You love your 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL’s offroading capabilities and smoothness of operation. However, you’re also interested in Jeep JL upgrades, and you’ve heard several fellow Jeep owners mention lift kits. Lift kits are various kinds of aftermarket products that increase your Jeep’s height, allowing you to make more customizations or just enjoy the extra breeze. Here’s what you need to know about picking the best lift kits for your 2021 Jeep Wrangler JL.
Features To Look for When Purchasing A Lift Kit
Before you can choose from the different Jeep Wrangler lift kits, you need to know the features to look for. First, understand what’s included with each lift kit. Some contain only suspension replacements or shock absorbers, whereas others include control arms and other relevant tools. Keep in mind what’s included when you determine whether a lift kit’s price is fair.
You also need to check each lift kit’s intended vehicle; it’s not enough to purchase a kit designed for a different Jeep series. For example, you shouldn’t count on Jeep CJ7 accessories working with your Jeep Wrangler JL because the CJ7 is so much older than the Wrangler. Finding this information is easy because lift kits are clearly labeled with the intended vehicle’s manufacturer, model, make, and year. The lift kit’s manufacturer will most likely be different than your vehicle’s manufacturer, so don’t be fooled by that.
Finally, consider each lift kit’s difficulty of installation. If you’re experienced as a mechanic, you can probably handle most lift kits on your own. However, if you’ve never worked with cars before, you should choose the simplest kit or ask a professional for help.
Types of Lift Kits To Upgrade Your Jeep JL
Now that you know what features to look for when purchasing a lift kit, it’s time to learn about the different types of lift kits. The most popular lift kits today are suspension lifts, which replace your Jeep JL’s original suspension. The lift is integrated into your truck’s interior, making it more difficult to install but easier on your vehicle than other lifts.
Another kind of lift kit is the body lift, which relies on spacers and other aftermarket equipment to create more distance between your truck’s frame and body. With this option, you don’t need to adjust your suspension and you’re able to install larger tires. If you want to go offroading, though, a suspension lift is a better idea.
For the smallest adjustment to your Jeep, leveling lift kits are also available. Because of its design, your Jeep JL’s front is slightly lower than your back. By installing a leveling lift kit, you reduce or eliminate this difference, giving your truck a sleeker and more even appearance. As with body lift kits, leveling kits don’t provide enough support to prepare your vehicle for offroading, but they are easier to install.
The best lift kit for your Jeep Wrangler JL is the one that works for your budget, vehicle’s make and model, and purpose. Talk to an expert today about the different ways of upgrading your truck.