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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Best Leveling kit (with shocks/UCA) for 2018 Denali HD

What is the best full leveling kit for this truck? Any ride quality opinions of guys with kits?
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so uca's go cognito and get their keys and shock extenders. Fox will have the best ride bit are quite expensive. Bilstein would be next.

just bought cognito kit for my 16 Denali

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If I go fox all around with the cogito UCA, what key should I go with or does it really matter? I want to add a one inch spacer in the rear to bring it up a tad but I run timbres in the rear which sit about 2 inches off my axle when empty and I do not want that to increase. Anyone do this with timbrens>?

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How does the cogito kit ride compared to stock?

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the key does not matter, in a sense. they are all designed and function the same. As for ride, of you go the route we are talking. you will retain factory angles and ride.

if you want a better ride go drop 3k on a coil over kit, and you'll get a little more height and way better ride

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Yeah I hear you man lol I wish I could drop money like that on coilers, when I spend that kind of money it will be for the delete that everyone said they would stop selling

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You will want a kit with new keys, UCA's and a front diff lowering kit.

I had the Zone 3" kit, it came with Fox shocks, zone UCA's, front diff lowering and and 2" rear blocks. I had it set for 2" in the front and it rode great!

It wasn't high enough for me and if you try to crank more than 2" on any leveling kit it starts to ride bad, I ended up pulling it and installing a BDS 4.5 lift with Fox shocks. My lift set at 4" doesn't ride anywhere near as comfortable as the level did.

But I like the look of the lift and already sold the zone level so it's here to stay. If you don't use a front dff lowering kit your CV angles will be bad and wear out a lot quicker.

Here is a pic of mine when it was stock, leveled (2" front and rear" and now with the lift (4" front 2" rear).
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Wow very interesting the level with keys rides better than the 4.5 bds lift. Thanks for the input I am going to go the way you did initially with the keys and UCA's-drop kit. How do y'all feel about the fox 2.0's is that pretty much the best shock for the money? I priced the shocks out and the full set of fox 2.0 vs billstien 5100's is only like 200 more or so....

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drop shackles and leave the front alone, don't mess up a good design, unless you plan on doing the truck a favor with an actual lift.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-24-2020, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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Hey yeah good idea, maybe I could just sell the truck and get a 68 impala lowrider (spick mobile), lol drop shackles....

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