Tips For Buying Your First Lift Kit
BUYING A LIFT KIT
There are two types of lift kit shoppers: those who want a lot without spending much and those who jump in with both feet and over accessorize. The trick is to find a happy medium between the two types. The buyers that are trying to be more cost-efficient usually end up with random or wrong components, and the result can lead to a poor performance system that requires costly repairs. And of course, loading your truck with excessive performance gear will make you look like “that guy.” Buying a lift kit and other off-road equipment requires compromise.
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Don’t get carried away though! Think about what is important to you and what you hope to get out of the performance of your truck. For instance, if you want a smooth ride or you enjoy cruising along slow speed trails then look for a lift with low spring rates and soft-valved shocks. If your truck is used to tow a trailer, then you’ll want firmer springs and shocks. And if you’re looking for an all-out high-speed desert track, then be on the lookout for a lift that provides increased wheel travel with monotube-style shocks.
By now, you are probably ready to get started on your lift kit journey. But first, take these factors into consideration…
TYPES OF LIFT KITS
Just like many products, there is no shortage of options when it comes to off-road equipment and accessories, lift kits are no exception. The market is full of them, actually. First, it’s important to know there are two types of lift kits for your truck. There are suspension lift kits and body lift kits. The body lift kit does just that—it raises your truck’s body higher so you can add a set of monster tires.
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Each lift kit is designed to fit your vehicle’s make, model, and year. So be sure to keep your truck’s info in mind when buying!
THE ADVANTAGES OF LIFT KITS
Obviously lift kits make your truck look awesome, but there are other advantages to modifying the height of your truck. Suspension lift kits prevent excessive dive and body squat while braking or accelerating. For optimal performance, it’s best to pair your lift kit with suspension components like shock absorbers.