Ways to Lift Your Truck on a Budget

Trucks are built to be modified, personalized, and improved. While some truck owners go for little upgrades, such as changing up the fenders, adding a light bar or two. Other truck owners want to go for something bigger, literally, bigger as in lifting their trucks. Adding a lift kit or leveling kit to a truck may seem like a pain, and a waste of money at that, but lift kits can be beneficial for your truck. Lift kits allow for you to put larger tires on your truck, this can allow for an increase in load rating, which provides a safer driving experience for trucks towing a trailer or hauling heavy loads. Now it may seem like lifting or leveling your truck will cost you a fortune, especially with all the added benefits they provide, but in reality, any budget truck owner can afford to lift their truck. What even are lift and leveling kits? A lift and leveling kit allows you to add a few inches of height to your pickup, which allows more room below the fender, for larger wheels and tires. By providing extra height to your truck, you are able to increase load ratings and provide a safer driving experience with larger wheels. Best of all, lift kits allow your truck to be distinguished against the other trucks out there weather you lift a Toyota or lift your F-150.

Important Considerations

Whether you’re lifting a truck or a car, here are some important considerations to keep in mind: 

  • Facility Layout: The facility layout considers the space availability, ground quality, traffic flow, vehicle lengths, and the turning radius. In addition, you should check if the facility is owned or leased. 
  • Vehicle Types, Weights, and Sizes: Aside from the lifting capacity, you also need to consider the size. Determine the types of new vehicles you might be adding to the fleet in the future.  
  • Services: Why do you need to lift a truck or car? Bear in mind that the lift style can affect the work speed and quality. Hence, you have to determine the services you’ll be doing along with the lift. 
  • Features And Benefits: The lift you choose must promote productivity and efficiency. Assess the lift’s features if they’re compatible with the particular vehicle brand and model. Of course, don’t forget the safety features too. 
  • Budget: Compare the cost of the initial purchase price, ownership, repairs, and maintenance to save you money in the long run.  

Finding The Cheapest Options

One of the cheapest options for adding a few extra inches to one’s truck, is to buy a Torsion Key kit that fits with your truck. This kit, which is very budget friendly, costing anywhere from $100 to $150, adds 1 to 1.5 inches of ride height, enabling the truck owner to add bigger tires around 1 inch taller than factory standard size. Thus, allowing the truck owner to increase their load rating of their truck. If this type of lift kit interests you, it is important to get the best torsion key kit. Look out for forged keys, which are stronger than cast units. Forged keys allow for a longer service life, especially if the vehicle is used with heavy loads. 

Looking for a bit more height? Well leveling kits are perfect for that! Costing anywhere from $100 to $500, leveling kits allow truck owners to add 1 to 3 inches of height to their trucks. What are leveling kits? Well, leveling kits are used for trucks with a front coil spring or coil-over strut suspension system. In these types of trucks, the rear is usually taller, so with a leveling kit, the front suspension is able to be “leveled” out with the rear of the truck, increase the height of the truck. Depending on the truck, different types of leveling kits are used. In order to find which leveling kit best fits your model and year, consult your owner’s manual, or an easier way, is to visit an online store that separates truck parts based on the model and year. 

One of the most popular forms of lift kits for trucks, is a body-lift kit. With this kit, the truck is able to gain up to 3 inches in height, without having to affect the truck’s suspension. This increase in height allows truck owners to add tires that are 2 to 3 inches taller than the factory standard tires. With larger tires, you are able to increase load rating, thus being able to handle heavier loads. Also, one of the best things about body-lifts, is the low cost of them. Ranging in cost from $110 to $600, these kits are perfect for any truck owner on a budget. 

And finally, one of the more expensive lift kits out there, but yet one of the best, are the Premium Lift Systems. The Premium Lift System, a kit that combines both a leveling and body-lift kit, allows for an increase of up to 6 inches on your truck. Coming fully loaded with every part needed, Premium Lift Systems are one of the easiest lift kits out there, no need to worry about missing a few bolts here and there, this lift kit has all the necessary parts all ready to go. Costing around $300 to $900 dollars, these lift kits aren’t as budget friendly as the others, but allow for a much taller lift in return.

Are you also looking to lift a car or any other vehicle? If you’re lifting any other vehicle aside from trucks, there are plenty of car lift options to choose from nowadays. Single, double, and triple parking lifts are available in 6,000 to 18,000 pounds capacity, as well as two-post and three-level parking lifts.

Tom Brown
Tom Brown is an automotive market enthusiast living in the United States. He holds a diverse background in automotive marketing and enjoys utilizing that to produce insights into the inner workings of the industry.