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98 leveling kit

i want to get a leveling kit on my 98 2wd but im not sure which is the best one to get for your money. i dont want a chepo one and i just want to lift the front about an inch or 2
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I don't think they make leveling kits for them?

Easiest way is to do what my buddy did. Go to autozone and look for the coil spacers, they're generic and they cost about 20 bucks. Take the spring out and shove it in there and bam about an inch or two of lift.
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yeah i was hoping you guys werent going to tell me that but i kinda saw it coming. i have been searching for a while. guess ill have to take a trip to autozone
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did the autozone spacers make it drive any different?
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You will lose down travel so it feel a little stiffer, I wouldn't recommend those though. I say do it right, pick up some coil spacers or lift coils from eBay. Go with 2" and you should be 'level', and don't forget that you will need new shocks, alignment cams, and an alignment.
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OK cool any recommendations on brands or spring rate and what size shocks would i need.
i know this is definitely a newb question but what are alignment cams and how much do they run for.
sorry im a solid front axle kind of guy
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You can pick up some coils from springtech on eBay or some coil spacers. They will be ok for the price you pay. Alignment cams run about $15-25 depending on the store. Pick some up from napa or pep boys. You need a set of two per side in order to align your suspension after modifying it.
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ok thanks thats a big help
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ok thanks thats a big help
I had no clue there were actual leveling kits. when i asked on here a couple months back I got few replies.
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well the only thing i could find was an aluminum spacer so thats just going to have to work. anyway ive been searching for a while so i had to ask on here. i hope it works
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FRONT LIFT/LEVELING KITS - JCWhitney
this looks the best i just found this
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well actual can someone tell me if that will work on a 2wd i dont know how to tell
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I used to have these before I upgraded to the Fabtech 2.5", they worked great. Pick up some of these in 2" so you can get a good alignment. They also have a 'warranty', so the guy will replace them if they go bad. They are easy to install without even pulling apart the suspension, except the shock.

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awesome thank you i appreciate your help
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No problem.

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When I installed coil spacers on my truck. I cheated by not taking apart the entire suspension. I went to Kragen and rented a coil compressor similar to this:

(note that it has the hooks on both sides)

I then removed the front shocks, and then on the compressor I was able to remove one set of hooks (the side with the nut). I then took the 'rod' with the hooks still attached to it, and stuck it in from the bottom of the lower control arm. I then stuck the hooks onto the lowest part of the coil that I could attach it to and passed the 'rod' through the top of the coil bucket (using the shock hole). There I bolted on the nut and started to compress the coil. I kept compressing the coil up into the coil bucket until I had enough clearance to drop the spacers into the lower control arm. I then slowly decompressed the coil. Once that was complete, I went onto the other side.

This method is quick and saves the hassle of removing the suspension (although it is not much). It is also easier to align the coil spacer this way. This applies if your coil spacer is a 'horseshoe' shape like mine was, or if it goes under the coil. Good luck, if you have any questions let me know. Oh and you will need new shocks, or shock extenders and an alignment (I'm sure you were already aware of this ).
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