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> Lift Kit vs. Leveling Kit

Lift Kit vs. Leveling Kit

Published Date:
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.

Distinguishing Features

Leveling Kit

Lift Kit

Ride Height

Raises the front end of your truck 1.5 to 2.5 inches.

Ride Height

Raises your truck's entire ride height, usually from 3 to 12 inches.

Tires

Allows slightly larger tires (usually up to 33 inches in diameter) to be installed.

Tires

Allows considerably larger tires (35 inches in diameter and higher) to be installed.

Wheels

Requires use of wheels with factory backspacing, usually no larger than 20x9 in size.

Wheels

Can change your truck's backspacing requirements, allows installation of larger, wider wheels such as 20x10 and up.

Handling

Minimal impact to vehicle handling, ideal for trucks that will stay on-road most of the time.

Handling

Can have a substantial impact on your truck's handling and ride characteristics, often used to improve off-road performance.

Installation

Can usually be installed with basic hand tools.

Installation

Often requires professional installation as well as an alignment afterwards.

Budget

Many leveling kits are available in the $100-$300 range.

Budget

Can cost $1000 or more due to the number of components included in the kit.

 

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