Massive Guide To Leveling Your 4x4Posted in How To: Suspension Brakes on June 1, 2011 0) (
Perhaps it’s a weakness that we need to modify and tinker with every rig we own, but the fact remains that with a little more lift we can add larger tires for better on- and off-highway performance. Suspension leveling kits will not only fix the nose-down, rear-up syndrome associated with many factory suspensions, but it will also give the rig more ground clearance when larger tires are installed and make your rig look like it’s supposed to.
The following guide lists a number of leveling kits for late-model vehicles. It includes torsion keys, strut extensions, coil spacers, and lift blocks, which will help get the job done quickly, easily, and economically. The kits are designed to level Chevy, Dodge, Ford, GM, Nissan, and Toyota. If you don’t find a kit for your rig then check out the manufacturers’ websites or give them a ring. We’re sure you will find what you need.
’09-’10 Ford F-150 BDS Suspension’s leveling system uses both a top spacer and a preload spacer, which not only increases performance in cornering, but offsets the increased tire weight to maintain a quality ride. The use of a preload spacer keeps the upper ball joint from maxing out when the suspension droops. A 1-inch rear block kit is also available. Information: BDS Suspension, 517.279.2135, www.bds-suspension.com.
The 2- to 212-inch Calmini leveling kit is designed for the ’05-’11 Nissan Frontier, Xterra, and Pathfinder and the ’05-’11 Suzuki Equator. The complete kit consists of machined aluminum spacers finished in a high-quality blue anodized finish. The kit comes with laser-cut rear shackle plates, matching metric sleeves, and complete replacement hardware. This system will allow for increased articulation, ground clearance, and larger off-road tires. Information: Calmini Products Inc., 800.345.3305, www.purenissan.com.
’07-’11 Toyota Tundra
CST Performance Suspension offers a billet aluminum 2-inch front leveling coilover spacer for 2WD and 4WD Toyota Tundras. With a one- or two-hour installation, you can give your Tundra a more level look, which will allow the installation of larger tires for better performance. Information: CST Performance Suspension, 951. 571.0212, www.cstsuspension.com.
King’s OEM performance shock upgrade kits provide a bolt-on suspension system that elevates the vehicle and improves on- and off-road performance. Each kit is 100 percent bolt-on and is available for Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, Hummer, and Toyota. Most kits level your vehicle, provide an adjustable ride height, and increase wheel travel up to 25 percent. Rear kits allow a 15 percent travel increase. Large 212-inch-diameter shock bodies and external reservoirs increase fluid capacity and heat dissipation to provide sustained damping performance. Information: King Shock Technology Inc., 714.530.8701, www.kingshocks.com.
Jeep Adjustable Coil Spacer
The billet aluminum adjustable coil spacer by JKS Manufacturing is a variable-height coil spacer that allows you to alter the ride height on your Jeep without removing any suspension components. The ACOS is specifically designed to accommodate weight changes to your vehicle. Whether adding clearance for larger tires, compensating for heavy accessories, or trimming an unlevel vehicle, the spacer system ensures that you can easily establish proper rake regardless of your load requirements. Information: JKS Mfg. Inc., 308.762.6949, www.jksmfg.com.
’07-’11 Jeep JK Wrangler
The Full-Traction 2-inch Leveling Lift Kit is the simple and inexpensive way to clear larger tires while increasing ground clearance and improving suspension articulation without driveline modification. The kit allows the installation of 33-inch tires with ease. It comes with front and rear spacers, a front track bar bracket, bumpstop extensions, and complete instructions. System can be ordered with Full-Traction 5100 series hydraulic shocks or M-Force Gas Monotube shocks. Information: Full-Traction Suspension, 661.398.9585, www.full-traction.com.
’09-’11 Ford F-150
Fabtech’s 2-inch leveling system for the ’09-’11 F-150 utilizes front 6061 aluminum billet spacers that work with the factory coilover shock assemblies. This provides a friendly stocklike ride with additional front lift to help level the vehicle front to rear for clearance of 33-inch-tall tires. The billet spacers are designed for maximum height without creating ball-joint or tie-rod bind when the stock suspension is cycling. Information: Fabtech Performance Suspensions, 909.597.7800, www.fabtechmotorsports.com.
’11 Chevy 2500/3500 HD
The ’11 Chevy 2500/3500 HD is a heavy hauler, and Daystar Products has a 2-inch leveling kit that makes room for taller tires without impacting ride quality or load-carrying capacity. Forged from high-quality steel torsion keys, which are a direct replacement for the units. Information: Daystar, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com.
’11 Chevy & GMC Leveling
The leveling kit from Performance Accessories adds 2 inches of ride height to all ’11 Chevy and GMC 1500 series Silverado and Sierra pickups, and Tahoe and Yukon SUVs. This leveling kit includes two steel spacers that fit on top of the OEM coilover shock assembly, and two urethane coil spring spacers that replace the factory units on top of the coil springs. The kit provides enough ride height to run larger wheels and tires, but limits excessive spring preload that creates a harsh ride. Information: Performance Automotive Group Inc., 928.636.7080, www.p-a-g.net.
’03-’10 Dodge 2500/3500
The Icon Vehicle Dynamics ’03-’10 Dodge 2500/3500 212-inch Leveling Kit is comprised of dual-rate coil springs, 312-inch polyurethane bumpstops, and all necessary installation hardware. This kit is engineered to give you an improved ride both on- and off-road. Whether you own a daily driver or an off-road machine, the kit will improve the factory ride. Information: Icon Vehicle Dynamics, 951.689.4266, www.iconvehicledynamics.com.
’11 GM 2500 HD
Pro Comp’s Level Lift Forged Torsion Key System is for the ’11 GM 2500 HD. The keys are engineered to level the front of the vehicle up to 212 inches to clear tires up to 33 inches tall. They’re designed for easy installation and retain a factory ride quality. Each kit consists of precision-engineered Forged Torsion Keys and shock extensions. Information: Pro Comp USA, 800.776.0767, www.procompusa.com.
’11 Ford Super Duty
Rancho’s 212-inch leveling kit for the ’11 Ford Super Duty provides excellent structural integrity and allows the fitment of tires of to 35 inches. The kit features tubular radius arms that add strength and stability to the suspension system, and they bolt directly to the OE mounting locations. The leveling kit is compatible with RS9000XL series shocks or RS5000 series shocks. Rancho also offers front spring kits for the leveling kit. Information: Rancho Suspension, 734.384.7804, www.gorancho.com.
’11 Ford F-350 Super Duty 4WD
ReadyLift Suspension offers a line of products made to fit the ’11 Ford Super Duty. The Stage 1 ’11 F-350 4WD 212-inch Leveling Kit provides the exact amount of front lift to level the new F-350 trucks while allowing for wheel and tire combinations up to 35 inches. The kit will also keep the smooth OEM ride and drivability. The kit includes powdercoated steel coil spring spacers, sound isolators, shock extensions, and sway bar frame mount spacers. Information: ReadyLift Suspension Inc., 888.618.3632, www.readylift.com.
’11 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty
Get the lifted and level look with Revtek’s 212-inch leveling kit for the ’11 Ford F-250 Super Duty. Made in the USA, this kit comes complete with lift blocks, U-bolts, front spacers, new front shocks, and cam eccentrics for correct alignment. Stock suspension geometry and ride comfort are maintained, and a track bar bracket is available as an option. Kits are also available for the F-350 Super Duty. Information: Revtek Suspension, 877.543.8869, www.revtek.com.
5100 Series: Ride Height Adjustable Shock
The Zinc-plated shocks install like factory replacement shocks and are designed to correct the factory rake. The OEM spring seat is repositioned to provide more preload to the factory spring. The shocks increase wheel travel and can accommodate up to 33-inch-tall tires. The result is a level front-to-rear ride height. The monotube gas pressure construction and snap ring grooves on the shock body provide up to 234 inches of front-end lift depending on application. Information: Bilstein, 858.386.5900, www.bilsteinus.com.
’07-’11 Chevy & GMC 1500
Lift and level your vehicle the easy way with Rough Country’s 2-inch leveling kit for the ’07-’11 GMC 1500. The kit utilizes two front 2-inch lower strut mount extensions to quickly and easily level the front and rear, and will allow enough clearance to accommodate up to 32-inch tires. It’s a 100 percent bolt-on kit, and the strut doesn’t need to be disassembled. The fiberglass-reinforced nylon strut mount extensions are durable enough to hold up to the elements and on- and off-road punishment. Information: Rough Country Suspension Systems, 800.222.7023, www.roughcountry.com.
’07-’11 Jeep JK Wrangler
The Rubicon Express suspension system is a great setup for leveling a Jeep JK and gaining minimal lift. Adding just 2 inches of lift provides more clearance for stock tires or gives the height needed for a larger tire size. Increase the flexibility in your JK’s suspension with this economical suspension system while maintaining the factory ride quality of the JK. The 2-inch Budget Boost system is extremely simple to install. Bumpstops and Rubicon precision-valved, twin-tube shocks are also included. Information: Rubicon Express Inc., www.rubiconexpress.com.
’11 Chevy 2500HD
Skyjacker Suspensions’ 2-inch leveling kit torsion keys for the ’11 Chevy Silverado 2500HD are an easy way to lift the new truck and an effective and inexpensive way to gain tire and ground clearance. The torsion bar keys are forged, and the kit also includes shock extensions. Information: Skyjacker Inc., 318.388.0816, www.skyjacker.com.
’97-’04 Ford F-150
Superlift’s forged-steel keys are 25 percent stronger than the cast factory pieces. Metric hardware is supplied to prevent overtorquing the torsion bars. Shock extensions are also included with some applications. The keys will provide 112 to 212 inches of adjustable lift height and help maintain a factorylike ride. Information: Superlift Suspension Systems, 888.299.4692, www.superlift.com.
Jeep Wrangler JK
The Jeep Wrangler JK spacer kit from Synergy Suspension is available in 34-inch front and rear, or 134-inch front and 34-inch rear. The spacers are manufactured from high-density polyurethane and will help maintain a comfortable factory ride while giving the Jeep a boost for larger tires and increased off-road performance. Information: Synergy Suspension, 805.242.0397, www.synergysuspension.com.
’99-’04 Super Duty
Zone Offroad offers an affordable leveling kit for your ’99-’04 Ford Super Duty. This system includes a five-leaf mini-pack, an adjustable track bar, u-bolts, and center pins. Most of the lift comes from the thickness of the mini-pack, which safely attaches to the bottom of the factory spring. This preserves the factory ride so your 1-ton truck won’t beat you up any more than it already does! However, when a load is applied, the mini-pack will keep the front end from sagging. Information: Zone Offroad Products, 888.998.9663, zoneoffroad.com.
’07-’11 Chevy Silverado 1500
The ’07-’11 Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD 2-inch leveling kit from Tuff Country uses coil spring and strut spacers that are mounted above the factory coil and struts and helps maintain a factorylike, highway-friendly ride by not adding any preload on the struts. The kit will give your truck the added room for larger tires and better performance. Information: Tuff Country Inc., 800.288.2190, www.tuffcountry.com.
Ford Diesel Trucks
Late-model Ford Super Duty diesel pickup trucks suffer from the sags, contributing to a funny look and steering and handling problems, especially after accessories like winches or plows are added. Summit offers a bolt-on front suspension leveling kit that’s designed for ’99-’04 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks with the Powerstroke diesel. The kit lifts the front suspension 212 inches to level out the truck from front to rear. The kit includes two leaf springs, a track bar relocation bracket, and U-bolts. Information: Summit Racing Equipment, 800.230.3030, www.summitracing.com.
Chevy & GMC 2500/3500 HD Pickups
Trail Master’s torsion bar leveling kit will lift and adjust the ride on ’11 Chevy/GMC 2500, 3500 HD pickups. The Trail Master keys are designed to raise the vehicle 112 to 212 inches, without additional spring preload. The kit includes shock extensions to maintain proper piston travel within the factory shocks. The kit will maintain a smooth ride and help keep your truck’s maximum towing capabilities. Information: Trail Master Suspension, 928.636.7080, www.trailmastersuspension.com, and Performance Automotive Group, www.p-a-g.net.