Lift Kits vs. Leveling Kits: What’s the Difference?
If you’re looking to modify your truck with a kit, and you’re not sure whether a leveling kit or lift kit is appropriate for you, read on. Many buyers want to instantly modify a new truck when it comes to performance, but what about suspension, ground clearance, and style? If you’re serious about leveling and lifting, here’s what you need to know before you drop the cash to mod your ride:
Leveling vs. Lifting
Beginning with the main similarity of the kits, both are designed to raise the body of your truck away from the axles. Truck owners would want this for a few reasons, namely for looks, to fit larger tires, and to increase ground clearance.
The Lift Kit
Lift kits do exactly what the name implies: via suspension parts that are modified, it will lift your truck higher into the air. Kits are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are sold according to height: two-, four-, six-, eight-, and even ten-inch kits are available. (There are also custom kits that can be ordered if you want a specific height other than the standard options.) These kits, also known as suspension systems, are more complex than leveling kits and include shocks, control arms, springs, and more. New drive shafts are usually required and brake lines, along with suspension pieces, are going to need to be bent. Something else to note is that with a lift kit, running tires that are larger than stock might require aftermarket wheels with a larger distance from the wheel to the hub (increased offset). One of the biggest advantages of using a lift kit is for going off-road; having larger tires and more suspension, along with better ground clearance, are huge advantages for off-roading.
The Leveling Kit
Leveling kits are, in general, much more simple than lift kits and uses hardware to raise the front of your truck just slightly, usually a maximum of only two inches to match the stock height in the back. Leveling kits also don’t require the elaborate alterations that lift kits require; in fact, they usually only require torsion keys or spring spacers for the job. One of the biggest advantages of leveling is allowing for larger-than-stock tires on all four corners. If a plow, for example, is added to the front of a truck, the suspension might sag, but a leveling kit can bring the front end back up to its proper height. These kits are easy to install and are not expensive. If you need to lift the vehicle more than a couple of inches, however, you may want to opt for a lift kit.
To Sum It Up: Which Should You Choose?
When all is said and done, here is what you should take away from this information, if nothing else: You’ll want to opt for a leveling kit if you use your truck as a utility vehicle or a towing rig. If, alternatively, you use your beloved truck in the water and mud, you enjoy off-roading or just want a much higher truck, then a lift kit is more your style. Happy modding!