One of the first things off-road enthusiasts (and wannabees) do when they get a new truck is looking for new, bigger tires. It’s about then that they realize the monster rubber they want will not fit and look into ways to lift the ride. And that’s where things can get complicated.
Aftermarket lift kits come in three flavors: leveling, body lift, and suspension lift. Which one you select will make a big difference in ease of installation, amount of lift gained, steering and handling characteristics, and of course, cost. Which one you chase will depend on what you want out of a lift. To that end, here is a short description of each lift type: