Thinking about lifting your truck? We can’t think of a reason not to. But the question isn’t whether or not you should, it’s how much does it cost to lift a truck?
Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all type of answer.
There are several factors to consider, from choosing the type of lift to servicing your truck afterward. With all the information out there, things can get confusing. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. Read on to find out how much you can expect to pay to lift your truck and then some.
How Much Does it Cost to Lift a Truck?
Lifting your truck will not only look cool, but it typically allows for more off-road capabilities. It also doesn’t hurt to have that extra ground clearance for every day driving.
But this level of cool comes at a price, and it’s usually a steep one. The cost to lift a truck depends on quite a few different factors. In this article, we’re going to talk about the decisions you’ll have to make, what to expect price-wise, and the additional modifications you may need.
Here is what you have to take into consideration when asking how much does a truck lift cost?:
What Type of Lift do You Want?
In the world of lift kit installation, you have two main types of truck lifts: body and suspension.
Suspension lifts are the most common and offer greater versatility. With a suspension lift, you’re gaining height, ground clearance, and suspension travel. These lifts usually require more modifications depending on the height you choose. They also have a higher level of installation difficulty.
A decent suspension lift kit will run you anywhere between $450 to $2,000.
Body lifts are separate from your vehicle’s suspension components. A body lift involves lifting the body of the truck from the wheels. You’ll only be gaining height with this type of lift, but you’ll still be able to clear bigger tires.
A body lift kit will cost as little as $80 or as much as $2,000. It all depends on how basic of a lift you want and the make and model of your truck. On the plus side, installation is less involved since you won’t be altering the geometry of your vehicle’s suspension system.
A body lift kit is not recommended if you plan on taking your truck off-roading. However, you can add a body lift to an already existing suspension lift. This adds a bit more height to your truck without the added stress of re-configuring your suspension geometry.
Choosing Your Lift Kit
The cost to lift your truck is directly related to how extreme you’re planning to get with it. The term lift kit is pretty loose considering the budget options you have between the suspension and body lift kits.
For example, if you’re just looking to add a little oomph to your ride, you may want to consider a leveling kit. They’re the perfect way to compensate for any extra weight you’re vehicle may be carrying. They also help you make room for bigger tires if that’s your goal.
Since most trucks are made to carry heavy loads in their truck beds or by towing, they’re built with more height in the rear. Leveling kits are used mainly to raise the front of your truck to match the height of the rear.
There are different types of leveling kits: coil spacers, strut extensions, shocks, and lift blocks.
Depending on which type of kit you get, you can expect to spend as little as $20 or as much as $200. The higher the price, the more parts that are incorporated. With a budget lift, you can be a minimalist with only a set of coil spacers.
Your final choice ultimately comes down to what you’re going to use your truck for. If you plan on crawling over rocks and trekking through mud, then you need a suspension lift. If all you’re going for are aesthetics and more tire clearance, then a body kit is the right choice.
Professional Installation vs DIY
Your lift kit installation cost will depend on whether you do it yourself or use a professional lift kit service.
If you fancy yourself a gearhead, then you probably already know what you’re getting into. If you’re installing a lift kit on your own, be prepared for unforeseen costs:
- Extra tools (impact wrench, strut compressor, breaker bar, hydraulic jack, and stands, etc).
- Accidental damage (broken, stripped and/or seized bolts, dents, damaged tools from being thrown across the garage in frustration, etc.)
- Other repairs—you may start to find weaknesses once you begin taking things apart. You’ve been warned.
Once your lift is complete, you’ll need to get your alignment done, which can cost anywhere from $75 to $200. The total DIY cost is tricky to estimate. It will depend on the cost of your lift kit, additional tools, any issues that may arise, and your alignment.
If you hire a professional, it will typically cost you the price of your lift kit. So if you’re kit cost you $1,000, you can expect to pay another grand for the installation. There’s also the cost of any parts that need to be serviced and your alignment.
The Additional Costs of a Lifted Truck
Any additional costs will depend on the size of your lift.
For most trucks and SUV’s, lifts over 3.5″ usually get more complicated. You’ll most likely need to make other modifications such as extended brake lines, adjusted gear ratios, drive train alterations, an adjustable track bar, etc.
Once you change the geometry of your front end by lifting it, you’ll need to make sure that all of your peripheral parts are compensated for.
So, how much does it cost to lift a truck? It depends on what type of lift kit you purchase, whether or not you do it yourself, as well as other factors.
Regardless of your needs, Huber Chevrolet can help. Our service center can install and service your lift kit, and we often have a number of lifted trucks in stock.
Call us at (402) 206-2117 to find out more!