guys at the Bronco Graveyard are the front 2 1/2-inch coil spring spacers for the '05-'09 Ford Super Duty. These no-metal-on-metal-contact spring spacers are made in the USA and add the wheelwell space needed for larger tires. Prices start at $118 for a spacer that allows clearance for a 32-inch-tall tire.
Jeff's Bronco Graveyard

Trail master
Trail Master torsion bar keys lift your vehicle 1 1/2-2 1/2 inches and are manufactured to maintain the factory torsion bar preload while adjusting the ride height of your truck for added tire clearance. These torsion bar keys will allow you to add 33-inch-diameter tires to your vehicle while leveling out the front and rear ride height. Trail Master's torsion bar keys are made from forged steel for superior strength and reliability. The keys are available for '88-'08 GM, Dodge, and Ford trucks and sport/utility vehicles using a torsion bar suspension.
Trail Master Suspension

ReadyLift Suspension
ReadyLift Suspension has two new suspension systems for the '09 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD. The company's leveling kit consists of a CNC-machined billet aluminum strut extension that will raise the front 2 inches to provide a truly level stance. For the Dodge owner who wants a little more level-lift all the way around, ReadyLift has developed the Smart Suspension Systems (SST) Hybrid Lift Kit, which includes 2 1/2-inch steel front strut extensions and 1 1/2-inch steel rear coil spacers. The kit also includes drop limiting bumpstops to prevent overextension of the suspension during aggressive driving. Both these suspension systems allows the '09 Dodge Ram 1500 4WD owner to install up to 35-inch-tall tires.
ReadyLift Suspension

Performance Accessories
Performance Accessories' heavy-duty lift shackles offer an easy way to gain up to 2 1/2 inches from your leaf-spring-equipped truck, Jeep, or SUV. These shackles come in a durable gold powdercoat finish and are manufactured from 3/8-inch-thick steel, featuring rounded corners and fully welded center support braces. The shackle kits come with high-grade hardware; are available for Jeep, Toyota, Isuzu, Suzuki, Chevrolet, and Ford applications; and retail from $60 to $90. Additional applications for Jeep and Toyota are also available with grease fittings and urethane bushings for greater freedom of movement and less binding; those retail for $70 to $116.
Performance Accessories

The TeraFlex JK Wrangler 1-inchLeveling Kit is designed to eliminate the front rake of your Wrangler and increase handling and off-road performance while maintaining factory ride quality. These economical spacers are simple to install and mount above the factory coilspring, allowing you to run up to 33-inch tires with no other modifications. The kit fits all Jeep JK Wrangler models '07 and later, including Rubicon and Unlimited models, and has a suggested retail price of around $40.

Proryde Suspension
ProRyde has a unique line of on-vehicle adjustable light truck leveling kits. The installer can decide what the front ride height will be, from 2 to 3 1/2 inches, varying by application. Unequal side-to-side ride height issues can also be corrected. Whether the vehicle has a strut-type or torsion bar suspension, ProRyde has an adjustable solution that no other "fixed" leveling kit company can offer.
Proryde Suspension Systems

Rimz One
Rimz One, a custom wheel and tire distributor in the southeast, is now offering leveling kits from XD Wheels for the budget-minded truck enthusiast. The kits range from aluminum spacers to forged torsion bar keys with 1 to 2 inches of lift and are available for '94 and newer Dodges, Fords, Chevy/GMCs, Toyotas, and Jeeps. Prices range from $60 to $200 and include shipping.
Rimz One

Pro Comp Suspension
Pro Comp Suspension is offering a new Level Lift Suspension System for the much-anticipated '09 Ford F150. This easy-to-install system raises the front of the new F150 for a properly level stance and allows fitment of larger tire and wheel combinations, up to 35 inches tall. Each kit is constructed of heavy-duty steel and features a durable black powdercoat finish for corrosion protection and lasting good looks.
Pro Comp Suspension

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