We Know Lift Kits!
One of the best things about owning a vehicle, whether it’s a pickup truck, SUV or Jeep, is the ability customize it with a lift kit to ride high above the other cars on the road and traverse an array of terrains. At Truck Works, we enjoy helping people trick out their vehicles with lift kits, but we also like to educate them about their options to ensure their utmost satisfaction.
You may decide you want to fit your own vehicle with a lift kit, but there are many things to consider before purchasing a kit, like any seasoned car junkie knows. Whether you are new to the world of lift kits or already have some knowledge on the subject, the experienced team here at Truck Works is here to help you with everything from selecting your lift kit to installing it. So don’t hesitate to call us for assistance at (816) 842-4222 or contact us here. If you’d like to learn more about lift kits before reaching out to Truck Works, we encourage you to hang out for a while and read the information below.
We Are the Lift Kit Installation Experts
Most lift kit companies offer installation instructions for installing their lift kits on your vehicle; however, installation of the kit can be really tricky and often requires some experience to get it right. Some lift kits require cutting or even welding to finish. Therefore, reaching out to a team of experts you can trust for professional installation is the best choice you can make. Give us a call, and let’s chat about what you want to achieve with your truck. We can help you make the right decision for your project and budget!
Do You Want to Learn More About Lift Kits?
We know that many of our clients are very well versed in the variety of types, benefits and brands of lift kits that are on the market today. We don’t want to bore you with information you may already be aware of. If you are ready to have a conversation about your truck project, give us a call and speak with one of our experts today at (816) 842-4222. If you want to learn a little more about what kit might be best for you, you can read a little more below.
Lift Kit Types
- Lifted Spring Lift Kits – If you’re a newbie to the world of off-roading or 4×4 vehicles, lifted spring lift kits may be your best choice, as they enable you to fit your vehicle with larger tires and offer more control in highway environments. These kits are by far the most common.
- Coil Lift Kits – Coil suspension lift kits provide superior ride quality, great articulation and oftentimes come with cheaper springs than other kits. However, to install coil lift kits, you may have to weld some components (don’t worry; Truck Works will handle any necessary welding).
- S/R (Shackle Reverse) Lift Kits – This type of lift kit is great for working or off-roading on mild terrains, such as forests, deserts and trails, as it offers a smooth ride experience in these environments. S/R lift kits are not recommended for high-speed driving (e.g., on freeways).
- SPOA (Spring Over Axle) Lift Kits – These lift kits offer maximum traction and use optimally lifted springs to keep other vehicular components safe. SPOA lift kits tend to be the most favorable for off-roading on rock thanks to their optimal articulation.
- Shackle Suspension Lift Kits – Shackle suspension lift kits are perfect for those looking to add a few inches to their rides. They allow you to add larger tires to your vehicle but are not recommended for the off-roading enthusiast, as they commonly affect steering control.
Lift Kit Considerations
People tend to act too quickly when fitting their rides with lift kits, so before you rush out for one of your own, consider the following:
- Installation of Lift Kits – Sure, there are how-to manuals out there that will show you how to install lift kits onto various vehicles, but this type of installation can be quite complex—especially if it involves cutting parts or welding components together. With Truck Works, however, we conveniently install all lift kit components on your rig.
- More Weight Means More Strain – When you fit your vehicle with larger tires, they put increased strain on your suspension.
- Change in Handling – When you install a lift kit, you raise your ride’s center of gravity, which means there will be a change in handling. This is common for lift kits and generally just means you will have to get used to this change.
- Lower Highway Performance – Lift kits mean larger tires, and larger tires do not always perform well on highways. Large tires can be unstable (in a highway environment) to an extent and lead to a bumpy, noisy ride once you reach a certain speed.
- Ensuring Legality – Lift kits can alter a vehicle’s suspension system so much that it can be illegal. To ensure suspension legality, be sure to refer to your state’s suspension regulations.
- Your Truck May Require Further Alterations – If you decide to fit your vehicle with a lift kit, there’s a high possibility that you’ll need to update or alter various other vehicular components to make sure everything works in sync. If you’re not well versed in the world of lift kits, you’ll want to seek guidance from someone who is.
- Accessories – When you install a lift kit, you may have to update the following accessories to make sure all components are compatible with one another: axles; gears; differentials; differential covers; brakes; shock absorbers; slip yokes; steering linkages and more.
This is not a comprehensive list of lift kit considerations. If you would like to learn more, don’t hesitate to contact Truck Works today!
Reasons for Lift Kits
There are numerous reasons people choose to trick their rides with lift kits, but we’ve found these reasons can be categorized as follows.
- Showing Personal Style – Your ride should show off your style without hindering its ability to carry out everyday tasks. Adding your own sense of style to your vehicle can include everything from tinting the windows to adding personal decals to the windows or body. But one of the most striking customizations sure to make a lasting impression is fitting your ride with a lift kit that sets you high above everyone else on the road.
- Enhancing Performance – As you know, fitting your rig with a lift kit offers enhanced performance for off-roading activities, like driving over boulders, going desert racing or finding your way through dense forest topography. Whatever your favorite off-roading activities may be, you need a lift kit that can offer you the best experience while working in sync with the rest of your vehicle’s components.
- Adding More Clearance – Perhaps the most popular reason people fit their trucks with lift kits is to make way for more ground clearance, generally for off-roading reasons, which will allow them to drive over numerous landscapes and terrains. However, you should know that with more clearance comes an increased center of gravity, which can make handling a bit more difficult.
- Increasing Tire Fitment – There are a handful reasons to fit your ride with larger tires, from increased traction for off-road conditions to aesthetics. Regardless of the reason, it’s important that you fit your vehicle with tires that can work well with its wheels—not just for looks—or else you run the risk of severely damaging the wheels.
What’s YOUR reason for wanting a lift kit? If you would like to know if it’s legitimate, feel free to reach out to the pros at Truck Works for our professional opinion!
Lift Kit Sizes
As you can imagine, lift kits come in different sizes. Below we discuss the different sizes and their respective pros and cons.
- Large Lit Kits – Large lift kits raise your ride three to four inches (or even more) and offer optimal off-road performance. This lift kit size commonly uses new coils in the front and add-a-leaf lifts in the back—oftentimes coming complete with matching shocks. These lift kits are the most expensive of the three sizes and come with the possibility of causing more complications than the others. However, a large lift kit will turn your vehicle into a striking, off-road master that is sure to turn heads!
- Medium-Sized Lift Kits – Medium-sized lift kits will lift your vehicle approximately two inches, commonly with spacer and add-a-leaf lifts and new shocks. This lift kit size is great for tire clearance but not necessarily for off-roading. Medium lift kits will cause some changes in vehicle performance and handling. Further, you will need sturdy rear springs for this lift kit size.
- Small Lift Kits – Small lift kits raise your vehicle up to 1.5 inches, generally with the use of coil spacers in front and long shackles in the back. These kits create clearance to fit your ride with tires of marginally larger size than your current ones. Further, small lift kits tend to be relatively inexpensive and require minimal labor to install with few difficulties, if any.