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Old 11-25-2013, 06:21 PM
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Measuring fenders best way to tell if level?

Just had a 2.5" leveling kit installed with new tires and the front looks to be sitting higher than the rear now. I measured from the bottom of the fenders in the center above each wheel and the front measured 40.5" and the rear 39.5". I assume these would be equal if it was sitting level?

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measure after the new bumper and winch, no really, drive it around for a while

Are both sides the same?

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The fenders are at different heights. Measure from the bottom of the pinch seam to the ground.
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Or mid wheel to fender. This takes out tire size.

201/4 front and 211/4 rear are pretty good estimates on a stock jeep.
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What kind of lift is it ?
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What mods are on your rig?
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I have a 1" different front to rear with front being higher measured like you are ie from level ground to bottom of flare using center of the hub as a guide. Mine is level by measuring the front and rear of the rock rail and by using a carpenters level on top of the rock rail.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:52 AM   #8
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That's exactly what stopped me from going ahead with one... my brother has the same thing happening.... 2 inches front and 1 inch rear and now, the front looks higher than the rear... add to that a full tank of gas and rear passengers and it shouldn't be pretty..... I didn't tell him that but......
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2" in front and 1" in back AEV kit.
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Again as stated before if you measure from the ground to the flares you will be doin it wrong. The front flares an rear flares are at different heights so measurments will be off. Also as stated before measure from the ground to the pinch seams an it will give an acurate measurment
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Again as stated before if you measure from the ground to the flares you will be doin it wrong. The front flares an rear flares are at different heights so measurments will be off. Also as stated before measure from the ground to the pinch seams an it will give an acurate measurment
sure there different but they give a reference compared to every one else. I think the old fashioned eye ball check is best for checking to see if you are level. If it looks level who cares what the tape measure says. Trust your eyes
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sure there different but they give a reference compared to every one else. I think the old fashioned eye ball check is best for checking to see if you are level. If it looks level who cares what the tape measure says. Trust your eyes
You have a good point. I'm just tossing this out there, I use a laser level a lot maybe this can work here too.

If you looking for an old fashioned eyeball approach with some newer tech, how about putting it on level ground and then running a laser level horizontally across the front and onto the fenders. That will give you some idea if you're in the ballpark, and if the ground is level you can get very precise measuring off the line from the laser. You can even check from the undercarriage on up to the fenders, the mirrors and anything else you'd like. Just a thought for those who have a laser level.
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You can also use the lazer on the pinch weld which will give a reference point there as well as onto the tires.
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Nobody just slaps a carpenter level up against the frame?
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Use my eyes for if it is sitting "right"...for me I measured to the top of the Bumper front and rear......and left and right.......but that was on my TJ
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Nobody just slaps a carpenter level up against the frame?
That would work, although I like the laser idea, that way you can step back and see how far and where you might be off.
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My jeep always looked like the front was higher with whatever unknown lift the previous owner put on it. But.....i put a winch on it and now its got a little less rake than factory... looks good
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I put a 3' level against the pinch seem below the doors to get an idea as to level or not.
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Too much thinking going on here....just drive it; if someone thinks the front is higher, pretend to be from Florida where they call that "bulldog".
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I put a 3' level against the pinch seem below the doors to get an idea as to level or not.

I was wondering how long it would take before someone mentioned using a spirit level.
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I was wondering how long it would take before someone mentioned using a spirit level.
took about 2.5 hours see post 7

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