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Frequently Asked Questions: Lift Kits

February 14, 2020

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With the increasing interest to modify a truck or SUV, it is becoming common practice to install larger wheels and tires. On most vehicles, the addition of these larger wheels and tires will require more room to fit them. This issue brings us to our current topic of aftermarket suspension leveling and lift kits. Not only do lifts and levels allow room for larger tires but they can greatly increase a vehicle’s off-road performance due to the increased ground clearance. Also as an added bonus, a lifted truck can look sick AF. As you may have already determined, there are a lot of different products out there. In our suspension store alone we have over 5,000 suspension products. There are a lot of different routes to consider. It can be overwhelming, so we gathered a list of the most frequent suspension questions and topics to help you out.


1. What Is The Difference between A Lift Kit And A Leveling Kit?

Lift vs Leveling Kit

We all love the look of a lifted truck, so when you decide to lift your own truck the first thing to decide is: do you want a leveling kit or a lift kit? In stock form, the rear of your truck sits higher, so a leveling kit will lift the front of your truck in order to make it level with the rear. On the other hand, a lift kit will lift both the front and the rear of the vehicle. Lift kits will allow you to lift your truck up to 3 inches or higher where a leveling kit will only allow you get about 3 or less inches of lift in the front. Once you have decided which one is right for you, head on over to our suspension store where we offer a full line of leveling and lifts kits. If you are still having trouble deciding between a level or a lift check out our guide where we cover the differences between a lift kit and a leveling kit! There is even a YouTube video in this guide if you prefer watching instead of reading!


2. Can I Put a Leveling Kit on Top of My Lift Kit for More Lift?


There are a lot of variables when it comes to modifying your suspension, so there isn’t a singular answer to this question. What we can tell you is that doing something like this is not recommended by the lift kit MFG as you are modifying their product beyond its intended limits. Now, that is not saying that it can’t be done, but there are a lot of circumstances that must be considered. Check out this video below where Brad explains how we used a 6” lift and a 2” level to achieve an 8” lift. If you ever need help or have questions, reach out to us at info@customoffsets.com.


3. Can I remove my lift and go back to stock?

Lower Lifted Truck

If the lift kit installed on your vehicle and does not use new crossmembers then converting back to stock is as simple as removing the lift components and reinstalling the stock components. Things get more difficult when it comes to lift kits with new crossmembers. These lift kits most likely use a front differential drop and the factory frame had to be cut in order to make room for the front differential to be lowered down. In these instances the cut pieces would need to be welded back on if you wanted to return back to stock. Please note the new crossmember kits only apply to IFS (Independent Front Suspension) 4x4 trucks.


4. Are Coilover Lifts Worth The Money?

Coilover Lift

There are a lot of options to consider when it comes to a suspension lift system. A common question is if coilovers are worth the additional cost. If you are seeking the ultimate in handling and performance then you will want to check out the coilover kits we offer here. However, if you are simply seeking a nice plush ride, a standard lift system using the factory suspension setup is likely a better choice for you. For more information, take a look at our Coilover vs. Lift Kit Guide!


5. Does Rough Country Make Bad Lifts?

Rough Country

If you have been looking into lifting your truck then it is likely you have heard of Rough Country. Rough Country is a name that has been around since the 1970s and they have gone through numerous transitions throughout the years. Their early products were not known to have the highest quality, but Rough Country has come a long way and now pushes the envelope when it comes to high value and high-quality suspension lift and leveling systems. We took a trip down to Rough Country’s headquarters in Tennessee to see how they operate, and we were impressed. If you are looking for an affordable suspension system with the warranty and product support that is the best in the industry then Rough Country is for you! Check out our lineup of Rough Country products.


6. Which 4 Inch Lift is Best?

4 Inch Lift

Once you have narrowed down the height you are looking to lift your truck then your next question is probably, “What 4” lift kit should I get?” Well, we like to think that we have one of the best selections of suspension lift kits in the industry. There are many different options and each one has its own unique characteristics. With this many options, it can be hard to narrow down which lift kit is best. So here's a guide to help narrow down your options and find the perfect lift for you!
View our 4-inch Lift Guide!


7. Which 6 Inch Lift is Best

6 Inch Lift GMC

6-inch lifts are arguably one of the most popular selections in the modern lift kit world. So it is understandable that most people want to know which 6” lift they should choose. And unfortunately, it is not one of those easy answers that we would all hope for. Like our 4-inch lift kit guide, we knew you guys would be asking for one for a 6-inch guide as well.

So here it is! View our 6-inch lift kit guide!


8. Is There Anyway To Upgrade A Lift Kit?


Just like anything else in life, after a while, we get bored with it. Suspension systems are no different! Luckily the aftermarket world gives us a lot of great choices to upgrade a lift kit. The only problem is we need to make sure that all of these parts are compatible with each other as some parts are designed for stock suspension, while other parts may only be for lifted applications. Fortunately brands like, Rough Country offer some products such as lift struts, coilovers, traction bars, control arms, etc. that allow a user to upgrade a previously installed lift system. If you want even more information on this topic, check out our YouTube video where Fuller goes a little bit more in-depth! Check it out here!


9. I Have An Older Truck, Should I Lift It?

63 K10 Lifted

We love older trucks and of course, we all think you should do it! But there are some things that a user must consider when lifting an older vehicle. A suspension lift kit is comprised of many components and will require the removal of most, if not all, of the suspension components (control arms, struts, tie rods, wheel bearings, axles, leaf springs, etc.) any time an older vehicle, especially one that spent any time in a rust belt state is really going to put up a fight coming apart and will likely require some replacement components because of this. Another aspect to consider is once installed, some of the components which may have still been in working order when the truck was stock, may soon wear due to the recent addition of larger wheels, tires or the new operating angles that may be present. So always expect to replace a lot of wear components when lifting a truck older than 10 years. The most common parts that will require attention include ball joints, wheel bearings, and tie rods. However, once those potential parts have been addressed, you will have smooth sailing in the miles to come!