One of the first modifications most Jeep & truck owners want to make is to install larger tires to gain clearance for better offroad performance and for a more aggressive look and stance. In order to get those larger tires under your Jeep you'll need a lift kit to keep the tires from hitting your fenders, bumpers and suspension. If you're in the Richmond, Henrico, Mechanicsville or surrounding central Virginia area and need to lift your Jeep or 4x4 give Trailtec 4x4 a call. We'll be glad to discuss your needs and budget to help you decide which is the right lift kit or leveling kit for your situation. We carry many of the big names in lift kits and suspensions like JKS, Rancho, Teraflex, Fox Shocks and many more. Give us a call and let our experts help you plan your next 4x4 suspension project.
Types Of Lift Kits
Lift kits come in a variety of price ranges and styles depending on your 4x4's suspension setup and axle type. Some common types include: - Budget Boost - Leveling Kits - Add-A-Leaf - Coil Replacement (Short Arm & Long Arm Styles) - Strut Spacer - Lift Blocks - Full Leaf Replacement - Coil-Over Lifts
All of the above lift kits have their advantages, disadvantages and a wide range of prices but all serve the same basic purpose. Raise the vehicle's body or chassis to allow larger tires, more ground clearance and in most cases more suspension travel for better on or offroad performance.
Budget Boost, Body Lifts & Leveling Kits
A Leveling Kit will the best bank for the buck if you simply need to balance out the height front to rear and add a slightly larger tire a leveling kit is the perfect economical lift kit for you. These work great for the Jeep Wrangler JK as well as many 4 wheel drive trucks. From the factory these 4x4's tend to sit lower in the front than the rear for aerodynamics giving them that common "stinkbug" stance. By raising the front end 1-2.5" depending on the vehicle you can change the whole appearance of the vehicle for a more aggressive stance. Budget Boost Lift Kits generally range from 3/4" to 2" and include spacers for coil springs, Add-A-Leafs or lift blocks for leaf sprung trucks and extensions for IFS strut style suspension systems. These can also be leveling kits by simply including taller spacers in the front than the rear to lift and level at the same time.
Depending on the height of lift, budget boost lift kits may or may not require new shocks and some even come with extensions for the stock shocks. While this does allow you to install the stock shocks it will not gain any extra suspension travel over the stock setup.
Budget Boosts are perfect for someone who is just looking for a quick way to get a better stance for a lifted street truck or as a starter kit to get your Jeep out on the trail with bigger tires quickly. Once you've been on the trail you can decide what your needs are for the next step up to a full suspension system.
Another lift option is a body lift to add tire clearance by raising the body up. This may seem like it's a quick and relatively easy way to go but lifting more than an inch is not recommended as it starts to cause issues with steering, coolant lines and other parts of the vehicle and can cause the body bolts to shear. A "simple" body lift can take as long or longer than a suspension lift to install and we try to avoid doing them where possible.
Full Suspension Lift Kits
Full suspension lift kits at least replace the springs and shocks on your Jeep and on the extreme end of long arm kits may require custom fabrication and welding to remove the stock system and completely change the way your 4x4's suspension is designed.
Short Arm Lift Kits usually include new springs, swaybar links, longer shocks and either new track bars or relocation brackets to locate the axles under the Jeep. On the upper end of these systems the entire link setup is replaced with new heavy duty adjustable control arms to allow for more flex or suspension travel offroad as well as being able to correct steering geometry to some extent. They do have their limits though. As short arm lifts get taller the control arm angles get too steep and no longer function well on or off road.
The next step up for coil sprung and linked Jeeps is the long arm kit. These kits generally extend the length of the control arms to double or more the length of the short arm kits allowing for shallower link angles as well as much more offroad flex. Though great for offroad use they can lead to handling issues on road. But as with any lifted 4x4 there are new handling characteristics to get used to.
For leaf sprung systems the options are simple. Replace the leaf with a longer spring and shackle for height and flexibility. Replacing the stock leaf packs with longer, thinner leafs will allow for a softer, more flexible ride and longer shackles will allow for more flex as the longer springs need to stretch further.
In an IFS system there are a couple of different styles of lift kits. For torsion bar suspensions there are drop brackets that lower the entire front drivetrain as well as replacement torsion keys that increase the tension on the torsion bars and lift the front end. For strut style suspensions the struts, commonly called coilovers (coil over strut), can be replaced with longer and even adjustable struts to allow the height to be tuned to compensate for heavy bumpers or winches. Both system can also include longer control arms for more suspension travel.
No matter what your type of suspension lift you need for your Jeep or 4 wheel drive truck, Trailtec 4x4 offers a lift kit and installations services to fit your need.** We carry kits from top names like JKS mfg, BDS Suspension, Rancho, Teraflex, Rough Country and many more.
Call or email us today to discuss which lift kit is right for you or to schedule an appointment to have your Jeep or truck lift kit installed.
In the Richmond, VA area call: 804-318-5001
***Due to safety and insurance reasons we do not install lift kits larger than 6"***