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Old 11-16-2018, 06:45 PM
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Why do I need a leveling kit?

My truck should be delivered next week, but until then I'm curious. I would assume the truck bed sits a little higher than the front when unloaded, especially since I ordered my 2019 SD with the 10K load upgrade. If I leveled it when empty then the minute I put on a load by hooking up my TT, it would sit lower than the front and I'd need to put excessive pressure on the load leveling hitch to get it back to level. What I'm expecting is that the 700-900 lbs of tongue weight will lower the rear end anyway and be somewhere close to level so I won't need as much pressure on the load leveler bars. What am I missing?
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:06 PM
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Nothing.

No one "needs" a leveling kit.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:10 PM
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I have a 2018 350 Dually that has a leveling kit on it a 2 1/2Ē ready lift and it sits about 1/2-3/4Ē higher in the rear normally and when Iím hooked up to our 35í Solitude it is about as close to level as I think I can get.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:50 PM
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If the truck needed one ford would have added it. No one actually needs them, they are an aestetic mod. I thought a slightly more leveled truck would look nicer, so i bought one.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:55 PM
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No need for one, pulling my trailer was exactly why I donít have one, the back would then sit lower than the rear. My trailer has about 700 pounds tongue weight and sits level when itís hooked up with the weight distribution hitch. I do also have the snow plow prep on my truck so it does sit a little bit higher in the front than a truck without it. I also like the look of a little rake on a truck.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 08:32 PM
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I ordered my 2019 SD with the 10K load upgrade.
The 10k option is an 'on paper' GVWR degrade. It won't change the physical capabilities of your truck. Just the legal.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:42 PM
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I considered leveling mine and then decided against it. I have a TT as well with a 950 tongue weight. My concern is the same as yours. The way it sits now is dead level with minimal weight on the spring bars. My truck probably doesn't absolutely need weight distribution, but my hitch has a sway control component to it. I figure a super duty is designed to work and the truck is set up to do just that. Leveling looks awesome but it would seem to take away from the load carrying ability. But what do I know. Just my opinion.
 
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Old 11-16-2018, 09:44 PM
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People don't use their trucks for trucks anymore...groceries and soccer ***** aren't heavy. Therefore, people don't like the look of the factory rake...
 
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Heck, trucks are supposed to have some rake. I think they look like trucks with a little rake. And its high enough without the level kit.

My F250 and 24' car hauler loaded to about 9K lbs. Note there is no WDH.



 
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Old 11-17-2018, 01:11 AM
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Nothing.

No one "needs" a leveling kit.
Ahh BS, everyone needs a leveling kit. And to raise the rear 2" so it will tow level and not look dumb.
 
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There is a nice 17+ in my neighborhood that is white and really looks sharp with the factory wheels and rake......every day I'm expecting it to have a leveling kit on it.
 
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No one "needs" a leveling kit.
Exactly. I like the look of the back end being slightly higher. To me it makes the truck look like it's ready to take on a load. I'd hate the look of a truck that had a sagging back end if you put anything substantial in it.
And when I do hook up a trailer or take on a load I'd rather not have the headlights point upward from that.
 
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:48 AM
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Ok, don't bash me on this but, I like the look of a level truck the 80% of the time i'm not hauling a heavy load, so 2 1/2 lift on the front helped a lot, But i did add Air bags to level out the rear when i tow heavy trailers. the cost for everything was less then a grand and installed myself. Love the look of a leveled truck!!!
 
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:09 AM
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If you use your SD as a actual 'truck', screw the leveling, spend your money on worthwhile toolbox etc, if you want to impress the mall rats - your choice..
 
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Old 11-17-2018, 09:34 AM
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I am of the opposite approach. I leveled my truck for more reasons then just looks. I had a Carli Back Country kit installed and also added air bags with a wireless remote, because I still use my truck as a truck and dont want it riding high when loaded. That being said the level not only improved the look of the truck imo but also significanly improved the ride, gave me more capability off road (I work in construction), and game me slight boost in water fording ability, I live in houston and it floods alot here. In addition the airbags gave me the ability to dial in the suspension no matter what I am carrying or hauling. They even help when hitching my trailers by inflating or deflating the bags I can raise or lower the back of the truck at will about 2 inch to make hitching faster. Now all of this cost more money compared to a regular spacer kit but I added to my trucks capability. I would not jump to the conclusion that everyone that levels a truck is a mall crawler. No one needs a level kit, I agree, but it can do more then just looks.
 

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