What Are 4×4 Lift Kits and Do I Need One?

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4×4 lift kits lift your suspension and help you get the height you need to tackle muddy rutted trails, beach tracks and water crossings, through to constructions.

By adding a suspension lift kit to your 4WD it allows you to increase your tyre size and get that much needed ground clearance to tackle advanced off-road tracks, just like the ones at Powerlines in Mundaring.

But before you go out and purchase a lift kit, there are a few things to consider to ensure you get the right fit for your vehicle. Unless your an experienced off-roader who’s already tackled some of the best off-road tracks in Western Australia, here’s what you need to know.

How to choose the right lift kit suited for your lifestyle

It’s highly likely that you’ll be using your vehicle on the road more than you’d like to use it off-road. So it is important to consider both the commute to and from work as well as any off-road, towing or carrying needs when choosing the suspension for your vehicle.

Some other elements to consider:

  • Current factory suspension specifications and set up
  • What will your vehicle primarily be used for, this can include: off-road recreation, advanced off-road tracks, towing long or heavy hauls)
  • The increase in tyre size you will need to suit your driving needs

What are the pros and cons of suspension lift kits?

PROS

  • Suspension lift kits can provide from 2 inches all the way to 5 inches of lift. That’s heights of 40mm, 80mm, 100mm and 125mm however, it’s important to remember that the legal road limit in WA is 50mm.
  • With this lift you can significantly increase your tyre size, which means more traction and ground clearance, giving you the ability to tackle more advanced off road tracks.
  • Increased driving visibility on and off road.

CONS

  • Illegal modding can lead to the refusal of your insurance claims.
  • There is a greater risk of rolling the higher you go on and off the road, as your centre of gravity increases.
  • You become a cop magnet. WAPOL do their best to enforce strict local regulations and will happily give you a yellow sticker for any illegal modifications, and it won’t just be for your suspension. 

What’s included in a 4×4 lift kit?

Lift kits can vary from as basic as springs and shocks to more advanced kits that include a variety of suspension parts such as steering dampers, sway bar links, bump stops, bushes, spaces, shackles and extendable brake hoses.

Total 4×4 Perth stocks a wide range of 4WD suspension kits from leading manufacturers like RidePro Suspension, Superspring and West Coast Suspensions. Our professional staff can help you choose a suspension kit that’s suited to your driving style and professionally install it, so you can hit the tracks as soon as possible.


What’s the legal height limit in Western Australia?

Lift kits are one of the most common forms of modding done to a 4WD. The height at which you can lift your vehicle varies from state to state and is usually linked together with larger tyres. The legal road height you can lift your vehicle in Western Australia is 50mm by the way of the lift kit, body lift and tyres combined.

You can find a full list of legal modification requirements here.