Lifting and lowering trucks was once done primarily as a way to improve performance and for off-roading. But today, even the casual truck driver has taken interest in adjusting their vehicle’s height. Many are now performing the change strictly for appearance, although the performance benefits are definitely a nice plus. Before you pursue a job this big, consider the different options/methods you have for doing it. Whether you’re planning on doing some off-roading, turning your vehicle into a lowrider, or just want to sit up higher, we have you covered. Here are 5 ways to lower and lift your truck.
1) Lowering Kits
One of the most popular and convenient ways to lower your truck or SUV is by using a lowering kit. Lowering kits make it possible for even a novice to bring their vehicle closer to the road. The great thing about lowering kit is that they are made vehicle specific. This means that a lowering kit for a Dodge Dakota isn’t going to be compatible with one for a Cadillac Escalade. In other words, it takes the guess work out of things.
When you buy a lowering kit through us, you’ll get all the parts necessary such as coils, arms, brackets, and even shocks when necessary. The specific parts included in your kit will partially be dependent upon your vehicle’s make and model. So don’t be alarmed if you don’t see shocks or leaf springs in your kit. You can be assured that your lowering kit will come with everything needed for your specific truck or SUV.
2) Air Suspension
If you’re looking to really boost your truck’s performance and enable it to be able to handle any terrain, an air ride suspension might be just what you’re looking for. Often seen as an alternative to hydraulic systems, air suspension systems are another easy way to adjust your truck’s height.
Air is released or filled into your truck’s suspension system to provide safe and efficient drops and lifts as you drive. This will help improve your truck’s handling as you go over different terrain, as well as when you add on weight to your truck’s bed. You’ll notice that a lot of trucks that transfer large loads will have high quality air suspension systems because of the demand they put on their truck. We offer a wide selection of air suspension kits for a variety of vehicles.
If you’re not completely comfortable lowering or lifting your truck, a great way to get a feel of things is by installing spring adjustments. These springs are place in between your truck’s wheel and the frame, and are available in specific heights directly from the manufacturer. They are a part of the suspension system, and many lowering kits come with them.
Installing new springs is actually how a lot of people start out with lowering or lifting their truck’s height. It’s relatively inexpensive and can be a great DIY project for beginners. A popular method used to drop your truck’s height is to cut the springs that come with your vehicle instead of just purchasing new shorter ones. However, be advised that this causes several issues. For one, it weakens the springs. Because you’re detracting from the part’s full capacity, it logically weakens the performance. Secondly, you could potentially render the springs completely useless if cut improperly. This could potentially cause a horrendous accident and you will be able to physically feel how uneven your truck drives because of alignment problems. It’s much wiser and safer to simply buy new springs specifically made for your vehicle, rather than try to tinker with the ones already on your vehicle.
4) Suspension Lifts
In order to have complete control over your vehicle’s height in real time, Suspension lift kits are a favorite amongst a lot of truck owners. Through the use of a fluid pressure system, suspension kits give your vehicle quick blasts to adjust your height immediately. If I had to describe suspension lift systems in one word, it would be versatility.
With suspension lifts, you can adjust for steep hills, dynamic weather, and even the most dreadful of speed bumps. However, this versatility and flexibility comes at a cost. I mentioned earlier that air suspension kits are seen as alternatives to hydraulics. This is because of the cost associated with hydraulic suspension kits. A good hydraulic system will run you at least a couple grand in parts alone, and can cost several thousand for higher end kits.
5) Body Lifts
If you want to completely lift your truck or SUV up a few inches, a body lift is a great option. With body lifts, your vehicle maintains its current suspension kit, and the actual body of the truck is raised above the frame. Polyurethane or rubber blocks keep the body in place at the new height. With our DIY body lift kits, you can raise your truck up 2 or 3 inches. We have kits available (with complete step by step guides) for several major manufacturers including:
Body lifts are one of the best ways to lift your truck without breaking the bank.