There is so much confusion that surrounds lift kits and leveling kits. Many people even use the terms interchangeably.
Both kits involve your truck’s suspension and both change how your truck looks. However, that’s pretty much where the similarities stop.
So what are the key differences between the two? Read on to see whether a lift kit or a leveling kit is right for you.
1. Lift Kit
A lift kit is a kit that raises both the front and rear of the truck. By lifting the truck, it gives the vehicle a more aggressive appearance and also allows the owner to install larger tires.
There are two basic types of lift kits: body lift kits and suspension lift kits.
Body Lift Kit
Body lift kits use blocks or spacers to raise the body high onto the frame of the truck without altering the truck’s suspension. This type of lift gives the truck a lifted look and allows you to install those big tires.
Body lift kits have two main advantages over suspension lift kits. These advantages are lower cost and easy installation. However, due to the increased height, stability can be negatively impacted.
Suspension Lift Kit
While the cost may be higher and the installation more complicated, many argue that suspension lift kits are definitely worth the extra money and work. Unlike the body lift kits, suspension lift kits lift both the body and the frame of the truck.
Suspension lift kits involve replacing almost everything in the suspension system: leaf springs, control arms, trailing arms, and sometimes even the steering components. Upgrading these items allows for better suspension articulation, increased ground clearance, and a more capable off-road vehicle.
2. Leveling Kit
A leveling kit does exactly what the name suggests. It levels the truck. The difference between leveling kits and lift kits is that they only lift the front or the rear.
Often times, trucks come from the factory with a higher rear end because they install stiffer rear springs to help compensate for heavy loads. While this does make sense when it comes to function, it makes the truck look unbalanced as the front tips lower than the back.
You can install a leveling kit to give the truck a level stance without changing the truck’s handling. Another great thing about leveling kits is that they are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.
If you do not utilize your truck in many intense off-road situations, then a leveling kit may be all you need. While being efficient and easy to install, you still get the aggressive look of a higher raised truck.
Which Kit is Right For You?
Hopefully, after reading the above, you have a better idea of which type of kit is right for you. Both kits have several key differences, and it all depends on what your specific needs are and how you intend to use your vehicle.
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