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Car parts & accessories | 05.06.2014 - 23:29

Adding Clearance: Quick Guide on Truck Lift Kits

Lift kits can help your truck's performance as well as its look. Read on to learn about lift kits and other methods for improving clearance.

Considering a lift kit for your truck? Raising your truck’s suspension can allow for the addition of heavy duty tires, enhance your truck’s performance, and increase clearance.


How Do I Know a Lift Kit is Right for My Truck?


There are several ways to increase a truck’s height. A lift kit can be a no muss, no fuss solution. However, you may want to consult with an expert about your options. An expert can help you decide, for example, if torsion keys or coil spring spacers are a better option for your truck.

Lift kits are not the only option to raise your truck and, in some cases, may not be your best option. Most truck accessories companies are equipped to offer leveling, suspension from lift kits, or body lifts (information from Tonka 4-Wheel Drive Ltd.).


How Much Height Can I Add?


The sky’s the limit. Standard kits usually come in two inch increments from 2” to 10”, but you can also order custom lifts kits that raise your truck even higher. You may want to consult with a mechanic or supplier to see how much height you need to add. Although you can add 10” (or more), if you are raising your suspension simply to increase your ground clearance or to allow for more aggressive truck tires, you may not need (or want) that much lift.


How Much Will it Cost?


Truck lift kits run anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars. The following factors can affect the price of a lift kit:

Materials: For example, nitro lift kits cost more than polyurethane kits.
Quality: Cheaper kits can have issues like sagging. Kits with built-in protection against common problems will likely cost more.
Height: If you are looking to raise your truck 2-4”, you should be able to find a fairly inexpensive kit to do so. If you are planning to raise the suspension 6-10”, the kits will be more expensive.
Customization: Standard kits only raise suspension by 10” or less. To raise your truck 10” or higher, you will need to take your car to a mechanic to have it raised or invest in a custom-made kit.


If you are unfamiliar with installing lift kits, you may want to have the kit installed for you. However, if you decide to have someone else install your lift kit, you will be charged for cost of labor.


How to Choose the Right Kit


If you are purchasing your kit online, read some reviews. Pay attention to any issues reviewers mention. If, for example, multiple buyers have had to modify the kit or return it, it won’t be a good investment.


If you are purchasing from a supplier, ask questions. Join some chat forums and ask the advice of other truck owners. If you have friends or family who have a lifted truck, ask about what method they used. Ask how well the lift system works and if they’ve had any problems.


A lift kit can add functionality and style to your truck. Doing a little research beforehand can ensure that you get the perfect lift kit to take your truck to the next level.

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