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Suggestion on Level kit for 2500

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by livetoplow, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    Hey i am looking at leveling kits for my truck as i would like for it to sit higher. My question is, which kit should i look for and what is the most lift i can get from it without taking away from ride quality ? Will i have to add something to the back to get it nice flat and level ?

    If anyone is familiar with putting one of these in please PM me about installing as well as a price.
  2. vincent

    vincent Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    I did the readylift this summer. Leveled the truck out nicely and didn't seem to change the ride. Make sure you have the front end aligned after doing this.

    Some here will also suggest just turning the torison bars to raise the front end.
  3. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    Ya i went the whole turning the T Bar method. Too harsh of a ride though. Want to get a good lift with still having good ride quality

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    You can do the Cognito upper arms. Doing keys is NO different than turning up the bars other than you can turn them more with keys.
  5. mike1316

    mike1316 Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    Turn up the keys and put timben on it ride great
  6. welded wrenches

    welded wrenches Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    level what..

    level what..there is a aftermarketkit kit that uses a solid front axle with leaf springs..it is a everthing to convert kit...i think its offroaddesign.org ...unsure..idk..
  7. marylandbigb

    marylandbigb Member
    Messages: 87

    use the readylift it will give you approx 2 1/2 inches of lift in front without affecting the ride as long as you put the t bar bolts back too same location.... it is not the same as cranking up the bars it actually rekeys the bars when they are off lay them on top of one another and you will see... as far as installing if you dont have the loading/unloading tool dont attempt very unsafe
  8. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    Now do i have to put anything in the back for everything to sit nice and level with that 2 1/2 inch of lift ?

    I saw this kit. Seems like a great deal what are your thoughts ? Comes with the shocks that most on this forum seem to agree work very nice.

    Thanks for the help !
  9. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    ya but solid axle swaps get you min 7" of lift and take up the bolt holes used for plow mounts. also good solid axle swap done right is 3k min. payup
  10. marylandbigb

    marylandbigb Member
    Messages: 87

    you can buy the readylift with the rear blocks and u bolts too. go too readylift.com.. but when u add the rear blocks it gives u the raked look again i did mine without the blocks.. as far as the kit with the shocks who makes it and what are the torsion keys made out of i bought a cheap set once and instead of lifting the truck the bars spun inside the keys. leaving no lift at all and a waste of time and money.. u dont have too change the shocks the kit comes with the shock extenders and so far the factory gm shocks appear too be just fine ... let me know what u decide
  11. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    Ya i would not want a Rake look. I want it to sit as high as possible with the Level kit but i do want the back and front to match and be even.

    So i saw the kit and the price is great. How hard is this to install ? If anyone near the RI or MA area has done this job on a Silverado and wants to shoot me a price let me know.

    What shocks would you put on it ? My shocks are spent just not sure which ones to go with to give me a nice ride but still handle my Fisher plow ok
  12. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    I put in a 2.5" leveling kit, well, had one put in. The front end sat way higher than the back so I ended up adding 1" blocks in the rear. Could've gone with 2" blocks and still been pretty level
  13. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    Wow and what Level kit did you use ? Do you have any pics of your truck ?

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Not sure where you are getting your info but all the keys do is TWIST the bar more and it will affect the ride. No different than turning up the bars you can just turn more with the keys.

    OP just take a straight edge and mark the bolt and crossmember 3-4 full turns will give you 3/4-1" of height maybe more. It will ride more like a Ford but not as bad as a Dodge:D
  15. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    I just would love my truck to sit like a truck. The damn F250s and especially F350 pickups make my truck feel very small. Would love to achieve the stance of a F350 without breaking the bank but also not having any negative effect on me when i plow.

    I had one guy crank up my T bars. It looked like the front was higher than the back and it rode horrible. Like i had no suspension at all. I would love a nice truck stance but not if i am going to get a ride quality like it was. My new Mechanic told me they were over cranked. He has then turned 3 turns with i guess stock keys and it still should be higher but rides much better though

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,362

    Well your only option would be the Cognito A arms then
  17. livetoplow

    livetoplow Member
    Messages: 49

    How is the Cognito kit so different. Will i have more of a lift ? I have seen some with a 3 inch Body lift and makes it like a F350 stance look. What would you recommend ? The Cognito kit ? Just do not want a real harsh ride and want no problems when plowing
  18. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    crank the stock setup tight with bolts maxed out or keys it puts the upper a-arms right on the bump stops on the stock suspension.

    the new upper a-arms from cognito prob have diffrent angles and stick out a bit more to also help with alignment problems that cranking the stock bars will give you. also puts the cv joints in a much tighter working angle and binds them up sometimes. also the ball joints and tie rods get much more angle and wear out faster.

    ifs was designed to work at specific angles the best. if you crank them up you cut the life span right out of them so fast.

    so if you can crank the bars AND keep the uppers off the bump stops this will give you lift and still ride better.

    almost every t-bar crank up or re key kit i ever did thay loved the lift but hated the ride . and 75% of the key kits i took back out shortly in the end. as thay just couldnt take the ride.

    there is the firestone/bilstine air shocks now to help hold a level ride when plow is on . also a idea.

    cognito kit write up http://www.cognitomotorsports.com/p..._-_Upper_Control_Arm_-_2001-2010_GM_8lug.html
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2011
  19. Jumanji

    Jumanji Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I used a cheap Truxx 3" leveling kit, think it was $290 from Tire Rack. The kit uses new torsion bar keys in the front, a 1" lift block under the rear leaf springs and new shock mounts for the front. The truck rides a little rougher, more like a truck, but it's not severe. The stock suspension did not have quite enough adjustment in it to get the alignment perfect, but it's close. This kit clears 285/75R16 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. Overall, I'm happy with the kit for the price I paid. I've heard good things about the Cognito kit as well.

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  20. BIGGB9

    BIGGB9 Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Get the rough country leveling kit it was only 70 dollar for my truck did not lose much ride quality.