How to Find the Best Jeep Lift Kit for Highway Driving
At Ultimate Rides, it’s safe to say that we know lift kits. Whether it’s product information or installation, we have valuable knowledge that we think is worth sharing with you. Today we are going to help you pick out the best Jeep lift kit for highway driving, taking into consideration factors like handling, performance, and more. We have a list of several options that make up our favorite selections of lift kits for Jeep highway driving, as well as a few more sections giving you further tips and information on the topic.
We also want to tell you a little bit about lift kits and how they can affect your vehicle. It’s an unfortunate fact that lift kits with spring installation can affect performance in a negative way. They require tinkering with the OEM suspension, and that can result in unfortunate consequences. Though for some people it is worth it, and there are ways to fix it, it can be quite a costly and time-consuming experience overall.
Today most of the lift kits that we recommend as the best Jeep lift kit for highway driving are made up of leveling kits and spacer kits, which do not alter suspension, and should therefore maintain your ride’s factory feel. It is also important to note that not all lift kits may necessarily be compatible with every Jeep. Many are limited by model and model year, so make sure to pay close attention to buy the right kit for your vehicle. Let’s dive in and take a look at some of our favorite picks.
1. Rubicon Express RE1325 1.75″ Front Coil Spacer for Jeep JK (B006GJMMEG)
Suspension can sag for a variety of reasons, from extra weight to simply the passage of time. If you want a relatively easy fix for your uneven Jeep Wrangler JK suspension, this is our first recommendation. As pointed out in the customer reviews, installation is simple provided you have the right experience and the right tool set. There are a variety of ways you can use these, such as on its own to lift front suspension or in combination with another set of rear spacers to give yourself a small overall boost.
Just be sure to measure out your suspension difference so you can calculate how much of a lift you need. In this case, your front suspension will receive a lift of 1.75″. Customers even say that these spacers improved the worn-down handling of their vehicle, so we really recommend this as the best Jeep lift kit for highway driving provided you have a Wrangler JK.
2. TrueTwo Jeep Wrangler JK 2.5″ Coil Spacer Suspension Lift Kit (B00U4F1POG)
Next up we have another set of spacers for the Jeep Wrangler JK. What can we say? It’s a popular vehicle! These strong and durable spacers come in a kit with two front and two rear selections, and are made with lifetime-grade polyurethane. If you want a 2.5″ lift without messing with your OEM suspension, this is your best Jeep lift kit for highway driving. It’s a great value, and like most lift kits on our list is simple to install as long as you have the right equipment and know-how.
Customers say that there is little to no change in the handling of the vehicle, so if you need a boost without affecting how your Jeep handles, this is for you. There are some extra tools recommended for this job, and if you don’t have everything you need, you may want to get in touch with us at Ultimate Rides for a hand.
3. Teraflex 1155200 JK 2″ Front 1″ Rear Boost/Leveling Kit (B007CISU6Y)
This kit is the perfect way to fix slightly uneven suspension while also giving your Jeep a little bit of a lift. Once again this choice is strictly for JK Wranglers, but we have some more options coming up shortly, so sit tight if you aren’t a JK driver. This kit is made by Teraflex and consists of a 2″ boost in the front and a 1″ boost in the rear. It also includes front sway bar links.
The lift is said to be very easy to install, with even a beginner with some basic tools able to work it out over an afternoon. Others recommend look for tutorials like the one above to help you out in installation, which can be incredibly useful for any product you decide to install on your own. If you want to tweak the look of your Jeep without going overboard, this is a fantastic selection.
4. RockTrix 1.5 inch Hubcentric 5×5 to 5×5 Wheel Spacers (B00N5C5L7C)
Now we move on to a set of spacers that are compatible with many different Jeep models, including WJ and WK Grand Cherokee models from 1999 to 2010, Wrangler JK and JKU models from 2007 to 2018, and 2006-2010 Commander XK models. These wheel spacers are perfect if you simply want a slightly larger set of wheels and a powerful stance for your Jeep. These spacers are made to be incredibly durable, and resistant to corrosion. RockTrix is very in-depth on the lengths it goes to during manufacturing to make a great product, and according to reviews it seems that they follow through. Give a set a try today!
5. YITAMOTOR Wheel Spacers 5×5 2″ (B07G54P6G2)
Next up are these YITAMOTOR 2″ wheel spacers that advertise as actually improving your vehicle’s handling and performance. YITAMOTOR has strict standards when it comes to the integrity of its product, and it lays out its business principles right on the product page. That gives us a lot of confidence in the building material and design, and customer reviews back up all that talk.
With these spacers, you can expect relatively easy and hassle-free installation, an awesome new look for your ride and the ability to outfit it with some new tires. These spacers are about half an inch larger than the previous spacers, so make sure you pick out the right fit for your Jeep.
6. Supreme Suspensions Full Lift Kit for 1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ 2″ Front and 2″ Rear Suspension Lift (B00IPXL5PS)
After that, we have these spacers courtesy of Supreme Suspensions. These are high-density Delrin spring spacers, and will be able to lift both your front and rear suspension by two inches. These spacers are affordable and very easy to install, especially with a little bit of help. If you have a Wrangler TJ and need a good two inch boost, you can’t really go wrong with this kit.
The main issue keeping this the last entry on our list is that some customers point out that a few small brackets may not be included, requiring you to hit up the hardware or auto store to pick up a few small things. However, we still think this kit is well worth your time if you know what you’re doing.
7. Skyjacker JK25BPHSR Coil Spring Lift Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK (B00SD2N7CK)
This next lift kit comes to us from Skyjacker, and it’s quite a selection. It’ll raise up your Jeep Wrangler JK by 2.5 inches, which is a great starting position for people new to the hobby. While installation may be a little bit of a pain with this kit, the end results will be well-worth the trouble. You’ll find a high-quality lift that won’t detract from your vehicle’s handling. Plus, as always, you’ll be able to outfit the vehicle with a set of larger tires and much more. It’ll offer a sleek new look for your Jeep, and drives great on the highway.
8. Rough Country 2.5″ Lift Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK (B00CUP3546)
Finally, we have a lift kit for you that comes from one of our favorite manufacturers, Rough Country. They offer very reliable kits, made from high-quality parts and materials. Like any reliable lift kit, it’s going to be a pain to get this installed, especially without the right know-how and equipment. However, when you’re done, you’ll be happy with what you’ve got. It’ll make your Jeep ready for long highway trips, and even some off-road driving. It’s a great pick for any Wrangler JK driver.
Jeep Lift Kit Buying Guide
Lift kits can be a complicated business. It’s for that reason that we’ve put together this guide to assist you. Take a look at the information below and you should find yourself better prepared to tackle what’s ahead. Remember that you can always contact Ultimate Rides for professional installation. If you’re planning on upgrading to your next vehicle soon, you may want to consider buying from us. We’ve got a load of custom vehicles available. Plus, you’ll also have the ability to send the vehicle to our lift center. There we can outfit it with any upgrades that you’d like. Best of all, we offer delivery to just about anywhere. That means you can choose us no matter where you live!
Continue reading here to learn more about lift kits and installation. If you have any questions at the end, feel free to contact us for more help!
What You Need to Know About Buying the Best Jeep Lift Kit for Highway Driving
If you’re new to lift kits, there are a few things we think it’s important to know before you start shopping. First and perhaps foremost, you need to know that (like we mentioned before) lift kits are not universal. You need to make sure that you are buying the right lift kit for your Jeep. That means you will need to find out whether you have the JK, the TJ, or one of the other models out there. They are divided up by both model and model year, so make sure to find out both.
It’s also important to realize that you are modifying, however slightly, the factory build of your vehicle. There is always the chance that you will feel the difference in handling and performance, so that’s why it is important to know exactly what you’re buying. The kits we have listed here today are meant to affect performance as little as possible, so it is our hope you won’t see any negative results.
It is highly recommended that you take your vehicle in for an alignment after altering suspension. If you alter your suspension during installation of a lift, there is a strong chance that the wheel alignment and steering could be off, and that is something you want to have taken care of as soon as you can. At Ultimate Rides, we do provide that service in addition to many other services, including lift kit installation. If you aren’t sure you are ready to install your own lift kit, we’d be happy to help.
Do you feel like you’re ready to pick your next lift kit? We’re very glad to have been of help. If you’re ever in the Chicago area and want to come see what all the hype surrounding Ultimate Rides is about, you can find us at 38 W. Division St., Coal City, IL 60416. To get in touch with someone from our team for any reason, you can call us during business hours at 815-634-3900.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does a lift kit affect the handling of my Jeep?
A: There are in fact many different ways lift kits can affect handling and performance. From a basic physics standpoint, a lift kit increases the center of gravity of a vehicle, which can actual improve the vehicle’s stability. However, when you adjust the suspension and frame of the vehicle, it alters the way everything fits together. That means it can cause vibrations, wear down parts and alter the way your vehicle feels. It simply is a fact of life when you alter the factory standard setup of your vehicle.
Q: Do I need heavy-duty tools for installation of these products?
A: The answer to that may be different for every kit. Some require only a few basic tools, while others may require some more heavy-duty options, even welding. It all comes down to how extensive the kit is, and you may have to do just a little bit of digging to find out exactly what you’ll need for your desired kit. There are many tutorials available online to help with installation, and always remember Ultimate Rides is here if you need a helping hand.
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