Sometimes you'll need a suspension kit for the standard height of your vehicle.
Not all suspension kits are for raising the height of your vehicle, in fact drivers go in search of better suspension while wanting to keep the standard manufactured height of the vehicle. So if you're in the market for a suspension kit at standard height, here's what you need to know.
If you want better suspension at standard height, this is for you.
It's not uncommon to want a suspension kit that matches the standard height of your vehicle, simply because you want a better ride. And it's a simple thing to achieve at the front, as the ride height is governed by the coil spring being used - so it's simply a matter of applying an assembled strut that includes a lower coil spring, manufactured at factory ride height.
However this operation is a different kettle of fish on a ute that has leaf springs in the rear, because there is very limited demand for heavier rated leaf springs at standard height - so the after market manufacturers do not make leaf springs on mass to suit this set up. This means any kit with heavier rated leaf springs at standard height will probably be much more expensive than a lifted leaf spring.
Here's an insider secret about standard height suspensions.
There is a less expensive workaround: you can simply keep the factory fitted leaf springs and just install better shock absorbers... although be warned, this will only be effective if the intended constant loads are in the specified factory range.
Or you may hear that you could simply fit a softer raised height leaf spring than recommended, then keep your fingers crossed that it will sit lower with a heavier load on the axle. Although as you can see, it's not a failsafe method.
So, what's the best standard height suspension solution?
Given all the limitations, in most cases the ideal option is to opt for a mild raised height suspension lift kit, because this will give you the most flexibility in configuring your vehicle set up to match the loads you're carrying.