Any lift kit turns a truck into a piece of beauty – the only issue here is that there are a lot of them out there to choose from, and that my friends makes the whole selection process fairly complicated.
On this post i will be talking about probably the most common, i.e. 4 and 6 inch kits, and guide you through on what to actually go for, from my perspective.
4 inch pros
Fits in more spots
Because the pickup isn’t lifted as high, you will be able to access more places. By that i mean garages, parking spots, car washes, etc.
This may sound stupid at first, though i can tell you that there are a ton of people who go exactly for the shorter lift because of this reason – think about it, if the thing can’t fit in the garage, where are you going to put it?
Ease of use
It’s going to take less effort to access a pickup truck that is lifted only by 4 inches, literally.
Again, this might sound weird at first, but if you’re going to be getting in and out of the cab or the bed all the time, you’re going to thank me that you went this route.
Less severe on the fuel consumption
Now i know that truck owners, especially those who already think of lifting one, probably aren’t really concerned about this, but still.
A 6 inch lift kit would require larger tires than a 4 to make the whole deal look proper, and as we all know, the bigger the tire the more power needs to be generated in order to drive it, hence the decrease in fuel economy.
Generally less expensive
The cost comes from the fact that the pickup won’t need to sport larger tires, that is, a 33 inch tire will definitely be a bit more affordable than the 35’s.
6 inch pros
A vehicle raised by 6 inches instead of 4 inches will sit on a higher level, therefore be able to perform better in not-so-favorable conditions, even more so if it’ll have taller tires installed.
What should i go for then?
The only reason why a 6 inch lift kit would be a smarter choice is if you really need to hit the off-road, if you ask me.
The 4 inch lift provides just enough raise to make the truck look far better than a stock, and still provide it with enough benefits that come from increased level of clearance. This pick makes only more sense if your truck is also a 2WD.
If you really can’t decide between the two, what you can try is literally test drive pickup trucks that feature both types of the suspensions kits. After it, you might end up going for the entirely different route than you thought of first.
What some fans say is that the size of lift entirely depends on the tires you want to end up rolling with – those who are interested in 35 inchers or 37 should go for the 6 inch; anything less, such as 33 inch tall tires, would be more suitable for the smaller lift.
In the end, whatever you decide to go for, remember that you can always end up changing the amount of lift later, albeit it’s going to cost more overall.