A lift kit on a Jeep looks sweet – no doubt, but is it for everyone? Not necessarily. Here are a few things to consider if you are thinking of getting a lift kit to sweeten your ride or get the clearance your looking for in some serious off roading.
First, think of the primary use of your Jeep. If your primary use of your Jeep is pavement, and you just to do a lift modification for looks, which is cool, don’t get me wrong, you will not need as aggressive of a lift as someone who primary use is off roading. If your primary use of your Jeep is off roading and you hit the trails hard with a variety of extremes, you best make sure you get a lift that can handle the pressure. That is where your research will come in. Before selecting a lift kit for your Jeep, hang out with others that have them already installed in their ride. Ride with them and get a feel for how a lift can change the feel of your ride. The more different people you talk to the better. Read reviews on various lift kits, and if you belong to a Jeep Off Roading Club, watch how well various lift kits work on the trails.
No matter how great your buddy may say his Lift Kit is on his Jeep doesn’t necessarily mean it is the one for you. Take into consideration your budget. You can spend a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars on the kit alone, that is not including installation. If you have the capability of installing the kit on your own, great, but if not, you had best add labor into the cost of having a lift kit installed into your budget as well. Take into any other modifications that you may have to do or want to do when installing your lift. Will you need bigger tires? You may wind up needing control arms, adjustable track bars, longer brake lines, better steering components, new drive shaft, slip yoke eliminator, gears, axles, and the list can go on. If your Jeep is a work in progress and sitting idle until complete, this may not even be an issue, but if you are wanting to hit the trails or road right after you are done, consider all cost that may come about in your budget.
There is a wide variety of lift kits available and don’t let the list of “might needs” scare you off. Just set your budget, do your research for lift kits that are going to meet your needs and your budget, and if you are lucky either you can install the lift kit yourself or have a friend or two that can give you a hand for some drinks and maybe a few Jeep detailing after a day of mudding! 😉