If you are new to the truck modification world, there may be a few areas of knowledge that are confusing or misunderstood. One of the most common misconceptions surrounds the subject of lift kits and how they differ from leveling kits. This guide will try to elucidate these differences and hopefully make it more transparent as to what you may require. Here are the differences between a lift kit and a leveling kit.
Lift kits tend to raise both the front and rear of the truck, giving it a much more aggressive look, ore clearance, and making your truck more ideal for off-roading and rock crawling. Typically, a moderate lift kit will raise the front and rear anywhere from 1" to 3", but you can go much higher. Higher kits will require more additions or modifications to account for the drastic change in suspension and ride quality, and the cost can balloon fast with shocks, control arms, and more. Most of our lift kits provide a 3" lift because we find that this will give an attractive, aggressive look to your vehicle that still allows for general off-roading without changing the suspension and ride quality too much.
Most trucks are built to have a taller rear than the front. In general, this is supposed to counteract the weight that towing puts on the back end. However, in most situations when you are not hauling anything, this height difference isn’t visually appealing. A truck suspension leveling kit tends to be for those who use their truck for more general driving and would like a leveled-out look. Additionally, if you plan on putting a winch or other heavy object on the front, a level kit can help counteract this.
Which One Is Right For You?
When it comes to the final decision on which you should get, ask yourself what applications you plan to use your truck for. If you plan on just going off-roading, then a lift kit is probably the most beneficial of the two. On the other hand, if you just plan on doing general street driving and want to improve the truck's look, a leveling kit would probably be the best option.
Now that you understand the differences between a lift kit and a leveling kit, you should be able to make an informed decision on which is the best option for you. If you have any other queries in this area or any others, be sure to contact Supreme Suspensions®. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any other questions you may have, helping you find the right product from our vast selection of automotive parts.