Level the 2500HD out or not?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mkwl, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I have just gotten my new 2003 GMC Sierra 2500HD back from the shop for some brake work (needed to have the rotors turned). They suggested that they turn up the torsion bars to level the truck front to back. I like the way ot looks leveled, but am a little concerned about how it will carry loads now that the front is more or less even with the back. They turned the bars all the way up in an effort to level the truck. He said if I don't like the bars up all the way, they'll put them back down a little and re- align the truck free of charge. I was thinking I might have them lower the nose down about 1.5", to help shift more weight to the front, so it will carry a load better. Will lowering the nose help the truck "look" better when hauling 1.5 yards of topsoil (heavy) in the bed, or will lowering it not really make any differfence? Will lowering the nose help the truck "look" better when hauling our 11,000 boat/trailer? What do you think, lower the nose down 1.5", or keep it level? What have you guys with HD's done with your truck "leveling"?

    Matt- proud owner of a GMC Sierra 2500HD!!!:cool2:
  2. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 792

    if your going to level it, buy a kit, dont crank up your torsion bars, its causes steeper cv angles which wears out parts faster. Lowering the nose will do no good, except make you look "cali style" as a daily driver.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I think you'll be fine until you get into gravels or sands, and the boat's tongue weight shouldn't be more than 1,100 lbs. per standard math a trailer's tongue weight is usually 10% of total. I personally wouldn't spend any money until I found out for sure (such as by loading) and as far as I'm concerned, they can re-level the truck free of charge before I spend money on top of what appears to be a dandy suspension, but that's just me.
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    So would you say I should leave it "level" as it is not, or have them lower it about 1.5" free of charge?

    The question I'm really asking is- will the truck look like a wimpy 1/2 ton when full of topsoil/towing if it is level now (empty), how much will the rear and sag?
  5. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 2,412

    It will be fine and I would leave it if I were you. When you have a load in the back of your truck, it will slightly squat but not that much. It won't look like all the maniacs running down the road in an s-10 with 10,000 lbs in the back of it.... you get the idea. No need to worry about it.

    The plow dealership turned mine up.
  6. dozerman21

    dozerman21 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    My personal preference is to crank them. I've done that and some to my truck. I don't like the look of the front sagging, plus you can't run much bigger wheels the way they are stock. My truck rides better than stock on most roads. Just make sure you get an alignment afterwards.

    Here's a link from a while back with some pictures, and if you read down, I described what all I did.


    C. MOORE LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Cranking up the torsion bars are not good for the truck esp. if you are using it as a work truck. A 3/4 would take A LOT to be sagging enough where it would be noticeably different.
  8. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    I'd level a personal truck, wouldn't give a thought to a work truck.
  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    Unless you hang a plow on the front, I'd leave the front end at stock height. If the back sags, address it by adding overloads, Timbrens or air bags on the rear.

    MOWALLTHETIME LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    I looked into leveling my 2004 crewcab 2500 hd and the mechanic at the dealer urged me to leave it stock. He stated that the trucks are lower in the front than the back for towing/hauling purposes. when you have a load either in the bed or on a trailer the rear of the truck squats and the truck rides level. The front end does 70-75% of the stopping and all of the steering. If you take weight off the front end you reduce your steering response and decrease your braking power. he however told me if on my next truck if i was going to add a winch bumper or heavy implement to go for the front end serive package. It comes with heavier raised front suspension for items like plows and other impements. He also urged me to buy a kit if I decided to raise the front end do not crank up the bars, over time they will start to sag and your ride will be rougher. I decided not to level my front end and just live with it. I normally have a trailer behind it so it looks level and with gas at 3.00/gal I opted for stock size replacement tires to help ease my gas bill.

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