March 29, 2018
When it comes to installing a lift kit or level kit, there is often a question about whether it's something you can do yourself or if it's a job better suited for the professionals. There are pros and cons to each, such as saving you money (pro!) or requiring an expensive, specialized tool (con!). We'll take a look at self vs. professional installation of lift and level kits in this article.
Most leveling kits add blocks, spacers, or new torsion keys to your existing suspension components to raise the truck higher off the ground by 1 to 3 inches. Some kits use an adjustable coilover shock absorber to create front-end lift. This seemingly small increase in ride height can have a big impact, and one of the primary benefits is allowing for a bigger tire. Many level kits are also budget-friendly, coming in around $100 to $300, though kits that include new shocks can cost more.
Leveling kits can also be easily installed with simple hand tools and close attention paid to an install video. If you've got a garage or driveway with some tools and space to work, a leveling kit can be added in just a few hours. Kits that require you to remove your truck's coil springs should be installed by a professional to prevent injury.
Take a look at this step-by-step leveling kit install video for a GMC Sierra and see if it's something you're up for. Once you get started, RealTruck's tech specialists are available to talk you through it over the phone if you get stuck.
If you don't feel up to it or don't have the space or tools, it may be better suited to the professionals.
Lift kits are a different beast entirely. The number of parts and their positioning on the vehicle may require an automotive lift to raise the truck and make it easier to work on. Lift kits frequently require drilling and/or cutting of existing components, as well as specialized tools to access certain components. It's also possible to run into additional issues that may hinder the install process. Therefore, it is often best for lift kits to be installed by professional mechanics.
As always, if you have questions about lift or level kits, or want to speak with a tech specialist, chat in or give us a call at 877-216-5446. We're here to help.