Suspension Lift Kits
Suspension lift kits are an entirely different story. Unlike a body lift, suspension lift kits raise the entire vehicle, frame, and suspension, above the axel. Achieving this often requires a change in the existing suspension geometry. It’s not uncommon for a suspension kit to call for replacing shocks, control arms, and other related mechanical parts. These kits are significantly more complex, typically cost more than a body lift, and require installation expertise.
The principal advantage of a suspension lift kit is the ability to lift the ride as high as you want. While body lifts are limited to three-inch lifts, suspension kits can raise the ride a foot or more. The extra clearance allows easier negotiation of rough and rocky trails and makes room for larger and wider tires. In addition, if you install the kit on an older vehicle, you will be replacing used parts with new ones, resulting in an improved ride and handling.
There is one significant drawback to a suspension lift. Installing the aftermarket product may void the OEM warranty, which can be an expensive proposition.