(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Mammoth 2-Inch Front Leveling Kit, available for the '07 to '18 Silverado 1500. You should be checking this kit out for three reasons: if you're looking to fit larger wheels and tires on your truck comfortably up to 33 inches, if you're looking for better front-end ground clearance, and if you're looking to reduce some of that factory rake.Now, first and foremost, what most people look at when they're talking about a leveling kit is how to fit larger wheels and tires. Now, this particular body style Silverado has those squared-off wheel wells, which makes it pretty difficult to fit up to 35s. If you're looking to fit up the 33s comfortably, a 2-inch leveling kit like this one from Mammoth will do the trick. You can fit up to a 33 by 12.5 tire comfortably without any rubbing with a simple leveling kit like this. Now, if you're looking to fit up to 35s, typically the rule of thumb is 6 inches and higher of lift will get you 35 with no rubbing. You can fit 35s with a leveling kit, but it will be rubbing and require some modification. Now, with that said, our factory truck came with 31s, sh we'll show you guys what that looks like with 31s and our aftermarket 33s to show you guys how that fits.Now, in addition to just fitting larger wheels and tires, you should be looking at this if you're looking for better ground clearance. Now, 2 inches isn't a ton when it comes to ground clearance, but it's better nonetheless. If you're just looking to go over some of the really small on and off-road obstacles, a leveling kit will bring your front-end up just about 2 inches to give you a little bit more room to go over those obstacles without your front bumper or chin spoiler hitting those obstacles. You should also be checking this out if you're looking to reduce factory rate. Now, if you're not familiar with the term rake, it basically refers to your front-end sitting a little bit lower to the ground than your rear to help with towing and hauling applications. Now, if you're looking to raise the front-end up to get it more even stance, 2 inches may not level it out completely, but it'll bring up that rate just a little bit to give you a more even stance, reducing factory rake.When it comes to materials and construction, this is made from a laser-cut steel with a gray or silver powder-coated finish on top. This spacer will sit at the bottom of your factory strut as opposed to the more common spacer that sits at the top. Doesn't make much of a difference, just a different way of installing a spacer kit. Now, just know out of the box, the physical spacer measures in and about 1-inch. This 1-inch spacer combined with the changes in suspension geometry and spring compression will result in a final lift height of 2 inches at the front-end. So even though the spacer is only 1-inch, the final lift height is 2 inches as advertised.Now, the price tag for this kit is gonna come in right around 75 bucks. Install, I'm gonna give two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with about two, maybe three hours from start to finish. It's gonna require some simple hand tools. I'm gonna show you guys what the whole process looks like. It is a little bit more involved than your simple bolt-on like a cold air intake per se because you're taking apart some suspension components, but I'm gonna show you guys every step of the process, so let's get started.Tools used in the install include a cordless impact, air impact, 10-millimeter, 15-millimeter, 17-millimeter, and 21-millimeter deep sockets, 15-millimeter and 17-millimeter wrench, a hammer and a pry bar recommended, and an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench is recommended.All right. Let's kick off the on install here. The first thing we wanna do is remove the brake line brackets and the ABS line brackets so that when everything's loose and at full slack or full droop, it's not putting pressure on these lines. There's a 10-millimeter right here and a 10-millimeter right there. Just grab your 10 socket and get those 2 off. And what I like to do just so we don't lose the bolt, is just thread it on a couple of threads right back in the hole while the bracket's loose, that way we know where it is. Same thing back here. Take that bracket off. I'm just gonna lightly thread it back in just like that. All right. Next up, we're gonna loosen up the top nut for our sway bar end link. In order to do that, however, just because there's not a whole lot of room to work with, I'm gonna put a 15-millimeter wrench on the nut on top and use my 15 deep socket on the bolt going through the bottom and that'll loosen it up. All right, just like that. Now, you don't have to take the entire end link straight down. Just wanna grab that nut off the top and if you can, take the bushing off as well and just set those aside.All right. Next up, we're gonna loosen up and remove our tie rod end. Grab your 21-millimeter deep socket, get that guy off. All right. Now, something to keep in mind here is that if you take this off, then this whole thing's gonna start moving. What I'm actually gonna do now that it's loose is just put the tie rod end back in and just put this in a couple of threads. We're gonna want this to be pretty stable for the rest of the uninstall, at least up until the point of the upper control arm coming off. So let's just keep that there for now. Next, we're gonna be loosening up and removing the nut on the bottom of our upper control arm where the ball joint connects to the hub here. Now, in order to do that, you're gonna grab an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench. That's at least what I recommend because there's not a lot of room here. And this is where we want the stability of the tie rod end because we don't want this thing moving back and forth. So let's crack this guy loose.All right. Now, once this is loose, what we're gonna do is take the nut completely off and then thread it back in a couple of threads just so it holds the knuckle in while we break it loose. All right. So it's on a couple of threads there, now we can grab a hammer and start tapping on the side to dislodge the ball joint. There it is. So now that we have everything loose, let's take our tie rod end completely off. I'm just gonna put this nut back on so we don't lose it. Now we can swivel this guy out. Gonna push down and remove the nut here. Okay. Once this nut is off, I'm gonna set that guy aside. This upper control arm's gonna pop out. So you just wanna be there to support it. Okay. Just like that. Make sure the lines are out of the way, and now that's free. Now we wanna remove the two bottom strut bolts. They're 17 millimeters. Keep in mind, once these two guys come out, the entire lower control arm is gonna drop down. So just watch your head.All right. So if you haven't done so already, you can pop off those nuts, those threaded nuts at the top of the bottom of your shock. Now, in order to do that, you're just gonna use your flathead screwdriver, just pop them off. We took ours off first. So now what we're gonna do is slide that spacer in just like that and seat your strut on top of it. Now, I'm also using a pole Jack to help push up on the lower control arm to help line that up. Take the bolts included in the kit. I have a washer over the bolt head side, and I'm gonna drop it straight through. All right. Now, you might need a hammer to tap it all the way through but you also might be able to push it through just like that. You wanna put a washer and a nut on the bottom and do the same thing for the other one. All right. And again, if you need to, grab a hammer and tap it through. Follow it up with the washer and the nut on the bottom. All right. So now you can grab your socket and wrench and tighten those two down. Now I'm gonna use my 16 wrench to hold the bolt head, 16 socket to tighten down the nut from the bottom. Okay. Now we can reassemble the rest of our suspension components.All right. So next we can make sure our brake lines are up out of the way. Lift your upper control arm up. Connect it to the knuckle. If you need to, grab a pry bar to help pry that guy down to connect the nut again. Let's connect our tie rod end, and then come back and tighten down the upper control arm nut. Tie rod end, take the nut off. Lift it up. Connect it. Put this nut back on. So now let's go back and tighten down the upper control arm and then we'll tighten down this. Grab your 18 ratcheting wrench and tighten this down. Once you have this guy tight, you can move on, but keep in mind, if you're having trouble with this and the ball joint is spinning, you can use a small Allen key at the tip here to hold it steady. Next, 21 deep socket for the tie rod end. All right. I'm gonna put the nut back on the top of our sway bar end link if you haven't done so already. Grab your 15 wrench and hold it onto the top, 15 socket and tighten it down from the bottom. At this point, you wanna look up your trim package and your year range's factory torque specs, torque down all your bolts, make sure you get an alignment, and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Mammoth 2-Inch Front Leveling Kit, available for the '07 to '18 Silverado 1500. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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Improve Your Off-Roading Experience. Riding on less-than-ideal terrain can take a toll on your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 suspension, which is why you need the Mammoth 2-Inch Leveling Kit. This kit comprises two spacers that lift the front of your truck by 2 inches to give you more ground clearance. As a result, you will have better luck evading the dangers of trail driving, such as boulders and fallen logs.
Sturdy and Corrosion-Resistant Manufacture. These spacers are built with laser-cut steel to strengthen them against tough terrain and unknown weather conditions. And the powder coat finish is more than enough to prevent them from rusting over time due to exposure.
Medium-Level, Bolt-On Installation. This leveling kit provides all the necessary hardware to install this kit on your Chevrolet Silverado. The spacers bolt onto the installation areas, thus eliminating the need for any modifications. Expect to spend up to 2 hours installing them.
Application. The Mammoth 2-Inch Front Leveling Kit is specially designed to fit on all 2007–2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s. It is sold as a pair.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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