Choosing the Right Lift Kit What kind of lift kit is right for me? While some drivers like to put a lift on their truck or car for off-roading purposes, a bigger part of our customer base simply want to change the look of their vehicle. One of our employees put it best: "It's almost like buying a new vehicle. It brings back the new." There are a lot of options when it comes to customizing your vehicle. Here is some information about some common questions we hear about lift kits. What is the difference between Lifting and Leveling Kits? Lifts and leveling kits raise the truck body away from the axles to fit bigger tires and increase ground clearance. This does change the offset of the wheels and makes it more top-heavy, which is then countered by widening the base of the truck body. It will alter the handling of your vehicle so always have a professional help you make the right decisions and be aware of the alteration when you are driving the vehicle. Types of Lift Kits Lift Kit A lift kit lifts the vehicle higher into the air with modified suspension parts. It can protect low bumpers and running boards from rocks and rough roads. They are great for off-roading and will keep your truck protected. Lift Kits come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be purchased in 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-, or even 10-inch kits-or even taller if you want to go custom. Leveling Lift Kit A leveling kit has hardware that raises the front of the vehicle so it matches the height in the back. A leveling kit can even out your truck's stance - especially if there is an uneven distribution of weight like with a plow or winch attached to the front of your truck. It can bring your truck back up to its proper height by using hardware to raise the front of the vehicle to match the height in the back, and it allows for larger tires to be run on all four corners. It's usually designed to have a maximum lift of 2 inches in the front. You can also pair a front-end leveling kit with spacer blocks on the rear leaf springs to get a lift at all four corners. Leveling kits are easy to install and usually only require spring spacers or torsion keys to get the job done, which makes them inexpensive. Body Lift A body lift uses blocks and spacers to lift the body higher onto the frame of the vehicle without altering any of the suspension calculations. With a body lift kit, your ground clearance does not change, but the extra height allows you to run larger wheels and tires. Wheel City Tire and Alignment does not offer body lifts due to safety regulations. Suspension Lift Kit Suspension lifts, which are also called lift kits or leveling kits, allow for a higher ground clearance and helps accommodate larger wheels and tires. So What's Right for Me? If you use your truck mainly for towing or as a utility vehicle, a leveling kit is probably the way to go. If you want change the look of your vehicle, or you go off-roading on the back roads of North Carolina, then you'll want a lift kit. Feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help you make a decision on what's best for your vehicle.