It is common that many vehicle owners want to level the front and rear side of the vehicle. There are many reasons- maybe they want to fit a larger wheel, or maybe they want their vehicle to look good. I don’t know what the reason is for you behind doing this. But I know that you are confused about the size of the leveling kit you need. Am I right?
If so, don’t worry. Here in this article, I am going to describe to you how to find out the right leveling kit size that you need. All you have to do is stay with me while I am describing the procedure.
And I also have a bonus for you about the installation cost of leveling kits. So, don’t go anywhere. Stay tuned.
How to Measure the Size
To measure the exact size of the leveling kit for your vehicle, you need a few things. These are-
- Your vehicle
- A flat surface to park your vehicle
- A measuring tape
- A Pen
- A piece of paper
When you have arranged all of these five, you are ready to go. Now, let’s start.
Step 1: At first, you need to measure the front side. Take the measuring tape and measure the distance between the center of the front axle and the top of the wheel well. Keep the distance recorded on a piece of paper.
Step 2: Now, it’s time for measuring the rear side. You have to do exactly the same. Place the measuring tape and take note of the distance between the center of the rear axle and top of the wheel well.
After measuring both sides, it’s time to proceed for the third step.
Step 3: In this step, you have to find out the difference between the front and rear distance. The difference will be the size of the front leveling kit needed for your vehicle.
For example, suppose,
The distance between the center of the front axle and top of the wheel well is 18 inch
The distance between the center of the rear axle and top of the wheel well is 20 inch
In this case,the difference is (20 – 18) = 2 inches. So, you’ll need a 2-inch front leveling kit in order to level the front and rear side of your vehicle.
So easy to measure, isn’t it? This is the process of measuring the leveling kit size if you just want to level the vehicle. Install a 2-inch front leveling kit and get a well-leveled vehicle.
How the Measure Leveling Kit Size for Overall Height Increasing
If you think that you’ll increase the overall height of the vehicle, you can do it too. For that purpose, you’ll have to find out the front leveling kit size to level the rear and front axle following the procedure described above.
Then, you have to determine exactly how much longer should be added to the height. For example, suppose you want to increase the height by 1 inch.
In that case, you’ll need a 1 inch rear leveling kit.
To find out the size of front leveling kit, you’ll have to add the size of rear leveling kit to previously measured front leveling kit. In this example, the size of the front leveling kit will be-
1-inch (size of rear leveling kit) +2-inch (previously measured size of front leveling kit) = 3-inch
So, if you install3-inch front leveling kit and 1 inch rear leveling kit to the example vehicle, you’ll find a higher and better-leveled vehicle then previous one.
Installation Cost of Leveling Kit
After choosing the perfect-sized leveling kit, it is time to install it in your vehicle. You can do it by yourself, or you can hire a professional mechanic for it.
If you have enough knowledge about your vehicle, you will be able to install the leveling kit by yourself. But it needs enough practical experience of working with cars. Otherwise, it can turn to a messed up situation. Besides, you can’t be sure whether you have done it right or not.
On the other hand, if you go to a professional mechanic and ask him to install it, you’ll get a perfectly leveled vehicle. It will cost you some money but it worth the cost. However, the cost worth a re-think, I know.
The installation cost of a leveling kit depends on a few matters- the time it takes to install, the labor cost, the type of kit to be installed, etc. If the leveling kit is a small one, it costs less than installing a bigger one. Here I am going to give an idea of the cost.
If you want to install a 2-inch leveling kit found in the example above, you’ll have to spend around $200 to $300. If you consider the installation time, labor cost, etc., it is not a big amount. On the other hand, if you want to install a 6-inch suspension lift kit, it will cost a lot, around $2000 to $3000.
This is just a rough idea about the installation cost. It may vary depending on the type of the leveling kit. The place from where you are installing the kit also has some influence on the cost. For example- if you install it in the same place from where you’ve bought it, they might offer some discount on installing. (Don’t jump and swallow the bait of discount, check other shops to have an idea of installing leveling kit.)
To wrap the things up, it will cost only the price of the leveling kit if you can install it by yourself. If you hire a professional, it will cost an additional $200 to $3000 depending on the type and size of the leveling kit. However, always explore and ask 4-5 professionals nearby to get a rough idea about the installation cost. It might save some money, you’ll never know.