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Leveling kit?

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

  1. Sierraowner5.3

    Sierraowner5.3 Active Member 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?


    TELORVEHC New Member 1000 Posts

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

    silveradotrailblazer New Member ROTM Winner 1000 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.

    ---------- Post added at 07:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:44 PM ----------

    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 Active Member 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.

  5. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer New Member ROTM Winner 1000 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 Active Member 1000 Posts

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

    thanks all.

  7. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer New Member ROTM Winner 1000 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 New Member

    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 New Member 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 New Member

    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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