Lifting and customizing your truck is a great way to add style and personalize your vehicle, but choosing the right parts can be a challenge. When looking at lift kits there are two main types; a suspension lift or a body lift. They both serve the same purpose, but work in different ways.
A suspension lift is the most common and has the most versatility. A very simple suspension lift is a leveling kit, this type of lift typically has the easiest installation and will eliminate the factory rake by raising up the front of the truck.
Body Lift Kits
Body lifts are completely separate from the suspension components. Just as it sounds, it is lifting the body of the truck with the use of spacers under the cab. There are a variety of heights that body lifts can be purchased in, and a part of the beauty to a body lift is it can be used on its own without affecting the ride. Another cool part is if you already have a suspension lift but want to go a little higher you can use a body lift in conjunction with most suspension lifts. The two significant advantages of a body lift kit are cost and ease of installation. More affordable than a suspension lift, a body kit is also comparatively easier to install. One visual downside of a body lift is Trucks using a body lift will often leave a distinct (and unsightly) gap between your cab and bed, visible above the rear tires peeking in toward the wheel well.
Suspension Lift Kits
When most think of a suspension lift what they picture in their mind is a 4”-8” lift. These lifts require a lot more modification but yield the most dramatic change. You’re not only gaining height, but more ground clearance and suspension travel as well. You can fit larger and more aggressive tires, bigger wider wheels. To complete the look, you can add wider fender flares.
For those who want to use their truck for aggressive off road driving there is nothing better than a set of performance coilovers. They have larger bodies to hold more oil which keeps them cool, the spring rates can be changed to handle extra weight like steel bumpers and winches, some even allow for adjustability with the turn of a dial. Performance coilovers typically lift the truck between 2”-3” in an effort to keep the center of gravity lower for better stability while off camber on a trail.
Choosing the right lift kit for your truck comes down to a few important questions: Do you need additional suspension travel and ground clearance? If so, the best way to achieve improved off-road capability and ride quality is with a full suspension lift. Body lifts are typically reserved for simple lifting on a budget.