A raised suspension is to off-road trucks what a lowered suspension is to street performance cars. You have several options, though, if you want to raise your truck. You can raise your car via lift kit or leveling kit. Each has its own purpose, and it depends on your specific needs to determine which style is right for you.
A lift kit raises the entire truck from front to rear. Lift kits are available in two varieties: body lift and suspension lift.
The Body Lift raises the body of the truck using spacers and blockers; it does not alter the suspension itself. The ground clearance also remains the same, but the increased height allows you to switch to larger tires.
With the Suspension Lift every component of the suspension changes, including the shocks, struts, control arms, and leaf springs. This increases suspension articulation and ground clearance. The additional ground clearance creates a more capable off-road vehicle. Because the truck body is higher off the ground the stability might not remain the same. Driving dynamics may change as well.
Unbeknownst to most people, most trucks sit slightly higher in the rear. A leveling kit raises the front end of the truck so that it’s completely level with the rear. The truck bed can handle additional weight without causing the rear to sag with the use of this kit. Leveling the front does not inhibit cargo capacity, and it does not cause the suspension in the rear to bottom out. Leveling a truck is done primarily for looks; it gives the front end a more aggressive looking stance.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees
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