Whether you're looking to take your vehicle off road or just give it a more aggressive look, installing a lift kit will definitely enhance your vehicle's performance and appearance. There are many different lift kits available in today's market, which come in two varieties: body lift kits and suspension lift kits.
The purpose of a body lift kit is to elevate a car or truck between 1 and 3 additional inches off the ground from its stock stature. This is accomplished by lifting the body of the vehicle up off of its frame through the placement of blocks or spacers. What this accomplishes is an aesthetic change in the car itself and an elevation of the wheel well, thereby allowing for the installation of taller tires. A body lift kit does not, however, increase a vehicle's ground clearance.
On the flip side, suspension lift kits are designed to increase a vehicle's ground clearance and are the type of lift kits most often used with trucks and 4x4s. A suspension lift kit works by raising the suspension of a car through the replacement of the front and rear shocks and leaf springs. In general, a suspension lift kit will elevate a vehicle between 4 and 6 inches above its stock stature, though extreme lift kits can reach elevations up to 18 inches.