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Pros & Cons of a Front-End Leveling Kit

Manufacturers almost always bring down the front end of their stock vehicles. A front-end leveling kit will lift the front of the vehicle and level it with the back.

This inexpensive kit serves to improve the look and performance of your vehicle, but no modification is free of disadvantages. These pros and cons will help you discover if a front-end leveling kit is right for you.

Front-End Leveling Kit

Pro: Increase ground clearance

Most vehicles have higher clearance in the rear compared to the front, meaning clearance is generally only as high as the front end. A leveling kit will increase the height of your front end by 1 to 3 inches, which will increase ground clearance altogether.

This also means drivers can install larger tires on all four wheels. Normally, larger tires would hit the bumper when turning, but the leveling kit moves the body of the vehicle farther away from the axles.

Pro: Improve off-roading and towing capability

A leveling kit is a perfect addition if you are looking to improve off-roading capabilities. Higher ground clearance and larger tires are ideal when venturing into mud, dirt, rocks, sand, and other terrains. It will prevent the front bumper and other parts from being damaged by rocks and debris.

Adding a heavy feature, such as a snowplow or a winch, to the front end will cause the vehicle to sag. A leveling kit will lift the front of the vehicle back up to its proper height to improve handling.

Con: Decrease in fuel economy

A majority of car manufacturers purposely bring down the front end suspension. This design allows for decreased wind resistance and increased fuel economy. A front-end leveling kit will equalize the suspension, resulting in increased wind resistance and decreased fuel economy.

This is especially true when hauling a heavy load. The additional weight will pull the rear down and lift the front higher, causing an aerodynamic drag.

Con: Increased wear on suspension

A leveling kit will change the overall design of the vehicle, which will result in increased wear and tear on the suspension system.

The good news is that there is a way to avoid these problems with professional installation and routine maintenance. The entire weight of the vehicle rests on the suspension, so if the kit is not installed correctly, the suspension will wear down faster than normal. In addition to the leveling kit, drivers should install new shocks and undergo a full alignment.

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