Need a Lift? Everything to Know About Your Lift Kit Install

May 9th, 2022 by

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Whether you want better clearance for off-roading or more space for those huge tires you’ve been eyeing, you might be planning to attempt a DIY lift kit install. Here’s what you need to know about lift kits before you invest the time and cold hard cash into modifying your Chevy truck. 

What is a Lift Kit?

A lift kit does exactly what you’d expect — it increases the height of your truck. There are a variety of reasons why you’d want a taller truck, but one of the most common is to create higher ground clearance. This makes off-road exploration easier, as it raises your center of gravity and makes your vehicle more resilient when navigating uneven paths. 
Before pursuing a lift kit purchase, ask yourself how your truck is used on a day-to-day basis. Would that 12-inch lift interfere with your morning commute? Would those heavy tires slow down the towing you do every week? 

Which Lift is Best?

Your Chevy truck is special, and so are your lift kit needs. Start by looking for a lift kit designed to fit your vehicle’s make, model, and year. Beyond that, there are two main types of lift kits, each with its own unique use. 
  • A body lift kit raises the body of your vehicle off the frame, using spacers to distance the truck body from the tires. This is a more inexpensive lift option, and it allows you to keep your truck’s original shocks. However, the height is not adjustable once the kit is installed, and it doesn’t make a big difference in regard to ground clearance. 
  • A suspension lift kit raises your truck’s frame and body by increasing the height of your suspension. While pricier, it’s the option for off-roaders and those who want to deck out their Chevy vehicle with beefier tires. Many suspension lift kits include heavier-duty shocks.
The lift kit you choose will depend heavily on your budget and your truck’s everyday use. 

Let Patriot Chevrolet Limerick Elevate Your Ride

Still have questions about choosing and installing a lift kit? The service experts at Patriot Chevrolet Limerick are happy to help. While you’re here, get your Chevy truck serviced so it’s ready for all your adventures. 
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