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Old 06-25-2009, 09:10 PM   #1
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Hi All,

Apologize for the newbie question - I'm very new to trucks and I've been trying to figure out what the purpose & advantage of a leveling kit is?

In addition I've already gotten a flat tire with less than 900 miles on the truck so was looking at changing out the Goodyear SR/A tires (275/65R18) that came with the truck so wanted to get some recommendations on that as well. I'm looking for a comfortable highway ride with little noise and a good all terrain tires that will serve my off-road purposes, which is mostly sorta-paved dirt roads.

I know there are about 50 posts about leveling kits and tires - but I didn't really see one that explained what it did.

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the leveling kit "levels" the front end with the *** end of the truck.
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Leveling is for aesthetics. Some don't like the bed-high stance of a vehicle intended to carry a load.
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I did it for the 'look'. As the advertising says, it will give the truck a "bolder stance" !!

Next, it is easier to fit a larger tire (taller) with the extra room the leveling kit provides. With the 2" leveling kit, you should be able to fit a 33+" tire.
My 4X4 truck came with the 275/18 tires and I am going to go to the GY DuraTrac @295/65R/18, which is 33.10" in diameter.

With a leveling kit, vs. a higher lift kit, there is not the radical change in vehicle suspension geometry. The ride is still basically OEM.
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Thanks all - it all makes sense now :-)
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I replaced the stockers with Nitto Terra Grapplers (285/55R20) and I'm very happy with them ... better profile than stock wheels/tires; aggressive tread w/o road noise problem. The leveling kit will require you to get a front end alignment, fwiw.



http://www.nittotire.com/#index%2Etire%2Eterragrappler
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Your truck looks great Woodja! Thanks for the info.
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I replaced the stockers with Nitto Terra Grapplers (285/55R20) and I'm very happy with them ... better profile than stock wheels/tires; aggressive tread w/o road noise problem. The leveling kit will require you to get a front end alignment, fwiw.



http://www.nittotire.com/#index%2Etire%2Eterragrappler
nice truck bro, ill be getting my leveling kit and other goodies on thursday..ill post pics!
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Sweet ride!
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