Your Complete Guide to Leveling Kits for Your Truck, Jeep, or SUV
Are you looking to level your truck, Jeep, or SUV? Let the suspension experts at the wayside provide some tips on leveling kits in the world of suspension. Leveling kits come in several different styles, and this blog post will make you to understand better.
What Is a Leveling Kit?
First things first, let’s get down to the basics. A leveling kit is designed to level the front of your truck, SUV, or Jeep so that it becomes level with the vehicle’s rear suspension, ultimately making your truck to be leveled.
Reasons to Invest in a Leveling Kit
Giving your vehicle a leveled look isn’t just about beauty, it’s about how functional it is for your truck. A couple of reasons to buy a leveling kit are you want to purchase new wheels or maybe bigger tires or added a snowplow to your vehicle’s front.
Apart from that, a leveling kit offers more than just bigger tires or wheels and even bumpers or snowplows. Using a leveling kit, you will gain more ground clearance while maintaining your vehicle’s factory ride.
Different Types of Leveling Kits
We have different kinds of leveling kits. Each is designed specially and comes with its own set of considerations. We have different kinds of leveling kits for you to choose from:
Strut Extension Leveling Kits
Strut extensions or strut spacers are used on vehicles with a coil-over strut for the front suspension, including most half-ton and mid-sized trucks and SUVs. In summary, this kind of leveling kit puts a spacer on top or bottom of the factory strut, raising the suspension of the vehicle a couple of inches. This means you don’t have to replace the struts on your vehicle; just slide a leveling kit on top or bottom, saving you money.
Torsion Key Leveling Kits
Torsion key leveling kits are used on vehicles with torsion bar suspension systems. The torsion keys replace the factory torsion bar keys on the vehicle, lifting the vehicle on one side or another. This changes the clock position of the torsion bar to raise the suspension of the vehicle. The replacement keys are also much sturdier than those that come from the factory, giving you a lift without compromising your ride.
If you attempt to adjust the factory keys to get a slight lift, it will put extra pressure on the load and could damage your factory torsion keys, which could cost you money long term in order to fix. It’s best to seek out forged keys with a powder coating for more durability.