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If you are looking for information about the different types of Lift Kits available for your 4x4, truck, Jeep or SUV, then you have come to the right place; Rocky Mountain Suspension Products offers you a one-stop shop for all your lift kit needs. So before we give you a rundown of our extensive line of lift kit products, let's learn a little about this often misunderstood form of vehicle enhancement and why it may be the perfect option for you and your vehicle.
What are Suspension Lift Kits and what do they do?
A lift kit contains a number of modification items which are installed on your vehicle in order to lift its body or suspension away from the road. Installing a body or suspension lift kit means that there is often much greater clearance between the underside of your vehicle's chassis and the road or ground, if off-road. By installing a lift kit, you create a much bigger space where your tires usually fit, thus meaning that by installing larger tires, you can increase the distance between your vehicle and the ground or road still further. Lift kits not only serve a practical function, but also an aesthetic one too. They can not only add to the usefulness and adaptability of a vehicle, but considerably improve its looks and appeal too.
What types of lift kits are there?
There are two different types of lift kits; a body lift kit and a suspension lift kit and there are several differences between the two.
- Body Lift Kit
A body lift kit is usually the cheapest option for someone who is on a budget and who wants to improve the all-terrain capabilities and ground clearance level of their vehicle, although it has to be noted that they are not the ideal choice for most 4x4 or other specifically designed off-road vehicles. A typical body kit works by the installation of blocks and spacers around the vehicle, which lifts the body away from the flame and increases the space available under the wheel arch. It does not impact upon your vehicle's suspension. It is worth noting, however, that if you do use a body lift kit to improve your vehicle, you may need to make other modifications, such as raising bumpers, in order to accommodate the improvement.
- Suspension Lift Kit
A suspension lift kit works in a different way to a body lift kit in that it replaces the front and rear suspension components and shock absorbers - the lift kit raises the suspension of your vehicle by a predetermined height (anything from four inches, up to 12 inches in some specialist vehicle cases). The effect of changing the shocks and suspension components is to increase the distance between the axle and ground and making the vehicle travel better. It also improves the articulation of the vehicle. Compared to a body kit, a suspension lift kit is more expensive to install but produces notably better results in terms of ride height and the handling of the vehicle as well as the ground clearance. It is also important to note that if you do install either a Body Lift or Suspension Lift kit, in order to ensure that your speedometer and odometer are still accurate, you may need to re-gear your vehicle. This is an additional expense to bear in mind once any improvements have been made. Finally, once the improvements have been made, you may also wish to purchase new tires to give your vehicle a new look and again, this is another cost you could need to factor in to the total cost of your vehicle lift project.
What are the benefits of installing a lift kit on my vehicle?
Now that we understand what function a lift kit performs, the question has to be why would you want one on your vehicle? This is easy to answer; for many people increasing the distance between the axle and ground is vital when driving off-road, fording rivers and streams or driving on dangerous, pock-marked, rock strewn, less-than-flat terrain. The bigger the clearance, the less likely your underside will be damaged by any of these elements and the more harsh the terrain your vehicle will be able to travel over. For other people, they may just prefer the powerful look that a lift kit brings to their vehicle, especially when finished with some other additions to the bodywork (all of which are available from Rocky Mountain Suspension Products). Increased ride height improves visibility too and improves the field of vision both on and off road for the driver.
Do you stock lift kits for my vehicle?
At Rocky Mountain Suspension Products, we stock a comprehensive selection of body and suspension lift kits for your vehicle. We also stock a number of leveling kits and blocks and gap guards that are ideally suited for use alongside our body lift kits. We also offer an extensive line of other enhancement products such as shock absorbers and stabilizers, suspension parts as well as an extensive range of exterior products and accessories to enhance the look and performance of your vehicle.
Currently we offer Suspension Lift Kits for the following brands of vehicle:
- Cadillac Escalade
- Chevy, GMC
- Scout II
In addition, we offer Body Lift Kits for:
- Chevy, GMC
- Mazda, Navajo
- Nissan, Datsun
- Scout II
We also offer a number of Leveling Kits for the following makes of vehicles. These kits are ideal for giving your vehicle the correct profile, whether you want them to sit level, slightly nose down, or slightly tail high (which is advantageous for vehicles that do a lot of towing).
- Cadillac Escalade
- Chevy, GMC
As experts in the aftermarket modification industry, with a particular specialization in lift kits, Rocky Mountains Suspension Products has everything you need in order to transform your vehicle into an all-terrain conquering beast!