Vehicle Lift Suspension

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Lift Suspension
Lift Suspension

Lifting a vehicle's suspension has become increasingly popular over the years. Vehicle lifts are most commonly installed on large trucks, and SUV’s, and they enable these vehicles to have increased off-road performance, as well as, an enhanced "look". There are many types of lifts available, and each differs in price, and method, used to lift the vehicle's suspension. For example, an inexpensive, simple, lift is beneficial when enhancing the vehicle's "look" is desired. Whereas, a more expensive kit is focused on optimal performance, and handling, not the cost of the kit. Some vehicle manufacturer's are offering vehicle's with factory installed lifts, however, aftermarket parts are being used, which could be installed at home or professionally, for less cost than buying a factory installed, lifted vehicle from the manufacturer.

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Vehicle Bars & Arms- Lift

Bars & Arms- Lift
Bars & Arms- Lift

Bars and arms are components on a vehicle to connect the frame to various parts of the suspension. The most common of these bars is called the trailing arm. This specific component connects the axle to the frame and it most commonly used on the rear axle only. The trailing arm also supports the coil springs while still being flexible enough to move up and down with the suspension to make the ride quality smoother. Even though the trailing arm does a good job of reducing the felt bumps, it does not allow for lateral movement which results in under steering. To fix this, the semi-trailing arm was created. This new arm has many of the same features as the older arm except for the fact that it is pivoted at either end of the axle in an angle between 50 and 70 degrees. When entering a turn with this newer style arm, the pivoting angles have a canceling effect on each other which will eliminate under steering. To keep the wheels at the correct angle, other beams and struts may be used depending on the design of the suspension. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Blocks & Accessories- Lift

Blocks & Accessories- Lift
Blocks & Accessories- Lift

Lift blocks are used as an effective method of achieving a small amount of lift on the rear end suspension. The lift that is typically achieved with the use of blocks will range from 1” to 4”. These blocks are placed between the axle and the leaf springs to achieve the increased lift. The blocks come in a variety of different sizes and styles so that they can accommodate almost any type of suspension. These blocks are secured in place with extended u-bolts which are long enough to completely fit over the blocks. Using lift blocks on the front end of the vehicle is a bad idea because they can cause issues with breaking a cornering at high speeds. If blocks were used on the front end, they run the risk of becoming dislodged while the vehicle is moving which would cause total loss of control. Continue Reading -->

Coil Spring - Lift

Coil Spring - Lift
Coil Spring - Lift

Coil spring suspension lifts normally refer to the replacement of the springs to increase the vehicles ride height. These replacement springs can add an extra 1” to 4” of lift to the vehicles body which will give it an enhanced look and increased performance. Using coil springs to increase the lift of the vehicle will also create more clearance for larger tires so that they don’t rub when going over bumps or when towing a large amount of weight. Increasing the size of the coil springs may also be used on vehicles that have heavy components installed such as a winch. Without larger coil springs to offset this added weight, the vehicle may not sit level since there would be an uneven distribution of weight. Failure to keep the vehicles suspension level will make controlling the vehicle very difficult. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Leaf Springs- Lift

Leaf Springs- Lift
Leaf Springs- Lift

Leaf springs are one of the best methods that can be used to create added lift on a vehicle. These springs have a larger arch and are longer along the main leaf which means that they will provide more shock clearance and lift the vehicle at the same time. Switching out the springs is so highly regarded because it enables you to achieve added lift without sacrificing much performance when it comes to handling which is a problem for many other lifting methods. Leaf springs are also much easier to install than many other lift kits because they use factory parts and mounts when being secured. The amount of lift that can be achieved when using lifted leaf springs should be anywhere between 1” to 6”. When buying new leaf springs to achieve added lift, the size and thickness has to be accounted for because a certain leaf spring may add 3” to one truck, while a heavy truck may only get 1” out of the exact same spring. Since the leaf spring setup is among the simplest of all the suspension lift configurations, the cost of adding new springs to increase lift is significantly less than lost of the other methods. Continue Reading -->

Leaf Spring Bushings -Lift

Leaf Spring Bushings -Lift
Leaf Spring Bushings -Lift

A leaf spring bushing is a component that is fitted to the end of the leaf spring so that it can be properly secured in place. The bushing is cylindrical in shape so that it can fit snuggly into the end of the leaf spring. This bushing provides some shock absorbing cushion to help make the ride smoother. The material that most leaf spring bushings are made out of is rubber but other materials such as polyurethane have started gaining widespread use. The reason why rubber is slowly being replaced is because it degrades over time which can cause rattling in the suspension, extra wear on the springs/components, and a rougher ride. Many of these new materials that are being used to make bushings won’t break down when subjected to the elements which is essential since the leaf spring are under the vehicle and will get allot of mud and grime kicked up on them. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Lift Kits

Lift Kits
Lift Kits

Lift kits are available in many different configurations so that a vehicle can be lifted to achieve better off road performance and an enhanced look. Lift kits are available in many different sizes which can perform lifts between 1” to 6” or more. Large lift kits will normally deal with the springs since that is the most effective and secure method to lift a vehicle while ensuring top notch performance. Switching out the springs will also involve numerous new parts which is why it is the most expensive kind of kit available on the market. Smaller kits that use blocks and shackles are also available but these components are normally used to do minor adjustments or to level the vehicle out if the springs are worn and sagging. Continue Reading -->

Vehicle Shackles- Lift

Shackles- Lift
Shackles- Lift

Shackles are used on a suspension to secure the end of a leaf spring to the vehicles frame. Shackles are usually only used at the back side of the leaf spring while the front side is directly connected to the frame. Vehicles that are designed around off roading will likely have a shackle on the front of the leaf spring as well because of the rougher terrain the vehicle will likely be subjected to. The reason why a shackle is used is to help the spring with its tendency to elongate when compressed which will make for softer springiness. The material used to make shackles in normally steel but other metals may be used depending on the vehicles size and application. The bottom of the shackle has a bushing which can be made out of many materials such as polyurethane which will stand up to the high amounts of pressure without allot of friction or noise. These bushings on the bottom of the shackle are recommended to be lubricated with something like grease which will prevent wear. Continue Reading -->

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