Important Questions to Ask When Considering a 4WD Lift Kit

Posted on: 30 December 2016

If you take your vehicle off-roading, you will probably want to consider a 4WD lift kit. Even a 4WD vehicle will usually need a bit more protection from brush and vegetation and other such hazards under it when you hit the rough roads or the outback. When you are considering a lift kit for your vehicle, note a few questions to ask so you know you get the right type and know how to use it once it's installed:

Ask about lift kit limitations

Some lift kits will lift your vehicle off the ground a few more inches or centimetres, but not provide added protection against bumps and jolts. Note, too, that you may still want protection over the front bumper of the car, so bully bars may be needed. On the other hand, your lift kit may come with heavy-duty shock absorbers that can keep your vehicle protected even on the roughest road and lift the front end for more protection under the hood, but be sure you ask about this so you know the differences between kits and purchase the one you need for your off-roading adventures.

Ask if future upgrades are possible

A lift kit may lift your vehicle a few inches or centimetres and that may be enough to give it a sportier look or protect the vehicle when off-roading; however, you may decide that you want even more height in the future after you get accustomed to driving your vehicle with an extended lift. You may also want to go over even rougher terrain once you learn how to control your vehicle properly during your off-roading adventures. Some kits can work with spacers that are easy to install and which provide more height and clearance, whereas others provide all the lift that is possible with the kit. If you think you might want to ever increase the vehicle's lift, ask how the kit can be upgraded in the future.

Ask about hydraulic lifts

You may not need your vehicle to be lifted when driving in the city and may find that it's actually difficult to control the vehicle around turns and during constant stops and starts when lifted. In this case, a hydraulic lift that you can activate when needed can be a better choice. Ask an installer about how easy it is to use such a kit and if they would recommend it for your vehicle and everyday driving habits.