What is a Truck Leveling Kit and Why Do I Need One?

 Truck Leveling KitIf you are looking for a truck leveling kit in the Brick or East Brunswick area, drop by Auto Image and talk to our truck accessory experts. A leveling kit is a great way to improve the look of your truck and can allow for larger wheels and tires to fit on the front, without the need for an expensive lift kit. Let’s look at the benefits of a leveling kit and compare them to a lift kit.

What is a Truck Leveling Kit?

Most truck manufacturers include a small to moderate amount of rake in the vehicle design. Rake means that the front of the truck is slightly lower than the back. If you were to put a carpenter’s level on the bed rails, you’d see the bubble positioned toward the rear of the truck. This design is quite deliberate, especially in a vehicle with a high cargo capacity. When you add weight to any vehicle, the suspension will compress.

Trucks are designed with a maximum load carrying capacity. When unloaded, the rear of the truck will be higher than the front. At its maximum capacity, the rear of the truck may be slightly lower than the front.

A truck leveling kit raises the front of your truck to even out the overall stance of the vehicle. If you rarely load your truck or haul a heavy trailer, adding a leveling kit will let you fit larger wheels and tires on your truck for a minimal investment.

What is Included in a Leveling Kit?

 Truck Leveling KitMost leveling kits include a strut spacer that varies between 1 and 3 inches. The spacer fits between the chassis of the truck and the upper spring perch. The effect is to move the chassis of the truck up by that distance without significantly affecting the geometry of your vehicle’s suspension.

Depending on the manufacturer and application, the leveling kit may include spacers that are fabricated from three or more laser-cut steel pieces of steel or are machined from a billet aluminum block. For applications like the 2011–2017 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD that use a torsion rod front suspension, a leveling kit includes a new set of torsion bar keys.

Additional Benefits of Leveling Kit

Since rear wheel movement is straight up and down, the front wheels provide challenges when adding larger-diameter wheels and tires. You can often fit a set of 33–35″ tires into a stock application once a leveling kit has been installed.

Most leveling kits fit on top of the factory front springs. You maintain the same steering feel, shock absorption and handling that you had before we install the kit. As with any suspension modification, it’s always a good idea to get an alignment to ensure maximum longevity from your tires and proper handling.

Expert Installation by Auto Image

Once we have helped you pick the perfect leveling kit for your truck, our team of truck accessory experts can install it for you. We have the tools to support your vehicle safely while installing the spacer or new torsion keys, and we take the time to ensure that every fastener is torqued to specification. We never take shortcuts when working on vehicle suspension systems (or anything else, for that matter).

Visit New Jersey’s Truck Accessory Experts

From a simple leveling kit to a full-blown lift kit, wheels and tires, the crew at Auto Image is here to help you choose the perfect solution for your truck or SUV. We will make sure you get the right components for your application and install them reliably and accurately. For more information about our truck accessories, drop by our store in Brick or East Brunswick, or send us an e-mail using our contact form.