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5 Things to Know Before Lifting Your Ride

C.G.Racine

July 15, 2023

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Why Lift?

Lifting your vehicle is a big decision. It's not something you should do on a whim. Before you lift your ride, you need to ask yourself why you want to lift. What are you hoping to achieve? Are you looking to improve your vehicle's off-road capabilities? Do you want to give it a more aggressive appearance? Once you know your purpose, you can start planning your lift.

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Choosing A Lift Kit

When choosing a lift kit, consider the level of lift you need, the compatibility with your specific make and model, and your budget. Lift kits come in various sizes, from leveling kits to comprehensive suspension lift kits. Make sure the kit you choose is specifically made for your vehicle's year, make, and model. You'll need to budget for the price of the lift kit, possible installation fees, and potential modifications or additional components needed.

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Handling and Drivetrain

As much as we love the freedom of going off-road, it's important to consider the impact of lifting on your vehicle's handling and drivetrain. A higher center of gravity can affect stability, especially during sharp turns or sudden maneuvers. Additionally, some jurisdictions have specific regulations regarding lifted vehicles. Make sure you understand the legalities in your area to avoid any unwanted surprises down the road.

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Tire and Wheel Set Up

Lifting your vehicle isn't just about adding inches to its stature; it's also about finding the perfect balance between functionality and style. With a lift, you'll want to upgrade your tires and wheels to match the newfound altitude. Consider factors like tire size, tread pattern, and wheel offset. It's all about finding the sweet spot where performance meets style.

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Installation

The moment of truth has arrived: it's time to install your lift kit. Whether you're a DIY'er or not, this is a big decision. If you're confident in your abilities and have the tools you need, go for it! But if you're unsure or would rather not risk damaging your ride, hiring a professional or inviting your mechanic buddies over to lend a hand is best.

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Lifting your ride is a great way to give it a new lease on life. But before you start cranking up the jack, remember these five important considerations. Think about the purpose, choose quality, find the perfect tire-wheel combo, understand the impact on handling and legalities, and decide whether to go pro or DIY. With a little research and planning, you can lift your ride and be back on the road in no time!

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