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Lift Kits, Shocks and Suspensions

Lift Kits, Shocks and SuspensionsLift Kits, Shocks and Suspensions

Ready to add some extras to your vehicle? Learn what aftermarket options you have and what impact they will have on your car or truck’s performance and appearance.

Lift Kits

A lift kit essentially lifts either the suspension or the body to give the vehicle a higher profile. Thanks to this elevated height, the wheel wells ride higher and taller tires can be installed. It also enables steeper off-road ascent and descent and high clearance. And last, but not least to many individuals, is that the kit changes the visual appearance of your vehicle.

There are two type of lifts- a body lift and a suspension lift.

1. A body lift kit is the more inexpensive option and consists of a 1, 2 or 3 inch kit using blocks or spacers, which only lift the body from the frame. While this type of lift does not increase ground clearance, the height of the wheel wells does increase- often allowing for slightly taller tires. A body lift does not change or improve suspension.

2. A suspension lift kit replaces the front and rear leaf springs and shocks to raise the suspension of the vehicle. This allows for substantially taller tires and creates greater travel. These kits are typically 4” or 6” but may be as high as 18 inches (typically reserved for showcase of hobbyists’ cars).

When choosing your lift kit, be sure to choose one:

  • From a big brand name
  • Crafted from top-quality materials
  • That is made specifically for your vehicle’s year, make, and model

You also may need to upgrade certain components after you raise your ride. For example, longer shock absorbers should be installed to guarantee smooth performance on an off the road.

While some may opt to install their own lift kits, it is best to have yours installed by a licensed professional to ensure that they are installed correctly. With a professional, the lift kit will be perfectly tuned to your liking and all components checked to ensure they are working. And the time to get this done is a fraction of what it would be if you did it yourself.

Griffin Auto Care, Inc. is a full-service automotive repair and body shop. From routine maintenance to complete collision repair to custom fabrication & accessories, we service all brands and will treat your car with the utmost care and professionalism. To make an appointment for your car, please contact Griffin Auto Care or call 561-659-0765.

Sources: WiseGeek

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