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Truck Leveling Kits

by k2muskie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:21 am

Just curious not that we have any issues with the new truck but been toying with the idea of getting a leveling (not lift) kit installed. What are you'lls thoughts on leveling kits...any experiences with these kits? They worth it? What were noted differences with a leveling kit installed if any. Thanks in advance K2
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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by DallanC » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:29 pm

You talking the air bag kits? Or air shocks? Bags > shocks.... but question: When are you seeing it sag? When you put things in just the bed or when you hook on a trailer?


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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by k2muskie » Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:58 pm

DallanC wrote:You talking the air bag kits? Or air shocks? Bags > shocks.... but question: When are you seeing it sag? When you put things in just the bed or when you hook on a trailer?-DallanC


Truck rides fine pulling snowmobile and boat. However pulling trailer the front end is just a titch more noticeable being raised while I'm driving. Talked to dealership about shocks and told me I have the beefest shocks for the 2500. Chatting with my daughters boyfriend who has a big arse truck indicated and recommended air bags.

Now mind you there isn't much of a noticeable difference but just seems front end is raised ever so slightly as I pull the trailer down the highway and interstate. Very happy with the truck purchase thus far and for a 2500 gas pulls all our toys just fine. Oh we don't pull tandem either if taking trailer and boat on a trip...partner pulls boat with Tahoe.

I'm just curious with the slightly raised front end...
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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by DallanC » Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:49 pm

Couple thoughts.

First, shocks dont lift the vehicle, they dampen movement of the axle. There is an execption to this in air or gas charged shocks... but they really dont work for "leveling the vehicle". I helped a guy weld up his frame after he put big old monster shocks on his truck, the mount on the frame the shock bolts to cracked the frame as it wasnt heavy enough to support it.

To level a vehicle, you have three choices. Add another leaf spring to your rear leaf springs, get air bags, these mount between the axle and the frame and will indeed lift the vehicle. Some luxury cars use these with a compressor to "level" the car when people sit in the back while maintaining a smooth ride. Primarily though, you see the air bags on big heavy dump trucks or other industrial sized equiptment like Semi's etc etc. Bags work for loads in just the truck bed (atvs, camper etc), or from hitch weight when hauling a front heavy trailer. The final choice if your unevenness is due to a trailer is an equalizer hitch.

The disadvantage to bags is unless you buy a really high end automatic system, you will be adding / releasing air manually.

A quick link to show what I'm talking about when I refer to "bags":

http://www.autoanything.com/suspension- ... MgodJg4ALA

Of the above, it sounds to me your truck just needs an equalizer hitch for when hauling a trailer. Lots of options with those but I got a basic model at the local State Trailer Supply. It basically lets "arms" from the hitch connect to the trailer and will "lift" the rear of the truck and apply the weight to the back of the trailer. Sounds crazy but it sure does work. I cant remember what I paid for mine, and statetrailer supply's website is currently down. It looks like this:

http://www.thehitchstore.com/trunnion-s ... -1325.html



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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by k2muskie » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:20 pm

We have an equalizer hitch. Just seems when pulling the trailer the front end of the truck rises up ever so slightly. Trailer rides level with the equalizer from us pulling it out in the street and looking at it. Thanks for all the info will see what I decide to do if anything.
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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by DallanC » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:07 pm

k2muskie wrote:We have an equalizer hitch. Just seems when pulling the trailer the front end of the truck rises up ever so slightly. Trailer rides level with the equalizer from us pulling it out in the street and looking at it. Thanks for all the info will see what I decide to do if anything.


Without seeing it in person its hard to say. How does it ride? Are you sure the front end is raising and not the rear sagging? Maybe try measuring the road to inside the front and rear wheel wells before and after hooking up a trailer. Might be an indicator of whats happening. From there, maybe the equalizer needs some adjustment to take more weight off.


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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by bwhntr » Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:23 pm

Air bags! You will notice a difference pulling tongue mount trailers. Better ride, and you will lose that floating feeling you sometimes get in your front end.

$350 will get you a nice system that you can use a small compressor to adjust the pressure. Another $250-300 will add an onboard compressor and you can adjust with a switch inside the cab.
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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by k2muskie » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:16 am

bwhntr wrote:Air bags! You will notice a difference pulling tongue mount trailers. Better ride, and you will lose that floating feeling you sometimes get in your front end.

$350 will get you a nice system that you can use a small compressor to adjust the pressure. Another $250-300 will add an onboard compressor and you can adjust with a switch inside the cab.


Had the air bags on the Durango and they worked great. May just have to do that but probably will wait as only have one more camping trip towing trailer planned and to be honest the slight rise in the front isn't really that noticeable.
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Re: Truck Leveling Kits

by bwhntr » Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:27 pm

I added them to my Silverado. If you do, save yourself the hassle of airing them up and down, and get the onboard air compressor with controls in the cab. Love it.
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