Jeep Upgrade: What to Look for in A Suspension Kit

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Components of a Suspension Lift

  • Strut Spacers are metal plates that go between the top of your chassis (frame) and the bottom of the strut tower to lift vehicle height without affecting ride quality or performance. This part of suspension lifts will give you a higher ground clearance from where it was originally. You may want to install these if you’re looking for more support over obstacles such as rocks while off-roading with your jeep or just getting into those tight parking spots with ease.
  • Coil spacers are made of metal and provide an additional height without affecting its ride’s quality or performance. They usually sit above the vehicle’s existing coil spring and typically reach a height of 2.5 inches. These parts are required if you want to install bigger tires to increase the weight of your vehicle.
  • Shocks and struts are the suspension system’s unsung heroes, providing essential support while driving. They have a significant impact on how the ride feels. Shocks smooth out bumps in the road, so if they’re worn, it will feel like every little bump is getting amplified. A strut is a spring coil that provides height for trail adventure or high-speed maneuvers. If these components are bad or worn down, your vehicle will not be as stable, and you may end up bottoming out frequently when traveling over rough terrain.

Benefits of Installing a Lift Kit

  • Jeep owners know that a suspension lift can improve the steering response and handling. When installing a quality lift kit, you essentially replace all stock components with new, heavier-duty ones. This not only enhances the ride quality and overall performance of your rig but will keep everything in alignment while driving off-road or on uneven terrain.
  • Improved traction is one of the main advantages Jeep owners are looking for when upgrading their suspension. By raising your suspension, you can gain better stability and maneuverability on and off the road and better traction in any weather.
  • The way the suspension is set up on your jeep plays a significant role in how you can handle off-road obstacles. The best lifting kits for your four-wheel drive are the ones that provide more stable driving, as well as better articulation. This makes it easier to go over rough terrain without getting stuck or having to slow down too much. It also provides greater stability at high speeds and greater control when turning corners.
  • A smoother ride is very important, especially if you spend a lot of time on the road. Adding a lift kit can provide a much more comfortable experience by upgrading your vehicle’s suspension system, regardless of the terrain.

Different Types of Suspension Systems

  • Coil Suspension Systems are a cost-effective way to improve your vehicle’s handling and performance. Coil springs are rolled up, and when a bump comes along, they compress against the shock absorbers to absorb some of the force. This is usually enough to prevent bottoming out on small bumps.
  • Lifted Spring Suspension Kit will give your jeep the extra height it needs to conquer even the roughest terrain, especially the rocky ones. It also provides a smoother ride, which makes the ride more comfortable on any surface. This is the lifting kit you need for larger tires, such as mud and all-terrain tires.
  • Shackle Suspension Lift Kit offers a higher level of flexibility and stability that can be very important when you are off-road. They are a great way to add height to your vehicle, which can be handy if you want to fit bigger tires. These kits are easy for anyone with basic mechanical skills — most people can set them up at home by following the manufacturer’s step-by-step instructions.
  • Spring Over-Axle Suspension is the popular option for serious rock crawlers. These suspensions are ideal for installing larger tires to elevate their vehicle center of gravity. You will get better clearance and handling after the installation of this product.



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