A suspension lift can be distinguished according to its size and the purpose for its use. There are also two ways to install a suspension lift kit to your vehicle.
In terms of sizes, as with almost everything in this world, there are three varieties of suspension lift size: small, medium and large. Small suspension lift kits usually comprises of 1.5 inches or fewer. It will grant some clearance and room for vehicles with somewhat larger tires.
Commonly, the proper way in gaining a small suspension lift can be done by means of coil spacers in front and long shackles on the rear. They are relatively inexpensive as well as very easy to install because less complications is involve in attaching them to the car.
Small lifts are great for those who need to watch their budget and it is also the easiest to install. Users of this size also have little to complain regarding complications.
As for the medium suspension lifts, it is capable of almost 2 inches of lift. This size is the best choice for vehicle owners who are looking to gain tire clearance but are not exactly planning to do any off-road riding. Spacer and add-a-leaf lifts is commonly used for this size. Sometimes, their package may also come with the latest shocks.
Most users of medium suspension lifts may notice several changes in the performance and handling of their vehicles upon its installation. Some changes would be good and some could be bad. Users must have strong, even new and tough rear springs. For those planning later modifications on their vehicle, more lift could become difficult to achieve especially if an add-a-leaf kit is preferred since this kind is designed for lifting stock springs.
Now, for large sized suspension lifts, which consists of about 3 – 4 inches of ground clearance, for a much more aggressive vehicle and assurance of great off-road adventures? Commonly, large suspension lift setup comprises of new add-a-leafs, placed in the rear, front coils and even additional new rear springs and front coils. A set of shocks to match are also included in this large kit package.
Obviously, this setup is quite pricey and users have to expect more complications with their vehicles than those with the smaller sizes of lifts. There may also be a dramatic effect on the performance of the vehicle on on-road rides. For off road riding enthusiasts, this size is the best as it transforms their rigs into intimidating machines to take to the wilds and still stand out.
If you are looking into the different types of suspension lift kits, we can give you an introduction of them also in this article. You should be aware of these various types.
They are the following:
– Spring Over Axle (SPOA) – very popular among rock crawlers looking for the best articulation, the term for up and down wheel travel
– Shackle Reverse (S/R) – truck lift kits which main purpose of use is to provide smooth rides on mild terrains like deserts, forests, and scenic trails.
– Coil Suspension – the best match for the world’s best4 wheel drive or 4WD vehicles
– Lifted Spring – the most common kind of truck lift kit and is used all over the world since the suspension system of the Lifted Spring is easy to install. It is the best choice to use by newbie lifters in the off-road world.
– Shackle – considered the most affordable among all the other types. This type primarily serves for truck enthusiasts who are interested in replacing their rig with bigger tires but have no intention of doing hardcore off-road driving. This type has been known to have effect on the vehicle’s sway control and steering system.