The most important thing you need to know, however, is that not all leveling kits are manufactured in the same way. Many truck owners simply look for the least expensive leveling kit they can find without looking at the overall design and quality of manufacture. Name brand leveling kits such as those made by Performance Accessories, are manufactured to ensure that the kit is properly designed, matched to the vehicle, and is reliable for each application. Here's some other important facts you might consider, if you're contemplating a leveling kit for your truck or SUV.
1) Look for high quality manufacturing techniques. Anyone with a drill press and the right tools can make a leveling kit, but name-brand kits are manufactured using precision laser-cutters, high-quality steel and forged components. Better construction quality prevents component failures (cracking) and a better fit.
|Forged torsion bar keys are a must for some 4x4 trucks.|
3) Beware of extra thick coil spring spacers. If a 1.5-inch coil spring spacer is good, then a 2.5-inch spacer must be better, right? Not always. Adding a thicker spacer will compress the spring in the coil/shock assembly and make it incapable of properly supporting the vehicle and controlling oscillations. This is why in many instances, Performance Accessories splits the difference between a coil spacer and spacer that fits on top of the coil/shock assembly. This prevents excessive coil spring pre-load and maintains a smooth ride.
|Top coil assembly spacer with longer studs|
5) There's a difference between a $50 leveling kit and a $200 leveling kit. Look at the quality of construction. Bolts holes should be perfectly cut. There shouldn't be any casting flash or welding splatter. Place spacers on a flat and level surface and see if you see any gaps. Higher quality construction typically costs more because components are created with sophisticated machinery and lots of development time behind them. This gives you better reliability and longevity.
6) Make sure the leveling kit is complete. Many kits are less expensive because they don't include items like shock extensions, longer anti-sway bar end links, a rear add-a-leaf (on some applications where they are necessary), or even shocks; like on some Ford F-250 systems. Do your research on a variety of leveling kits and find out what major manufacturers offer in their systems. You'll quickly realize what the kit should come with, and what those "economy kits" are missing.
|2000-'04 Ford Super Duty Leveling Kit|
8) Make sure you have a coil spring compression tool, or know someone who has and knows how to use it. Most trucks and SUV's that will utilize a coil spacer style kit, will require you to remove the coil spring from the coil/shock assembly. So you'll need a coil spring compression tool. These can be dangerous to use if you've never used one before. If you don't have one, make sure you know where you can take your coil/shock assembly to get the coil spring removed and reinstalled safely.
For more information on leveling kits and to find one for your particular application, visit www.PerformanceAccessories.com.
By DS Media Relations