There’s a lot more to engineering and design when it comes to adding a leveling or lift kit to your pickup truck than you might think about if you’re a new truck owner.
While jacking up your truck to accommodate larger tires and give it an over all new or aggressive look may be your ultimate goal, speaking to a qualified service technician prior to ordering the work is your best bet to make sure you’re happy with the final result.
A knowledgeable technician can advise you on the best kit to give you the results you will be happy with.
Trucks are designed with the front end slightly lower than the rear end to balance things out when you have the weight of a trailer pressing down on the rear bumper.
Leveling and lifting kits can be installed to accommodate this inherent truck design.
“With a leveling kit you’re adding to the existing suspension,” explained MacMaster Buick GMC service technician Gary Porterfield. “You’re adding a spacer to lift the suspension up a slight amount. You can do just the front to level the truck but we usually do the back at the same time. Since most of our customers use their trucks to tow, we lift the back as well. Otherwise if you hook up a trailer on a truck that is level, it will sag down at the back – your drive-line angle is wrong and your headlights are pointing in the air.”
A lift kit is designed to raise the entire truck several inches and is most often done to allow a larger tire the needed clearance.
“A lift kit is major work. We’re basically replacing all the suspension components and raising the suspension generally between six and eight inches depending on the kit. It gives you more ground clearance for off roading but most people just like the way it looks,” Mr. Portfield explained. “At a seven inch lift we can install a 35 inch tire.”
Whether you are having your brand new truck lifted before you even take it off the showroom lot or are bringing in you current truck for suspension modifications, take the time to speak to the knowledgeable service technicians at MacMaster Buick GMC in Orangeville to get the best advice on how a lift or leveling kit will effect the performance of your vehicle.
Written by Brian Lockhart