Off-roading might be the most fun you can have in your Jeep. Even if you visit the same spot on each excursion, it’s a new adventure every time. Part of the fun is the thrill of the unknown — you never know what conditions you’ll encounter or what obstacles you’ll need to overcome. Along with this thrill, though, comes a certain level of risk that off-road enthusiasts must account for. Following basic safety protocol is essential, and investing in protection for your Jeep is important, too. If you want to safely enjoy off-roading and minimize the risk to your Jeep, consider these five easy tips for upgrading your vehicle’s lift kit.
Upgrade Your Lift Kit
- Measure your ground clearance. One of the first things you’ll need to do before upgrading your suspension is to measure the distance from the bottom of your Jeep to the ground. This is your vehicle’s clearance, and it’s a number you need to know before you can choose the right suspension system.
- Choose the right suspension system. There are plenty of Jeep lift kits on the market, and choosing the right one can be confusing. Consider what your priorities are — do you want to improve your Jeep’s handling in off-road conditions? Are you trying to boost its ground clearance so that it’s better suited to rough terrain? These questions will help you find the right kit.
- Decide whether you want a soft or hard ride. A lift kit will impact every part of your Jeep, including how it feels when you’re riding. Depending on how you tune the kit, you may have either a hard or a soft ride. A soft ride will more effectively keep Jeep wheels/tires on the ground regardless of what terrain you’re on, and a hard ride will improve its general handling.
- Consider DIY or professional installation. Once you’ve chosen the right lift kit for your needs, you must consider whether you want to attempt a DIY installation or enlist help from a professional mechanic to get the job done. Most lift kits come with an instruction manual that’s simple to follow, but if you have no expertise in auto modifications, getting help may be prudent.
- Enjoy the perks of a newly upgraded ride. With your lift kit installed and your suspension upgraded, you can hit the road and enjoy the many benefits. In addition to the superior performance you’re likely to see, you can enjoy the protection that a lift provides to your Jeep’s undercarriage.
Check Your Horsepower
Your Jeep’s suspension isn’t the only factor that will impact its performance in off-road conditions. Its horsepower is an equally important trait that you should pay attention to. If you don’t know what your Jeep horsepower is, it’s easy to check. A tool called a dynamometer can check it by recording your engine’s torque output. This, in conjunction with its revolutions per minute (RPM), informs your horsepower rating. Upgrade your Jeep’s drivetrain if you’re ready to take performance up a notch.