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    Default leveling kit installation?

    Hey guys, I'm thinking about buying a readylift leveling kit for my truck and trying to decide wether I should bring it to the shop to get it done or try to do it myself. I'm not too familiar with what's under my truck but I'm pretty handy with a set of tools and instructions. Does anyone have any experience installing leveling kits? If so, how hard would it be for someone who hasn't installed one before? Should I just do it myself?

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    I have a leveling kit on my truck (coil spring spacers) It took me about 30 min per side using the instructions. I would not reccomend ready lift they are kinda pricy. I got mine @ the brand is Daystar, and it was about 140.00 with shipping, which is much cheaper than ready lift. Just my 2 cents
    Are you looking @ keys or spacers??

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    Really not hard. Good to have an extra hand. It was hard for me to compress the shocks down to fit the spacers.

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    i think your truck has torsion bars so it is different from spacers. you will have to get torsion keys im assuming thats what the lift you were looking for is. here is a list of others:
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    i did mine a couple of months ago., yes it has torsion bars. you need a torsion bar tool to do it properly. i was able to use my snap on 2 jaw puller and used the crossmember to take the torsion off the is dangerous to unload those keys because there is alot or pressure on these keys. it can be done but i would recommend the proper tool which is around 100.00. that is the only real problem to do this. i think it took me maybe 1.5- 2 hrs otherwise. i also did my 95 4x4 a few years before this truck so i knew what i had to do...good luck

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    I'm looking at getting the torsion keys, I think I'm gonna just bring it to the shop to get it done right. Thanks for the inputs.

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    just out of curiosity how much will the shop cost ya?
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    If yu do it yourself, make sure to raise the front end up off the ground. Makes it easier to level out

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetdawg99 View Post
    just out of curiosity how much will the shop cost ya?
    i recently got a leveling kit installed on my truck, a local custom automotive shop charged me 300 for everything
    the shop ordered the kit and installed it all i did was drop my truck off

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    Yeah, I'm not sure how much my local shop will charge me for the job. 300 sounds like a damn good deal though. The Readylift kit costs about 2 something alone! I think you just pay for the name though I don't know.

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