March 20, 2018
Deciding between a lift kit and or a leveling kit for your truck requires you to take a few things into consideration. Do you want to install larger tires, deep-dish rims, or both? Will your vehicle be used primarily on the road or on the trail? Are you building on a budget, or is money no object? Knowing which kind of kit is best-suited to your needs will help you easily choose the right one for your truck.
Raises the front end of your truck 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
Raises your truck's entire ride height, usually from 3 to 12 inches.
Allows slightly larger tires (usually up to 33 inches in diameter) to be installed.
Allows considerably larger tires (35 inches in diameter and higher) to be installed.
Requires use of wheels with factory backspacing, usually no larger than 20x9 in size.
Can change your truck's backspacing requirements, allows installation of larger, wider wheels such as 20x10 and up.
Minimal impact to vehicle handling, ideal for trucks that will stay on-road most of the time.
Can have a substantial impact on your truck's handling and ride characteristics, often used to improve off-road performance.
Can usually be installed with basic hand tools.
Often requires professional installation as well as an alignment afterwards.
Many leveling kits are available in the $100-$300 range.
Can cost $1000 or more due to the number of components included in the kit.
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Installation of a Maxtrac leveling strut spacer on a Chevrolet Silverado.
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