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Should You Get a Body Lift Kit or a Suspension Lift Kit?

Looking to upgrade your 4×4 with a new body or suspension kit. Deciding on which one to go for can be a little challenging. They both seem like such tempting options, each with their own advantages and drawbacks.  The bottom line is that your selection will depend almost entirely on your own preferences; what it is, at the end of the day, that you want from your vehicle. We’re not going to make that decision for you, however, since such a personal choice comes with quite a bit to think about. But we can help you by running over the pros and cons of each, so that you can make a choice that is backed by a little information.

Body Lift Kits

Body lift kits essentially alter the height of the vehicle using blocks and spacers. This allows for the alterations to be made without making any modifications to the suspension of the vehicle. This way, the ground-clearance will remain unchanged, but the extra height allows for larger tires. Just from the description the immediate advantages are evident, but let’s take a look at body kits a little more closely.

Advantages of body lift kits

  • Body lift kits won’t change the quality of the ride of your 4×4.
  • Body lift kits are more affordable than suspension lift kits.
  • New shocks are not required when installing a body lift kit.
  • Body lift kits give you more tyre clearance than factory suspension.

Disadvantages of body lift kits

  • Installation can be very time consuming.
  • The vehicle body needs to be lifted and bolted into place.
  • The frame becomes more visible than with standard suspension.
  • Different centre of gravity may hinder vehicle performance.

Suspension Lift Kits

Suspension kits are typically used to enhance a vehicle’s off-road performance by raising its height. They offer higher ground clearance in addition to other features such as the ability to tackle steeper inclines, and also offers aesthetic appeal. It is a more expensive option than a body lift kit, but offers more functionality.


  • Height of the vehicle can be adjusted according to the driver.
  • Larger tires can be fitted to the vehicle if needed.
  • Vehicle suspension and sensitivity become more profound.


  • Extensive vehicle height can present an annoyance factor for drivers and passengers.
  • Suspension lift kits require constant maintenance.
  • Suspension lift kits come at a higher cost than body lift kits.
  • Suspension lift kits may void some vehicle warranties.

Contact AmadaXtreme for Details

With this information in mind, you should have an easier time deciding which lift kit to opt for. For further assistance and details, be sure to contact a representative from AmadaXtreme today, or visit our website for additional information on our offers.

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