Pros and Cons of Lifting Your Wrangler
Whenever anyone gets a new Jeep Wrangler, one of the first things they do is run out and get their new Jeep lifted (if they didn’t buy it with a lift kit on it already). Lifting Jeep Wranglers is extremely popular, but is it the right choice for you? In today’s blog here at TopLift Pros, we are going to go over the pros and cons of getting a lift kit on your Jeep Wrangler to help you decide if it is going to be the right option for you.
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There are many benefits that come from putting a lift kit on your Jeep. The benefit we love is that you can still use our Jeep hoist and Jeep door storage options. That being said, here are a few other popular reasons why Wrangler owners across the world love to lift their Jeeps.
Fit Larger Tires
For plenty of people, bigger is better. Bigger tires, bigger lifts, bigger engines, are all beautiful things. However, when you keep your Wrangler at stock height, you are limited by the size of the tire that will fit without hitting your wheel wells. Luckily, a lift kit solves this problem. When you lift your Jeep, it allows you to fit bigger wheels and tires on that otherwise would have never fit at stock ride height. Even a modest lift can make a world of difference in the tire options that are available to you.
Better for Off-Roading
Speaking of bigger tires, when you have a lift kit with bigger tires on, it can substantially upgrade your off-roading capabilities. Bigger tires can more easily climb over larger rocks and offer more grip to pull you up tricky sections. Most importantly though, a lifted Wrangler has more clearance than a stock one. This means that the bottom of the Jeep sits higher off of the ground and is, therefore, able to maneuver over taller obstacles more easily. There’s almost no sound worse than hearing the bottom of your frame scrape on a rock as your off-roading. You can avoid the sound altogether with a lift. If you want to spend a lot of time on the trails and off-road with your Wrangler, a lift kit is never a bad option. It is definitely possible to overdo it and lift too high, but a modest 2 or 3 inches can make a world of difference.
Even if you don’t plan on doing much off-roading — or any at all — a lift can still be a good option for you. There’s no doubt about it, lifted Jeeps just look cooler. The beauty behind Wranglers is that there are so many aftermarket parts and upgrades available that you can get a completely custom look. As a part of your custom look, a lift kit can really have a lot of value. By raising your car even a few inches, it can make your Jeep look more aggressive, intimidating, and awesome overall.
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When we say more travel, we don’t mean that if you get a lift you will suddenly be able to take more road trips. When we say travel, we mean how much travel your suspension has. This refers to the complete distance your suspension can compress before bottoming out. When you add a lift kit to your Wrangler, you are essentially adding more suspension travel. This is great for both on-road and off-road driving. More travel off-road makes it so that your suspension eats up big bumps, rocks, and drops like it’s nothing. More travel on-road makes it so speed bumps, curbs, and big bumps, in general, are barely felt in the cabin, making for a more comfortable ride.
While lifts are wildly popular for the Jeep Wrangler, they are not without their drawbacks. Many people rush out and get a huge lift on the Wrangler when the first get it and end up regretting it soon after. Here are some of the most notable cons of lifting your Jeep Wrangler.
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There are a couple of factors that have an impact on gas mileage when you decide to lift your Jeep. Very few people stop at a lift kit, much of the time lifts are accompanied by heavier, more grippy tires. While these tires are perfect for off-roading, they provide extra resistance on tarmac and pavement. This extra resistance makes your Jeep work harder, increasing your fuel consumption.
Additionally, your Jeep sits higher when you get a lift. Again, in off-road situations, this is a beautiful thing. But, when you are driving around town or cruising down the highway, it is less fuel-efficient. The extra height makes you even less aerodynamic than before, increasing the wind resistance and causing your engine to work a little harder.
High-Center of Gravity
Because of your additional height, cornering at speed is a bit more dangerous. The higher your center of gravity, the greater your rollover risk. If you are someone who loves taking corners at speed, be very careful of lifting your Jeep Wrangler.
Jeep Door Storage
Ultimately, the answer to whether or not you should lift your Jeep depends on how you are going to use your Jeep and your personal preferences. Whether you decide to lift your Jeep or not, Jeep door storage and Jeep hardtop removal are crucial for getting the most out of your Jeep. Find yours here at TopLift Pros today!