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Lifts On A Budget

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Lifts On A Budget

Times are tough and paychecks don’t stretch as far as they once used to. Heading out on the trail with your stock 4x4 could put you right in the crosshairs of your buddies’ short jokes and let’s face it, if you don’t have money for a lift, you probably can’t afford the damage that could come from dragging your belly on the trail. So what’s a 4x4 enthusiast to do? How can you get your 4x4 off the ground without emptying that last dollar out of your pocket? Well, Four Wheeler feels for you and we have your back. With your bank account in mind, we put together more than 20 products that can get your 4x4 lifted for less than $350. Check out your options below and see just how easy it is to get it up. Your ego and your rig will thank you.

Affordable Space
What: AEV ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK 2.0-inch Spacer Lift
About: AEV’s 2.0-inch Spacer Lift was engineered to integrate seamlessly with the Jeep Wrangler JK. This means that not only will it provide an economical lift option for JK owners, but also it will do so while preserving the JK’s excellent factory ride, handling, and durability. This is an important consideration, particularly for Wrangler owners who drive their Jeeps every day.
MSRP: $259.99
Info: American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), 248/926-0256, www.aev-conversions.com

Leveling Shock
What: Bilstein 5100 Height Adjustable Leveling Shocks
About: Is your truck’s nose-down attitude keeping you down? Then check out Bilstein’s 5100 Leveling Shocks. The 5100s are a proven monotube shock design that allows for suspension height increases of up to 2.75 inches on most popular trucks that use a coilover front suspension design. Multiple snap-ring grooves on the shock body allow different spring seat positions providing 0 to 2.75 inches of frontend lift, depending on application while utilizing the vehicle’s stock front coil springs. High-pressure nitrogen gas and a floating dividing piston eliminate the possibility of oil foaming and performance loss from shock fade. The 46mm working piston and self-adjusting deflective disc valving instantly reacts and adjusts to any surface changes for maximum vehicle body motion control and superior performance. Wheel travel is improved over stock without over-extension of the suspension.
MSRP: From $313.22 (per pair)
Info: Bilstein, 858/386-5900, www.bilsteinus.com

Pickup Pick-up
What: Summit Racing Equipment Torsion Bar Keys
About: Most people don’t like the factory stance of their four-wheel drive trucks with the front of the truck sitting two inches lower than the rear. A set of Summit Racing Torsion Bar Keys will correct this problem. These torsion bar keys are perfect for reversing frontend sag on an older IFS 4x4 truck or adding two additional inches of ground clearance to a newer one. They’re crafted from forged steel and protected with a gray powdercoat finish. Applications include popular Ford, GM, and Dodge (Ram) trucks with torsion bar front suspensions.
MSRP: From $129.95
Info: Summit Racing, 800/230-3030, www.summitracing.com

Flat F-150
What: Rough Country ’09-’12 Ford F-150 2.5-inch Lift Kit
About: Rough Country’s 2.5-inch suspension system for ’09-’12 Ford F-150 4x4s include strut extensions, a 1-inch rear block kit, and two rear Nitro 9000 shocks. This spacer is designed to fit the strut hat giving the appearance of a continuing strut and allows for a 35-inch tire. An upgrade to rear 2.2 Performance shocks is only an additional $50.
MSRP: $199.95
Info: Rocky Mountain Suspension Products, 800/742-3171, www.rockymountainsusp.com

Raptor Anti-rake
What: Daystar Ford Raptor 2-inch Leveling Kit
About: Daystar now offers a 2-inch leveling kit for the Ford Raptor, which allows enough room for a 37-inch tire. The ComfortRide coil spring spacer kit uses high-density progressive polyurethane spacers that level out the Raptor without sacrificing ride quality or load-carrying capacity. The top-mount design means that installation is a snap and no special tools are needed. Best of all, Daystar Leveling Kits come with a limited lifetime warranty and are made in the U.S.A.
MSRP: $129.00
Info: Daystar, 800/595-7659, www.daystarweb.com

Jeep Booster
What: Maxtrac ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK 2.5-Inch Lift
About: Maxtrac Suspension offers an affordable 2.5-inch kit that accommodates 35-inch-tires on ’07-’12 Jeep Wranglers. Made entirely in the U.S.A., this system retains stock ride quality on both two and four door JKs. The kit includes coil spacers made from 1⁄4-inch steel, shock and sway bar extenders, bumpstop and brake line relocation brackets, and all necessary hardware.
MSRP: $349.95
Info: Maxtrac Suspension, 714/630-0363, www.maxtracsuspension.com

Super Boost
What: Superlift ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK 2-Inch Lift Kit
About: This kit is an affordable way to fit 33x12.50 tires on JKs with no further modifications. Superlift uses taller coil-spring isolators, which retain factory ride quality for both two- and four-door models. Unique closed-cell foam bumpstops control compression travel at both ends. Options include Superide shocks, which provide an additional four inches of travel, alignment cams, maximum-articulation Rockrunner link arms, sway bar quick disconnects, and six different steering stabilizer configurations.
MSRP: $220.00
Info: Superlift Suspension Systems, 800/551-4955, www.superlift.com

Jacked Tundra
What: Skyjacker ’07-’12 Toyota Tundra 3-inch Performance Strut Kit
About: Skyjacker has you covered for your ’07-’12 Toyota Tundra with a complete 3-inch Performance Strut lift that features new Performance series struts that retain the factory coil. The rear lift on this kit is achieved using Skyjacker blocks and U-bolts. Rear Hydro, Nitro, or Monotube shocks are available and sold separately.
MSRP: $337.00
Info: Skyjacker, 318/388-0816, www.skyjacker.com

Leaf Lift
What: Offroad Design’s Zero Rate Add-A-Leaf
About: ORD’s Zero Rate Add-A-Leaf is a great way to pick up an inch of lift height on leaf-sprung trucks. Originally designed for fullsize GM trucks, they’ve been proven to work great in any spring-over leaf suspension. Because it’s built to bolt into the pack as an actual leaf, you can use them on front or rear as a leveling tool or on both to boost the height one full inch. As a bonus you can offset the axles to the front or back to help increase tire clearance. Available in either 2.5-inch-wide or 3-inch-wide to match your project needs, new U-bolts are available and are often necessary. Shocks, brake lines, driveshafts, and sway bars should be checked but rarely need to be changed at this lift height.
MSRP: $40.00
Info: Offroad Design, 970/945-7777, www.offroaddesign.com

Easy Up
What: ACOS Adjustable Coil Spacers by JKS Manufacturing
About: Whether adding clearance for larger tires, compensating for heavy accessories, or trimming an unlevel vehicle, ACOS adjustable coil spacers make it easy to alter ride height on Jeeps. The fine-pitch threaded design delivers much greater precision than fixed-height spacers. Heavy-duty adjustment rings are easy to operate with the suspension unloaded, using only an Allen wrench to lock and unlock.
MSRP: From $260.00
Info: JKS Manufacturing, 308/762-6949, www.jksmfg.com

More Lift
What: Mountain Off-Road Enterprises Jeep Body Lift Systems
About: M.O.R.E.’s Body Lift Systems come with 1-inch-lift pucks and new polyurethane body mounts. Save time and money by installing the complete M.O.R.E. Body Lift System under your Jeep. Replace those old, worn out rubber body mounts with specially formulated polyurethane bushings that are soft enough to allow flex yet tough enough to withstand heavy-duty off-road abuse. These mounts will not squeak or make noise. Applications include ’76-’86 Jeep CJ-5s and CJ-7s, as well as ’87-’06 Jeep Wrangler YJs and TJs.
MSRP: From $158.38
Info: Mountain Off-Road Enterprises (M.O.R.E.), 877/533-7229, www.mountainoffroad.com

Toughen Up
What: Tuff Country ’11-’12 Chevy Silverado 2500HD/3500HD 2-inch Lift Kit
About: Looking for a small amount of lift for your ’11-’12 Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra HD truck? Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension’s new 2-inch lift kit is the perfect choice. This lift kit uses front replacement torsion bar keys and rear cast-iron lift blocks with extended U-bolts to lift the vehicle. The included torsion bar keys re-index the factory torsion bars, which lift the truck without cranking on the bars. New shock absorbers are not required.
MSRP: $249.95
Info: Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension, 800/288-2190, www.tuffcountry.com

Big Is Better
What: BDS ’05-’12 Ford F-250/F-350 Super Duty 2-inch Leveling Kit About: Give your late model Ford F-250/F-350 truck an improved stance and level appearance with BDS’ 2-inch leveling kit. Machined from solid 6061 aluminum, the coil spacers bolt in place and provide the additional height while new ball joint alignment cams allow you to properly align your vehicle. BDS 5500 series shocks are included for all four corners. Best of all, every BDS kit comes with a lifetime No Fine Print Warranty.
MSRP: $305.27
Info: BDS, 517/279-2135, www. bds-suspension.com

Jeep Synergy
What: Synergy Suspension ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK Spacer Kit
About: Poly Performance Synergy Suspension Jeep JK Synergy Spacer Kits are available in 0.75-inch front and rear, 1.75-inch front and rear, and 1.75-inch front and 0.75-inch rear configurations. Manufactured from high-density polyurethane, these spacers maintain factory ride quality and install on top of the stock spring easily. Options include front lower shock extension brackets and rear shock relocation brackets.
MSRP: From $65.00
Info: Synergy Suspension, 805/242-0397, www.synergysuspension.com

Higher Zone
What: Zone Offroad ’99-’04 Ford Super Duty 2.5-inch Mini-Pack Leveling Kit
About: Whether you’re looking to level your ’99-’04 Ford Super Duty or improve the stance after the addition of a winch bumper or snow plow, Zone offers a five-leaf mini-pack that provides 2.5-inches of lift. Unlike an add-a-leaf, this mini pack achieves most of its lift from the thickness of the pack rather than re-arching of the OE leaf springs. This upgrade retains ride quality and adds additional load capacity. An adjustable track bar is also included to re-center the axle.
MSRP: $295.95
Info: Zone Offroad Products, 888/998-9663, www.zoneoffroad.com

Body Building
What: Performance Accessories Jeep Wrangler Premium Lift System
About: You don’t need an expensive full-suspension system to raise your ’07-’12 Jeep Wrangler JK high enough to run 35-inch tires. Performance Accessories’ Premium Lift Systems combine a body lift kit with a coil spring leveling kit, to raise the vehicle a total of four inches. This system is easy to install and includes reinforced nylon body blocks, high-grade hardware, front spring spacers, and a unique CNC-machined steering extension. The system even includes a set of Performance Accessories’ urethane Gap Guards to cover the space between the frame and body. The Wrangler JK Premium Lift system is the best way for new and experienced Jeep enthusiasts to inexpensively upgrade to larger wheels and tires without spending thousands of dollars for a full aftermarket suspension kit.
MSRP: $179.99
Info: Performance Accessories, 928/636-7080, www.performanceaccessories.com

Aim Higher
What: Top Gun Customz Progressive Coil Springs
About: Top Gun Customz offers a line of progressive-rate coil springs for Dodge (Ram) and Ford trucks. Available in the following lift heights of 2.5-, 3.5-, 6-, and 8-inch, these coils can be combined with quality shocks for a huge increase in ride comfort. The initial rate of these coils is softer than stock. As the spring compresses more, the rate increases. Being super soft on the street with a higher level of performance and control off-road, these springs offer the best of both worlds. The springs are shot-peened and pre set, and then powdercoated black for long lasting durability.
MSRP: From $279.95
Info: Top Gun Customz, 877/274-9362, www.topguncustomz.com

Pucker Up
What: Fabtech 2-inch Leveling Kit
About: Obtain increased ride height by 2-inches over stock with Fabtech’s leveling kit for late-model Chevy Silverado and GM Sierra 1500 pickups. The American-made billet spacers mount to the top of the factory coilover shocks for a quick and easy installation. Leveling kits allow use of a 32-inch-tall tire.
MSRP: $134.50
Info: Fabtech, 877/432-2832, www.fabtechmotorsports.com

Lift and Level
What: Truxxx ’04-’12 Nissan Titan Lift Kit
About: Truxxx’s 2-inch Nissan Titan lift now includes 1-inch rear lift blocks and utilizes ¼-inch steel construction that is laser-cut and welded to precision tolerances. The top and bottom end plates butt against the spacer tube to achieve the highest level of strength. The welds hold the spacer together while the end plates carry all the load of the suspension. The Truxxx lift kit does not change preload and maintains the stock smooth ride. No disassembly of strut or after-installation maintenance is required. Installation of this kit allows up to 33-inch tires on stock offset wheels. Truxxx products are 100-percent made in the U.S.A.
MSRP: $347.00
Info: Truxxx, 888/660-5892, www.truxxx.com

Leveled Out
What: Trail Master ’04-’12 Ford F-150 Leveling Kit
About: The new Trail Master leveling kit for the ’04-’12 Ford F-150 adds 2-inches of ride height that levels out the front-to-rear stance of the truck and allows the use of bigger tires. While some leveling kits simply use a 2-inch coil spacer, Trail Master divides the lift by using a 1-inch urethane coil spring spacer and a 1-inch aluminum bolt-plate spacer that sits on top of the coil/shock assembly. This unique feature prevents excessive coil spring preload that can cause a harsh ride and inhibit the spring’s ability to properly oscillate. It also limits the overall length of the coil/shock assembly to keep ball joint angles within their proper operating range, eliminating the chance of contact with A-arms or other components when the suspension is under full compression or droop. This system comes with everything you need, including high-grade hardware and is manufactured in the U.S.A.
MSRP: $125.99
Info: Trail Master Suspension, 928/636-7080, www.trailmastersuspension.com

XJ Upgrade
What: Rough Country Jeep Cherokee XJ 3-inch Lift
About: Rough Country Suspension Systems now offers its newly redesigned 3-inch suspension lift for Cherokee XJs. This all-inclusive lift features everything you need to hit the ground running, with an exciting upgrade to the previous design. The kit now features nitrogen-charged N2.0 shocks with custom 10-stage variable valving. With this redesigned system, you’ll be paired up with some of the most versatile shocks on the market—balanced for performance on- and off-road and custom tuned for this application. This lift also ships with a set of lifted coil springs, which help level the vehicle while providing enough clearance to run up to 31-inch tires. The standard kit ships with rear add-a-leaf springs while an upgrade to a full set of new rear leaf springs is offered.
MSRP: From $255.95
Info: Rough Country Suspension Products, 800-222-7023, www.roughcountry.com

Ready To Go
What: ReadyLift ’07-’12 Tundra 3-inch SST Lift
About: ReadyLift Suspension has used its proven engineering methods to produce a true 3-inch Smart Strut Technology (SST) Suspension Lift System for Toyota Tundra trucks. The 3-inch intermediate system fits all ’07-’12 Tundra body styles and allows up to 35-inch tires with minor modifications, while retaining the great ride and handling characteristics that come stock. This is a complete suspension lift kit that includes a powdercoated steel strut extension, front differential drop spacers, skidplate spacers, and a 1-inch rear lift block. A 2-inch rear block that provides a little more rear lift is optional. The SST strut extension and diff drop bracket has been designed to provide 3-inches of front suspension lift while retaining the OEM-safe suspension geometry. Unlike other kits, the ReadyLift 3-inch suspension system requires no cutting or strut spring pre-loading and installs quickly and safely using the provided heavy-duty hardware. All ReadyLift kits are guaranteed for life against manufacturing defects.
MSRP: From $339.95
Info: ReadyLift Suspension Inc., 800/549-4620, www.readylift.com fw

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