The terms "body lift" and "suspension" are often used interchangeably when it comes to modifications. However, they are not the same thing and offer different functionalities. Which option is right for you depends on your overall goals for your truck or Jeep. Before you take a blind guess, check out this guide to help you determine whether you need a body lift or a suspension kit.
Know Your Unique Situation
It is crucial to understand your situation before you can determine which type of lift is right for you. Think about the answers to the following questions:
- Why do you want a lift? (e.g., do you plan on off-roading or just cruise the streets in style)
- Do you want larger wheels and tires?
- Do you want to increase ground clearance or just increase the vehicle's height?
- What is your budget?
What is a Suspension Lift?
A suspension lift is the whole kit and kaboodle. Upgrading a suspension lift involves replacing the entire suspension system with a taller one. Suspension lifts offer more ground clearance and increases the height of the vehicle. It is important to remember that a suspension lift is the more costly of the two options. This upgrade will also change the center of gravity of your vehicle. It will be higher, making it more susceptible to rolling over.
Is a Suspension Lift for You?
Chances are a suspension lift may be right for you if:
- You need or want additional ground clearance
- You do not want to sacrifice your suspension system
- You want a lift that is higher than 4"
- You want maximum functionality
- You have a generous budget
What is a Body Lift?
Unlike a suspension lift, body lifts just raise the body off of the frame so that it has more height. It does make room for larger tires, but this type of lift does have limiting factors. Most body lifts only provide a maximum of a 4" lift but keep in mind that ground clearance does not change. The suspension is not replaced, decreasing the functionality of your vehicle. The bottom line is that body lifts are more for aesthetics than function. However, they do cost less than a suspension lift.
Is a Body Lift for You?
Chances are a body lift may be right for you if:
- You do not care about additional ground clearance
- You are interested in elevating your truck or Jeep's appearance
- You are interested in a lift of 4" or less
- You have a limited budget
- You do not engage in off-roading and therefore do not require an upgraded suspension system
Suspension or Body Lift?
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the right lift. The decision will depend on which option best fits your situation and lifestyle. Still not sure which type of lift is right for you? That's okay! At Carolina Custom, we can help you decide which lift is best, along with any other mods you may be interested in. As the most trusted customization shop in North and South Carolina, we can help you with any customization you are interested in.
There is no job too big or too small for our expert technicians. Use our online simulator to test out any mod on your make and model from the comfort of your home. Feel free to visit our massive showroom or contact us. We are happy to walk you through all of your options and can find any upgrade you are looking for!