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Old 04-05-2013, 11:55 PM
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Default Air suspension vs leveling kit questions

I had posted the following question on a thread about leveling kits, but it got lost in the conversation....

I apologize in advance for my newbie question... my understanding of the leveling kit is that pickups slat forward, ie the rear end is higher than the front end, and if you lift the front to match the rear the truck looks better and you can put slightly larger tires on. I imagine the reason for this is OEM's expectation of a payload in the bed. Therefore, you would not install a leveling kit if you are trailering or hauling most of the time. Assuming the above is accurate...

How detrimental is a leveling kit for hauling and towing?

Does the new air suspension keep the car level so that it looks like it has a leveling kit installed? Or does it keep the truck level but still slanted forward like the manufacturer would build them with a standard suspension?

Can you lock out the automatic lowering feature of the air suspension so that you could take a stock truck with the airsuspension and install slightly larger tires?
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It is my understanding that if you have the factory air ride you cannot install a aftermarket level or any kind of suspension.
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I had posted the following question on a thread about leveling kits, but it got lost in the conversation....

I apologize in advance for my newbie question... my understanding of the leveling kit is that pickups slat forward, ie the rear end is higher than the front end, and if you lift the front to match the rear the truck looks better and you can put slightly larger tires on. I imagine the reason for this is OEM's expectation of a payload in the bed. Therefore, you would not install a leveling kit if you are trailering or hauling most of the time. Assuming the above is accurate...

How detrimental is a leveling kit for hauling and towing?

Does the new air suspension keep the car level so that it looks like it has a leveling kit installed? Or does it keep the truck level but still slanted forward like the manufacturer would build them with a standard suspension?

Can you lock out the automatic lowering feature of the air suspension so that you could take a stock truck with the airsuspension and install slightly larger tires?
If you're wanting a "level" truck, most folks will put say a 2" kit up front or use the belstein adjustables...more on that where you originally posted. That brings the front up a bit, level with rear. No need to level anything in rear.

You're asking for trouble if you get anything much larger than stock tire sizes on the air ride. Like someone said on the forum, if you purchase the air ride option, you give up the option to modify your suspension to any great extent.

Just my opinion. Others more knowledgable about suspensions will chime in.

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Not sure about the air suspension. I have the normal setup. I measured my truck before leveling it. It say 2.5" higher in the rear. Since I do tow my trailer occasionally I used a 2" ready lift level so it sits level with the trailer. If I didn't tow I would have used a 2.5" for a level. Just my preference you could use a 2.5" level and tow still.
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