When it comes to making your vehicle better suited to rugged, uneven off-roading trails, there are many different things you can do. In addition to installing body armor and a winch kit, increasing your vehicle’s ground clearance can make a huge difference in your off-roading experience by preventing the vehicle's underbelly from scraping against obstacles and giving the vehicle more room to absorb road shocks.
Ideally, the ground clearance of an off-roading vehicle should range from 8.8 inches to 10.8 inches or higher, depending on the obstacles you seek to tackle. If your vehicle is a little lower than you would like, consider implementing these effective ways to increase the ground clearance of your vehicle.
Purchase Larger Tires
One of the easiest and most popular ways to increase the ground clearance of your vehicle is to invest in larger tires. Simply pop on a new set of tires, and voila! Your vehicle has instantly gained an inch or two of ground clearance. That said, don’t get too carried away. Outfitting your vehicle with tires that are too large can cause them to rub against the inside of the wheel wells. In addition, tires that are too large can also limit the turning radius of a vehicle, which will negatively impact its handling. As such, you should avoid upsizing your vehicle’s tires by more than a couple of inches.
Install Coil Spring Spacers
Another way to enhance your vehicle's ground clearance is to install coil spring spacers. Also known as assisters, coil spring spacers are essentially a piece of rubber designed to sit between the coils on a spring suspension system. When installed, coil spring spacers reduce the expansion and contraction of the coils in a vehicle's suspension system. As a result, the assisters can increase the ground clearance of a vehicle by around 10-15 mm.
Invest in a Suspension Lift Kit
Investing in a suspension lift kit is yet another way to increase the ground clearance of your vehicle by roughly 2 or 3 inches. Because the bottom of the vehicle will sit higher off the ground, you will be able to traverse taller obstacles and uneven roads more easily. Plus, a suspension lift kit will allow you to fit larger tires, which can further improve your vehicle's ground clearance. Before making the decision to lift your vehicle, make sure that you’re aware of the many pros and cons of doing so. In addition, you should also take the time to research the local laws and regulations regarding vehicle lifts in your area.
Top Lift Pro Products
In addition to increasing the ground clearance of your vehicle, another way to enhance your off-roading experience is to take your vehicle’s hardtop off. Top Lift Pro’s Jeep hardtop stand and removal tool makes it easy to take off your vehicle’s hardtop in just two minutes or less without any assistance. To learn more about our innovative products, contact us today.