The only "real" benefit is compensating for the weight of a plow (or similar
front-end weight - ie. heavy steel bumper and winch)... the fact that the
truck sits 'level' when empty is an issue of asthetics, and defeats the
purpose of allowing the truck to sit level when loaded down with cargo...
"levelled" trucks that are hauling a good-sized load of something usually
exhibit handling problems, as the nose is now sticking in the air.
If you don't haul anything heavy often, and want to compensate for excessive
droop when a plow's attached, then sure, a couple of coil spacers will do
the trick for you. Make sure you use a good-quality set (Daystar makes good
spacers), and not some cheap no-name knockoff that's going to fall apart in
a couple of years.
Are you doing it to compensate for the plow? If so you might try putting
weight behind the rear wheels. I used concrete formed so it fits behind the
wheel wells(wider) and in front of the tailgate. Weighs about 950 lbs. ans
doesn't shift much. Used 2X6 to shim all around.
Mostly as Tom mentioned....for asthetics...than anything else. I
didn't even consider it making a difference when the plow is
mounted...which would be nice.
I myself carry 500 lbs in the bed but with bags of sand wedged
in between a cargo bar and the tailgate. I'm currently looking at
a different method of ballast weight since I'm tired of messing with
the bags when they freeze since they have gotten damp over the
BTW, thanks Tom for the input.
Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.