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Old 12-13-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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I am looking in to adding a leveling kit to my 06 1500. Can anyone let me know which kit is the best one for my truck. I want to keep the ride quality as stock as possible without any problems. I know a suspension kit would be better but it's just not in the budget right now.

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Old 12-13-2011, 05:48 PM   #2
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I am looking in to adding a leveling kit to my 06 1500. Can anyone let me know which kit is the best one for my truck. I want to keep the ride quality as stock as possible without any problems. I know a suspension kit would be better but it's just not in the budget right now.
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Old 12-15-2011, 05:03 PM   #3
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if you have a 4x4 keep in mind you may get the death wobble ... i like rough country good prices and seem to hold up well.
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:57 AM   #4
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I personally despise leveling kits, especially if the reason behind getting it is for 4wheeling. If you're getting a leveling kit to help your offroad performance then don't bother, and wait til you have enough money for full suspension setup. If you just want a leveling kit for it to look taller then, by all means.

The life on leveling kits aren't long either. So all in all, its better worth your time and money to get a good suspension setup. I romp on my truck so leveling kits arent the best idea

Bad leveling kits = Daystar

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Old 12-18-2011, 12:43 PM   #5
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Roger - It all depends on what your future plans and ideas are for your truck. If you're looking to take some of the rake out and placing a "little" bigger tire under there, then Rough Country. As Brad mentioned be very careful to not over do the lift. Otherwise, the next time you engage 4 wheel you'll feel that wobble. I have been told with a level kit, stock shocks will need to be replaced as well since their travel will be too short.
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:43 PM   #6
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RME pretty well captured it. If you're primarily operating on pavement w/ some occasional dirt time, a leveling kit will be fine. Look at the Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks for the front and some 5125's for the back in a 255/70 valving. Try to keep at least a 1/2" of rake or the inner CVs may give you some trouble.
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #7
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Thanks for the great feedback. My truck is used about 95% of the time on paved roads. The most wheeling I ever do is the occasional splash through a mud puddle on a job site however I do use my 4 wheel drive often enough during the snowy New York winters. I'll keep you all posted once I make a decision.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:25 PM   #8
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Rowhock...I wanted the level look. Researched all I could. The only issue I did not find at the time was the wobble in 4 wheel.
So, with that being said. I went with Bilsteins because it seemed liked the best way to go. You get the lift along with the shock.
Ride was improved over 110%. But, this winter was first I used 4 wheel since. I did get the wobble, but nothing that really concerned me. Like you, most of my driving in pavement and towing a TT. Other than in 4 wheel, the performance is fantastic. And again, really, the wobble does not bother me that much because it goes away after I pick up a little speed. It's mostly on take off is where I get this.
The biggest issue I came across was getting the bolts out of lower control arm. Mine were seized to the point that noone could get them out and had to buy new lower control arms. I went with NAPA for replacements. They fit perfect and have replaceable-greasable ball joints in which the factory ones do not.
So good luck with your project, but don't let the wobble discourage you, it does not happen all the time. I really like the leveled look. To me, the rake makes the truck look like a cat in heat with it's *** sticking up in the air waiting to be taken by a Chevy or Ford.
If you like I can try to send you pics of before and after and you can see the difference.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:22 PM   #9
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Hey Ed I really appreciate the response and I would really appreciate the photos. As my truck is very much like yours I think it would be helpful.
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Old 01-06-2012, 09:54 PM   #10
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Ok...I will try to post pics tomorrow. I have not posted pics so I have to ask to be a little patient with me.
I just wanted to tell you that I will kid you about the wobble in 4 wheel. Other than that, you will not notice any difference except very nice ride. I have been modifying cars and trucks for many,many years and glad to share my experience with anyone. I am not afraid to try something to see if it works. My next project is to see if I can buy a used 4" lift from someone and only use the pieces that lower differenetial to see if this would take care of the wobble. I can't find a manufacture that would sell just those pieces, they want me to buy the whole kit. I'm going to either hook up a camera or some other gadget to see what wobbles in 4 wheel. There has got to be some fix. But to me, it is not life threating.
Others want to us to buy those expensive CV joints, but I don't think that is the answer either. Why don't Chevy and GMC's wobble, they have the same set up?
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