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Leveling kit?

Discussion in 'Lifted & Offroad Suspension' started by Sierraowner5.3, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    did some looking at leveling kits for my sierra, local off road shop quoted me 480 installed, but i neglected to ask what brand, my question is, how hard would it be to do myself or with some help?

    Alex
     
  2. TELORVEHC

    TELORVEHC Rockstar 4 Years 1000 Posts

    Depends, how mechanically inclined are you and do you own/ have access to the tools necessary to the job?
     
  3. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    As TELORVEHC said, depends on your skill. If you have the tools, mainly a torson key compresser tool you can do it. Need a jack, jacks stands and a 18mm socket. Takes about an hour from start to finish. Takes more time getting the tools out and jacking up the truck.

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    One last thing. Make sure you measure the truck BEFORE you start so you have a referrance point. I like to measure from the wheel center hub to the fender lip. this way if the grounds not level it doesn't affect the measurement.
     
  4. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    i have some tools, and i can go buy a 18 mm socket easy enough, and a bud has a jack and stands, the torsion key compressor i dotn have, would an auto parts shop have such a thing so i could borrow it? just as soon not pay for the install.

    Alex
     
  5. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Some parts stores will loan or rent the tool. Even if you buy a tool and the keys its still cheaper than $480.00. Did the $480.00 include a realignment??

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    ReadyLift sells a torson bar tool for $100.00.
     
  6. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    not sure, im gonna call on monday and find out some more.

    thanks all.

    Alex
     
  7. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    Lets say a leveling kit is around $100.00, tool $100.00, average cost for alignment $65.00. Do it yourself $0.00. You saved over $200.00
     
  8. Blackout07

    Blackout07 Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    It's quite simple to do. I did mine on my 03 by myself in the driveway. Having never done it before, it took me a couple of hours. I also borrowed the torsion bar tool from Auto Zone. Let me ask you though, are you already cranked? If not, crank your tbars and see if you can get a couple of inches out them. If you can, don't waste your money or your time on leveling keys.
     
  9. aloxdaddy99

    aloxdaddy99 Rockstar 3 Years 1000 Posts

    Don't you still need a tbar tool to take the stress off of the bolt in order to turn it up?
     
  10. Blackout07

    Blackout07 Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    No. You don't need a torsion bar unloader to simply crank your existing tbars. I put Ford keys on my 03 before I knew better, and the truck rode like a tank. I pulled those keys out, went back to the stockers and cranked. In most cases, leveling keys are a waste of time and money.
     

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