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Key Factors to Remember When Choosing a Suspension Lift Kit

Posted by Switch Suspension on 31st Oct 2021

Chevrolet Silverado with 6.5" Lift Kit

We sell a lot of lift kits around here, from mild leveling kits to full-blown sky crawlers. If you're in the market for a kit of your own, there are a few things you need to think about before you get going. After all, nothing is worse than putting in the work and finding out that you made a mistake.

Tires, tires, tires.

You can lift your truck or SUV as high as you want, but if you leave the stock wheels and tires in place, it's not going to look good. Instead, you'll get new rims and tires — bigger ones. And the size of those new wheels and tires is important.

See, if you get tires with too large an overall diameter your lift kit might not work right. You could hit a bump and rub your tire on the fender, causing body damage in the process. Or you may have to cut away parts of the body that you were previously going to keep in place. Getting the right setup is pretty critical.

In addition, these new wheels and tires are going to add lift to your ride. So say you get a 7-inch lift kit and add bigger wheels that take you up a total of 10 inches. That's a pretty huge difference from stock, and it might be more than you were expecting.

Fortunately, many of our lift kits come with tire size recommendations. Now not every listing does, so if you have questions, don't hesitate to reach out.

Think about modern conveniences.

Do you stop at the local Dunkin' to pick up your morning breakfast? No? Look, we're not hating, but those donuts are yummy. Anyways, most drive thru restaurants have height limitations, and many modern trucks come close to hitting it without a lift kit. Now you're talking about going bigger, so think about how high you can go and keep things practical.

Now saying to yourself, "But I can't get donuts if I lift my truck" isn't the way to go here. Instead, think about what you have to do. For example, is your work located downtown and you can only park in a parking garage? Then consider that first. Otherwise, there are always workarounds.

Consider what else you'll need.

Big lifts need big wheels, and big wheels have big tires. Those big wheels and tires have a larger rotational mass, which means you'll take longer to stop. Do you need to upgrade your brakes, too? If you've got a backup camera on your truck, do you need to relocate it or do you like looking into people's sunroofs? Do you need a way to get into your truck? There's a lot to think about.

Need help? Give us a ring.

As usual, we're here to help. So if something does come up that you're not sure how to handle, let us know. We've got your back.

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