Jeep Wrangler

Coil Springs Versus Coil Spacers -Which is right for your 4x4?

When it comes to lifting or leveling a coil-sprung truck or SUV, you are often served with two options- a coil spacer or replacement coil spring. Which of the two is better often depends heavily on your vehicle and what you intend on doing with it. While the clear winner from a budget standpoint is the coil spacer, just because it is less expensive does not mean it’s a lower quality upgrade. In this article, we will break down the differences between the two suspension lifts and explain why one may be the better fit for your 4x4.

Same Result, Different Path

You may notice that Rough Country sometimes offers a 2.5-inch lift in both a replacement coil and spacer lift for your vehicle. While both kits are designed to net the same amount of lift, a spacer will achieve this lift by being placed either above or below the factory coil spring.

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Spacer Types

Coil spacer construction varies, but each serves the same purpose. Rough Country offers powder-coated steel and polyurethane spacers for many truck and SUV applications. Both are engineered to maintain lift height, so you don’t have to worry about losing lift years down the road.

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Spacer Benefits

A common misconception is that a spacer lift is inferior to a replacement spring lift. This simply is not the case. Vehicle manufacturers spend millions of dollars fine-tuning spring and shock rates before the vehicle is ever released to the public. It’s why modern vehicles drive and ride as well as they do. By pairing the factory coil with a coil spacer, you are effectively preserving the ride quality and suspension performance that was engineered at a factory level. Simply put, if you like the way your vehicle rides now, going with a spacer lift won’t change it.

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Coil Benefits

The other side of that engineering equation is that nearly all truck and SUV suspension systems are optimized primarily for on-road performance. What this often equates to is a shock and coil that isn’t ideally tuned for serious off-road adventure. This is where the aftermarket steps in with full replacement coil springs. Here, companies like Rough Country can optimize a spring that will not only generate more lift for the vehicle but increase travel and off-road performance. Depending on the application, aftermarket springs may also take into account additional accessories such as a winch bumper.

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What About Shocks?

No matter if you are opting for a coil spacer or full replacement spring, upgrading your shocks is often necessary to improve on-road ride quality and off-road performance. This is often due to the added weight of larger tires and items such as a winch bumper that add additional sprung and un-sprung weight to the vehicle. Rough Country offers a variety of shock absorbers to match your vehicles needs and performance expectations.

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Which Is Right For Me?

If you are looking to push the limits of your 4x4 even further off-road, then a full replacement coil spring is the way to go. Do you enjoy the ride quality of the vehicle as it is and just want to do a little overlanding? Then, a spacer lift is an excellent solution.  

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