Welcome to our guide to lifting the 2007-2107 Silverado/Sierra!
Whether you’re looking to improve ground clearance, run bigger tires or just want to make your truck look better overall by lifting it, this is for you.
This guide will help you compare your options as we take a look at the most popular kits for lifting Silverados and just how they work to give your truck some altitude and attitude!
We’ll start with leveling kits that raise the front only, and then go over the options for even more lift, all the way up to some of the highest lift kits available.
As you can tell from this picture, from the factory these trucks have a forward rake to the way that they sit. It’s about a 2 – 2.5″ inch difference, meaning the front of the truck sits about 2″ lower than the bed.
If you’re looking to get rid of or reduce the factory rake, and make your truck look alot more aggressive without compromising in ride quality, a leveling kit is what you want.
There are a few different ways to go about leveling your truck, and the following kits are the best ways of doing it:
2007-2017 Silverado/Sierra 1500 Leveling Kit
- Rough Country Spacer Leveling Kit
This kit by Rough Country is the best option for leveling the 1500. Made from durable delrin, it’s designed for longevity and corrosion resistance, which means you can rest easy knowing that it will probably outlast the rest of your trucks suspension.
The reviews show nothing but people that are happy with their purchase of this kit. On the rare occasion that anyone has less than stellar things to say, it usually comes down to an error during installation. Rough Country’s claims of easy install and 2″ lift are confirmed by multiple Chevy/GMC 1500 owners.
- FITMENT: Chevrolet: 07-13 Avalanche 1500 4WD/2WD, 07-17 Silverado 1500 4WD/2WD, 07-17 Suburban 1500 4WD/2WD, 07-17 Tahoe 4WD/2WD; GMC: 07-17 Sierra 1500 4WD/2WD, 07-17 Yukon 4WD/2WD, 07-17 Yukon XL 1500 4WD/2WD
- KIT CONTENTS: Lower strut mount extensions and hardware
- BENEFITS: Maintains factory ride quality; Increased ground clearance; Levels the front with the rear of the vehicle; No need to disassemble your struts to install; 100% simple bolt-on installation
- TECHNICAL NOTES: Fits cast steel factory control arms only; Does not fit cast aluminum or stamped steel factory control arm models; Does not fit 2014-2016 GMC "Denali" models; Does not fit 2007 "Classic" models
- ITEM SPECIFICS: Installation Time: 3-5 hours; Backspacing: Factory; Recommended Tire Size: 285/75 R17; Weight: 1.75-lbs
Description:Rough Country's 2-inch Suspension Leveling Kit (Factory Cast Steel Control Arm Models) - 1307
Spacer Leveling Kit Installation
This picture illustrates where the spacer goes (spacer shown in blue.)
Installation is a breeze compared to most suspension lift kits:
- Unbolt the two lower strut mount bolts and the sway bar.
- Pry the lower control arm down enough to slip your new spacer in between the lower strut mount and the LCA.
- Install the new longer bolts and torque to spec. That’s it, you’re done!
2011-2017 Silverado/Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD Leveling Kit
ReadyLift 2.25″ Leveling Kit
The 2500HD and 3500HD Silverados will need a different type of lift for the front suspension, as these trucks are heavier and are designed to carry more weight than the suspension setup on the smaller and lighter 1500.
These trucks use a torsion bar type suspension setup for the front, which can actually be adjusted to lift your truck in stock form already, although cranking the torsion bars up with factory keys does make your truck ride rougher.
The reason to get a lift kit for this suspension setup is that while its possible you can adjust the ride height in a stock torsion bar setup, you are still limited in the range that the factory torsion bar keys allow.
This kit replaces the factory torsion keys with a set that moves the point of adjustability up the scale, so that your range of adjustment starts with a higher lift point at the minimum torsion setting.
These keys allow you to have a higher lift potential (up to 4in higher) all while maintaining the factory ride quality.
ReadyLift 66-3011 2.25" Leveling Kit for Silverado/Sierra 2500HD/3500HD 2WD/4WD 8 Lug
- Torsion keys are forged for ultimate strength and powder coated for lasting corrosion protection
- Installs easily in about an hour - professional install recommended
- Retains the OEM factory ride while lifting your vehicle up to 4 inches
- Guaranteed against manufacturer defects in materials and workmanship for the life of your vehicle
ReadyLift is the fastest, safest and least expensive way to lift, level, or raise the rear of today's most popular trucks and SUV's and add wheels and tires up to 37 inches in diameter. While other lift kits cost thousands to buy and hours to install, ReadyLift can be installed in as little as 1 hour, and can cost less than the price of a single custom wheel. ReadyLift recommends custom wheels no wider than 9.0 inches with 4.5 inches - 5.5 inches of backspacing on most applications. Using wheels wider than 9.0 inches may require a larger backspacing or a reduced tire height to minimize the chance of tire to fender clearance problems on some applications. ReadyLift states that it is the responsibility of the installer to verify correct and safe fitments. ReadyLift does not assume responsibility for any errors or misapplication contained within this guide.
3.5″ Lift Kits
If your goals area bit higher, like wanting to fit 35″ tires, then you’re gonna need to a lift kit that gives a little more height than just a front leveling kit would.
This is where a 3.5″ lift kit comes into play. The higher lift will give you the space that you’ll need in the wheel wells (with maybe some minor trimming) for larger tires up to 35’s, while also increasing your ground clearance over obstacles.
2008-2017 Silverado/Sierra 1500 4WD
- Supreme Suspensions – Silverado Lift Kit 3.5″
The best 3.5″ kit for the 1500 is this one by Supreme Suspensions. It has everything you need to lift without affecting ride quality.
It includes the lower spacers like you saw in the previous leveling kit, and adds a spacer for the top of the strut assembly, which gives you the extra lift. Splitting up the spacers like this is a very good idea, as you don’t want to have too much of a spacer on one end of the strut, as that would affect the suspension geometry.
The kit also comes with the blocks that you need for the rear lift to match the front, and the extended u-bolts that you’ll need when adding blocks to the rear leaf springs.
Also included is a differential drop kit, which keeps the front axles at a better angle, to prevent them from wearing out faster than they should.
Supreme Suspensions - Silverado Lift Kit 3.5" Front Suspension Lift + 3" Rear
- FITMENT: "New Body Style" 2007 and 2008 - 2017 Chevy Silverado 1500 + GMC Sierra 1500.
- CONTENTS: 4x Aircraft Billet Strut Spacers, 2x Solid Billet Blocks, 4x Zinc Plated U-Bolts, 2x Axle Pinion Alignment Shims, Installation Hardware, Installation Instructions and Pro Pack.
- TECHNICAL NOTES: 3.5 inch front suspension lift and 3 inch rear lift. Fits 1500 6-lug model configurations only.
- BENEFITS: Improves the look of your truck and increases ground clearance, allowing you to fit larger custom rims and tires. Factory shocks can be reused. Solid sheer strength and light weight lift material CNC machined from Aircraft Billet.
- INSTALLATION: Easy bolt-on installation takes 2 - 4 hours. No special tools are required.
This Supreme Suspensions 2007 - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 lift kit is precision engineered to provide an adjustable 3.5" front and 3" rear suspension lift for Silverado 4WD models. As a Silverado lift kit, its the fastest and easiest lift kit to install to increase ride height and ground clearance, so you can fit larger custom rims and tires. This lift kit for Silverado maintains your smooth factory ride quality and improves the look of your Silverado. Installation takes 2-4 hours. An alignment is always recommended after altering the height of your vehicle No special tools are necessary for installation. Supreme Suspensions Pro-Billet Series is precision CNC machined from solid blocks of T6 Aircraft Billet, the best material to use when lifting your truck due to its sheer strength and lack of weight. Each piece receives a special anodized coating for a superior finish to protect against rust and corrosion. Unlike steel kits that are cut-out and welded together, our Pro-Billet Series is built from a solid block and will not compress or warp under extensive load. This kit also includes a pair of rear axle shims to ensure optimal pinion angle and prevent unwanted vibrations. All of Supreme Suspensions products are developed and rigorously tested by in-house ASE certified specialists, in conjunction with sponsored, professional racers as well as dealerships across the US. This 07 - 17 Silverado 4x4 lift kit includes: 2x Pro-Billet Upper Strut Spacers, 2x Pro-Billet Lower Strut Spacers, 2x Rear Axle Shims, Installation Hardware, Installation Instructions, and Supreme Suspensions Pro Pack.
2011-2017 Silverado/Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD
- Tuff Country 2500/3500HD 3.5″ Lift Kit
This Tuff Country kit is the most comprehensive and best overall 3.5″ lift kit for the 2500HD and 3500HD Silverado/Sierra.
Included in the box is everything needed to maintain ride quality while allowing for a higher stance and larger tires (up to 35’s with some minor trimming.)
Tuff Country ensures that they produce a high quality kit by keeping the manufacturing in-house in the USA. They powdercoat all applicable parts for longer durability than cheaper painted parts. The limited lifetime warranty is another indication of how they stand behind their products.
The kit is designed for ease of installation, no cutting or welding is required, simply bolt on the replacement parts in place of the factory stuff.
Parts list is as follows:
- Heavy Duty tubular upper control arms with polyurethane bushings (corrects front suspension back to factory geometry even with the torsion lift)
- Torsion keys for maximum lift adjustability while retaining ride quality
- Cast iron leaf spring lift blocks for the rear suspension
- Extended U-bolts for the rear lift block installation
- Front shock extender brackets (shock replacement not required with this kit)
- Differential drop kit (keeps the axles from wearing out prematurely)
- Tuff Country 13085 Box kit 3.5" Chevy 2500HD
Lift kits are designed to add additional height to your truck or SUV to increase fender clearance and allow for larger tires. Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension has been producing suspension lift kits since 1988. All Tuff Country lift kits are engineered for the finest quality at an affordable price. Simple installation and a great ride are a trademark of the our kits. All lift kits are backed by a limited lifetime warrantry.
6″ Lift Kits
If the 3.5″ lift is just not enough for your truck, or you want to run even bigger wheel and tire combos, then you’re going to need a more serious lift kit.
6″ kits have much more ground and wheel clearance, but there are also alot more parts to replace when going this route.
Below are the comprehensive kits that include everything needed to give you the big lift that you’re looking for.
2014-2017 Silverado/Sierra 1500 4WD
Rough Country - 226.20 - 6-inch Suspension Lift Kit (Factory Cast Steel Control Arm Models) w/ Premium N2.0 Shocks for Chevrolet: 14-18 Silverado 1500 4WD; GMC: 14-17 Sierra 1500 4WD
- FITMENT: Chevrolet: 14-18 Silverado 1500 4WD; GMC: 14-17 Sierra 1500 4WD
- KIT CONTENTS: Front: Lifted knuckles, front and rear crossmembers, upper strut spacers, CV spacers, differential drop brackets, differential skid plate, sway bar drop brackets, and hardware; Rear: Fabricated anti-wrap lift blocks, brake line brackets, U-bolts, and hardware; Shocks: (2) Premium N2.0 Rear Shocks
- BENEFITS: Can run factory 20-inch wheels; Provides highly sought level stance; High clearance crossmember design gives unmatched ground clearance; 100% precision laser cut materials using the latest computer aided design process; Specially designed anti-axle wrap rear blocks maintain stock ride quality while eliminating common lift block problem; Includes application valved N2.0 series shock absorbers which offer the best in balanced performance for on and off-road use
- TECHNICAL NOTES: Fits cast steel factory control arm models only; Does not fit cast aluminum or stamped steel factory control arm models; Requires cutting and drilling; Does not fit GMC Denali models with Magnetic Ride Control; If wider than 295/60 R20 tires used, offset wheels will be required and trimming may be required; 18-inch or larger wheels are required; If truck is equipped with a mass damper on the front differential, the damper must be removed
- ITEM SPECIFICS: Installation Time: 8-10 hours; Recommended Tire Size: 295/60 R20; Weight: 186.5-lbs
Description:Get the look you really want with Rough Country's 6-inch Suspension Kit for 4WD '14+ Chevy / GMC 1500 Pickups. This massive kit affords your truck the ability to run 295/60 tires on factory wheels with our beefy lifted knuckles and is designed with 100% laser-cut materials for the best possible fit on your vehicle.Includes a set of front and rear high-clearance cross members featuring the "RC" logo and a differential skid-plate. Each kit also comes with a set of durable, fabricated anti-wrap lift blocks that offer a huge boost while helping prevent axle wrap issues.Give your pickup an aggressive, lifted and level stance with incredible ride quality! Our innovative Lifted Knuckle design boosts ride height while keeping all components at the optimum angles for a factory-like ride. This kit includes a set of rear N2.0 Shocks, balanced for on and off-road use. Includes Rough Country's Lifetime Replacement Warranty.Rough Country's 6-inch Suspension Lift Kit (Factory Cast Steel Control Arm Models) - 226.20
2001-2010 2500/3500 Silverado/Sierra 6″ Lift
- FITMENT: Chevrolet: 01-10 Silverado 2500 HD 4WD, 01-06 Silverado 3500 4WD, 07-10 Silverado 3500 HD 4WD; GMC: 01-10 Sierra 2500 HD 4WD, 01-06 Sierra 3500 4WD, 07-10 Sierra 3500 HD 4WD
- KIT CONTENTS: Front: Laser-cut front and rear crossmembers, lifted knuckles, lower integrated HD skid plate, differential drop brackets, sway bar links, and hardware; Rear: Lifted blocks, u-bolts, and hardware; Shocks: (4) Premium N2.0 Shocks
- BENEFITS: Increased ground clearance; Maintains factory ride quality; Designed to run 35-by-12.50 tires; One-piece quality cast CNC machined knuckles; Integrated skid plate does not sacrifice ground clearance; N2.0 shocks are application valved and feature:; Nitrogen charged; Massive 1 & 3/8-inch bore; Chrome hardened 9/16-inch piston rod; 10 stage variable valving; Spring loaded piston rod seal; Military spec. fluid rated to -50 degrees Celsius
- TECHNICAL NOTES: Requires minor modification to front differential; Gasoline engine models may require exhaust modification to clear the front drive shaft; If equipped with factory 17-inch wheels then 17-inch or larger aftermarket wheels must be used; Torsion bar unloading tool required for installation (#1067)
- ITEM SPECIFICS: Installation Time: 6-8 hours; Recommended Tire Size: 35-by-12.50; Weight: 232.1-lbs; Superseded: 297S
Description:Rough Country's 6-inch Suspension Lift Kit - 297N2
2011-2017 2500/3500 Silverado/Sierra 6″ Lift
Fabtech K1046DL 6" Rts Sys W/dlss Sh
We hope this guide has helped you to decide which kit is best to buy for lifting your truck. If your have any questions, comments or concerns, feel free to reach below.
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