What Is the Difference Between a Leveling Kit & a Lift Kit?

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You know you’re ready to take the look and performance of your vehicle to the next level, but not sure whether a leveling kit or lift kit is best for you. Both of these enhancements serve a unique purpose. It’s important to know the difference so you can choose the kit that’s best suited for your ride and needs. That’s why we’re here to help. 

Read on to learn which kit is best for your ride and how Big Chief Tire can make installation easy. 

The Difference Between Leveling Kits & Lift Kits

Both modifications are designed to raise the clearance underneath your vehicle, but they have pros and cons depending on your vehicle’s needs. Lift kits include a system of suspension components that lift the entire vehicle high off the ground. Leveling kits raise the front-end of a vehicle by a few inches, correcting the nose-down stance and making it level with the height of the back. 

Lift kits provide much more ground clearance—sometimes up to 10 inches—and provide a smoother ride. They are more mechanically complicated and expensive. Leveling kits maintain factory rides and provide benefits if the driver is looking for a more subtle enhancement.

Which is the Right Choice for Your Vehicle?

Lift kits and leveling kits serve drivers in different ways. Lift kits are better for frequent and rugged off-road performance. If you’re seeking a more drastic appearance change in your vehicle or truck, a lift kit is the best fit. However, they can be more of a financial investment from the initial cost and potentially reduced vehicle fuel economy due to the added aerodynamic drag and weight. Large lifts may negatively impact your vehicle’s stability on the road. Learn more about lift kit dos and don’ts here.

Leveling kits can be easier on the wallet, as the installation is much simpler. They are known for providing subtle enhancements and are often used to provide a lift for adding larger tires without a noticeable difference. Leveling kits also level out the nose dip on most trucks. The increased ground clearance might be exactly what you’re looking for. If you’re expecting a significant change to the look of your truck or vehicle, stick with a lift kit.

Choose Big Chief Tire for Your Installation 

The team at Big Chief Tire will help you make the right decision based on your vehicle and your needs as a driver. Big-box stores may try to sell you on the most expensive equipment, which just wastes your time and money on products you don’t need. Our local, family-owned shop will get the job done right the first time, with you and your needs in mind. We won’t try to sell you on repairs and add-ons you’re not interested in. Our mechanics will help you make the best decision based on your lifestyle and vehicle. We’ll keep the installation process simple, so you can drive away satisfied with the upgrade to your vehicle.

Leveling and lift kits can each serve as great enhancements to your vehicle, but choosing one over the other can make a world of difference depending on your needs as a driver. Whether you’re ready to take the next step in your installation process or want a professional to weigh in and discuss your options, Big Chief Tire is ready to help. Book your appointment today.

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