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  • Writer's pictureTIM MARTIN

What You Need to Know | Lift Kits For Your Jeep

If you're looking to do some serious Jeep off-roading, a lift kit can be a great investment. However, there are a few things you need to know before you make a purchase.

Here are the main points to keep in mind:

  • Consider the type of on road and off road driving you'll be doing

  • Research the brand and quality of lift kit that works for you budget

  • If your not installing the components yourself you’ll need to find a quality shop and budget for their labor

  • Budget for the wheel and tire combination you are going to use

  • Budget for any suspension components that might need to be replaced that will not be included

  • When you install the larger tires your Jeeps performance and fuel mileage will be affected

  • Now is the time to start thinking about gearing changes and locking differentials if you’re going to tackle any serious obstacles. You really need to have the money for these upgrades in the bank and ready to go.

Additional Information

When choosing a lift kit, it's important to consider the type of driving you'll be doing. If you're only going to be doing light off-roading, a less expensive kit may be what you’re looking for. However, if you're going to be doing more serious off-roading, quality suspension components along with adjustable and stronger track bars, beefier control arms and sway bar links will be needed over the stock style components.

When researching lift kit brands, it's important to choose a high-quality brand that is known for producing durable and reliable products. Cheaper brands may seem like a good option at first, but they may not last as long or perform as well as higher-end brands over the duration of your ownership.

Action Items

  • Research lift kits and budget for the best you can afford

  • Budget for installation fees if you’re not a DIYer

  • Budget for any wear items that might need to be replaced during installation.

  • Inspect you Jeep for worn out components such as ball joints, steering components, brakes, CV/U joints prior to purchasing a lift

  • Start saving money for the inevitable upgrades and maintenance that the extra stress and wear that is to come

The Good:

  • Lift kits improve off-road performance

  • Lift kits offer better ground clearance

  • With the right wheels and tires your Jeep will have a more aggressive look

The Bad:

  • Lift kits can be expensive to purchase and install

  • Improperly installed lift kits can lead to handling issues and safety concerns

  • When you make components heavier and stronger all that stress gets moved to the next weakest link: wheel bearings, brakes, axles and gears

Links to some of my favorite suspension brands:

JKS Manufacturing

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