Jeep Lift Kits – Getting Your Jeep Off the Ground


There are many reasons to install a Jeep lift kit, but the most common reason is to allow for more clearance in your vehicle to deal with off-road obstacles.  Installing a Jeep lift kit will also allow the user to run larger tires.  There are also people who install lift kits just for the style.  Added height and larger tires seem to give Jeeps a better look and stance.  Whatever reason you may have for lifting your Jeep, there are several ways to go about it.

First and foremost, before you invest in any sort of lift kit, you need to decide exactly what type of driving you are going to be using your Jeep for.  You need to ask yourself whether your Jeep is going to be more for show or for actual off-road excursions.  You will also need to determine how much of a lift you want your kit to give you.  After determining these factors you can decide what sort of lift you want and have it installed.  There are several methods for lifting a Jeep.  There are suspension lift kits, body lift kits, shackle lifts, coil spring spacers and spring-over-axle conversions.  Smaller increases in lift are found in coil spring spacers and Jeep shackle lifts.  These lifts will only give you about two inches on your Jeep’s height.  Coil spring spacers are just what they sound like.  They are spacers that are inserted under the base of the coil spring which results in a lift.  Shackle lifts are leaf spring shackles that are longer and will lift the frame up from the leafs of the vehicle.  These kits are both relatively inexpensive and can be installed at home.

Spring-over-axle lift kits will allow you to change the location of the leaf spring from below the axle to on top of it and this will give you a lift of about four inches or more.  This lift kit style does have some problems associated with it, however.  Body lift kits are installed by unbolting the body from the frame and then placing manufactured blocks between the Jeep’s body and rolling chassis.  This does not directly increase the clearance of your undercarriage.  If you are looking for the most lift, you will need to invest in a suspension lift kit.  Many suspension lift kits will need to be installed by a professional.


Source by Chris Pierce