Best Way To Level A 2500HD?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mercer_me, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
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    I recently purchased a 2015 Chevy 2500HD double cab 6.0 and I put an 8.5’ Fisher XV2 on it. I want to level it but, I don’t want to make it ride worse. What’s the best way to level it and not make the ride worse?

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  2. Mudly

    Mudly Senior Member
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    Airbags
     
  3. thelettuceman

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    Dynamite will level that truck. I can't tell you abputthe ride quality.
     
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  4. jmac5058

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    You can change the tortion bar to diffrent settings , keep the front low if you tow heavy loads or carry heavy payloads so you sit more level . Crank them up to the highest setting for heavy plows like yours so you sit more level . Do you have the 6 K front axle this also makes a diffrence when plowing . Your newer GM has diffrent settings on the tortion bars the older ones you randomly crank up . Make sure the front end is jacked up with no weight is on the suspention when cranking up . The new ones are made for this so no front end alignment should be needed .
     
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  5. LapeerLandscape

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    On my 2012 I turned the torsion bars up, I think it was 4 complete turns got me an inch in height. I measured the bottom of the front fender turned the bolts to tighten the bars then tried to bounce the front of the truck to center it and measure again.
     
  6. fireside

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    I change the torsion bar keys. They allow you to raise the front end with no added ride change.
     
  7. Philbilly2

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    They don’t make airbags for IFS that I have ever seen.

    The correct way to do a level kit and keep a quality reside is to get the correct cognito a arms and the correct length shocks to correct the geometry.

    The cause of the rough ride from cranking torsion bars comes from two things. The main thing is your upper a arm coming in contact with your frame when your suspension unloads. The second is if you level your truck, but you keep your factory shocks, the shocks limit out and give you a thud when the suspension unloads.

    A quality kit with new shocks and the corrected a arms will keep you with that smooth gm ifs ride.
     
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  8. Philbilly2

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  10. Mudly

    Mudly Senior Member
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    Sorry, i forgot chevy ran ifs.
     
  11. Mr.Markus

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    I have air shocks on my 07 3500. Tied into the.same compressor that does the bags in the back.
    Spendy but I really like the ride adjustment between running a 900lb plow and not.
    https://riderite.com/Level-Rite Product Detail

    Best way to level it would be a salter though...
     
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  12. Mudly

    Mudly Senior Member
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    Loaded or unloaded lol
     
  13. Brndnstffrd

    Brndnstffrd Senior Member
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    I had considered adding air shocks to mine a few years ago, but i heard a bunch of horror stories about people breaking their shock mounts and cracking their frame.
     
  14. Mr.Markus

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    I cracked my frame long before I added the air shocks...lol.
    On the 2015 you should be good, if you can even get the kit to fit it anymore.
     
  15. PLOWMAN45

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    I used rough country leveling kit
     
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  16. 1olddogtwo

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    Buy a Ford.
     
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  17. PLOWMAN45

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    yeah wait for the ford with heated tail gates so your hands will be warm while your pushing it
     
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  18. Philbilly2

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    You must have missed the part where he said that he did not want to compromise the ride quality... o_O
     
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  19. Philbilly2

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    Fords...

     
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  20. Mark Oomkes

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    My second favorite Massbuddy...where ya been? I'd use the other title but it won't fly.