If you’ve ever wondered whether a leveling kit is right for your Ford F150, you’re not alone. A lot of people want to install these kits but don’t want to risk damaging their truck in the process.
Well, I’m here to tell you that adding a leveling kit can be risky business and in this post, we are going to talk about the problems associated with installing a leveling kit on your Ford F150.
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Should You Put a Leveling Kit on your F150?
A leveling kit will not improve your F150’s ride quality, handling or braking performance. It will not increase its towing capacity either.
A leveling kit is only useful if you want to improve the aesthetics of your truck by raising the front making it level and adding some ground clearance. However, there are some potential problems with a leveling kit that could make you think twice about installing one on your F150.
Does a Leveling Kit Cause Problems on the Ford F150?
If you install a leveling kit, you can run into many problems with your truck. It’s important to know what these problems are before installing the leveling kit.
- Vibration: When installing a leveling kit, it is possible that the different heights of the front and rear wheels will cause vibrations in your truck. This can be fixed by changing the tires or adjusting the air pressure.
- Loss of Towing Capacity: If you use your F150 for towing heavy loads regularly, then it may be better not to install a leveling kit because this will change the vehicle’s center of gravity which could result in loss of control while driving and make pulling difficult due to excess weight overloading tires and springs under load conditions (like when driving up steep gradients).
- Tire Clearance: The clearance between tires and suspension components such as upper control arms will decrease when installing lift kits which means they might hit each other during normal driving conditions like bumps or potholes on city streets; so keep this in mind before buying one. Let’s look into these potential problems in more detail.
Let’s look into these potential problems in more detail.
Vibration is the most common F150 leveling kit problem. It can cause damage to your tires, wheels, suspension, and the body of your vehicle. Vibration is caused by a number of factors including:
- The design and materials used for manufacturing the leveling kit
- The quality of installation on your truck Loss of towing capacity
Loss of towing capacity
is a problem that can occur when installing a leveling kit. The loss of towing capacity is due to the weight of the vehicle being transferred from the axle to the suspension. This can be mitigated by installing a stronger hitch, but will not completely solve this issue.
Something else to keep in mind when installing a leveling kit is the added clearance it may require. A larger leveling kit may mean that you need to replace your tires with larger ones, or at least make sure they’re not too small for the new lift height.
Another thing to consider is suspension travel. While most lifts have some sort of rubbery or spongy bump stop at the end of their suspension travel, if your new lift lifts your truck so high that you start running into obstacles like low-hanging tree branches, it’s more than likely going to be damaged by those objects.
Premature wear on suspension components
If you overload your suspension, it can wear out prematurely. The truck’s suspension components are not designed to handle the extra weight, so they may start to wear out. “How do I know if I’m overloading my truck?” you ask. Well, there are a few ways:
- Check your owner’s manual for load limits on your vehicle’s axles. The manufacturer will tell you how much weight each axle can hold without risking damage to other components in the suspension system (like shocks and springs). If you’re exceeding these limits, then you’re likely putting additional stress on everything else in your suspension system as well and that means premature wear all around.
- Be sure not to exceed those numbers by too much either. Having an extra person or two sitting in your truck doesn’t necessarily mean that it will exceed its own capacity especially if they aren’t particularly heavy themselves so don’t go overboard here either!
If you need to add a leveling kit to your Ford F150, do so with care. Before you install one of these kits, it’s important that you understand the potential problems it may cause and make sure that it is right for your vehicle. If you’re unsure about whether or not this modification is right for your truck, talk with a professional who has experience working on Fords like yours!
Thomas is a retired motor mechanic, father, and grandfather. He writes from his 20+ years in the automotive industry to help you find and solve anything related to car repairs, maintenance, and care.