Suspension lift kits are designed to lift your truck anywhere from 2 inches up to 6 inches. The increase in height will increase the amount of clearance you have from your fender which allows for larger tires.
Installing a Lift Kit can be a challenge. There are many ways to lift your truck, suv or jeep. What is included in a lift kit and how it lifts your vehicle will obviously depend on what type of suspension you currently have. Suspension lift kits often use arched leaf springs, taller coil springs, block lifts and add-a-leafs.
As todays trucks and SUV suspension become more complex, so do the lift kits. The best advice we have when considering purchasing a lift kit is to read through the lift kit instructions so you can see exactly what is involved when installing. Some kits can be done at home by someone with basic mechanical knowledge. Other lift kits may require a long weekend and someone who has logged some time under the hood. Another option that many people prefer is to have the kit professionally installed by a garage that has experience installing lift kits.
Most lift kits give you the option to purchase extended shocks but they are not required. Ex. Tuff Country lift kits that require taller shocks will show the option to buy them on our website, but they are not required as you may want to go with a set of Bilstein shocks for lifted trucks.
This is typically a concern for taller lift kits and is usually noted in the instructions or product comments. By raising your vehicle you may need a longer drive shaft to compensate for the lift.
This will vary considerably with the amount of lift and how the truck is lifted. The common change for all lift kits and trucks is that by raising the vehicle you are raising the center of gravity. Raising your trucks center of gravity will not allow it to turn the way it did without a lift. This is not a problem for most people, but something you always have to be aware of.
Many people raise their truck just to add larger tires. How large of tires you add and the tire tread will also have an impact on how your truck handles. So, if you want a lift kit just for looks, you have to remember that the truck will handle differently with the changes that you make. The increased sophistication in vehicle suspensions, such as Independent front suspension, has also changed how a vehicle with a lift kit will handle. If you are installing a suspension lift kit on a new vehicle many of them will maintain a ride very similar to the factory.
That typically is a matter of personal preference and what is available for your truck. How big of tires do you want? How much do I want to change my center of gravity? How much do I want to spend on a lift kit? These are all questions to ask. Last by not least, be sure to check your state laws for maximum lift size and tire size.