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Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Exterior Forum [GEN 2]' started by FarmersFight, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. FarmersFight

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    New owner here of a 2018 SCREW. Have read some debate about leveling. Some of my non-Raptor buddies insist on leveling their trucks, but I’ve never leveled one. Can someone talk me in or out of it? Sounds like a 1-2” lift in the front is not an overly expensive option to add.

    Thanks I’m advance!
     
  2. smurfslayer

    smurfslayer Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. We’re hunting sasquatch77

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    Having just moved to TX not too long ago, I’ve noticed that, in addition to tattoos, you need to have a lifted truck that’s leveled. Other than looks, what will the lift get you? I’m being serious, are you pushing the truck hard enough to justify the cost?

    We had a user lose their transfer case and was not covered under warranty due to the lift. Rare, but it’s happened.
     
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    More importantly it depends on what you like and want. Do you like some downward rake on your trucks? Will you tow a lot? Do you want to enhance front end performance to a degree?

    Eibach springs are about 200, installation about 300-450 with alignment. Then you should have then ride height reset at the dealer or a shop in the know that’s maybe doing the work. This is .5 to 1 hr labor cost.

    If you want even more performance off road there are Geisers as well. More than double the price.

    Just search out front springs and leveling and you will find several good threads on this subject.
     
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    This is the only type of lift for a gen 2 raptor. Read up on the benefits and misfortunes of other suspension type lifts before hacking your truck up.
     
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    I'm against any mod that is purely aesthetic. "Leveling" to me sounds like an aesthetic mod, which it may or may not be. If you are raising the front to squeeze bigger tires or to make more room for something else, I say go for it. If you are doing it because you like the looks, I'd pass. There are so many ways to actually improve the truck, I just can't justify purely aesthetic mods.

    My real recommendation is to drive the stock truck for a while and see what aspects you like, don't like, and/or want to improve. Everything is a trade off. Generally better on-road performance/ride-quality is inversely proportional to off-road performance/ride-quality. If you want to improve rear wheel hop, you can tweak rear suspension; if you want to smooth out some washboard, one option is bigger tires, which might be made easier with a slight lift in the front...for example.
     
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    I wouldn’t bother. The truck is ‘level’ from the factory. A ‘leveling kit’ just evens the wheel gap with the rear by making the nose higher. It’s not level anymore it’s reverse raked. And silly imo. Looks fine but for what? Looks just fine stock. Unless you’re putting raised springs in the back it’s all perception.
     
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    I recently installed Eibach springs on my 2020, sits perfectly level. The biggest thing I noticed other then ride height was that it felt way better when braking. Stiffer up front so it doesn't do a nose dive like before when hitting the brakes. Id say go for it
     
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    Level how? By looking? Recently someone posted that they put an actual bubble level on the bedside and it was already level. Stock and unloaded. Nose down under hard braking means the weight is transferring forward which makes braking more effective.
     
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    I remember seeing that. Out of curiosity, I went out just now and put my 48" bubble level on my bed rails. I had to raise the front of the level about half an inch to center the bubble. It's just over 12' from axle to axle. The top of my front wheelwell is 40.125" and the top of the rear is 41.525", for a 1.5" difference, equal to 3 times the difference I saw over 4'. So on my truck, raising the front by 1.5" would level it. One caveat, however, is that I've seen people reporting rear wheelwell heights quite a bit lower than mine, so there may well be stock trucks closer to level than mine.
     
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    That's probably because you didn't have the ride height recalibrated. Do that and you'll get some of that plush ride back ...
     

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