How to Lift Your Truck
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.
Best Options for a Lifted Truck
You've decided on a lifted truck, but you're not sure what modifications you should consider once that lift is underway. What do you need to consider as you customize your truck? Here are the top five options you should consider on your lifted truck.
2-inch Lift or 6-inch Lift on Your Truck?
To level or to lift? That's the question you're asking when you're wondering the difference between a two-inch lift or a six-inch lift (or more!) on your truck. Which option should you choose?
Lifted Truck: Solid Front Axle vs Independent Front Suspension
If you're not a truck guru, you may not know the difference between a solid front axle and independent front suspension. But if you've bought a truck or an SUV in the last few years, you probably have experienced independent front suspension (IFS) in all its glory. You may not have even know that, in the world of lifted truck, there are two camps about which option makes for a better lifted truck experience.