Three Things You Should Know Before Installing A Suspension Lift

When it comes to modifications on trucks and other utility vehicles, one of the things that can make a big change is a suspension lift. It increases the height of the vehicle, which changes your ride position as well as the ground clearance. If you want to give your truck a little bit of a boost, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Your Visibility Behind The Wheel Changes

Although lifted vehicles may be more visible in traffic, you'll find that your visibility is significantly different behind the wheel. Many people don't realize how much the driver perspective changes until after the lift is installed. An increased ride height may interfere with your ability to see hazards in the roadway. Small things like potholes can actually damage your suspension if you hit them, so it's important to recognize that you may not see them as easily. It can also be harder to see small cars and motorcycles because the lift will widen your blind spot. Install larger side mirrors or add blind spot mirrors to help you account for this.

Your Truck's Center Of Gravity Changes

When you change the height of the suspension, you raise the center of gravity of the vehicle. The higher that center of gravity is, the greater your risk of rollover. You'll need to be attentive to the way that you approach corners and avoid obstacles in the road. Never make sharp movements with the wheel, and always be sure that you slow down going into a corner. Taking a corner too fast can lead to exaggerated body roll because of the higher center of gravity. This can cause the truck to roll in the corner.

Your Speedometer May Need Calibration 

Adding a suspension lift makes room for larger tires on your truck. Unfortunately, changing the diameter of your tires can alter the way that your speedometer works. You may find that you need to have the speedometer calibrated to ensure that it is accurate after you've finished installing the lift and the new tires. This calibration is sometimes necessary because the speedometer is based on complete tire rotations, and your tire rotation intervals will be different when you have larger tires, because there's a larger diameter to cover that distance. Your mechanic can help you with a diagnostic and calibration to keep your speedometer accurate.

Suspension lifts are a great personalization option for most trucks, but it's important that you understand these things for basic safety. Talk with a suspension shop like Eastern Spring Works Inc today to find out what your options are.