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#1 (permalink) Old 02-07-2011, 08:05 PM
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Best Leveling Kit???

Just wondering if I can get some feedback for the "best leveling kit"? We do go 'wheelin' at least every other weekend but I put 50-200 highway/city miles on every day. That being said we're thinking the leveling kit is the way to go. As opposed to a full on suspension system, at least for now. The DayStar marketing jargon sure makes their kit sound the best. But as we all know marketing is just that. So, does anyone have any words of wisdom to share with us? Any and all thoughts will be appreciated! SMB4WHLR
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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

Same here.. Looking for 3" lift, was thinking of leveling as well but may go spacer kit or new suspension. have a 2011 came with Bilestin/Toyota, can't make out which shock (any good)? Anyways, would go with new springs/shocks but not looking to go full adjustable.


Leaning towards Toytec's 3" spacer kit (rear/springs) if I can keep the shocks..

What is the actual difference between spacer kit and leveling?

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

I just leveled mine and you don't want a full 3" in the front unless you like the cali style with the front being higher. I have a TT and put 2" in the front and its level...dead on. Remember that the geometry of the front suspension is not exact math so if you want 2" get a 1" spacer and so on. Hope this helps.

As far as the best, I like the billet spacers myself and everybody is different. Just spend some time searching and get feedback.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

IMO, a set of OME 883 leveling springs is the best economical way to go --

Before the ICON's I ran them and they were great. Levels it off nicely, with no need for spacers of any kind. And they're still affordable at around $170.

Of course, the ICON's are about a hundred notches above the old TT Bilsteins, but to tell you the truth they worked great and I really liked the setup. And you can grab a set used Bilsteins for probably <$300.

Anyway, a decent upgrade for well <$500. I never have driven the stock shocks, but I image it'd make a fair difference.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

We put the Bilstein 5100's on the front to level, and they work really well. If you do not want to go through a whole suspension upgrade...this is the way to go.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

I just did the Bilstein 5100 level with stock springs and I'm really happy with it. The shocks are a big improvement over the base-model Tokico's if you've got those.

If used Bilstein 5100's are going for $300, don't buy them. I got brand new ones for $225 shipped to my door.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

The Daystar "levelling" kit is a bit of a misnomer since it is actually a full lift kit. It gives you a 2.5in front and 1.5in lift in the back. It is a popular lift around this forum and gets a good reputation.

I went with an actual level lift 2in spacer in the front that got rid of the rake and much of the brake dive. I am like you and put on way too many miles to go to bigger tires. But the truck just looks better without the front fenders looking like they are dragging on the tires.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

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We put the Bilstein 5100's on the front to level, and they work really well. If you do not want to go through a whole suspension upgrade...this is the way to go.
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I just did the Bilstein 5100 level with stock springs and I'm really happy with it.
x2. Set on the third notch.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

I used this... (Daystar front level only)

Daystar 1” Leveling Kit – Install Instructions

I'm very happy with it.

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

So recommendation would be to go 2" leveling kit and replace front shocks only (keep springs) with 5100? Add the rear 1.5 spacer? Would this provide equal height all-around?

http://www.toyteclifts.com/index.php...mart&Itemid=72

Will this set-up be good for moderate off-roading as well?

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