HOW TO CHOOSE A JEEP LIFT KIT


There are many things to consider when purchasing a lift kit for your Jeep. First of all, which type would work best for your Jeep’s purpose, there is a body lift kit which is designed to increase the amount of space between the body and frame; then there is a suspension lift which increases suspension travel and ground clearance, which makes suspension lift kits ideal for those who are interested in taking their vehicle off-roading. The important to remember when choosing your lift kit is that the higher you lift your vehicle, the greater the chance of roll-over accidents.


When choosing a lift kit, if you’re not an experienced mechanic it may be best to have it professionally installed to insure that it is done correctly. The installation process involves a lot of work and time to under your Jeep. If you do not have experience in this area it may best to consult a professional to avoid any unintentional damage to your vehicle.

Once you have chosen the lift kit that is best suited for your Jeep, there are other important parts that will need to be improved as well. Your brake lines will more than likely need to be extended. Once your vehicle is lifted, the factory brake lines will need to be replaced with longer and stronger lines because the wheels are now further from the master cylinder.

If you are installing the kit yourself you will need to know if it is a toe-in or toe-out system. If it is a toe-in system the fronts of the tires on one axle will point towards the body of the vehicle, this design increases the straight-line stability of the vehicle. If it is a toe-out design the wheels are pointed towards the outside of the vehicle, this design will enable your vehicle to have a better response when cornering.

Choosing a lift kit for your Jeep is not only about finding the one that will give your vehicle the look you want, but there are also a lot of other parts that need to added and improved in order for your lift kit to work properly and be safe to drive. If you are unsure of what needs to be changed on your Jeep in order to install a lift kit, consult with a professional who is familiar with installing and the process of adding a lift kit to your vehicle.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."

5 comments

  1. I’m impressed! I found your site by doing a google search on Jeep lift kits. I feel like a kid in a candy shop. I just bought my first Jeep and there is a list of things I want to accomplish but I’m not sure what to do first or if there is a logical order somewhere in that list. I’ve already read a bunch of the topics that you’ve covered recently. I just added you to my favorites and I have a feeling I’m going to be spending a lot of quality time here. You’ve made me one happy Jeeper!

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  2. One of my buddies, I won’t mention any names, maxed his lift and promptly rolled the Jeep. We did try to tell him that he was asking for trouble, but he just laughed at us. He’s never heard of the word moderation. His Jeep is out of commission until he can afford the repairs. Some people just can’t be reasoned with. I should have saved my breath!

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  3. There aren’t too many changes that I feel qualified enough to do myself. I’m the kind of guy that can take something apart, and when I put it back together I have left over parts. I have a ace mechanic who knows Jeeps inside and out. He pretty much does all of my enhancements. I may hang around and watch, but I’d never try it myself.

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  4. It gets on my nerves to see people buying a Jeep for street use. It’s such a waste of all that potential. My cousin was one of ‘those’ people. He had never even considered driving it off road until I snagged him one day and took him for an off road adventure that I know he’ll never forget. He had a ball and I know he’ll be back for more as soon as he gets his Jeep off road ready. A suspension lift kit is first on his list of changes. I think the only people who don’t drive off road are the ones who haven’t tried it yet!

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  5. The bottom line here is, don’t assume you know enough to make this decision yourself. Be a real man and ‘ask for directions’! A little conversation will ensure you are getting the right lift kit for your needs. It really doesn’t hurt at all and you will be saving time and maybe money by relying on a person who does know the answer.

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