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Silverado Level Kit Opinion
Changed front bumper 8 months ago, and the front has appeared to have settled 1/4 inch lower. Currently there’s 3inch difference between front and back.

Going back and forth between 2.25 and 2.5 level, because research has been inconclusive. Some say 2.25 can actually lift anywhere from to 2.25-2.5+. The same with 2.5, lifts anywhere from 2.5-3.0+

The result I’d prefer is no more than 2.75 since I haul sxs & mowers here and there. Does anyone have any experience with leveling kits?

I’ve almost decided on 2.5 and just hope it doesn’t lift over 3”.

There’s so much conflicting info online, any suggestions appreciated.


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
What year and what model do you have?


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
If you put a new bumper, make sure you get a system that can handle the extra weight. A standard 2.5” lift assumes factory parts. I know for Tacoma’s for instance, OME makes lifts with more spring capacity to account for winches and bumpers.


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lotik
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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
Parts will wear prematurely. You are altering the geometry of the suspension and placing things in a bind. That being said, I don't like a rake either.


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
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What year and what model do you have?



‘08 1500

Bumper is ranch hand. Didn’t seem that much heavier than the stock bumper. It was supposed to be approximately 70 pound difference, but didn’t feel like it during installation.

Just going to get the kit that is inserted above the shocks/springs.

Thanks guys


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Parts will wear prematurely. You are altering the geometry of the suspension and placing things in a bind. That being said, I don't like a rake either.


All of this, so just add a rear bumper to go with it.


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All of this, so just add a rear bumper to go with it.



That wouldn’t work. 1500 lbs loaded on trailer, truck still had a bit of rake before the bumper. I was fine with the difference prior to bumper, but truck looks like a drag racing car now. Although it’s likely way more noticeable to me than others.


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
I've installed leveling kits on several of my trucks and in this situation I'd recommend a 2" level. This will still give you the desired effect with a very slight rake and will be easier on your suspension components


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
Make sure to get the one that adjust your headlights


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skullraker
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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
We recently put a 3" level kit on my son's 2004 Sierra 1500. I wound up having to change the shocks out because the OEM units weren't long enough to accommodate the lift. When it was all said and done, it looked good but maybe a hair squatted. Now that the shocks have a lil time on them, I'd say it straight level.
This post was edited on 7/20 at 9:04 am


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
spacers are gonna make for a rougher ride. Try out the Bilstein 5100 shocks, they're about a 2" lift to the front.


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
Drop the rear 2".
Beds are.too damn tall these days anyway.

I looked into lowering my 2013 f250 4x4.

I'm a tall guy but I use my truck bed a lot. Shits ridiculous.


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Drop the rear 2".
Beds are.too damn tall these days anyway.

I looked into lowering my 2013 f250 4x4.

I'm a tall guy but I use my truck bed a lot. Shits ridiculous.


Now there’s an idea I haven’t entertained. I use mine all the time too, and it’s a pain in the ass. Im not tall 5’10, and literally keep a trash picker upper thing in the bed to reach for stuff. A lot of times I have to get in the bed to access things in the tool box.

ETA: just looked into it, and not a fan of that look.

This post was edited on 7/20 at 6:12 pm


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Man don’t go over 2”, listen to the guys talking about premature wear. When you ruin your tires and have to get your front end rebuilt at 100k you’ll realize the leveling kit cost more than the spacers.


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Man don’t go over 2”, listen to the guys talking about premature wear. When you ruin your tires and have to get your front end rebuilt at 100k you’ll realize the leveling kit cost more than the spacers.


Aight. Thanks for the input. Tire wear was one concern. Is it not much of a concern at just 2”?

That’s why I came here, bc I have no idea.

And my way if thinking is if 2+ isn’t a big deal, then may as well get it to look the way I want if I’m spending the $ - everything I’ve seen online is conflicting info. Thanks for the advice.

ETA: will need to get front end alignment checked since adding the bumper and was going to get them to throw on level kit while there. If it’s going to do damage, then I’d rather not even add it. I really don’t even mind the rake after looking at it. However would like the front end a little higher for deer. That’s why I added the bumper.
This post was edited on 7/21 at 5:25 pm


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re: Silverado Level Kit Opinion
The alignment will fix your tires after you put the kit on.

The premature wear we’re talking about is in your front end components(ball joints, tie rod ends, axles). As soon as you lift the front end of vehicles with independent suspension it changes the geometry of everything and those joints are in more of a bind than they were designed to be. The more of a bind they are in, the quicker they will wear. That’s why I’m suggesting you don’t get a 3” kit, just get the smallest spacer you think will get rid of your drag look. Or buy a kit that has control arms with corrected geometry.

Obviously tons of trucks are driving around with leveling kits and they are fine. I think people are just warning you that it’s harder on your front end components. And if those start to go before you notice, it’ll cause some crazy tire wear. If you understand the problems it might cause, you’ll have less heartburn later.

My truck is leveled. I’m not saying don’t do it.


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