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Thread: Leveling Kit Before vs. After
02-19-2013, 08:18 AM #112002 Chevy Silverado & 1995 Ford Bronco
02 Silverado: 50K miles, 20" Motto Rims, Flowmaster 50 Series
95 Bronco: 160K miles, 4" Superlift, 33/12.5/15 Mickey Thompson
01 Civic: 75K miles, DD
02-19-2013, 09:02 AM #12
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02-19-2013, 10:46 AM #13
the front lift looks good . after operating a couple of thousand miles get the front end alignment done. the front will drop slightly after this amount of operation.
most of these 2wd trucks do have issues with front end drop. with the truck level you should have better control. the new shocks will last much longer and less front end component wear.
02-19-2013, 06:25 PM #14
there is no mpg diff in leveling the truck this small amount. you would have to slam it to the ground, with full ground effects, to alter the aero enough to notice mpg diff. that is not to say that other things you change along with the height of the vehicle will not affect the mpg, such as tires, rims, gear ratios, etc.
ditto for tailgates up or down, or adding camper shells to improve mileage. though many will disagree, there is no significant change in mileage for those changes.
02-20-2013, 08:54 AM #15
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Thanks for answering my questions buckmeister2.
02-20-2013, 01:22 PM #16
the higher the vehicle the more the drag . larger tires will also reduce MPG by a very small amount. a 6 inch lift you would have no problem seeing lower MPG.
with a lifting of the front to level a vehicle , the MPG change I would expect to be very small to measure.
I have a bed cover on my truck and it does make it more aerodynamic . tail gates down really don't do much for ya.
12-10-2013, 02:52 AM #17
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I know that this is an older thread, but I came across it while doing some research on leveling my 05 Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab and I have a couple of questions.
1. What is the largest tire I could run using a 17" wheel?
2. After the lift and larger tires are installed, is there a need to adjust the angle on the headlights?
Thanks in advance
Today, 09:33 PM #18
if you are just leveling, I think the largest tire you will get away with is a 285 75 17....if others know better, please post. I know someone who put a 305 75 17 on after leveling, but they had to do some trimming up front. Yes, your lights will need adjusting. Please don't be one of those idiots who level/raise their truck, then get a thrill out blinding people with their bright lights. It is not only annoying and dangerous, it makes non-truck drivers hate us all. You can re-aim your lights in your driveway, using your garage door as a guide. JimLas Vegas, NV...2001 Silverado 1500 LT Z71 Stepside X-cab, 171,000 miles, 5.3, cat-back duals, leveling kit, 3.73, 17" rims, more to come...
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