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How to Lift Your Truck

How to Lift Your Truck

How to Lift Your Truck

Looking for a way to lift your truck but not sure which option is right for you? We'll give you three options, along with the pros and cons of each.

Leveling Kits

A leveling kit is used when you want to lift the front of your vehicle so that it matches the rear. Most stock trucks naturally tilt downward in the front, which may or may not suit your needs.

A leveling kit uses strut and coil spacers, a torsion key, or lift struts or taller coil springs (normally used in older trucks). The good news is that leveling kits are far more affordable and easy than some of the other options, but it will only lift the front end. It doesn't help you hit the off-road with more confidence.

Body Lift Kits

Body lift kits help you raise the height of your truck without changing the suspension system. It does this by using spacers between the body of your truck and the frame. This can help you create the height you want without affecting the suspension, and creates greater tire clearance if your goal is to swap your tires for larger ones. You can't use a body lift kit on a unibody frame--it's got to a body-on-frame structure.

The good news about body lift kits is that they don't affect the suspension of your vehicle and they're more affordable than a suspension lift. They also let you use larger off-road tires by moving the body of your vehicle out of the way. The bad news about body lift kits is that they leave a large gap between the body and the frame, which you may or may not like the look of. You'll also definitely have to drill and cut into your vehicle, which might make you nervous.

Suspension Lift Kits

Suspension lift kits are what you use when you want to get the most lift and off-road performance out of your truck. There's a laundry list of ways that you can do this, including block lifts, leaf kit and spring replacement, shackle lifts, and spindle lifts. You're probably going to end up doing a combination of these things to get the lift and performance you want. You can also opt for a short-arm or a long-arm suspension lift kit.

Short-arm suspension kits are easier to install and cost less, while the long-arm option means you're committing to a serious customization of your truck. It's more difficult, and more expensive--but it's also more likely to give you everything that you want.


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