If you want to achieve the tallest possible ride height, either for improved off-road handling or aesthetic appeal, it's time to look into suspension lift kits. These kits radically alter your vehicle's front and rear suspension, increasing your truck's overall ride height and ground clearance. Depending on the lift you choose, you'll be able to tackle off-road obstacles, install larger wheels with deep-dish rims, and equip your truck with the largest available tires. The general rule of thumb is that the taller the lift kit, the bigger the wheel and tire package you can install, and the better your truck will perform off road. Once installed, your truck will require an alignment and possibly a steering stabilizer to make sure it handles properly.
Pros: Provides the tallest lift height, improves off-road capability, and allows you to install the largest wheels and tires depending on the size of the kit.
Cons: Pricey compared to other suspension systems, requires an alignment and possibly other accessories to correct steering and ride quality after installation. Professional installation is recommended due to time and difficulty of the job.
Body Lift Kits
This is the kit to choose if you want a noticeable increase in overall ride height without losing your truck's stock suspension characteristics. Body lift kits use a series of spacers between the frame and body of your truck to raise your body as much as 3 inches above the stock height. This improves wheel well clearance enough to permit installation of tires up to 35 inches in diameter. Since it doesn't require you to modify your suspension, no alignment is necessary after installation. Some cutting and drilling may be required on your truck in order to install this kit properly.
Pros: Allows for the installation of very large tires, considerable increase in ride height without impacting stock suspension and handling.
Cons: Requires modification of stock truck parts via drilling and cutting, no improvement to off-road handling compared to a suspension lift kit.
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