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Old 12-01-2010, 07:50 PM
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Leveling kit

What is everyone running or suggestions? Putting on new tires/wheels tomorrow and I am wanting to level it out. 08 F250 with 305/65/18 and not sure if I should get the 1.5", 2"

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Old 12-01-2010, 07:58 PM
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simple coil spacer works..... you can get them from anywhere from under 100 bucks to over 300
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Old 12-02-2010, 02:45 AM
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The size depends on what you want. If you want it perfectly level, then just measure from center of your wheel to the top of your fender on the front and back and whatever the difference is, then that's what size spacer you need.
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Old 12-09-2010, 01:02 PM
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There are essentially four types of "leveling" kits available:
  1. Polyurethane spacers. These go between the top of the coil spring and the coil bucket giving, on average, 2"-2.5" of lift. Daystar and Skyjacker are examples of companies that make polyurethane spacers.
  2. Steel coil bucket spacers. Like the polyurethane spacers, these too go between the coil spring and the coil bucket, but are made of rigid steel rather than flexible polyurethane. Also generally 2"-2.5", Pro Comp and Readylift are two companies off hand that makes steel coil bucket spacers.
  3. Aluminum or steel axle spacers. These also serve to increase the space between the coil bucket and axle, thereby increasing ride height while maintaining the stock coil, but sit under the coil on top of the frame. Available in a wider range, these are generally available in 1"-2" range, and tend to be the choice of higher-end suspension manufacturers. Icon Vehicle Dynamics and Rize Industries are examples here.
  4. Replacement Coil Springs. Last but certainly not least are replacement coil springs. Generally speaking, this will be your most expensive option but also the best handling. Here the entire stock spring is replaced with an after market coil. Available in 2.25"-2.5" lifts, Icon Vehicle Dynamics and Bilstein are two big players in this space.

Which is "the best" could be argued indefinitely, as could the return on your investment; at the end of the day it boils down to taste and personal preference but hopefully this will give you an idea of what is available at least.
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Best will always be a complete spring kit that comes with a adj track bar or new drop bracket, castor shims and new shocks..you always get what you pay for.

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Personally, I would absolutely agree, if we are talking about a quality coil and system such as the Icon leveling kit.

There are however, lesser quality coils on the market that could negatively impact the ride quality and performance of a truck.

Some people desire to maintain their stock handling characteristics while gaining a couple inches. For these people a spacer may be the "best" option. Others may not have $1,000+ to spend on a leveling kit. For these people too a spacer may be the "best" option.

These things being said, to your point I will concede that if we are talking about a quality coil, replacement springs will provide the best performance from the driveway to the end of the trail and back.

Regardless, an adjustable track bar (or drop bracket), castor shims, and new shocks are, if not necessities, huge improvements to any kit; and you are 100% correct, in this business you always get what you pay for
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Old 12-10-2010, 12:29 PM
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Agreed...Icon, RCD, Bilstein, Pure Performance..all quality springs, only level kits I would sell..
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