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Old 08-16-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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Default 04+ Leveling Kit Install

There are so many questions about this I'm surprised we don't have a thread.
The pics I'm posting are not mine but they are very clear and straightforward. This is a pretty simple task, it took me about 90minutes to install the spacers and get the rig back on the road. I would say out of this is a 4/10 on the hardness scale and can be done with all hand tools.

First start by jacking up one side and securing it on a jack stand and then move the jack back to the frame as a safety precaution. You could jack up the whole front end but if you are using hand tools you are going to use quite a bit of force. Once the rig is up in the air start by removing the tierod.
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Next disconnect the upper A-arm from the knuckle
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Next disconnect the shock mount from the lower A-arm. This is where you need some big sockets. 1-1/16 and 1-3/16 will work.
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Disconnect the sway bar
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And finally remove the 3 nuts on top of the shock tower and the assembly should drop out, if not wiggle it a little bit.
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Install the spacer. If you have a 2 piece daystar kit there is a little more work involved using spring compressors.
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Put the shock assembly back up and tighten up the bolts on top.
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Then start connecting things in the order they came off. Sway bar, lower A-arm, and the upper A-arm is a bit of a trick and this is how I did it. You can jack the lower A-arm up a little but not too much as to lift the rig and then pry the upper A-arm(balljoint) down into the knuckle, If your crafty enough you could use a ratchet strap to help you out if you can't tighten the nut.
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Hook up the tierrod and double check everything for tightness than replace the tire and do the other side. You'll notice the other side will go much faster.


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Doing this install this week I greatly appreciate this rite up I am going to deffinently use it as a reference.
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Nice write up with good pics! Thanks!
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Nice write up. I'll show this to my buddy.

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Being new to trucks I do not know what a leveling kit is used for. It seems like it pushes the knuckle down when using bigger tires. Please help me to fill in the gaps.
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raises the front anywhere from 2" - 3" so it is level with the rear of the truck... nice write up.
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What did you do about getting all the bolts back to recommended lb/tq? Did you have a torque wrench or did you just take it to a place afterwards and get them to make sure?
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I just Red loc-tite everything and tighten all of my hardware down as tight as I can with a breaker bar. Though I have Grade 8 hardware.
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I will add this,on mine,05' screw 2wd,it wasn't necessar to remove the sway bar. Worked great without doing it.
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I put 2 1/2" leveling spacers om my pevious '08 and didn't need to remove the sway bar, as well. I'll be doing my new truck this weekend. It's a 2010 and I'll post back up whether the sway bar had to be removed or not.
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