Suspension Lift vs. Body Lift

When our Jeep and truck owning customers first come in with questions about custom build and upgrades, our Casey’s Customs consultants often hear the same question from each of them. What is the difference between a lift kit and a suspension lift? As your favorite truck upgrading team in Sterling, VA, we will give you the 411 right here. 

What is the Primary Function of a Lift?

Both lifts are designed for one thing, to raise the clearance of the vehicle. They each have advantages and disadvantages, such as cost, time to install, and changes in the center of gravity. Either will allow for a larger set of rims and tires and alters the way a vehicle rides. So which is right for you? That’s the million-dollar question. 

Body-Over-Frame Design

In vehicles with a body-over-frame design, a steel frame is the foundation of the construction, and the significant parts of the vehicle are attached to the steel frame. On these types of vehicles, either a body lift or a suspension lift is achievable, but only on these builds can a body lift be achieved.

Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift

A body lift only raises the vehicle’s body, allowing for more clearance for wheels and tires but leaves the centerline of the suspension the same. It can be problematic for off-road use as it does not allow for more ground clearance. 

Suspension lifts raise your suspension centerline, giving you room to crest over obstacles on a trail while also increasing the overall height. 

Costs for suspension lifts are nine times out of ten greater than body lifts. Why? Simply put, more work is done, and more parts are replaced.  So, if you are not going to be doing any off-roading in the Sterling, VA, area, and just want bigger tires, a body lift is more budget-friendly. 

Which One is for You?

What is the clear winner of lifting a jeep or truck? Only you can decide what’s best for your needs and budget. Advice form a reputable mechanic with an off-road, lift kit, suspension, and handling can help get you to your best decision. At Casey’s Automotive, it’s our opinion that suspension lifts are the best route. Why? Well, simply put even the budget builds take their jeep or truck off-road at some point. Also, suspension lifts while changing the ride height offer upgrades in steering and shock absorption components. 

Custom Truck Builds and Upgrades in Sterling, Virginia

If you have been dreaming about having your Jeep or truck lifted, contact Casey’s Customs team for a free consultation. Our team can help you find the right build at the right price for your needs. Whether you are looking for a slight lift, bigger tires, or off-roading abilities, Casey’s Customs by Casey’s Automotive has got your back. 

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