Skyjacker, Rough Country, Pro Comp, Daystar and Air Lift are companies that make truck lift kits. Each company manufactures a variety of lift types for different applications. Important factors to consider for selecting the right type of lift are its desired function, intended aesthetic and ride quality..
Lift kits come in four basic types, including leveling kits, body lifts, premium lift systems and full suspension lifts. Leveling kits raise only the front end of the truck. The lift adds about 1 to 2 inches in height and is used to improve the vehicle's appearance, increase towing capacity and allow for slightly larger tires that improve off-road performance.
A body lift raises the truck 1.5 to 3 inches on both the front and rear axles. This lift style does not affect the factory ride and allows owners to use tires that are two to three sizes larger than normal. Adding larger off-road tires improves the truck's off-road appearance and performance.
Premium lift systems lift the truck 4 to 5.5 inches and increase ground clearance 2 to 2.5 inches. This system does not affect the factory suspension and allows for 35-inch mud terrain tires to be used.
For maximum effect and appearance, a full suspension lift kit can replace some of the factory suspension. It raises the vehicle 4 to 6 inches, adds 2 to 3.5 inches of ground clearance and provides an aggressive appearance without sacrificing comfort during regular street driving