3 Things To Consider Before Lifting Your Car

If you really want to personalize your car, make it your own, and make it stand out, you can purchase a lift kit for your car. Here are a few things you need to consider before you purchase a lift kit for your vehicle.

There Are Two Primary Types Of Lift Kits

The first thing you have to realize is that all lift kits are not the same. There are two primary types of lift kits that you can install on your vehicle.

Body Kit: The purpose of a body kit is to elevate your car a few more inches off the ground than it was designed for. The frame of your vehicle is lifted through the use of spaces or blocks. This will change how your vehicle looks and will increase the space within your wheel well. This extra space will allow you to put larger tires on your car. The one thing a body kit does not do though is give your car more ground clearance.

Suspension Kit: A suspension kit works entirely differently than a body kit. Your vehicle is raised by placing leaf springs and shocks at both the rear and front of your vehicle. You can elevate your vehicle up higher with a suspension kit than with a body kit. A suspension kit also increases the ground clearance your vehicle has. These types of kits are generally used on 4x4 vehicles and trucks; when used on cars, it can change the handling and decrease the safety of your vehicle. 

Your Vehicle Will Handle Differently

Next, you need to consider how your vehicle will handle with a lift kit on it. It will not drive the same as it did before because you have changed the structure of the vehicle. Installing a lift kit, whether a body kit or a suspension kit, will change the center of gravity on your vehicle and will give your vehicle more play when taking corners and will increase the chance that you roll over your vehicle.

You need to be more aware of your driving and practice safe driving after you add a lift kit to your vehicle. Adding a lift kit is almost like getting a whole new car; you'll have to learn how to drive it and handle it all over again.

Lift Kits Require Maintenance

Finally, you need to keep in mind that once you have installed a lift kit on your vehicle, you now have additional equipment that you need to take care of. You will need to check the mounting bolts and make sure that they stay tight. You will need to make sure that the kit is not creating any slacks. It is your responsibility to continue to make sure that the lift kit you installed works properly and doesn't create any safety issues.

Before you purchase a lift kit for your vehicle, make sure that you are aware that your vehicle will handle differently and that your lift kit will require additional maintenance for the life of your vehicle. Additionally, make sure you understand the difference between a body and suspension kit. Your local auto service shop can help you find the right kit for your vehicle and needs.