Jeep Truck Model Changes Over The 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s

In 1971, the Jeep trucks transitioned from the Gladiator name and offered the J-10 (119-inch) or J-20 (131-inch) models. The upgrades included front disc brakes, a new front axle, six-stud wheels and heavier frame cross members. The vehicles paralleled each other with the same body design as the Jeep Wagoneer and Cherokee from the cab forward. In addition, they were provided with traditional slab-sided or step-side bodies. The J-10 J-Series vehicle assembly included the Honcho, Golden Eagle, and 10-4 trim packages.

The genesis was in 1973, as all Jeep CJs came equipped with AMC-built 304- or 360-cubic-inch V-8 engines. Renegade makes usually featured a 304 cubic inch (5L) V8 engine, stouter drivetrain, alloy wheels, and a Trac-Lok limited slip rear differential. A two-wheel drive edition DJ-5 was available for customers through 1974. Extremely popular with Jeep enthusiasts, the CJ-5 possibly has trekked more trail miles than any other Jeep vehicle. For three decades, the CJ-5 had the greatest manufacturing run of any Jeep automobile.

The Mid-70s-Mid-80s

In 1976, the popular Honcho model premiered. It proved to be a truck version of the wide-track Cherokee Chief and included two editions: the step-bed Sportside and the Townside. The Honcho featured gold striping on the bedside, fenders and tailgate, wide 8×15-inch spoker wheels and off-road tires, Levi’s denim interior, and sport steering wheel. The Laredo package would be debuted along with the Honcho in 1980.

Produced in 1977-1983, the 1977 Golden Eagle package included a grille guard, driving lamps, pick-up bed roll bar, eight-inch wheels, Levi’s seats, accent stripes and an eagle hood logo. The 10-4 trim package was manufactured from 1974-1983. The 1978 package primarily offering various options in color and detailing. The 10-4 package also provided an optional, factory-installed CB radio.

End of the 20th Century

In 1995, the Grand Cherokee replaced the Grand Wagoneer as a mid-sized luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV). It was a design class a lot of manufacturers did not hesitate to imitate. Renovated with more than 40 major improvements, the 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee won “4×4 of the Year” and “Four Wheeler of the Year” awards.

In 1998, the crest of popularity kept going with the premiere of the quickest and most powerful Jeep ever: the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9L Limited. In 1999, the new Grand Cherokee premiered as “The Most Capable Sport Utility Ever” and swept the major 4×4 award competitions.

The revised WJ was a thorough renovation and provided better ride and handling. Additionally, there was a powerful and 4.7L V8 and Quadra-Drive 4X4 system. Though the style had many design components from the preceding model, there were only 127 carryover parts. It has an available 5.7L HEMI V8 engine and upscale amenities to make luxury car owners take notice.

New Millennium

In 2004, the Jeep model provided a “stretched” version of the TJ, Wrangler Unlimited. Ten inches longer in wheelbase and 15-inches longer in overall length, the Unlimited gave greater leg room, expanded interior cargo space, and a much improved on-road “feel” to the ride.

The Unlimited was relatively unlike the long military TJ-L model. It added five-inches of rear overhang but had less space in the mid-body. The increased wheelbase offered more refined on-road comfort, as well as more variety and enhanced strength to carry up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

In 2005, the Jeep brand introduced the Rubicon Unlimited. It featured the wheelbase of the Unlimited and off-road options of the Rubicon. The 2006 Commander was the first Trail Rated Jeep 4×4 with a total seating capacity of seven.

Based on the ’05 Grand Cherokee (WK) platform, the squared Commander was only a little longer than the WK (two inches), but a higher stepped roofline and stadium-style seating feature provided for an additional set of seats in back. The Commander’s squared styling-with upright windshield and squared-off sides-instantly set itself apart from the Grand Cherokee.

The Commander’s basic power-and drivetrain features were like those of the Grand Cherokee. Just as with most Jeep 4×4 vehicles, the Commander had the Jeep Trail Rated badge. To be validated as Trail Rated, an automobile is required to uphold performance standards in traction, articulation, ground clearance, maneuverability, and water fording.

The Jeep Patriot is a compact hybrid-like SUV that comes with available Trail Rated components. The vehicle is front-wheel-drive with options of two available electronically operated 4WD systems for all-weather use: Freedom Drive I a full-time system for on-road use, or Freedom Drive II that is off-road capable.

In 2011, the Jeep brand celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a special edition of the Jeep Patriot. This unique vehicle was available with unique exterior paint color (Bronze Star Pearl), 70th Anniversary badging, and more.

Industry leaders such as 4 Wheel Drive are fully aware of the popularity of the Jeep brand with their customers. At various locations accessories to help with the maintenance and style of this vehicle are available to be bought. Knowledgeable, cooperative customer service representatives are at every 4WD store location, for example, to assist customers in finding the best products for their vehicles. Automobile owners should feel free to visit our stores at any time.


2006 Toyota Tacoma

Another impressive redesign by Toyota this year was the new 2006 Toyota Tacoma. This truck has morphed from a small to a mid-size pickup truck. You are familiar with the Tacoma’s of the past. They are as reliable as the day is long, but how will the new truck compare?

I went shopping, and to be honest, I was checking out the Nissan Frontier, too. Its been redesigned and is about the same size as the new Tacoma. The Nissan has a rail system in the bed of the truck, but the Toyota has it on the deck edge up higher. I like it better as it seems as though it would make tying off items a lot easier. Also, in the bed, there are two neat lockable storage compartments nestled so they aren’t noticed. Pretty slick.

The new V6 has 236hp, which is no slouch in anyone’s book. The old V6 had about 190 hp I think. The standard 4-cylinder is 2.7 liters and rates 164 hp, which is more than most V6’s.

There’s an X-Runner available, which is more for show and go, than off road or work. My dad got the previous version, which was an S-Runner Tacoma. They are slick. Dad’s is way cool, and I’ve seen only one X-Runner at a car show as they sell before they are around on the lot too long. A pickup that can hold .9G’s on the skid pad will rival most sports cars. Basically, the X-runner has everything. The Prerunner and double cab are the top of the line for the 4×4 trucks, but they have many options. The only option I can find on the X-runner is daytime running lights.

Don’t worry, the SR5 still comes loaded up with a chrome grill, color bumpers, overfenders, leather steering wheel, and variable windshield wipers. The V6 has fog lamps and the sport package includes the limited-slip rear differential. The off-road package adds larger wheels, better suspension with bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential and skid plates and tow hooks.

The TRD Sport truck is my favorite with the hood scoop, 17″ wheels, nicer seats, power outlet and a neat overhead console with compass and temperature gauge.

The Tacoma isn’t the little truck you see around anymore. My dad’s had 4. I’ve only owned one Toyota truck and I drove it until the wheels fell off. But you know what? It started and ran every time. I’m sure the trucks we see on the lot today will last another generation due to Toyota’s unsurpassed quality.
Another impressive redesign by Toyota this year was the new 2006 Toyota Tacoma. This truck has morphed from a small to a mid-size pickup truck. You are familiar with the Tacoma’s of the past. They are as reliable as the day is long, but how will the new truck compare?

I went shopping, and to be honest, I was checking out the Nissan Frontier, too. Its been redesigned and is about the same size as the new Tacoma. The Nissan has a rail system in the bed of the truck, but the Toyota has it on the deck edge up higher. I like it better as it seems as though it would make tying off items a lot easier. Also, in the bed, there are two neat lockable storage compartments nestled so they aren’t noticed. Pretty slick.

The new V6 has 236hp, which is no slouch in anyone’s book. The old V6 had about 190 hp I think. The standard 4-cylinder is 2.7 liters and rates 164 hp, which is more than most V6’s.

There’s an X-Runner available, which is more for show and go, than off road or work. My dad got the previous version, which was an S-Runner Tacoma. They are slick. Dad’s is way cool, and I’ve seen only one X-Runner at a car show as they sell before they are around on the lot too long. A pickup that can hold .9G’s on the skid pad will rival most sports cars. Basically, the X-runner has everything. The Prerunner and double cab are the top of the line for the 4×4 trucks, but they have many options. The only option I can find on the X-runner is daytime running lights.

Don’t worry, the SR5 still comes loaded up with a chrome grill, color bumpers, overfenders, leather steering wheel, and variable windshield wipers. The V6 has fog lamps and the sport package includes the limited-slip rear differential. The off-road package adds larger wheels, better suspension with bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential and skid plates and tow hooks.

The TRD Sport truck is my favorite with the hood scoop, 17″ wheels, nicer seats, power outlet and a neat overhead console with compass and temperature gauge.

The Tacoma isn’t the little truck you see around anymore. My dad’s had 4. I’ve only owned one Toyota truck and I drove it until the wheels fell off. But you know what? It started and ran every time. I’m sure the trucks we see on the lot today will last another generation due to Toyota’s unsurpassed quality.


The Best Tyres for Your Jeep

Jeep is known to be the king of four wheel drive vehicles. It has the capabilities of driving over the steepest rocks as well as battling the muddy and wet grounds without difficulty. This is all possible with the right tyres.

Off road tyres have specific features that make them the ultimate climbing tools. The treading is, of course, what gives the vehicle the grip to climb up on steep surfaces. The tread is also what allows liquid to pass through in case you are driving on a wet and muddy day.

The size of the tyre is everything. The bigger the tyre the more surface area it can cover and the more stable it is. Larger tyres also make driving a 4X4 vehicle much easier and more comfortable for the driver. Larger profiles are safer too. You won’t really find off road tyres with a narrow sidewall because they need to be tough and resilient. More volume within the tyre benefits the driver whilst climbing over rocks. Remember that you won’t always be facing a blunt surface but rather more protruding hills that will stab into the tyres. The air inside the tyre helps to protect the wheel which gives the car more bounce when driving over certain obstacles. It thus decreases the likelihood of a puncture due to the amount of pressure placed on them. Besides being useful to the whole outdoor experience, the large, wide, deep tread tyres also give the Jeep an aggressive modified look that is admired by many people.

So which brand of tyres will work best for a Jeep?

BF Goodrich has a reputation of being the strongest brand when it comes to outdoor or off road driving. The rubber has been specially engineered to handle water, dry surfaces and cracking stones.

Goodyear has various types of tyres that work well in any weather conditions and many types of terrain. They also have a reputation of being the highest performing tyres in different terrains and are a definite must have in terms of choosing tyres.

Toyo is known as a performance tyre for quick and speedy cars. They infused their technology with Jeep’s technology to create an amazing combination. Not only do you have a smooth driving experience that handles like a sports car but you also have that aggressive performance that takes on the rocks with all its power and might. Longevity is also a promise when it comes to Toyo tyres.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

What You Need to Know About Prestige Car Hire

Sports cars and prestige cars are pretty powerful. In fact, if you’ve never driven one before, you’ll be surprised by the power under the hood. Hiring a prestige car for your big day, for a photo shoot or even just for a particularly luxurious weekend away can be a fab idea, but if you’re not used to driving a powerhouse there are a few things you’ll need to know before you get behind the wheel.

All of the Controls Will Probably Be Different

Many supercars have a “flappy paddle” gearbox – which, if you’re not familiar with it, is completely different to a regular stick shift gearbox. Flappy paddle boxes have the paddles on either side of the steering wheel, and to change gears, you have to “flap” the paddle. It’ll take a little getting used to, so keep it in mind. Another difference is the handbrake, so-called because it’s conveniently located to the left-hand side and you can access it with your hand. In many prestige cars, the handbrake is either on the floor (a completely separate pedal to the footbrake) or it’s a button on the dash. Again, it’ll take some getting used to, so familiarise yourself before you set off.

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of fuel, so fill up only about a mile before you reach your location to make sure you don’t have to pay any surcharges.
Under 25? You’ll Have to Pay

Some companies let those that are under 25 drive premium cars. But it’s a select few – generally, the consensus is that the younger you are, the more risk and therefore the more likely it is that you’ll damage the car or get into an accident. As such, premiums for the day are usually extremely high for those under 25 and some companies will veto you altogether. If you’ve held a valid driving license and had no driving offences or tickets since you were old enough to drive, then you’re in with a better chance. But be prepared to pay and to pay rather handsomely for it.

You’ll Have to Change How You Drive

Put your foot down to accelerate the tiniest bit and you’ll jump forward very, very quickly. Brake, and you’ll screech to what feels like an emergency stop. Steering will be far more responsive, and you only need to turn the wheel a fraction to go where you want to go. You’ll also find that because everything feels so different, your driving style will have to change and you’ll need to take a half hour or so to familiarise yourself with the car before heading out on your journey – learning how to change gears, how far down to press the accelerator or the brake and even, as silly as it sounds, where the indicators are.

Be Careful

It might sound jaw-droppingly obvious but prestige cars can be worth upwards of £100,000, so it’s really important to be as careful as you can. Of course, you’ve got to have a bit of fun. But virtually no companies will let you take the car onto a racetrack – which also means that you shouldn’t compensate by running it at 120mph down an empty motorway! Many companies install trackers in their vehicles and they’ll be able to tell exactly how fast you’ve been driving.

Jeep Parts – The Cardinal Rule For Wheeling

I have been Jeeping for the better part of 20 years, in all sorts of climates and trails. I have helped build rigs with Jeep parts, repair them in-garage and on-trail using an assortment of Jeep parts and Jeep accessories. I have worked in a Jeep 4×4 Center selling Jeep parts. I have spent the past year as a Trail Leader for JeepSkool, Ohio’s Premier Off-road park, instructing and teaching people how to operate their vehicles safely while in an off road environment. Over the years, I have developed my own set of Cardinal Rules that I function by, and hold my groups to. I wish to share that with you so that you can maintain a larger off-road experience as well as protecting your Jeep parts.

Rule number 1. There is no tolerable case to drink alcohol or do drugs prior or during (or after, in the event of drugs) a trail journey. Wheeling has a weighty stigma joined to it: big grimy trucks driven by drunken hillbillies who do nothing more than shred up farmers fields and cripple Jeep parts. That stigma and stereotype does not pertain to most off-roaders. In fact, most are tremendous people who maintain excellent families – a fair many of them take their kids along for the journey. Would you wish for to position your family in harms way? No. Would you desire to carelessly wreck your Jeep parts? No way. Leave the beers in the cooler for when you are back at camp and the wheeling is done for the day.

Rule number two: As slow-moving as possible, as swift as required. Its vital to safeguard the Jeep parts on your vehicle. George Perz, a Jeep parts specialist from Morris 4×4 Center in Pompano Beach, Florida says, “When outside wheeling, employ your transfer case into 4LO; shift your transmission into second or third gear. This will deliver you all the power that you require, on demand, for pretty much whatever you encounter. Granted, there are times that cry out for other tactics. When rockcrawling, I like to roll in 4LO in first gear and just crawl over the trail. Sometimes youll require to pick up on the gas to get through a notably nasty patch of trail, and that is alright as well. However, when you spin your tires, you do two very important things. The first, is that you clean your tires – that being, the built up mud in your tread gets spun out, so you can get larger traction. When you do this, however, your tires are not able to gain traction because they are spinning. If your forward momentum has stopped, stop spinning your tires. You are actually rutting out a trail, and may make it difficult for the people behind you to follow and possibly damaging their Jeep parts. Note also that whatever ruts you cut into a trail may take months to heal. You want to be able to come back and wheel your favorite trails over and over – be kind to them. Do not tear them up! Remember, there is no shame in getting stuck! Tread lightly and protect your Jeep parts!”

Rule number three: never go wheeling alone. Sure, going out on a quick ride through some mud is always fun, but what happens if one of your Jeep parts breaks or you get stuck? What happens if your winch fails? Go in a group – chances are, you will maintain a larger time out with friends and if something goes wrong, you maintain able people there to help you out. It is probably a good idea to bring some spare Jeep parts as well.

Rule number four – No Trespassing. Wheeling private land is always fun, but make sure that you personally maintain the owners permission. I have been in a few sticky situations where we were told that it was okay to wheel land, and come to find out that it was not okay to be there. Somehow, the argument that a friend of a friend told you it was okay to wheel so-and-so’s property does not carry a lot of weight when the owner calls the police. Get a permit. Go and wheel public trails, ORV parks. Get on the internet and check out what is local to you. You may find that the nearest park is an hour away and is far larger than tearing up Farmer Johns fields. While you are on the internet looking for places to go wheeling be sure to look for stores in that area that sell Jeep parts just in case.

Rule number five: You are responsible for the vehicle in front of you and the vehicle behind you at all times. This is one of the most important rules in a large group while trail riding. Let’s say that you are in a technical trail with 20 other rigs and you are placed somewhere in the middle. Now, you are in a notably nasty piece of the trail and you get stuck, possibly with broken Jeep parts – but the person in front of you is not paying attention and keeps following the herd. By the time the Trail Leader finds out he/she has strayed the back end of the ride, you may be forced to backtrack a while to find out who is stuck with broken Jeep parts and how to get them recovered. Replaying that state of affairs, if the individual in front of you stops when they notice you are stuck, and the individual in front of them stops because they notice the individual in front of you has stopped, the whole thing goes down a whole lot sooner, and smoothly. Granted, your rig might be equipped with a CB portable radio which will signal the Team Leader that there is an issue with broken Jeep parts. The object here is to not at any time leave anyone behind.

Safety is key and should be the leading priority during a trail ride. Be safe, maintain merriment and remember – Tread Lightly and safeguard your Jeep parts!

Mudding 4×4 Is A Growing Sport

Mud boggin, mud bogging or mudding. Whichever you call it, it’s taking off big. All you need are truck lovers and plenty of mud to drive them in. The two combined have produced a new sport that’s growing in popularity.

Anyone who grew up in a rural area has probably had first-hand experience of going through mud in a pick-up for something to do. In the same way little kids love making mud pies, when we get bigger, we still are fascinated by playing in mud. Mud bogging has taken what was once just an idle pastime and transformed it into a true event.

The point of the competition is to make it through what amounts to a trench of mud. Maybe that sounds easy to you? It’s not. It takes a powerful engine to make it without getting stuck.

The driver who wins the event is the one who makes it through in the best speed. It’s just that simple. Often, there isn’t even a prize for winning, other than the chance to brag about the feat.

It isn’t just the drivers than enjoy mudding. It’s good fun for the spectators as well. It’s a good bet that there are a few friendly wagers on the sideline as well, even though there’s no big pot at the end. A collection will sometimes be taken up for the winning driver, though.

If you want to get involved in mud bogging yourself, take some time to check out the trucks that are most often used for the sport. You will need a 4×4 with a strong engine to have a chance of winning. But it’s not all about engine power.

Making it through the trench requires some skillful driving as well. If you have no experience with this, don’t get frustrated if you have a hard time in the beginning. Mudding 4×4 meets are supposed to be a good time, so invest in a truck and head out to the mud.

What Is the Ideal Car for Namibia? 2×4 and 4×4 Car Hire in Namibia, Africa

There is a plethora of car rental companies in Namibia. Some reputable, some that would never be recommended, and others that should do visitors a favor and simply close shop. So how do you decide the right car rental for your Namibia holiday?

1. Match your itinerary with the roads you’ll travel -gravel and/or paved (tarred).
2. Determine number of passengers, height/weight, etc.
3. Determine how many pieces of luggage each passenger is carrying? What is the size of luggage?
4. Determine how much space in the vehicle you would like?
5. Is saving money by renting a standard sedan worth being uncomfortable?

When a large portion of your itinerary is coasting along the paved roads of the Trans-Caprivian and/or Trans-Kalahari Highway’s, a two-by-four (2×4) will be a better option. Why a two-by-four (2×4) and not a standard sedan? In a standard sedan you’re simply too near the gravel when you do venture from the paved roads; Etosha National Park, Waterberg Plateau, and the Cheetah Conservation, are all examples of times you’ll leave the paved road. This causes your travels to be bumpy, uncomfortable, slow, with greater chances of blown out tires. Travel smoothly and with greater reliability by paying the extra costs to rent a four-by-four (4×4).

Travelers to Namibia, time and again, are glad they decided on a four-by-four (4×4) over a sedan or two-by-four (2×4). Although most itineraries never require “real” off-road four-wheeling, the benefits and comforts of a four-by-four (4×4) are numerous. The most obvious, four-by-four (4×4) have plenty of clearance between you and the ground, thus allowing speeds to be maintained and the ride to be smooth. Also, more times than not, they are more spacious.

Every traveler, especially those on a limited time frame pray for a hassle, problem free holiday. The gravel roads in Namibia can be both rough and dangerous. Sharp stones, especially along the C19 road towards Sossusvlei, and thorns in Etosha National Park frequently puncture tires leaving travelers stranded in remote corridors with little option. When renting a four-by-four (4×4) the tires are stronger and more reliable than sedans. Rental companies supplying, or even specializing in four-by-four (4×4) rentals supply their clients with, sometimes, up to two spare tires and an air compressor.

With only 10-12 days to see Namibia, travelers often follow the same route -Windhoek, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Damaraland, Etosha N.P. – traveling between both paved and graveled roads. Is it worth your time to be stranded in the middle of the Namib-Naukluft only because you wanted to save a few dollars?

The Benefit Of Owning A 4×4

We stay in a wonderful country! A country with beautiful landscapes, intriguing sites to visit combined with a rainbow of heritage to explore. There is nothing quite as delightful as a weekend away with close friends and loved ones checking out the elegance that this country has to present!

The ultimate way to do this is in a 4×4!

The obvious difference between a 4×4 and other cars lies in how the vehicle’s power/traction/drive is utilized by wheels. When it comes to a front wheel drive vehicle, both the front wheels will be pulling the vehicle forward. In the case of a rear wheel drive vehicle, the two back wheels will be pushing the car forward. In the case of a 4×4 it then effectively means that the 2 front wheels will be pulling the vehicle while the two back wheels are pushing.

Getting traction on all 4 wheels is notably helpful on tough or uneven surfaces. Envision trying to drive out a steep slope with a rear wheel drive car. The minute one of the rear wheels loses traction (maybe by ending up in a ditch or stuck behind a rock or other hindrance, only 1 wheel would be able to drive the car out of trouble. I’m certain you will agree with the fact that this is not ideal! When it comes to a 4×4 there will still be one rear wheel to push the car forward, but concurrently the 2 front wheels will also be pulling it forward.

4×4 vehicles have a number of features which make them better all-purpose vehicles than normal passenger vehicles.

Let’s have a look at two or three these:
The ability to travel on paths not accessible by regular passenger vehicles. If you love the outdoors and camping, you will sometimes visit distant areas or even lodges and other spots with gravel roads. Even though some of these paths can be cautiously negotiated by your normal passenger vehicle, some road surfaces is likely to be less than perfect (particularly in rocky terrains or on a muddy surface after a lot of rain) and you might end up spending your trip in your car as you wouldn’t be able to reach your destination in a regular car.

Greater ground clearance. This is pretty important when trying to cross an hindrance or when driving on a less than smooth surface. The very last thing you’d want is for your expensive performance car to be excessively scratched when you are trying to reach your isolated hideaway in the bush!
A lot more room for your baggage. Have you ever tried fitting 4 camping chairs, a tent along with a week’s apparel and supplies into the trunk of your passenger vehicle? 4×4’s typically have bigger cargo areas to make packing for a trip just that much easier!

The option to be turned into a bedroom. There are plenty of 4×4 accessories and add-ons available. One of those add-ons comes in the form of a rooftop tent which can be put up on the top of your 4×4. Try visualizing your passenger vehicle with a camping tent on the roof. it doesn’t quite work, does it?

4×4’s can add a lot of comfort and convenience to your life! Buy a 4×4 and enjoy the life of adventure!


How to Choose the Right Suspension Lift Kit for Your 4×4 Vehicle

If you really want to lift your ride a bit or take your riding experience to the next level, then a perfect suspension lift kit might suit the best for you!

If in case you have made up your mind to give a brand new look to your 4×4 vehicle, it is imperative that you just carry out some modifications to it so as to increase its performance and raise its ground clearance. Furthermore, if you want to discover your car’s off-road capabilities, then it is important that you decide on installing suspension carry kits. Once you install these kits, you’ll be able to raise the height of the vehicle with the intention of taking your vehicle’s performance at its peak, have a bigger floor clearance, and the competencies to accommodate better wheels and tires.

Before you think of installing an ideal lift kit to your vehicle, you must go through various pros and cons that will help you make a decision effortlessly and implement it precisely. There are a few things to consider before you actually make up your mind, fork out the money to buy the unit, and give your best shot to give a spectacular look to your 4×4 vehicle with a suspension pack.

Benefits of Suspension Lift Kits

Higher Clearance
• Better Control
• Better Flex
• Improves your vehicle’s performance

Different types of Suspension lift kits

They are basically of 2 types, i.e. leaf spring and coil spring. Written below are the basic details of these types of lift kits.

Type #1: Leaf Spring Kits

Leaf spring suspensions are found in numerous sorts of vehicles. The basic approach to add stature is to put in new, greater springs. Lifting pieces can be utilized to lift the back of a truck, however are not normally proper for the front of vehicles on the grounds that it causes issues with braking. The square moves the power brought on by braking to higher over the hub, which can thusly bring about the piece to end up dislodged. A square is introduced between the leaf spring and leaf spring roost. Longer U-jolts are additionally mounted.

Type #2: Coil Spring Lifts

For lifts of bigger than two to a few inches, a corrected lift should be used. New links are used in the corrected lift to adjust the lift. They are going to have a further shape with quite a lot of offset bushings and drop bracelets to correct geometry problems of coil spring kits. Track rod correction may correct alterations in the angularity of transverse monitor bars. Moreover, a corrected lift can provide up to 4 to six inches of carry with appropriate avenue competence.

Things to consider before buying

When you locate a suitable lift kit for your vehicle, you must recall a couple of things, which may include:

• Go for Comfort
• Steadfastness
• Ensure proper security
• Easy Maintenance
• Must be reasonable

As long as you hold up with servicing your suspension, you’ll have a great 4×4 so one can offer you years of enjoyable experiencing the more advanced off-road tracks.


A Beginner’s Guide to 4×4 Suspension Lift Kits

You see them all the time: Light trucks, Sport Utility Vehicles, Jeeps, and more, coasting down the highway, sitting atop towering truck suspension lift kits and sporting a set of tires so big that a person could live in them. If you’re the curious type looking to lift up your own rig, a more important question than “How do I get my ride to do that” is “Why should my ride do that?”

There are several reasons why people might customize their vehicles with suspension lift kits, as well as quite a bit to know before you get started. If you’re a seasoned veteran who has conquered the most vicious terrains and knows your vehicle better than your own mother, there probably isn’t much for you to learn here. On the other hand, if you’re just getting started and want to familiarize yourself with the basics, read on.

Why should I lift my ride?

Glad you asked. Equipping vehicles with a suspension lift kits involves much more than buying the sexiest looking truck lift kit and then dropping your ride off at the local mechanic. Actually, chances are good that if that’s all you plan to do, lifting your ride might not be right for you in the first place. Installing truck suspension lift kits requires some hard work, a bit of technical savvy and consistent upkeep and attention to your vehicle’s components.

The first determination you need to make when considering suspension lift kits is what you want to do with it. There are essentially two main purposes for installing truck lift kits: style or function. Although the two are somewhat interrelated, it’s still important to consider which purpose you most wish to pursue, as it will assist you in making the correct modifications to your vehicle.

Style:

Let’s face it: Transforming a vehicle into a style statement has been a popular hobby ever since the advent of tailfins and flame decals. As much as we all might chuckle at a hybrid hatchback sitting on 18″ wheels, or the family sedan with a wing that resembles the Seattle Space Needle more than a spoiler, we also find our own vehicles having fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror, or a bobbling hula dancer statuette on the dash. As far as style is concerned, adding truck lift kits makes more of an impression than anything else you can do to your ride. Heads turn instantly at the sight of a lifted rig with massive tires that appear to be sprouting fangs and an exhaust system that scares stray puppies into hiding.

When it comes to adding suspension lift kits to make a style statement, looking good is the easy part. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook general, everyday performance in the midst of decking out a ride. For this reason, choosing the right suspension lift kit with attention to comfort, reliability, durability, safety, and not to mention price, should be given just as much consideration as those precious inches you want to add.

Performance:

So you’ve made the jump into tuning your rig for the off-road world, and you’re ready to take the plunge to invest in one of many truck lift kits. But before diving headfirst into a custom truck lift kit and gigantic tires, there are a number of issues to address to ensure a correct setup. The first step is to ask yourself what you will be doing the most, whether it’s slow-speed rock crawling, high-speed desert racing, general purpose 4 wheeling, mud racing, or long distance open country treks. From there, you can narrow down what you need to do in order to customize your vehicle to suit your needs.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re the experienced professional, tuning your rig for optimum off-road performance is an expansive hobby with numerous factors to be wary of. The possibilities are limitless, which can sometimes make it hard to determine exactly which suspension lift kits are ideal for what you want.

Where do I begin?

As if determining which suspension lift kits to purchase weren’t complicated enough, installing truck lift kits can alter other components in your vehicle, sometimes causing unforeseen issues that could affect performance or be potentially detrimental to the vehicle itself. For example, drive shaft length, steering geometry, brake lines, highway performance and handling, gear ratios, and overall weight are just a few of the factors that could potentially be impacted by adding truck suspension lift kits.

Finding ample resources to determine what products you need can be difficult. Speaking with a mechanic can provide some insight. Reading factory service manuals, off-road magazines, internet message boards, manufacturer’s guides, and a number of other resources can help as well. But by far the most useful way to determine what truck lift kits are right for you and your vehicle is to consult an experienced and knowledgeable person who has a vehicle similar to yours and uses it in the manner similar to what you want to do. Not only can such a person suggest the correct products, but also likely has experience with installation tips and general drivability.

In the meantime, here are some of the basic elements of suspension lift kits for you to keep in mind as you plan your modifications.

What does a Suspension Lift Kit do?


  1. Clearance
    For starters, one of the foremost reasons for installing truck suspension lift kits is to raise the height of your ride off the ground to enable steeper ascent or descent off-road, and higher ground clearance. In general, it makes sense that when driving over boulders, slogging through mud, coasting across the desert, or even just making your way through the occasional forest trail, higher clearance facilitates negotiating certain obstacles. This can often be a tricky bit of artistry to manage, as higher clearance also raises your vehicle’s center of gravity, which can reduce handling.

  2. Larger Tire Fitment
    The general consensus suggests that larger tires equate to more traction, right? Well, not entirely. While larger tires may provide some improvement to traction in off-road conditions, there are other ways to improve a vehicle’s traction that are far more efficient than simply bulking up the rubber. Aside from the obvious stylistic discretion, the main reasons for adding larger tires are for higher vehicle clearance for improved performance in mud, deep snow, rocks, and deeply rutted trails. Certain tires designed specifically for off-road conditions can improve traction depending on the circumstances, but the added clearance is the most immediate and direct benefit of larger tires.

Factors to Consider with Truck Suspension Lift Kits:

  • Installation: Many manufacturers offer manuals for installing truck lift kits onto certain vehicles; however, some installations are quite intricate, requiring some welding or cutting in order to add some necessary components. In this case, having a trusted mechanic or a few knowledgeable friends is the best resolution.
  • Additional Modifications: Upgrading to truck lift kits with taller tires also means that a number of components may require part upgrades or some tuning to compensate. For instance, a truck’s engine is tuned at specific gear ratios to propel the vehicle. When adding taller tires, the gear ratios must be tweaked accordingly, since the engine has to spin much larger, heavier tires. Again, consult with more experienced individuals for further insight.
  • Highway Performance: Larger, wider tires can sometimes result in instability on roads or a noisy, uncomfortable ride, particularly at high speeds. Also, more aggressive off-road tires tend to wear faster on the highway, and traction might not be as great as you would expect on wet roads. In this sense, larger tires can sometimes be a gamble without any direction from an experienced off-road veteran.
  • Weight: larger tires are heavier, which can put a lot of strain on your suspension, particularly if it’s a stock suspension. Trusted, durable suspension components and lighter aluminum wheels can sometimes help to reduce the strain.
  • Handling: Adding truck suspension lift kits will undoubtedly raise the vehicle’s center of gravity, resulting in less stable turns. This is a common issue when installing truck lift kits, but is mostly just a matter of becoming accustomed to a vehicle’s change in performance.
  • Legality: Some suspension lift kits are such a serious change in your suspension system that it may not be legal. Check the suspension regulations within your country, state, or province to be sure.
  • A Few Useful Accessories: Before installing a lift kit, it’s a good idea to first examine if any components will be affected by your vehicle’s new height. Here are a few useful accessories that may need to be upgraded:
    • Brake Upgrades: Stock brakes can’t always accommodate larger tires, or will wear easily due to the added strain.
    • Drivetrain and Differential:Axles, gears, differential covers, lockers and more ensure that your drivetrain is up to par with your suspension.
    • Replacement Parts: Longer Control Arms and Track Bars to compensate for the additional height of your rig.
    • Shocks: For those taller lifts, longer shocks will ensure the smoothest performance both on and off road.
    • Other Parts: Steering linkage, slip yoke, drive shaft length, u-joint angle, and brake lines are all worthy of consideration before installing suspension lift kits.

Installing Suspension Lift Kits:

When it comes time to install a lift kit, there are two ways possible ways to go about it: install it yourself, or have a professional do the job. Naturally, each has its advantages and disadvantages, and when it comes to your rig, attention to detail is crucial. A general rule to follow is that even if you know you want a large lift, it’s best to start with a small lift and work your way up. This allows you to work out any kinks and hindrances along the way to make sure your kit works right.


  1. Do-It-Yourself
    Even if you’re not technically inclined, taking the time to learn the inner mechanics of your vehicle is a valuable experience that can save you time and money. An intimate knowledge of your rig can also allow you to make your own modifications to your vehicle if the need arises. There are numerous resources available that can usually guide you through the majority of the process; however, one must keep in mind that it’s a lot to take in, and tweaking the intricate components of your vehicle is no small matter. It’s always a good idea to have a second set of hands or an experienced individual assisting you.On the downside, even with the increasing availability of bolt-on kits, installing suspension lift kits is no easy task, particularly if you’re a beginner. Additionally, certain instructions or resources can sometimes be misleading or based upon the personal preferences of individual gearheads. Often times, after installing a lift kit you’ll find yourself spending hours tweaking the other components of your vehicle to get them back to spec. That’s a whole lot to take on, particularly if you’re inexperienced.

  2. Mechanic
    A licensed professional installing your lift kit is typically the best way to ensure that suspension lift kits are installed correctly, so long as you’re willing to pay the labor charges. A professional can perfectly tune your vehicle to your liking and see to it that all components are working as they should, all within a fraction of the time it would take even the most experienced gearheads to install it themselves.On the other hand, as is the case with regard to any mechanic, it might be difficult to find one you can trust to install the kit properly while not overcharging you for any unnecessary parts. Also, if you’re not a gearhead, anytime there’s a functional deficiency or your vehicle needs minor tweaking, you have no choice but to return to the mechanic for service.

Suspension Lift Sizes:

Small: A small lift consists of 1.5 or fewer inches, and will grant you a little more clearance and room to run slightly larger tires. The most common way to gain a small lift is by using coil spacers in front and long shackles in the rear.


  • Advantages/Disadvantages: Small lifts are inexpensive and easy to install with very few complications.

Medium: A medium lift is roughly 2″ of lift, and is a good choice for those looking for the best tire clearance, but aren’t planning on doing any off-roading. Common medium-sized lifts use spacer and add-a-leaf lifts, and sometimes come with new shocks.


  • Advantages/Disadvantages: You’ll notice changes in handling and performance: some good, some bad. You’ll also need strong rear springs, and if you plan to use an add-a-leaf kit, later modification for more lift may be difficult, since add-a-leafs are designed to lift stock springs.

Large: The largest lifts consist of 3 to 4″ or more for an aggressive look and the best off-road performance. A common large lift setup consists of new front coils and add-a-leafs in the rear, plus some combination of new front coils and new rear springs. These kits often include a matching set of shocks.


  • Advantages/Disadvantages: Large lifts are obviously the most expensive, and more complications are expected than with smaller lifts. On-road performance will also be affected, sometimes dramatically. But a large lift will transform your rig into an intimidating off-road machine that will stand out among a crowd.

Types of Suspension Lift Kits:

Spring Over Axle (SPOA):

SPOA suspension lift kits are most popular among serious rock crawlers looking for the utmost articulation (up and down wheel travel). These truck lift kits keep the tires on the ground for maximum traction, while correctly lifted springs lifts everything out of harm’s way, including the springs.

Shackle Reverse (S/R) Suspension Lift Kits:

S/R truck lift kits are designed to provide a smooth ride upon mild terrain such as forest roads, desert driving, and scenic trails; however, high-speed driving on highways is not recommended.

Coil Suspension Lift Kits:

The choice of many of the world’s best-riding 4 wheel drive vehicles, Coil Suspension Lift Kits offer unrivaled ride quality and cheaper springs, but installation sometimes requires some welding. The end result, however, is a suspension lift kit that provides excellent articulation on the trail, and a comfortable ride you have to feel to believe.

Lifted Spring Suspension Lift Kits:

The most commonly used type of truck lift kits in the world, Lifted Spring systems are easier to install, and an excellent choice for first-time lifters in the off-road world. These truck lift kits allow you to run larger tires for additional clearance, while producing control on the highway.

Shackle Suspension Lift Kits:

As probably the most affordable way to add inches to your rig, Shackle Suspension Lift Kits are primarily for the truck enthusiast looking to add larger tires, yet are not intending to do much hardcore off-roading. Moderation is recommended with these truck lift kits, as Shackle systems are known to affect steering and sway control.

Billy Han currently resides in La Palma, CA, and works as a Copywriter for Transamerican Auto Parts, an aftermarket distributor of automotive parts and accessories. Transamerican Auto Parts, is a leading supplier of truck and Jeep lift kits. They carry a vast array of truck suspensions, lift kits, tires, wheels, and exterior or interior accessories. Jeep and Truck lift Kits are manufactured by a variety of manufacturers including Pro Comp, Fabtech, Superlift, Skyjacker.