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Most manufacturers build their trucks so the rear is higher than the front. This is known as “rake” and makes hauling heavy loads easier. If you drive a truck with a thousand pounds loaded in the bed, the additional weight will cause the truck's rear springs to compress.
As a result, the rear will drop by a few inches. Because the truck's rear is already higher than the front from the factory rake, this isn't as much of a problem. You can haul heavy supplies and equipment without too much of a “sag” in the rear.
If the truck was built so the rear was level to the front and you placed a thousand pounds in the bed, the extra weight would bottom out the suspension. In turn, this would cause the shocks, bushings, and other parts to wear out before they should. Your ride quality would be poor, and the truck's handling would suffer.
Fortunately, there are ways to modify your truck, Jeep, or SUV to look great and still provide the performance capabilities you need. This is when you should consider aftermarket lift kits and leveling kits.
A leveling kit allows you to level your truck by raising the front a few inches. Truck owners who install leveling kits often do so for the look, as factory rake can be noticeable when you're not hauling. Leveling kits also increase ground clearance by a small amount, so you can install larger tires.
If you're wondering about hauling capabilities after a leveling kit installation, that's another pro. Since the rear remains untouched, your payload capacity is the same as it was prior to the install.
Leveling kits aren't too complex. Within a leveling kit, you usually have coil spacers and torsion keys or strut extensions (depending on your truck’s suspension). Most leveling kits don't require a service technicians to jack up your vehicle, either. This saves time on installation.
Strut Extensions are leveling kits where a spacer is added on top of your factory strut. There's no modification of factory parts involved, so it's a more affordable option than others. This also makes strut extension lifts easy to remove if the need ever arises. Strut extensions are made for vehicles that use a coilover strut for their front suspension (most late-model SUVs and half ton trucks).
Available Brands: Off Road Unlimited, Revtek, and more.
You can lift your vehicle by modifying the torsion bar with torsion keys. Aftermarket torsion keys are generally sturdier and stronger than the ones your vehicle's manufacturer uses. If you're purchasing aftermarket torsion keys, it's recommended you buy a torsion key adjustor tool as well. This is useful for any future modifications.
Available Brands: Pro Comp and more.
Coil spacer leveling kits are similar to strut extensions, except you're adding a spacer to your factory spring buckets in this instance. With coil spacers, you're still able to enjoy your factory stance and ride while taking advantage of truck leveling kit benefits. It's important to note that certain coil spacer installations will also require the installation of shock extensions. Most coil spacer leveling kits include these to compensate for your lift.
Available Brands: Pro Comp.
A block kit is sometimes confused with a standard leveling kit, but it's a distinct modification. If you're changing the height of your vehicle's rear end, then block kits are an ideal way to go. With block kits, you can increase the height of the rear and change the rake so it's better suited for towing and hauling.
Leveling kits aren't for hardcore off-roading. If you're looking to for an all-out off-road warrior, then a suspension lift kit is a better option. Suspension lift kits are more complex than leveling kits, with many options available for raising your vehicle. If you mostly drive on the road frequently and simply like the aggressive stance of a raised vehicle, then a leveling kit is a cost-effective option that will meet your needs.
Get your Truck, Jeep, or SUV stanced the way you like it, and make room for the tires that should have come on it from the factory.
Eighty-Ninety Gear & Off-Road is your source for suspension lift kits and leveling kits that give your truck or Jeep the extra ground clearance you need to install the biggest off-road wheels and tires.
Suspension lift kits can help you:
If you’re not sure what type of lift kit or leveling kit is best for your vehicle and where you like to drive, that’s no problem. We can walk you through the measurement and help you find the right lift kit for your application.
Lift kit installations are performed by Will, owner of Eighty-Ninety Gear & Off-Road. Will is a fully trained automotive technician and welder. This means you'll be in direct contact with your service adviser and technician before, during, and after your lift kit service.
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Between these brands and their specializations, aftermarket suspension systems exist for a wide variety of vehicles. Whether you drive a Toyota Tacoma, Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, Jeep Wrangler, or other make and model, you have options. Choose the brand you like best and decide how high you want to take your vehicle. If you have any questions, let us know.
Suspension lift kits are perfect for off-road drivers looking for more ground clearance, bigger tires, and better performance capabilities. Suspension kits can also add an aggressive look to your truck, Jeep®, or SUV. Here's what to know about suspension kits:
If you’re not sure what size lift kit to install, consult with a member of our staff. Our friendly professionals will gladly review your options to help you find the right lift kit for your vehicle. From 2.5" lift kits to 6” lift kits, we're here to answer your questions and help you upgrade your vehicle from stock.
If you’re not sure the type of lift kit or leveling kit you need, call (864) 905-0319 to learn more about your options and suitable applications. Whether you want larger tires or more ground clearance, you'll find your answer in the inventory of suspension lift kits at Eighty-Ninety Gear & Off-Road.
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