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Old 10-10-2013, 12:43 PM
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Would someone please educate me on the pros and cons of a level vs lifting on a 2010 1500. What are the "DO's and Dont's", what brands/kits do you recommend for the best prices and any other info that is a need to know about this.

ALSO I have 20" wheels and would like to stay with 20" wheels, If I level it what is the biggest tire I can clear and not have any problems with. I am looking to do something with mine in the next few weeks.

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OK i'll do you homework for ya.

1st: Decide what you want. Do you want a lot of clearance to clear big tires? like 37s? or just enough room to clear some 35s? Do you plan on offroading a lot? or just want a good stance.

Price:

Level: ~$200 max

Lift: $1000-3000 roughly

Level + Body lift: ~500/600

(not including labor, labor charges usually run $80-100/hr)

Installation:

level: pretty much a DIY job with basic knowledge and common tools. Saves you a lot of money on labor costs.

lift: might want a shop to do it unless you really know what you are doing. Expect $600-$1000 for install.

Clearance:

Level: 1. with stock 20" wheels, you can fit 35x12.5x20s with a 1/4" spacer

2. Aftermarket 20s, get a 0 to negative offset wheel to clear 35s no problem

Lift: Run 35s pretty much no issue. Might need spacers/offset rim.

Lift + Body lift: upwards of 37" tires

Brands:

Level: Spacer: Hell Bent Steel (or the like)
Adjustable Struts: Bilstein or Rancho

Lifts: Cheap - RCX
Good quality, common - BDS, Pro Comp, etc


Pros to leveling/lifting: clearing bigger tires, reducing "rake"

cons: as with any afterkmarket additions some trucks act finicky with changes to the suspension. you face the potential to deal with shaking, vibrations, wearing parts, etc. This should not deter you from lifting. They are usually fixable issues should they arise
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You sir, are a saint! I appreciate all that info very much I am looking to clear 35s and have a good looking stance. My last question just for my knowledge (mind you im a newbie to this 4x4 off-roading truck life an not dumb just uneducated and would rather learn from people who have done it than from books etc) is what are the purpose of the adjustable struts in for a level??
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it's just another method used instead of a spacer. basically it allows for the spring seat to be moved up so the spring doesnt compress as much, therefor the front end of the truck doesn't lean forward. make sense?

ud think that would make for a stiffer ride but most people report a better ride after switching to adjustable struts. now, they aren't adjustable while on the truck...keep that in mind. u pick a setting then install. common settings are 2.1" and 2.8" for ur application, I'd go 2.8" to clear the 35"s. they should settle to give u a perfect level and it if still looks a tad nose high u can get 1" coil spacers for the rear
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Yea that does clear things up alot.
That's why I value the information given from other users and on this forum rather than reading things "by the book".
Thanks again man I really appreciate it!
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A con for leveling the truck: From the manufacture, the front of a truck is lower than the rear. This allows you to load the truck and the rear will sag down which makes the truck level with a load. A lot of people like to level the front to the back. If you do any towing or hauling in the bed, and you have leveled the truck, the extra weight in the back will now make the front of the truck point up rather than being level with the extra load. If you don't tow or haul, then it is not a problem.
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A con for leveling the truck: From the manufacture, the front of a truck is lower than the rear. This allows you to load the truck and the rear will sag down which makes the truck level with a load. A lot of people like to level the front to the back. If you do any towing or hauling in the bed, and you have leveled the truck, the extra weight in the back will now make the front of the truck point up rather than being level with the extra load. If you don't tow or haul, then it is not a problem.
easy solution to this is to get air bags for the rear. relatively cheap and people love them.

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a bit further into leveling kits.... There are a few options...most common being Spacers or Adjustable struts.

Spacers are fine as long as you do not go above 2.5" as they create severe angles on your CV shafts. causing wear and tear at a greater rate. one Possible Disadvantage to spacers is they are not compatible with lifts should you ever decided to go bigger.. ie wasted money which no one likes.

Bilstien 5100 adjustable struts are by far the best and most recommended option. they have 5 levels of adjustment 0-2.7" of height and ARE compatible with lift kits should you go higher... Also owners have noticed improved ride over stock using them, as like anything else results may vary.
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