Tips on how to find the right Lift Kit for you. Lift Kit 101

Posted on November 16 2016

You're in the market to purchase a leveling kit for your truck and find out: There are Front kits, Rear kits, and Full Front and Rear kits too. All the sudden you realize you don't have any idea which kit is right to give you the look you want.

Don't Panic, Here's how to figure out what kit is right for you and your Vehicle:

Park your vehicle on a level surface, at both the front and rear, measure the distance from the center of the axle, to the top of the wheel well.Step one, Park on level surface to accurately measure the distance from the axle to the top of the wheel well in the front and rear of vehicle
In our example you can see the Front of our truck has a measurement of 18 inches from the axle to the top of the wheel well and the rear measurement is 20 inches.

If you want to simply your truck level your truck and remove the factory rake, purchase a kit that matches the difference between the front and rear heights. Subtract the rear height from the front height to find the height of the kit to purchase (for the front) if you want to level your vehicle.
For our example, we would subtract the front (18 inches) from the rear (20 inches), which gives us a difference of 2 inches. To level our truck, we need to purchase a 2 inch front lift/level kit.

according to our example we needed to buy and install a two inch front lift level kit to level the front of the truck to the rear of the truckIf you want a increase the overall height of the truck and level it, you'll need to first figure the amount of front lift necessary to level the truck which we've already done for our example. Then select a rear lift kit height, which then needs to be added to the front lift height.
For our example truck, we'll choose a 1 inch rear kit.

As we already stated, we have a difference of 2 inches in the front. So lets add 1 inch to that measurement to accommodate for the added rear height, and we get a 3 inch Front and 1 inch rear full lift level kit to give us our desired results.
Additionally, if you typically carry a heavier load or tow a trailer, or just want maximum ground clearance and tire fitment while not minding the appearance of the factory rake, you can always increase the front or rear kit heights.
After you have done this, you are now ready to purchase the right size lift kit for you and your vehicle. If you need a fast recap on finding "level", you will find it below.

You need:
  • A Level Place to Park your Vehicle
  • A Tape Measure
  • A Means to Take Notes

And you will:
  1. Park your vehicle on a level surface, 
  2. Measure the Front of your Vehicle from the top of your wheel well to the center of the axle. 
  3. Record your FRONT measurement in your notes.
  4. Measure the Rear of your Vehicle from the top of your wheel well to the center of the axle. 
  5. Record your REAR measurement in your notes.
  6. Subtract the numbers to find the difference.
  7. The Remainder is what size front kit you'll need to get a level Truck.

Once you are ready, get started HERE.


  • Street Dirt Track: August 22, 2017

    Hi Ron,

    Although spring compressors can Aid in making installation faster and easier, they are not 100% necessary for installation.

    Most suspension companies do not include spring compressors with their kits. There are very few who do however we are not one of them. The reason we do not include them, is that most customers will only use them that one time, and never use them again.

    In this case, it’s more cost-effective for the customer to rent them from a local auto parts store and return them which ends up being free, as opposed to us building a set of spring compressors into the price of the kit.

  • Ron Reichenbch: April 25, 2017

    I was wondering why the kit. 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 2500 Full Lift Leveling Kit 4WD with Shock Extenders does not come with the spring compression tool. Is it not needed for this kit

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