Lift Kits and Leveling Kits For Trucks and SUVs
There are plenty of reasons to lift a vehicle and quite a few ways to do it. But lift kits and leveling kits for trucks and SUVs just might be the best. That’s because these kits offer a safe and relatively easy way to get a lifted or leveled out suspension at an affordable price. Keep reading to learn more about lift kits and leveling kits and why they might just be the perfect solution for you and your vehicle.
What are lift kits and leveling kits?
Lift kits and leveling kits are very similar to each other. Both are used to raise a vehicle’s suspension and similar components and technology to get there. But the two types of kits are used with different goals in mind.
A lift kit is used to raise a vehicle’s entire suspension equally. So, if your truck comes from the factory with 8.5 inches of ground clearance — standard for pickup trucks — a two-inch lift kit would raise the entire vehicle to 10.5 inches.
A leveling kit, on the other hand, is used to bring the front end of a truck or SUV up to the same height as the rear. Trucks and some SUVs come stock with what’s known as a rake. This is when the rear end sits slightly higher than the front end.
While this is meant to prepare the truck to be loaded and still sit at the proper ride height, not everyone is a fan. A leveling kit allows people who want to eliminate that rake to do just that.
Reasons to lift a truck or SUV
There are plenty of great reasons to lift a vehicle. Here are a few of the most common:
Increased ground clearance. Improved off-road performance is one of the main reasons people lift their vehicles. Raising your vehicle’s body off the ground means you’ll be able to go over bigger obstacles without risking damage to your car.
Room for bigger tires. Larger tires offer increased traction in off-road situations, making them a popular addition to many trucks and SUVs. But the factory ride height may be too low to accommodate these bigger tires, causing them to rub against the body of the car. Lifting your vehicle allows you to use larger tires without damaging it.
Better visibility. When you sit higher on the road, it’s easier to see others and easier for them to see you. Increasing your ride height can drastically improve visibility.
Reasons to level a truck or SUV
Bigger tires and better ground clearance come with leveling a truck just like lifting one. But leveling has a few unique benefits:
Better for heavy machinery. With a natural rake, heavy front-end tools like snow plows can weigh the front of a truck down to the point of bottoming out on the suspension. Leveling the truck allows you to use these kinds of tools while keeping your front end at a safe height.
Reduced braking pressure. A rake can put increased pressure on your truck’s front end during braking situations, which can lead to early brake failure. By leveling your truck or SUV, you give it better balance and spread the stopping force a little more evenly between the front and rear of your vehicle.
How do lift kits and leveling kits work?
There are several ways to lift or level a vehicle. Some people go so far as to just install an entirely new suspension system to get there. Others make modifications to their torsion bars.
But many of these lift and leveling kits offer an easier and more affordable way to adjust your ride height. They use high-density rubber or metal spacers placed at the top of a strut to create additional distance between the bottom of the strut and the connection point on the vehicle.
These spacers maintain a solid, sturdy link while raising the vehicle higher. That solid connection means the vehicle won’t lose much in the way of handling or braking responsiveness. The end result is a safely lifted SUV or truck.
What’s inside a lift or leveling kit?
When it comes to lift and leveling kits, there is a lot of variation in what’s included. That’s because at Strutmasters, we believe in finding the best suspension solution for each vehicle.
Our simplest leveling and lift kits come with the following components:
Spacers. Made from solid, durable materials, the thickness of these spacers is what adds height to your ride.
Mounts. Every car mounts its struts and suspension parts differently. Each lift and leveling kit comes with the proper mounts for the vehicle it matches for a perfect fit.
All necessary hardware. Strutmasters uses only high end hardware like nuts, bolts, and washers in its kits.
Other kits may have additional items. Our more comprehensive kits may include:
New struts. Sometimes lifting or leveling your vehicle requires new struts and shocks. When it does, you’ll find only the best in your kit.
Coil springs. When you lift or level your vehicle, you may need to install new springs that are properly tuned and rated for the new ride height.
Torsion key. You may need to make adjustments to your torsion bar when you increase your ride height. To do that, you’ll need to use a torsion key.
You may find other components in your lift or leveling kit, depending on what your own truck or SUV needs. But with ReadyLIFT kits from Strutmasters, you can be sure that whatever you need to get the job done will come in the box.
Should you lift or level your truck or SUV?
Lifting or leveling your vehicle can be a big change, so it’s important to consider it fully before doing it. And it’s certainly not for everyone.
Here are some times you might want to consider a lift or leveling kit:
You’re an off-road enthusiast. Lifting your vehicle makes it more capable and less likely to get damaged in off-road situations. That can make your 4x4 journeys more adventurous and less worrisome.
You use a lot of front-end tools. If you use snow plows and other big heavy tools on the front end of your vehicle, leveling it can keep you from bottoming out from the weight.
You want bigger tires. A lift can help you accommodate bigger tires, which can offer you improved performance.
You just like the lifted look. For some people, it’s just about the aesthetic—and that’s okay. If you want your truck or SUV to sit higher because you like how it looks, a lift kit or leveling kit is a great way to get there.
What you should look for in a leveling kit or lift kit
While a good lift kit or leveling kit can improve performance and offer a number of other benefits, a bad one can make your ride uncomfortable—or even unsafe. Finding the right manufacturer can help you avoid that kind of situation.
Here are some things to look for in the company that makes your kit:
Trustworthy manufacturing. Producing kits and components overseas can help companies save money. And while most of these manufacturers can and do produce great products, assuring that quality isn’t easy when your factory is in another country thousands of miles away. Companies that make their lift kits here in the USA can keep a close eye on manufacturing quality and ensure their products are made to their standards.
Quality materials. Some companies use cheaper materials that seem “good enough” to save money. But when it comes to your car’s suspension, quality is safety. Make sure the company you buy your kit from uses quality metals and other materials in their components.
Precision engineering. Some leveling and lift kits out there use parts meant for similar vehicles for a close-enough fit. But a good manufacturer will insist on designing spacers and other components that are specific to each individual vehicle and fit perfectly.
Customer service. Even with a high-quality lift kit that’s a perfect match for your vehicle, problems can still happen. Or you may simply just have some questions. In any case, you want the company you buy your lift kit from to be able and willing to support you when you need it.
Strutmasters lift kits and leveling kits for trucks and SUVs
Since 1999, Strutmasters has helped millions of car owners find high-quality, affordable suspension solutions for their vehicles. The company now offers that same level of quality and service that people have come to expect for lifting or leveling your vehicle with its ReadyLIFT kits.
Each kit has been painstakingly engineered to be a perfect fit for the vehicle it matches and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure performance and durability. As you’d expect from Strutmasters, all components are made to strict manufacturing standards using top-quality components—including the nuts and bolts you’ll use to install it.
To get started lifting your truck or SUV, find the right kit for your vehicle in our online catalog. If you need some help, you can use our chat assistant at the right-hand side of the page. But you can always call 866-597-2397 for assistance. Our Suspension Experts are standing by to help you find exactly what you need and answer any questions you might have.