Lifting a truck? Do you know all the truth?

Lifting a truck? Do you know all the truth?

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Most of you, guys, might have ever been keen on lifting your truck and making your ride more comfortable and smooth, right? However, I believe, most of you, after you’ve searched down for pros and cons of lift kits, start to be doubtful as for your temptation for this kind of modifications.

That’s the reason why I’ve decided to make an outline of most common myths about lift kits. I truly hope it will help you make a choice. Firstly, you need to make a clear difference between a body lift kit and a suspension lift kit, since it really matters

Oh my ‘body lift kit’

body lift kit

If we are talking about a body lift kit, it doesn’t involve shocks into your modification. In other words, you won’t need to have a new set of shocks or something, which makes the transformation much cheaper, more economical and suspension geometry and alignment are not changed.

Ain’t they good advantages to pick this option? As for drawbacks, the installation process is time-consuming for sure. Secondly, the frame is more visible than it was before and gaps can be seen in the fender wells. Sadly but, due to placement of the body, factory bumpers are not raised with the body. A common complaint with lift kits are the frame visibility. This could be managed by gap guards place on the frame.

This type of lift does not offer any performance advantages and can cripple the performance because of the new center of gravity.

Suspension lift kits

Suspension lift kits

In comparison with the body lift kits, suspension lift kits can lift your truck as high as you may wish it. You even can change the tires size if you feel like. This lift makes the suspension more articulate. On the other hand, there is a significant drawback – the costs.

These sorts of kits are more expensive in general and firstly, due to the customization. Secondly, you won’t have a ride you might have expected, I mean it won’t be as smooth as it can be without the lift.

what to choose??

body-lift-vs-suspension-lift

Thus, how to choose the proper one?! The main distinction is what sort of ride you are really into.

If you don’t want to make any dramatic changes to your ride, you need a body lift kit

Whereas if you want to raise your truck as high as you can and make it feel absolutely different, go for a suspension lift kit!

Apart from the main differences, you have to bear in mind some more crucial things before you make a final decision.

The first thing to remember is that after the lift is done, you can’t go back to stock. So if someone is trying to convince you otherwise, don’t believe them at all. Since lifting requires a lot of cuttings and due to this fact, you can’t go back for previous components.

As well as if you throw away your stock blocks and stock shocks, you're not able to use the new components from the lift in a stock type vehicle.

What’s more, lifting up your vehicle will allow you to get larger tires and wheels, which will give you more ground clearance. But you need to know that they might not be proper for off-road rides and the shocks may not be made to be jumping dunes. So don’t be dissatisfied in the end.

In case if you are concerned with the warranty matter, don’t be really. After you purchase and install a lift kit, your warranty won’t be necessarily nullified. You should know that there is a law that manufacturer can’t void your warranty based on aftermarket part. So if you come across the case, feel free to claim.

All in all, you can see that there is a lot to take into account when making the right choice. But it is the matter regarding lots of issues apart from lift kits and the stuff. If you read all the recommendations and expert tips carefully and take them into account, you have no reason to worry or hesitate. Enjoy your new ride and your modified truck!

Cheers!