With many people pinching pennies these days, it’s difficult for truck owners to afford the wheel and tire upgrade they desire. The cost of a typical suspension lift could run thousands of dollars, especially when you add the cost of the labor involved to do it. But a popular trend of combining a body lift with a leveling kit, allows truck owners to raise their vehicles to run 33-35-inch diameter tires.
Performance Accessories has been the leader in body lift systems for more than 30 years, and has combined their popular body lifts and leveling kits to create matched sets for various make and model pickups and SUVs. Depending on the vehicle, the company’s Premium Lift Systems range in price from $220 to $899 for the complete kit.This makes the cost of lifting your truck a fraction of what it would be to install a full suspension system, while achieving the same amount of ride height. For those truck owners who simply want to raise their vehicles higher than what a traditional leveling kit can deliver, but don't need the off-road articulation of a suspension lift, the Premium Lift System seems like a perfect solution.
Premium Lift Systems consist of reinforced nylon body blocks, front coil spring spacers, a CNC billet machined steering extension, high-grade hardware, and black plated mounting brackets. The kits include everything necessary to raise the vehicle down to the last detail, including a bottle of thread locker and a set of urethane Gap Guards to conceal the space between the body and frame.
With a typical installation taking 6-8 hours, an experienced home mechanic can do the installation himself, or a truck accessory retailer can install the system and may also provide you with a package deal on the wheels and tires you may be looking for. Aside from the price, another reason these kits are growing in popularity is that they don't alter the factory suspension, so warranty issues are non-existent and the vehicle maintains the factory ride.
A typical installation requires unbolting the vehicle’s body mounts while lifting up on the underside of the truck to insert the new body lift blocks. Longer bolts are supplied and the procedure is done at each body mount around the frame of the truck. In addition a steering column extension is also required and is installed where the column connects to the steering box. Depending on the make and model of the vehicle, the leveling portion of the system uses either a polyurethane or combination of CNC machined spring spacers that fit between the factory front coil springs and at the top of the spring perch. Most installation facilities use a spring compressor tool that makes the job easier, safer and quicker.
While the added lift raises the body off the frame, the factory bumpers are also adjusted using high-quality bumper relocation brackets. Depending on the make of the vehicle, some cutting and drilling of the factory bumper frame mounts will be required. Fan shroud extensions as well as additional support brackets are also provided in the kits as necessary, and must be installed. Once the entire truck has been lifted, the vehicle remains unchanged; other than it has a cool set of 35-inch tires that now reside in the wheel wells.
The Premium Lift Systems start at $220 (four-inch lift 2007-’09 Jeep Wrangler JK, #PLS990) and run as high as $899, (5.5-inch system on the 2007-’09 Toyota Tundra #PLS563). Additional lift systems are also available for current model Ford F-150, Dodge Ram, Nissan Titan, GM, and other make and model domestic and import pickups. For more information, visit www.p-a-g.net.
Check out the video below that shows everything you need to know about how Premium Lift Systems work.