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How to Choose Your 4×4 Perfect Lift Kit: Off-Roading

By Brad Nash

Tue Jul 14 2015

If off-roading is a pastime or yours, or maybe life just takes you off the beaten track on regular basis, you may soon come find that normal suspension isn’t quite up to it. It won’t get over the rough terrain you need to tackle, and it might not be able to cope with the pressure and strain being put on it. whether you’re out there having fun or not. This is where 4wd lift kits come in.

 

The High-Performance 4×4 Option

Off-roading 4×4 lift kits are like performance tuning for 4WD’s. They lift the vehicle by anywhere up to 50mm (the legal Australian limit), giving it that imposing look, while increasing its performance off-road and while crossing water. As with any suspension system, you have to find a compromise between handling and ride comfort, and performance lift kits are generally the best at minimising the effect on everyday handling that comes with increased off-road performance and an increased ride height.

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The shock absorbers and springs that come with an off-roading 4×4 lift kit are performance oriented, often being made by premium suspension brands such as Bilstein and RAW Predator 4×4, and are tuned to work at high pressure while tackling every terrain that’s thrown at them. Shocks such as those made Bilstein are able to handle a far higher pressure than lesser shocks, meaning that you can go over rougher terrain, faster AND for longer. As with all lift kits, the crucial bushes are made of tough, light polyurethane, premium made by SuperPro.

 

The Perfect Compromise

Unlike commercial 4×4 lift kits, they’re designed to provide more of a balance between suppleness and toughness. This enables it to handle a wider variety of uneven terrain, and fortunately also means that you get the best of both worlds when it comes to both comfort and performance. If you need a heavy duty system for towing frequently or transporting large loads, a commercial-oriented 4wd lift kit with heavy duty springs and shocks should be your choice. Performance kits offer the best compromise between the two, of course for a little bit of extra money.

Performance lift kits also offer an excellent option when it comes to lighter duty towing or load-bearing. If you’re occasionally hauling weight of anywhere up to around 300kg, a load-based lift kit will just be too harsh, and something like a performance or enhancement kit will serve you just fine for all of your needs. It’s also crucial to ensure that if you have any winches, bull-bars, canopies or any other off-roading accessories attached to your car, that you’re getting the right kit to cater for that. Here at Spares box, we can supply and substitute heavy duty springs where required.

 

If you think a commercial 4wd lift kit is more down your alley, take a look here to learn about the kind of stuff they’re made for.  If you’re still not sure, and want to learn about the parts that make up your 4×4 lift kit, this article will give you all the info you need.