Newnan, Ga: Looking to get a little “rise” out of your Truck or SUV?

There are basically two methods to lift your vehicle for off-road use: suspension lift or body lift. Each one has their pros and cons such as performance, price, and easy installation. First, let’s differentiate between a suspension lift and a body lift.
A suspension lift raises the vehicle’s frame (chassis) away from the ground. This is achieved in many different ways, for instance installing taller springs or spring spacers, differential drop brackets, lift blocks, cranked up torsion bars, or any combination thereof.
A body lift is way less complicated  for the reason that it raises only the body from the frame with spacers. The frame remains with the same location in relation to the ground.
A suspension lift is recommended for somebody planning to spend a lot of time off-road. A body lift is recommended for anyone that wants to make their vehicle look lifted without genuine intentions of going off-road. However, this doesn’t mean that a body lifted vehicle can’t go off-road, it just won’t perform as well as a suspension lifted vehicle since it hasn’t acquired any ground clearance.
Suspension lifts commonly range between 2-inches to 6-inches (though there are a few companies that produce “extreme” products in excess of this), while body lifts range between 1-inch to 3-inches.
Suspension lifts are more complicated than body lifts because they change the suspension workings that provide the vehicle its factory ride traits. Taller springs are generally stiffer than factory springs, therefore the vehicle will have a harsher ride quality than with original  factory designed springs. Longer shock absorbers will be required. The vehicle will also have a higher center of gravity because the entire weight of the vehicle (everything except the axles) will now be raised farther from the ground. Depending on the vehicle, the transfer case may need to be lowered as well as the rear differential repositioned to minimize driveline vibrations. This is very true for short wheelbase vehicles, for instance Jeeps on account of their short rear driveline that isn’t readily tolerant to enlarged u-joint angles. 
Pros: Higher ground clearance, raised approach and departure angles, allows installment of bigger wheels and tires.
Cons: Cost more, extended installment period, driveline angles are amplified (more likely to vibrate), brake lines need to be re-routed or lengthened, new shocks needed, increased center of gravity.
A body lift is relatively straightforward for the reason that it primarily consists of a set of spacers which are inserted at the mounting points between the frame and body of the vehicle. This leaves many of the burdensome components the vehicle (frame, engine, transmission, transfer case, etc) at their factory locations, therefore the vehicle’s center of gravity (though increased) is not going to be amplified as much as a suspension lift.
Pros: Inexpensive, are generally mounted speedily with essential hand tools, allows installation of larger tires, simple (all components are available in a container about the size of a shoe box).
Cons: Appearance (based on how tall the body lift is, there will probably be a spot that size between the body tub and the frame), additional leverage is placed on the mounting points (the higher the lift, the greater leverage there is working against it), Ground clearance remains the same. 
Ultimately, a body lift offers no benefits other than enabling the installation of larger tires while a suspension lift is made for improved performance off-road (whereas also permitting the installation of larger tires). If you’re on a budget and want to make your 4WD look like a tough off-road vehicle, but don’t have any actual intentions of ever going off-road, then a body lift can be adequate for you. Though, if cost isn’t an element and you’re trying to make your 4WD more off-road capable and trail ready, then a suspension lift is strongly recommended.

If you have any questions on how we can get your Chevrolet or Cadillac SUV or Truck a little extra ground clearance, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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