Tips to Install a Leveling Kit
Installing a lift kit helps the vehicle to drive smoothly in rough terrains, provide it better ground clearance, and enhance stability & control. Though the steps of installing a lift kit vary from vehicle to vehicle, but there are few common rules that everyone can follow.
Here you go:
- Raise the vehicle on a hoist safely elevated up off the ground and make sure its secured.
- Remove the front wheels by using a lug wrench. Keep the nuts at a safe place so that you can use them whenever needed.
- Unhook the sway bar link from each side of the vehicle.
- Separate the upper nuts to disconnect the shock absorber array from upper shock tower. The upper nuts are usually three to four in counting.
- Remove the strut assembly.
- Note the alignment of the top plate. It is important to mark it, else you will need to reassemble the strut tower.
- Compress the springs using a spring compressor.
- Now, take off the rubber isolator, top nut and top plate from each shock.
- Re-assemble the new sturt tower using OEM plate with new shocks and springs.
- Re-assemble the rubber isolator and top plate and tighten the top nut.
- Connect the new assembly to the vehicle by keeping in mind the alignment you have marked on the configuration of the strut top plate.
- Separate the skid plates from the car. Make sure to take care of the bolts.
- Place the small spacers between the cross section and differential supports.
- Make sure to torque the bolts as per OEM specs.
- Reinstall the skid plates.
- Check to confirm if you have left any screws and bolts there.
- Get a wheel alignment done.