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Level kit? Pros-Cons
« on: November 05, 2017, 05:32:01 PM »
ok, so should I level this thing?

Was looking at these

http://www.stage3motorsports.com/15F1504WD-2015-2016-F150-4WD-Bilstein-5100-Adjustable-Shock-Kit.html

I have never lifted or leveled a truck, only my jeep.

Thoughts?

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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2017, 05:43:49 PM »
ok, so should I level this thing?

Was looking at these

http://www.stage3motorsports.com/15F1504WD-2015-2016-F150-4WD-Bilstein-5100-Adjustable-Shock-Kit.html

I have never lifted or leveled a truck, only my jeep.

Thoughts?
Cant go wrong with bilsteins.  Adjustability is nice.  How easy is it to adjust if you need to, for say, towing or hauling heavy loads?  My last truck was leveled but it had air shocks in the back so I could add or remove air to adjust the rear height.  It came that way when I bought it.  I wouldn't have done it that way but it was functional other than the fact that over time the air leaked out and I had to add more.  I digress though.  I think a truck should at least be leveled or close to it.  My truck now had 4" of take (back sat 4" higher than the front) but I cranked the torsion bars and got 2" more out of it and am pretty happy.  Especially since now when I park it next to my bosses Denali, mine looks bigger and more aggressive with the 34" tires. 

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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2017, 06:48:45 PM »
ok, so should I level this thing?

Was looking at these

http://www.stage3motorsports.com/15F1504WD-2015-2016-F150-4WD-Bilstein-5100-Adjustable-Shock-Kit.html

I have never lifted or leveled a truck, only my jeep.

Thoughts?
Cant go wrong with bilsteins.  Adjustability is nice.  How easy is it to adjust if you need to, for say, towing or hauling heavy loads?  My last truck was leveled but it had air shocks in the back so I could add or remove air to adjust the rear height.  It came that way when I bought it.  I wouldn't have done it that way but it was functional other than the fact that over time the air leaked out and I had to add more.  I digress though.  I think a truck should at least be leveled or close to it.  My truck now had 4" of take (back sat 4" higher than the front) but I cranked the torsion bars and got 2" more out of it and am pretty happy.  Especially since now when I park it next to my bosses Denali, mine looks bigger and more aggressive with the 34" tires. 

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I don't think you an adjust them after they are installed.  you pick the height and put the ring on and install.  I thinking I still want a little rake then maybe install a set of timbrens vs airbags as insurance for heavy loads. 

I saw another leveling kit that came with adjusted suspension parts to not affect stock geometry.





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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2017, 06:53:26 PM »
ok, so should I level this thing?

Was looking at these

http://www.stage3motorsports.com/15F1504WD-2015-2016-F150-4WD-Bilstein-5100-Adjustable-Shock-Kit.html

I have never lifted or leveled a truck, only my jeep.

Thoughts?
Cant go wrong with bilsteins.  Adjustability is nice.  How easy is it to adjust if you need to, for say, towing or hauling heavy loads?  My last truck was leveled but it had air shocks in the back so I could add or remove air to adjust the rear height.  It came that way when I bought it.  I wouldn't have done it that way but it was functional other than the fact that over time the air leaked out and I had to add more.  I digress though.  I think a truck should at least be leveled or close to it.  My truck now had 4" of take (back sat 4" higher than the front) but I cranked the torsion bars and got 2" more out of it and am pretty happy.  Especially since now when I park it next to my bosses Denali, mine looks bigger and more aggressive with the 34" tires. 

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I don't think you an adjust them after they are installed.  you pick the height and put the ring on and install.  I thinking I still want a little rake then maybe install a set of timbrens vs airbags as insurance for heavy loads. 

I saw another leveling kit that came with adjusted suspension parts to not affect stock geometry.
The reason I opted to crank my torsion bars as opposed to a small lift or leveling kit was because of the angle of the axles and CV joints.  All of the reasonably priced kits left the truck with poor angles. 

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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2017, 08:30:04 PM »
ok, so should I level this thing?

Was looking at these

http://www.stage3motorsports.com/15F1504WD-2015-2016-F150-4WD-Bilstein-5100-Adjustable-Shock-Kit.html

I have never lifted or leveled a truck, only my jeep.

Thoughts?
Cant go wrong with bilsteins.  Adjustability is nice.  How easy is it to adjust if you need to, for say, towing or hauling heavy loads?  My last truck was leveled but it had air shocks in the back so I could add or remove air to adjust the rear height.  It came that way when I bought it.  I wouldn't have done it that way but it was functional other than the fact that over time the air leaked out and I had to add more.  I digress though.  I think a truck should at least be leveled or close to it.  My truck now had 4" of take (back sat 4" higher than the front) but I cranked the torsion bars and got 2" more out of it and am pretty happy.  Especially since now when I park it next to my bosses Denali, mine looks bigger and more aggressive with the 34" tires. 

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I don't think you an adjust them after they are installed.  you pick the height and put the ring on and install.  I thinking I still want a little rake then maybe install a set of timbrens vs airbags as insurance for heavy loads. 

I saw another leveling kit that came with adjusted suspension parts to not affect stock geometry.


I had the Bilstein's on my last F-150. You cannot adjust them without removing them. I only raised the front less than 1" to avoid the steering geometry issues and they worked great. I have Timbrens in the rear of my Tacoma and they work great.

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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2017, 09:32:03 PM »
Tom did you have the 3 way adjustables?  They say you can get 2.2 inches out them.

Not sure what to do yet.  Audio is on the top of the list.




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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2017, 01:05:18 AM »
The bilsteins are a great option. Best bang for the buck as far as I'm concerned. Don't do the level pucks like I did, they harsh up the ride.

Set the bilstiens in the middle setting. Maxing them out is hard on the upper ball-joints. You can go with a set of uni-balls, but they are more than the coil-overs.

You'll still have a bit of rake and it will ride close to stock.
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Re: Level kit? Pros-Cons
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2017, 07:41:43 PM »
Tom did you have the 3 way adjustables?  They say you can get 2.2 inches out them.

Not sure what to do yet.  Audio is on the top of the list.

Yupper. I only went with the smallest lift. I didn't want to screw up the ride or the suspension geometry.

 


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