Are you thinking about lifting your Jeep? Do you want to raise your Jeep body for more clearance off-roading? Do you just want to be a little higher while driving your Jeep? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you may be interested in jeep lift kits for your Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee and other vehicles. Below is some helpful information on picking a lift kit.
What Is a Lift Kit and What Does It Do?
Before exploring which is the right lift kit, it is important to understand exactly what it is. A lift kit raises the body of your Jeep higher from the ground. It can either be a body lift kit, which increases the distance between the body and the frame, or a suspension lift kit, which increases the distance between the frame and the axels.
Many people do this in order to have more clearance off-roading so they can take on more challenging trails and obstacles. Other people lift their Jeeps simply because they like the look. Before performing a lift, ask yourself these questions:
- Will you use your Jeep as a daily driver, off-roader, camping vehicle or tow vehicle? If it is a combination, what is the ratio between each use?
- What size and type of tires will you be using with your Jeep?
- What is your budget for lifting your Jeep?
Small Lift Kit
A small lift kit is a suspension lift kit that raises your Jeep one or two inches. This may not sound like much, but it can often be plenty. It a relatively inexpensive option that generally won’t have many complications. Smaller lifts also don’t have as dramatic an impact on your driving experience. If you use your Jeep as your daily driver, this may be the right choice for you.
Large Lift Kit
Larger suspension lift kits raise your Jeep by more than two inches. This is fairly expensive and is the most likely to cause complications as Jeeps are not designed to ride so high in their factory specs. In other words, you may have to modify more than the suspension to make this work. This option is best for serious off-road enthusiasts who plan to use their Jeeps primarily on trails.
Body Lift Kit
Attentively, you can do a body lift. This will not increase the clearance because the vehicle frame will continue to be in the same place. Body lift kits are primarily for aesthetic purposes. However, they are inexpensive, let you sit a little higher while driving and allow for larger tires or wheels. Some people combine small body lifts with their suspension lifts.
Lifted Jeeps look great and are a fun way to customize your vehicle. Whether you just want to ride a little higher or go all out with big Jeep Wrangler off road tires and a large suspension lift, you can do so with a lift kit. Check out some of the options for your generation of Jeep. If you aren’t experienced with mechanical work, consider hiring a professional to do the installation.