Ford F-150 Lift Kits vs. F-150 Leveling Kits

October 2nd, 2018 by

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With the proper lift or leveling kit, you can elevate the Ford F-150‘s ride height, handling, and capabilities. Whether you want greater off-roading prowess, or larger wheels, there’s a kit for your new F-150. Compare Ford F-150 lift kits vs. leveling kits below to see which offers more of what you want for the right price.

Leveling Kit vs. Lift Kit: Ride Quality & Ground Clearance

Lift and leveling kits are used to give trucks greater ground clearance and make room for larger tires. This is done by raising the truck’s body further from the axles. There are some differences between the two kits in terms of how they’ll affect the F-150’s 3.5L EcoBoost performance and utility:

  • Leveling: You can lift the front of your F-150 with a 2 or 2.5 inch leveling kit, although there are 3 inch leveling kits for F-150 trucks as well.  Stock-style stances can be achieved by placing a rear lift block on the rear leaf springs for a small height increase at all four points. You can also install slightly larger tires—about 33 inches in diameter—on your leveled F-150. Rough country leveling kits for the F-150 include 2 inch leveling strut extensions an shocks. Leveling kits are best for daily driving, towing, and light off-roading.
  • Lifting: One of these kits will raise your F-150’s ground clearance at all four corners by 3 to 12 inches, and allow for 35+-inch tires. If off-roading is one of your favorite pastimes, this is the right choice for you. Lift kits are best for mud, sand, snow, and heavy-duty off-roading.

Leveling Kit vs. Lift Kit: Price & Installation

Leveling kits are less expensive than lift kits. Typically, the cost falls somewhere around $100 to $250. If you’re lifting your Ford F-150 truck, you can expect to pay around $1,000 to $4,000, depending on the ride quality and height you want. Professional installation is usually necessary if you’re using a lift or block kit, as well as an alignment after. Leveling kits are easy to install, and usually require hand tools.

Explore Your F-150 Lift & Leveling Options at Beach Automotive Group!

Ready to take your Ford F-150 to the next level and tackle those rough country roads around Murrells Inlet and Florence? Check out some F150 leveling kit before and after pics to get an idea about how your leveled F-150 will look, then contact us at Beach Automotive Group in Myrtle Beach to learn more about the available Ford F-150 lift kits and leveling kits. While you’re here, be sure to check out our service and parts specials!

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