If you’ve purchased a new 4WD and you’re looking to make the vehicle smoother with larger tyres, then an after-market body lift is what you’ll need. Unfortunately, each 4WD is different and there are many aspects to consider when choosing the right size lift for your4WD. What works for your mate’s 4WD won’t necessarily work for yours, and much of it comes down to personal preferences such as your driving style and the type of off-roading you plan on doing.
Most people who purchase abody lift are either looking to do it as cheaply as possible, or those that are happy to spend thousands, but it’s vital to remember that choosing a body lift kit will require compromises. When choosing the size of the lift, you need to be honest with yourself about what’s important to you. Do you want to just want bigger tyres and a smoother ride or do you want more ground clearance to tackle some legendary outback tracks? To make the process a little easier for you, today we’ll be offering you our top tips for choosing the right size lift for your vehicle.
The fact of the matter is, most people who buy their first body lift always bite off more than they can chew. The faster and higher you build your lift, the more problems you’ll encounter, so it’s always best to start with small lifts and increase them gradually with time. Even if you want a 3” or 4” body lift, you have to remember that you must be very careful when installing parts and patience is key. It’s better to build your lift in steps so you can iron out any issues slowly and learn how to handle your suspension in increments rather than opting for the tallest lift right off the bat. Plus, you’ll be able to savour and enjoy the process and learn more about your 4WD!
Consider other parts of your vehicle
When adding a body lift to your vehicle, it’s paramount that you consider your 4WD’s new height and how it will affect other functions of your vehicle. You need to consider how the drive shaft length, slip yoke, gearing, control arms, steering linkage, U-joint angle, brake lines, braking, and axle strength will be affected by the new height of your 4WD. Remember that the higher you lift your 4WD, the more modifications will be needed on other parts of your vehicle. For example, if you want a large lift of 3” or higher, you’re going to need longer control arms, longer shocks, and you’ll likely need to lengthen your front and rear brake lines at a minimum.
It’s really up to you whether you want to install the body lift yourself or have a trusted mechanic do it. Some lift kits are straightforward and you won’t have any issues installing it, but you’ll likely find complications afterwards and spends hours tweaking everything until it’s perfect. You generally won’t find the real problems until after you’ve installed your lift when you have to get the alignment, steering, track, and everything else back to spec. On the other hand, if you decide to get a mechanic to install your lift, always ensure they have plenty of experience in body lift for 4WD suspension!
While many 4WD enthusiasts are keen on getting a new body lift for their vehicle, very few of them understand how complicated the process can be. It’s always best to seek advice from the professionals when choosing the right lift size as you’ll likely need to modify other functions of your 4WD. If you’re looking for a wide range of lift kitsor just some professional advice, get in touch with the experts at TJM Australia by phoning 07 3865 9999.