For those looking to customize their 4×4 truck, some of the most common potential upgrades considered are lifting or leveling kits. Valuable for everything from added functionality to space for larger tires and increasing clearance, such kits can make a huge difference in several major operational and aesthetic areas – but choosing the right one is important for ensuring your get the proper benefits.
At Pro Audio Pro 4×4, we’re proud to provide a variety of 4×4 truck accessories, which include both lift kits and leveling kits plus a variety of other products and solutions. In today’s blog, we’ll go over the differences between lifting and leveling a truck, plus choosing which is the appropriate service given your desires for upgrades.
For most trucks that have not been lifted or leveled, the rear end is known to sit a bit higher than the front section. This is done primarily to allow for proper compression of rear shocks when hauling anything heavy, and those who will regularly be doing so should strongly consider keeping this alignment as-is for the long-term viability of their shocks.
For those who have other purposes for their trucks, however, there may be many situations where leveling the truck out to increase front-end ground clearance is valuable. Many also perform this service to heighten the rear end, compensating for sag from an item like a large spare tire. Leveling kits are versatile and allow you to raise either end of the truck, fitting bigger wheels and a wider variety of tires if desired.
Lift kits, on the other hand, raise the entire vehicle’s height by between two and 10 inches in most cases. Also known as suspension systems, many lift kits are far more involved projects that include new springs, new shocks, upgraded control arms and any other materials required to maintain the height you desire. However, there are also simpler, block-style lift kits that give you a small height boost without as many additional bells and whistles.
Making the Proper Choice
So which is the best choice for you between these options? The answer depends on what you want to do with your truck.
For those planning to go off-road often, a lift kit is often best – it allows for larger tires with better tread, plus higher ground clearance that stops water or other potential damage from taking place. Those who will mostly be on pavement and are going for a more aggressive aesthetic, on the other hand, often prefer leveling kits, which tend to be a bit cheaper and easier to install. If your desires are a bit more complex, speak to our 4×4 experts for recommendations.
For more on choosing between a lift kit and leveling kit for your 4×4 truck, or to learn about any of our car audio installation or other vehicle upgrades, speak to the staff at Pro Audio Pro 4×4 today.