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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-08-2011, 03:28 PM
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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

When you say level, I assume you're not touching the rear, just lifting the front about 1-1.5" to take the rake out.

The Bilsteins have 4 positions where you can put the spring perch. They'll give you stock height on the lowest setting, then .75", 1.75" & 2.5" lift. Sort of like a poor man's adjustable coil-over. It seems like their lift numbers are a little low, at least for the 2nd and 3rd notches. If you're stock, the 2nd notch will probably level you out. If you put a heavy bumper on the front, you might want to use the 3rd.

If you want to lift the rear 1.5", you'd be doing what most people would call a 3" lift. Lifting the front about 3" and the rear 1.5" results in a roughly level stance, but I think most people would call it a lift.

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When you say level, I assume you're not touching the rear, just lifting the front about 1-1.5" to take the rake out.

The Bilsteins have 4 positions where you can put the spring perch. They'll give you stock height on the lowest setting, then .75", 1.75" & 2.5" lift. Sort of like a poor man's adjustable coil-over. It seems like their lift numbers are a little low, at least for the 2nd and 3rd notches. If you're stock, the 2nd notch will probably level you out. If you put a heavy bumper on the front, you might want to use the 3rd.

If you want to lift the rear 1.5", you'd be doing what most people would call a 3" lift. Lifting the front about 3" and the rear 1.5" results in a roughly level stance, but I think most people would call it a lift.

Oh, BTW, if you put these on yourself, you can skip the gym that day. It's a workout even with air tools. I'm still a little sore.

Okay, that makes sense. So if I go with the 5100 add the spacer kit, I can adjust up to 2.5".. If I go with the 1.5 in the rear, would I need 5100 in the back as well?

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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

There are probably a million threads about this very subject on this forum, and you new folks really need to learn the "search" function - it's invaluable. But, if you'll look at my signature (and do a search), you'll find that the Bilstein/1.5" Daystar spacer method is probably the most bang-for-the-buck method for leveling your FJC.
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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

[QUOTE=NBFJCruz;1831842]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'm very happy with this set-up. I've also got All-Pro sliders and at 5'8' and a fake hip just as high as I want to go. Retains the original ride too.
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Re: Best Leveling Kit???

I used the Toytec leveling kit before I got my King suspension and they work great and dont use polyurethane which provided me with more security. Compresses the springs a bit for a tad stiffer rid but makes for a cost effective level kit that doesnt break the bank. I am selling mine if any is interested!
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