Lift Kit 101

When we think about a Lift Kit for our vehicle, we first usually think about how bad*** its going to look! But did you know lifting your vehicle has more benefits besides just appearance? In this article we will cover some pros & cons about lift kits, and cover some leading manufacturers.

Benefits of a Lift Kit

Eibach Lift Kit

So let’s start with the benefits! We all love to hear the good before the “bad”!

Higher Ground Clearance

2019 Lifted Ford F-150
Lifted Ford F-150

First and foremost, you will gain higher ground clearance. This allows you to worry far less during your off-road adventures where larger rocks, logs or other obstacles are common. Not only is it great for off-roading situations, but every day driving as well. Those pesky speed bumps wont feel as harsh, and your vehicle will handle most bumps, curbs and crossing railroad tracks much better.  Additionally, higher ground clearance offers a better view for the driver. You will be able to see over and around almost every other vehicle on the road! This can allow you to anticipate traffic shifts much faster than other drivers in smaller, lower vehicles. 

Towing Capacity

When you have a lifted vehicle, you can expect better performance in towing, handling and traction. This is because lift kits do not place as much stress on the shocks and suspension when towing. As a result you experience improved capacity and an overall safer towing process. Additionally, when towing heavier loads with a stock suspension, it can cause your truck to squat down. This can cause bottoming out during hauling a heavy load. This can be avoided with a lift kit.  

Appearance

The added height definitely gets added attention. Lifting your truck can give your vehicle your own unique look, especially depending on how high you intend to go. Additionally most lifted trucks feature larger tires which give a more aggressive look. Larger tires provide much better handling and traction in hazardous road conditions as compared to standard tires. 

Disadvantages of a Lift Kit

When upgrading our vehicle we have to always take the bad with the good! Heres some downsides of lifting your truck. 

Higher Center of Gravity

Eibach Lift Kit on Toyota Tacoma
Eibach Lift Kit on Toyota Tacoma

The most obvious change when lifting your truck is that you are raising its center of gravity.  This will affect your handling in sharper turns. If not handling turns properly you may increase your change of a rollover. It’s very important to take it easy, especially after installation of your new lift kit so you can gain the feel of your vehicle again on bends and turns. 

Warranty

As with any upgrade to your vehicle, if you have a warranty through a dealership you may void it by altering your suspension system. If you are worried about voiding your warranty, you can always check in with your dealer to see if it will affect you. 

Cost

As enthusiast we know that one modification always leads into another modification! Lift kits sometimes require you to upgrade other parts of your vehicle. One upgrade that’s commonly done along side a lift kit would be large off-road tires. There are other upgrades such as mechanical components that may help your vehicle run more efficiently with a lift kit. 

Gas Mileage

Gas Mileage
Gas Mileage

As we mentioned several times, bigger tires is usually an upgrade done along side lift kits.  With bigger tires you have added benefits but there is also one downside. You may loose some gas mileage. This is because larger tiers are heavier and have higher rolling resistance than smaller tires. This means they require more resistance and effort to get them rolling. This isn’t the worst tradeoff through when you factor in all the other benefits of a lift kit. 

Manufacturers

So now that we know the pros and the cons, let’s talk about a leading manufacturers of lift kits. 

Eibach 

Eibach built upon decades of off-road racing victory. For example the Eibach PRO-TRUCK-LIFT combines a series of Pro-Lift-Kit springs and Pro-Truck Sport shocks to create a perfectly tuned suspension system engineered for both on and off-road performance. Each PRO-TRUCK-LIFT is designed and tested to deliver maximum ride height without compromising the integrity of factory bushings, ball joints and other components. Additionally with a system like this you can expect reduced nose dive, increased handling capabilities and control. To learn more about Eibach coil springs, click here. 

Final Words

As you can see the  benefits outweigh the negatives when it comes to lifting your truck. The added hauling power, as well as style will make your truck a new force to be reckoned with! If you’re ready to start browsing for your new lift kit, click here!