What Kind of S10 Lift Kit is Worth Installing in your Vehicle?

By: Richard Runion

Before we decide on this question, let's see what a S10 lift kit can do for your vehicle/ you.

To start with, your Chevy can get excellent ground clearance, once you have fitted it with a lift kit. This, in turn, insures that there is no adverse impact on your Chevy when you drive it in uneven terrain.

Once you lift your vehicle, it looks rugged, and dwarfs conventional vehicles, by comparison. Imagine the effect that your vehicle's new rugged look can have on your friends. They are likely to look at you with a new found respect (especially friends of the opposite sex: lol).

Another benefit that will accrue, unnoticed by you, is that the resale value of your Chevy will zoom, skyward. However, you won't want to sell it, at all!

You can get one of either a body lift or a suspension lift. As the name implies, a body lift raises your vehicle above the frame. To achieve this, a system of blocks is used. However, a body lift can only enhance your Chevy's appearance, but not its performance.

If off-road driving is not your serious passion, but you only want your truck to look better, then you could opt for a 2-inch lift. The good thing is that it does not cost a lot.

If you are looking beyond mere appearance and want better performance, then opt for a suspension lift. But this is more expensive than a body lift.

The kind of suspension lift your Chevy gets depends on the kind of springs it has.

A torsion bar suspension will need tuned torsion keys or longer bars; if you have coil springs, both in front and back of the vehicle, taller springs will need to replace them. If you have leaf springs in the back, you'll have to add some leaf inserts.

If you want a lift of 4 inches or more, a spring-over-axle conversion kit will do the job for you, if you are not keen on paying a higher price for a suspension lift. However, this method could lead to steering and handling complications. This will only add to the cost, and you must account for this, before making your buying decision.

A bigger steering column will suit your Chevy's post-lift profile.

Don't attempt to do the lift yourself. Trust a professional mechanic to do a good job that will last.

The lift kit can cost you between $100 and $500. What kind of lift you select, the brand, and the shop from which you buy it: all these will determine the price you eventually pay.
Is everything about a lift kit good? Not at all! For instance, most suspension lift kits will cause your CV joints and ball joints to wear out. While the rear suspension can be lifted by one means or another, the front will prove difficult to lift without affecting ride quality. The only way to minimize the adverse impact is to choose a credible seller, and a good kit.

Now, you know what kind of S10 Kit you should install in your vehicle, don't you?

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