Finding the Right Lift Kit for your 4×4

Posted In: Suspension

Whether you’re a seasoned 4×4 enthusiast or just dipping your toes into the rugged terrains of South West, Western Australia, tweaking your suspension can be a real game changer.

Let’s set the record straight – a suspension lift kit isn’t just about making your vehicle look tough. It’s about opening up a whole new world of possibilities.

Imagine this: you’re out there battling the rough stuff, pushing your 4×4 to its limits. With the right lift kit, you’re not just crawling over rocks or sloshing through mud pits – you’re owning them.

Lift Kits for Better Off-Road Performance

When it comes to off-roading, a good suspension lift kit can take your game to the next level. We’re talking more ground clearance and better articulation. Suddenly, those steep inclines, rocky trails, and boggy patches don’t seem so daunting anymore.

But lift kits aren’t just for the bush bashing. Even if you’re mainly sticking to bitumen, a lift kit can work wonders for your ride. They can help with improved handling, stability, and ride comfort, especially when you’re lugging around heaps of gear or towing trailers. Suddenly, those long drives don’t feel so rough.

Understanding the Specs

Next up, let’s talk about your vehicle’s factory suspension setup. Is it holding up alright, or are you starting to feel like you’re riding on a pogo stick? Knowing where you’re starting from is key to figuring out where you want to go.

Then you have to think about what you’ll be using your 4×4 for:

  • Are you just looking to hit some basic off-road tracks on the weekends?
  • Are you planning to tackle some seriously rugged terrain?
  • Are you always hauling gear or towing trailers?

Your primary use will definitely influence the kind of lift kit that will work best for you.

How big can you go with your tyres?

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. How big are you thinking of going with your tyres? Because that’ll play a big role in how much lift you’re gonna need. Want to go big? You might need a bit more lift to make room for those monster treads.

Things to Know About a Lift Kit

When it comes to suspension lift kits, there are several things to think about. Suspension lift kits offer various lift heights, ranging from 2″ inches to 6″ inches, allowing you to fit larger tyres for more traction and ground clearance.

This increased tyre size also enhances the vehicle’s capability to tackle rough terrain like rutted tracks and rocky trails. Moreover, the higher vehicle stance provides better overall driving visibility, which is beneficial during off-road adventures.

However, there are drawbacks to keep in mind.

Regularly climbing in and out of a lifted vehicle may pose challenges, especially for you and your family. It’s essential to opt for the lift height you genuinely need to avoid feeling uncomfortable or unstable while driving, akin to a mountain goat navigating uneven terrain.

Additionally, lifting the suspension can compromise overall ride comfort and handling compared to the factory setup. The higher center of gravity associated with increased lift heights also raises the risk of roll-over incidents, particularly during sharp turns or sudden maneuvers.

Considering both the pros and cons of suspension lift kits is so important as you think about your unique off-roading needs and preferences.

Let’s talk Shocks

You’ve got two main types of 4×4 shock absorbers – Nitrogen Gas and Foam Cell. The Nitrogen Gas ones have got a bigger bore and piston size, which means more oil capacity for better ride control and comfort.

But if you wanna step up your game, the Foam Cell shock absorbers are where it’s at. These bad boys practically eliminate shock fade thanks to their fancy tech that keeps the oil from mixing with air inside the shock. Plus, they’ve got extra-large bores and pistons for even more oil capacity and a smoother ride.

Front and Rear Springs

When it comes to choosing front and rear springs, there’s a couple of things to think about – height and load. Depending on what you’re putting on the front or back of your 4×4, you might need heavy-duty springs to handle the extra weight.

There’s a range of springs to suit your needs, whether it’s raised height, standard load, or constant load. And don’t forget about those Parabolic Leaf Springs for the rear – they’re a no-brainer when it comes to ride comfort and load capacity. It’s best not to guess when it comes to suspension, so get in touch with our team and we can help you find the right setup for your vehicle.

What about any upgrades?

Let’s not forget about the Upper Control Arm upgrade. When you lift your ride, you mess with the steering geometry, which isn’t good for your Castor and Camber angles. That’s where upgraded Upper Control Arms come in handy. They’re built tough for extreme off-road use and designed to keep everything in check, even with bigger wheels and tyres.

And hey, if you’re not into the whole lift kit thing but still want to level out your ride, there’s options for that too. Whether you’re hauling heavy loads or just want your vehicle to sit nice and straight, there’s a range of solutions to get the job done.

Visit our Lift Kits page for more information on 4×4 lift kits. If you don’t see your vehicle listed there get in touch. We have a huge range of suspension in stock and can help find the best product for you.