Things to Know When Choosing a Lift Kit

October 16, 2019

For many trucks, Jeeps, and off-road SUVs, installing a suspension lift kit professionally is essential for the look and performance of your off-road vehicle. A lift kit is essentially a suspension lift on the vehicle that alters the height, making it go higher. They are purchased in order for a Jeep or truck to have larger tires placed on their vehicle for off-road experiences. Others purchase a lift kit to enhance the appearance of their vehicle, giving it a look that is tough and rugged. Before purchasing a lift kit for your off-road vehicle, there are a few things to keep in mind first when determining which lift is right for you.

What is the daily purpose of your Off-Road vehicle?

Take a few minutes to determine the daily purpose of your vehicle. Are you planning to use it regularly for daily commuting or will it be off-road more often than on the road? This is essential to know before investing in a lift kit and ensuring that it suits your needs. For those daily drivers, a more standard lift kit is recommended.

Higher lift kits are recommended for vehicles that will spend more hours taking on open terrain, as opposed to those that will spend time as a daily commuter or running errands around town.

 2016 JEEP WRANGLER JK UNLIMITED

What tire size are you considering?

One of the initial purposes for the lift kit is to allow the owner to place larger tires on the vehicle. These tires need room to fit appropriately on your vehicle and not scrub each time the wheels turn. This is where purchasing a lift kit is essential, and making sure that it is the right lift for your needs.

For vehicles that do a lot of off-roading, larger mud tires with thick tread are essential to maximizing the off-road performance and experience. However, these tires do not come in standard sizes, and larger tires give a better grip in muddy or rocky terrain. Make sure the lifts you are considering to purchase will put your vehicle at a height that will allow these larger tires to fit comfortably.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Limited

How high do you really want to go?

How many inches are you looking to lift your vehicle? Many of the popular lifts cap at 3 inches due to the factory suspension of your vehicle. For those owners who are looking to achieve that rugged appearance, these lifts are often enough. For some off-roaders, however, that is not enough. There are lifts available that can continue your height lift up even further, with some sitting at a six-inch lift around the vehicle.

 2018 RAM 2500 TRADESMAN CREW 4X4

What is your budget?

It is important to note that the higher the lift kit you choose, the more expensive it will be to purchase and have placed on your vehicle professionally. Lift kit accessories are affordable, but because they vary based upon the type of performance you are seeking, they are not all priced the same. Before you purchase your lift kit, make sure that it is within your price range and exactly what you are looking for with your off-road vehicle.

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Getting the right lift kit for your truck, Jeep, or SUV is essential. Whether you plan to take it into rough terrain or want to fix up your daily driver with a rugged look, there is a lift kit available for you. Review this list for your vehicle before you purchase a lift kit, or visit a technician at Carolina Customs Wheels. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to assist you with purchasing the lift kit that is right for you. For more information on lift kits or have one professionally installed, contact Carolina Custom Wheels today.

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