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Lifting Your Truck: A Guide to the Different Types of Lift Kits

Lifting Your Truck: A Guide to the Different Types of Lift Kits

Lift kits are a popular aftermarket modification for truck owners looking to increase the height and off-road capabilities of their vehicle. There are several different types of lift kits available, each with their own pros and cons. In this post, we will take a closer look at the most popular types of lift kits for trucks.

 

Body Lift Kits

A body lift kit is the most basic and affordable type of lift kit available. It involves raising the body of the truck away from the frame, typically using spacers made of plastic or composite material. This type of lift kit can add up to three inches of lift and is ideal for those looking to increase the height of their truck without making significant changes to the suspension.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Does not affect suspension or driveline

Cons:

  • Does not increase off-road capabilities
  • Can cause vibration and alignment issues
  • Can expose gaps between the body and frame

 

Suspension Lift Kits

A suspension lift kit is a more advanced type of lift kit that raises the entire truck, including the frame, suspension, and driveline. This type of lift kit can add up to six inches or more of lift and is ideal for those looking to increase the off-road capabilities of their truck.

Pros:

  • Increases off-road capabilities
  • Improves suspension performance
  • Can accommodate larger tires

Cons:

  • More expensive than body lift kits
  • More difficult to install
  • Can affect driveline angles and suspension geometry

 

Leveling Kits

A leveling kit is a type of lift kit that raises the front of the truck to level the stance, eliminating the factory rake that most trucks have. This type of lift kit can add up to two inches of lift and is ideal for those looking to level their truck's stance without increasing its overall height.

Pros:

  • Improves truck's stance and appearance
  • Easy to install
  • Does not affect suspension or driveline

Cons:

  • Only raises the front of the truck
  • Only small lift

 

In conclusion, the type of lift kit you choose for your truck will depend on your specific needs and budget. Body lift kits are the most affordable and easiest to install, but do not offer much in terms of off-road capabilities. Suspension lift kits are more expensive and difficult to install, but offer significant improvements in off-road capabilities and suspension performance. And leveling kits only improve the truck's stance and appearance, but do not offer much in terms of off-road capabilities or suspension performance. It's important to consider your intended use and budget before making a decision.

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