When driving down the road we have all passed or been passed by a 4×4 which towers above us on lifted suspension and tires large enough to picnic in and whether you like them or not, suspension lift kits are becoming increasingly popular so we can expect to see even more passing by us in the future.
If you decide that you too would like to join the ‘high’ crowd on the roads, here are 3 things you should consider before deciding to buy a 4×4 suspension lift kit.
What will you be using your 4 x4 for?
There are a variety of different suspension lift kits available and although most of them do work well, some are designed to work better than others in given circumstances and conditions.
There are suspension kits that may be ideal for on road driving but lack the ability to deal with off road conditions.
Of course there are also suspension lifts which have been specifically designed for off road driving but in their case, they are not very practical whilst the 4 x 4 is being driven on roads.
What size suspension lift do you want?
There are basically three sizes of suspension lifts available, small, medium and large.
A small suspension lift is considered to be one of one and a half inches or less. These small suspension lifts usually consist of long shackles in the rear and spacers at the front and so they are reasonably cheap and are easy to install. These small suspensions will allow the truck to be raised slightly so larger tires can be fitted and rarely provide much trouble during use.
Medium suspension lifts are considered to be able to offer about two inches of lift. These types of suspension lifts also use spacers but often also include an ‘add a leaf’ option. If the add a leaf option is used, no further suspension lifts will be possible at a later date. Once a medium suspension lift has been added, the vehicles control will feel different and so may take some getting used to. Although good for giving a 4 x4 better road clearance, these suspension lifts are not usually suitable for off road conditions.
Large suspension lifts are considered to be three inches or higher and, as well as giving a truck an aggressive look, these are usually the best ones for off road driving. It is understandable that these types of suspension lifts are the most expensive but they are the ones that are prone to giving the most trouble. Whilst being ideal for off road driving, they are often unsuitable for on road driving.
How much do you want to pay?
Some people try to spend as little as possible on DIY lifts however, often they provide more trouble and so money would have been saved by buying a professional kit. On the other hand some people go for the most expensive they can buy only to realize they are unsuitable for the use their truck is intended for.