As a driver, everyone knows how important leveling kits are. To take care of your car whenever you want, the importance of leveling kits knows no bound. However, it is not possible to get mechanics all the time in every area, is it? This is why we recommend every driver to learn how to install a leveling kit. If you keep this knowledge, then you can fix your car anytime.
Do you have a Ford 150 or Dodge Ram?
If you want to know how to install leveling kit on a ford f150, these steps will come handy. Even if you have a dodge ram 1500 4wd, then there’s nothing to worry about. These steps will tell how to install a leveling kit on a dodge ram 1500 4wd and other vehicles as well. Basically, it’s like killing a lot of birds with one stone.
How to Install a Leveling Kit?
Remember, our instructions are nothing but a guide. Before jumping to the work, we always recommend our readers to take the help of a trained and licensed suspension expert.
Here’s what you can do for the installation.
- First of all, open your kit and see if you have all the necessary parts.
- Go through the instructions before you begin and make sure you give it a thorough read.
- Never fail to block off your tires. Always make sure your vehicle has the emergency brake on, while you work.
- You can collect the torque specifications from shop manuals of your vehicle.
Installing Coil Spring Spacers
- Once you block off your rear tires and you made sure your vehicle parked while the emergency brakes are on, go to the next step. To lift the front two wheels of your vehicle off the ground, you’ll need to use the jack stands and a hydraulic jack. To safely lift the vehicle, you’ll need to refer to your owner’s manual. It is not safe to rely on the jack to hold the weight of your vehicle. So, we recommend supporting with jack stands on the frame of the vehicle.
- Next, you’re done with the first part, it’s time to remove your tires.
- With the help of a floor jack, raise the suspension on the axle. This is necessary to make sure the spring is compressed slightly.
- By making sure the spring compressor is secure, install it onto the spring.
- Now, it’s time to remove the spring retaining clip.
- Once you’re done with every step, remove the shocks.
- Get the sway bar link removed.
- Remove the bump stop if it's located inside the coil spring. We recommend using pliers or a pry bar to remove it. However, if it’s not still working, feel free to add PB Blaster.
- The coil will easily come out once you lower the axle housing on the jack. Just hold the coil together using the spring compressor.
- Optional Advice: You may want to take time to grease the places where you’ve attached all the removed parts to ease them back in. You can also clean your wheel.
- Take a thorough look to see all the fasteners are tightened to OEM spec.
- Over the bump stop, the spring seat is located. Place the coil spring spacer in the spring seat.
- While you attach the spring retaining clip, replace the spring in its original place, keeping the spring compressor on your spring.
- Jack your wheel back up to the height where it was at first as you compressed the spring. Once you’ve secured it, remove the spring compressors.
- Now put the bump stop in its original place and install the sway bar link. After you’re done, put the shocks back on.
- Keep an eye on your vehicle’s specifications to see if everything is securely attached.
- Repeat the same things you did on the other side.
- Replace the tires and lower the vehicle back down once you have installed the spring spacers. After you’re done, remove the blocks.
Installing Strut Extensions
In this process, you have to do similar things first like the steps above. The only difference comes after you remove the tires. Now, follow these steps below to install strut extensions.
- Put the six studs that came along with your kit into the strut extenders. Prepare it for placement of the top of your factory strut.
- Disassemble the sway bar link and remove the tie rod and fastener.
- After you’re done with the two steps above, it’s time for you to loosen the ball joint. Knock the tie rod end out of the place while you keep the ball joint loose. To get it out of the knuckle you can use a mallet. Hit the knuckle as it stays where the tie rod end, as well as the ball joints, pass through. However, make sure you don’t strike the stud of the tie rods or ball joint. If you do this accidentally, the thread may end up getting damaged and thus, you won’t be able to re-install later.
- Now remove the lower strut bolt and mark both surfaces with a paint marker for re-alignment later.
- Using a jack, try to support the lower control arm. To remove the ball joint, you can use a pry bar on the upper control arm. To the get to the strut, keeping pushing the knuckle out of the way.
- You’ll see a jack is supporting the lower control arm, carefully lower it while you unfasten the top three fasteners on the strut. You’ll have enough space for this so that you can remove the full strut assembly.
- Make sure all of the fasteners are tightened to the OEM spec or the spec provided by the manufacturers.
- It’s time to attach the new strut exertion now, on the top of your factory strut.
- Replace the strut using a crowbar for ease and convenience. See if you’ve lined the bolts up properly.
- Align the marks after reinstalling the lower strut bolt as it goes back into the strut on the arm. Finally, reinstall the upper ball joint.
- Fasten the tie rod end after you push it back inside the taper.
- After that tighten the ball joint down, along with the tie rod, as well as the strut bolt.
- To secure the strut in place, tighten all the top three fasteners.
- Now, that you’ve replaced the sway bar link, its time to replace your ties as you tighten to the correct specifications. Finally, lower the vehicle and remove the blocks.
Installing Torsion Bars
First, do as it says in the first step of ‘Installing Coil Spring Spacers’ above. After you have removed the tires, follow the steps below to proceed.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to take the pressure off the suspension and torsion bars. A sturdy G clamp will come handy in this case. So that it presses on your torsion bar keys, you’ll need to attach the G clamp to the cross member and start tightening.
By removing the adjusting bolts, remove the retaining plates.
Remove your torsion bar or clamp removable tool.
At this point, you may notice that the torsion bar may fall very easily. Sometimes, the keys can stick and give you a hard time to remove. To help yourself up, you can use a sledgehammer and PB Blaster to remove the keys. If the situation gets worse, you may need to cut the keys from the torsion bars with a torch wrench.
To help put in the new key, you can put a mark on the cross member.
Once you take the old keys out, it is possible to see the difference in an angle that lies between the old and new keys. Now insert the torsion bar key and proceed to the steps further.
After you have re-clamped the key and the cross member, replace the retaining plates.
You can now lower your vehicle if you made sure all the parts are tightened securely and all the fasteners are tightened to OEM spec.
Frequently Asked Question
How much does a leveling kit cost to install?
You’ll need about 200 to 300 bucks on an average for the whole installation.
Can I use these steps on any truck?
Installing a leveling kit is almost the same for every truck out there, so, yes.
Are these steps enough for my guide to install leveling kits?
We believe it will cover all the information necessary. However, it’s always a wise decision to ask experts before installing the kit.
Learning how to install a leveling kit is a must for every caraholics. It’s so simple and easy that even you can do the job yourself. The tips we provided above will help you to get all your jobs done. If, however, you do feel that you need extra information, then don’t hesitate to contact us.