If you own or are thinking about buying a Jeep, odds are you’re considering lift kits. Both aesthetically pleasing and utilitarian, lift kits are a vital component to acquiring the typical large, intimidating look of a Jeep, but there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Lift kits are so popular partly because the kits can change the way your Jeep functions, particularly in regards to off-roading. By lifting the body of the car, you can protect its undercarriage when driving across rough terrain. This makes lift kits ideal for people who frequently take excursions into the wilderness, but even if you stick to paved roads, protection against potholes is a major plus.
With so many lift kits available, though, it can be difficult to decide what’s best for your needs. Since lift kits serve both a visual and a functional purpose, it is important to take a moment to consider your main goals.
Whether you want a serious visible lift for frequent off-roading, a small but functional body lift to improve daily performance, or anything in between, there is a Jeep lift kit out there for you. Car Care Total has put together a list of the 10 best Jeep lift kits for 2019—here are five for your consideration.
If you’re just looking for enough lift to do some occasional weekend off-roading, the Teraflex could be a good choice for you. It is quick to install, comes with everything you need, and doesn’t involve any drilling.
This may not be a suitable choice for someone who wants a large aesthetic change, as its lift height of 2.5 inches will not lend impressive size to your Jeep. If you’re driving a 2012 or later model, it is also important to note that this kit does not come with an exhaust extension.
Perfect for someone just getting started with lift kits, this option is affordable, lightweight, and easy to install. However, this kit does not come with installation instructions, so if you are unfamiliar with the process you will need to do some independent research to learn how to properly install it.
As with the Teraflex, its relatively small lift height of 2.5 inches may not be enough for some drivers.
Rough Country 907S
If you weren’t feeling the 2.5-inch lift of the first two options, the Rough Country 907S might be right up your alley. It offers a 4-inch lift height, making it the perfect choice for someone who wants to do more serious off-roading.
The kit also levels your front and rear tires for optimal performance. It is important to be aware, however, that this kit comes with a large number of parts and is time-consuming to install.
Rubicon Express RE7143
For a high lift with slightly fewer parts, take a look at the Rubicon Express RE7143. It has a 3.5-inch lift height and adjustable arms. It is intended to suit the needs of people driving both on- and off-road. Note that this lift kit is fairly pricey, and is only suitable for newer Jeep models.
Finally, if you’re looking for a body lift rather than a suspension lift, the JKS 9904 is an affordable option. It offers a lift height of 1.25 inches, meaning that it won’t have a visual effect on your Jeep and shouldn’t have much of an impact on the center of gravity.
It is also quick and easy to install, and the small lift height means you won’t have to replace your shocks. Do keep in mind that a body lift like this will not increase your ground clearance.