There’s no better feeling than getting behind the wheel of a lifted truck. From way up there, you own the world. Period. But if you’ve been researching options for giving your truck a height boost, you know there’s more than one way to get the job done.
Lift kits vs leveling kits
Two popular methods of adding height to a truck are lift kits and leveling kits. Lift kits elevate your entire truck off the ground by placing blocks and spacers between the body and the frame. In general, the overall lift achieved is between one and three inches, but if you’re willing to alter your suspension, you can climb even higher. Leveling kits, however, offer a subtler lift by placing spacers on top of the struts or coil springs. This raises the front end of the truck by about two inches, for a flush, even look.
While both are designed to improve handling and enhance the overall look of your vehicle, there are a few major differences between them. So which one should you choose? It depends. Let’s quickly run through the advantages of each.
Advantages of a leveling kit
Get a consistent look for your truck
Trucks were designed with heavy hauling in mind. For this reason, the rear end of a stock truck usually sits a bit higher than the front end. This allows you to carry a substantial payload in the truck bed without bottoming out. Unfortunately, this sometimes means you can’t use as big a tire in the front as you can in the back. With a leveling kit, you can raise the front to the same height as the back, install matching tires all around, and achieve a consistent look for your entire truck.
Restore balance to your truck
If you have serious mods on your truck – say, a heavy-duty bullnose bumper or a big winch – it can weigh down the front end. Not only does a saggy truck look lame, but it can also cause unnecessary premature wear on your tires and suspension. A leveling kit gives your truck a boost and solves the problem of uneven weight distribution.
Install a leveling kit on your truck with ease
Leveling kits are very specific to a truck, so it’s important to ensure you’ve selected the correct kit for your vehicle. But even though there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for leveling out a truck, most are inexpensive and rather straightforward to install.
Advantages of a lift kit
Elevate your whole truck with a lift kit
These days, trucks tend to be built so they’re lower to the ground, much like cars. When it comes to driving on rocky roads or towing heavy loads, that limited clearance means trouble for your undercarriage. A lift kit can help prevent damage by raising the entire body of your truck higher off the ground.
Become an off-roading monster in your truck
The best way to prepare your truck for the steep angles and rough terrain of an awesome off-roading experience is to install a lift kit. With a lift kit, you can accommodate much bigger tires, giving you better traction and handling when you’re roaring up inclines and tearing through mud pits.
Choose your lift kit style for your truck
There are two different options for lift kits: a body lift and a suspension lift. Body lifts are affordable and relatively easy to install, but they don’t increase the overall clearance of your truck, which can create havoc down the line for your suspension. Suspension lifts, on the other hand, are costlier and trickier to install, but they’re also durable and provide extra clearance.
Lift kit or leveling kit? Which one’s right for you?
If you can’t decide between a lift kit and a leveling kit, think about your end goals. Do you want to improve the look of your truck, or are you also itching to charge through some backcountry roads?
The best way to figure out whether to go with a lift kit or a leveling kit is to come in to Stereo Depot and chat with one of our trained experts. We can help you decide how to optimize your truck to best fit your needs, and offer suggestions on how to get ready for off-roading or heavy hauls. Give us a call at (619) 494-3944 and let’s talk! Or drop by and see us in San Diego or El Cajon.