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Does a 2" or 2-1/2" front leveling change handling?

Ok. I've seen a few threads and posts on this but I wondered if I can get VERY specific here. I'm wanting to have a 2" or 2-1/2" front end leveling kit installed. Here are my questions: (1) Is the 2" just right or is the 2-1/2" just right as far as level with the back? (2) Does the polyurethane coil over spacer really reduce road noise and last as long as the aluminum? (3) Does leveling the front end turn the handling and ride into crap? I love the way the stock suspension rides, but I HATE the stock front end rake! Why, oh why didn't Toyota level these from the factory? Keep in mind, I don't have much to spend, I just want to even it up without sacrificing the handling, and smooth road ride.

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Re: Does a 2" or 2-1/2" front leveling change handling?

2" is the most you'll need, unless you've added a bumper/winch to the front end. 1.75" was perfect to level for me and I did so with the adjustable Bilstein 5100 shocks set on the 3rd level. The ride actually improved over stock. Mine need replacing now(~80k miles). Just bought another pair for the front for $200.

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Ok. I've seen a few threads and posts on this but I wondered if I can get VERY specific here. I'm wanting to have a 2" or 2-1/2" front end leveling kit installed. Here are my questions: (1) Is the 2" just right or is the 2-1/2" just right as far as level with the back? (2) Does the polyurethane coil over spacer really reduce road noise and last as long as the aluminum? (3) Does leveling the front end turn the handling and ride into crap? I love the way the stock suspension rides, but I HATE the stock front end rake! Why, oh why didn't Toyota level these from the factory? Keep in mind, I don't have much to spend, I just want to even it up without sacrificing the handling, and smooth road ride.
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The DayStar Kit (inexpensive) I purchased for my 2013 TT was perfect.
It allowed me to run 285's with no issues and I was happy with the ride quality on the highway. Speed bumps were a be'Otch tho. If you just want to level the front the 2" kit will be fine.

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Re: Does a 2" or 2-1/2" front leveling change handling?

Guys, was looking for a thread like this and thanks for posts! Have now paid off other car, so time for some mods on my 11 TT which is getting Baja rack and lights, so ARB bumper and winch next. So Daystar 2" be a good solution, at least until what front suspension changes needed?

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2" is the most you'll need, unless you've added a bumper/winch to the front end. 1.75" was perfect to level for me and I did so with the adjustable Bilstein 5100 shocks set on the 3rd level. The ride actually improved over stock. Mine need replacing now(~80k miles). Just bought another pair for the front for $200.
Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks, and nothingn else? cool. How is the install?
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The DayStar Kit (inexpensive) I purchased for my 2013 TT was perfect.
It allowed me to run 285's with no issues and I was happy with the ride quality on the highway. Speed bumps were a be'Otch tho. If you just want to level the front the 2" kit will be fine.
I've been definitely looking at the Daystar 2" polyurethane front level kit. Would 2-1/2" be too much? I was quoted $140 for the kit, $180 to install, plus alignment (maybe around $80).
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I've been definitely looking at the Daystar 2" polyurethane front level kit. Would 2-1/2" be too much? I was quoted $140 for the kit, $180 to install, plus alignment (maybe around $80).
PAY THE $180 for install !!!! I can't be more serious.....

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PAY THE $180 for install !!!! I can't be more serious.....
LOL! I hear you. There was a time when I enjoyed wrenching on my ride, but I can turn a two hour project into a weekender quite easily. And the price quote is right. Now if I can just convince the wife that the FJ is in desperate need of leveling, haha!
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Re: Does a 2" or 2-1/2" front leveling change handling?

Ez-Lift I purchased the 2 inch level spacer. spacer is like 1 inch but will lift to 2 inches. very easy install with a buddy and air tools. rides just as good as it did before just without the front brake dive and front rake.. you can see red lights better and if just seems to ride better being level. no noises /squeaks. very happy with being level. Just remember to get an alignment afterwards

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Re: Does a 2" or 2-1/2" front leveling change handling?

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The DayStar Kit (inexpensive) I purchased for my 2013 TT was perfect.
It allowed me to run 285's with no issues and I was happy with the ride quality on the highway. Speed bumps were a be'Otch tho. If you just want to level the front the 2" kit will be fine.
What is the issue with speed bumps? I am also looking at a basic leveling kit for the front. Thanks!

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