Leveling my Disco (front lower than rear)

bradartigue

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Mar 7, 2018
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Hello everyone. My 2000 D2 sits lower in front than the rear, resulting in a slightly unlevel look that I don’t like. It has newer (less than a year OME Heavy Duty springs and shocks and 32” tires. I asked about the sag in the front and was told it was because of the ARB bumper the truck has on it.

I’ve seen numerous pictures with the same tires and bumper and none of these trucks appear to have the sag. I’m not interested in raising the front so much as lowering the rear about an inch to match the front. It was suggested that by adding a rack to the roof it will level the disco out - and I just doubt it, unless the rack weighs several hundred pounds.

I’m really looking for minimal lift to clear the 32s and keep it level with the ARB and a rack. Ideas?
 

fishEH

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Do you ever plan on loading it up for a trip? You may want that little extra bit of height in the rear so it sits level when loaded.
 

Howski

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Can fit a spring isolator to the front springs to get a bit higher but that’s pretty close to level. Bet it sets level with some gear in the back and a full tank
 

bradartigue

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I appreciate the input. Per the comments above, on a level surface:

Ground to bottom of fender, front = 34.5"
Ground to bottom of fender, rear = 36"

Level indicator image below.

I'd really like to get both to the 34.5" (level with front), considering the ARB bumper is heavy, are the rear bumpers heavy enough to bring it down? It was suggested by one of the vendors that the weight of the rear bumper and roof rack is what they expect people to have with the lift kit (OME HD) and bumper I own.

I must add though the OME stuff is an order of magnitude improvement from the kit that was on the truck before, a Terrafirma setup that had the truck wandering all over the road above 30MPH.
 

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fishEH

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If I were you I'd toss some blocks and a bottle jack under the front bumper. Lift the bumper/body until the truck is level or the measurements match. I say this because some vehicles are supposed to have a certain amount of rake. You may find that leveling the truck makes it look really dumb. Just a thought to make sure you'll be happy with the look before going through all the effort.
 

Todd-Squad

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Do you ever plan on loading it up for a trip? You may want that little extra bit of height in the rear so it sits level when loaded.
My 2000, with OME HD 2 1/2" lift sits lower in the front than the rear when unloaded. I do have a steel bumper. When I load it for a trip, it all levels out. I'd prefer this over level when empty and rear sag when loaded.
 

bradartigue

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Mar 7, 2018
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Sandy Springs, Georgia
God that’s terrible. I’m surprised this isn’t all over Atlanta; though we seem to lack the ghetto truck thing for now. We do have a rash of glittery range rovers but they’re all the new, leased, Ford-like types JLR makes these days.

And I was wrong citing that the two posts above were an example of useless information, it was only the second one, the “buy a 4Runner” one. Almost original and almost funny, but not really.
 
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Swedjen2

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Thanks for clearing that up.

Yeah, do 4runners have an automatic leveling system? I would guess not, but in the words of Joaquin Andujar ( pitcher - Astro then Cardinal) "You never know".