If you own a Jeep Cherokee, you may be wondering if you can lift it and how much it will cost to do so. There are a wide variety of lift kits out there to choose from to lift your Jeep.
But how much does it cost to lift a Jeep Cherokee? Adding it all up, the absolute minimum cost you would spend to have a lift kit installed by a professional is just under $400. If you buy a larger kit, it will cost you more in parts and labor, which could bring your total to several thousands of dollars. If you want a more solid estimate, you can always contact your local mechanic to get a price!
Can You Lift a Jeep Cherokee?
Yes, you are able to lift a Jeep Cherokee. But what exactly does that mean? Lifting your Jeep would allow you to raise your vehicle further off of the ground, so it has better traction in an off-road environment.
To properly lift your Jeep, you will need a lift kit that is specifically made for the vehicle you will be putting it on. You will also need to upgrade to larger tires if you want a more seamless look. If you want a better off-road experience, you can leave your tires the way they are.
What are some reasons to lift your Jeep? One reason is to provide a better off-road experience for your entertainment. You may also need to lift your Jeep if you are going to be competing in a competition for 4×4 trucks.
What Are My Options When It Comes to Lifting a Jeep Cherokee?
There are a bunch of different options to consider if you want to lift your Jeep Cherokee. You can do a body lift or a budget boost. You can also choose between a short arm lift kit, coil spring lift kit, or a long arm lift kit. How do you know which one is best for you? Let’s go over the details about how to lift a Jeep Cherokee.
A body lift ranges from 1-inch to 3-inches. If you are looking to purchase without new shocks, you can buy a body lift kit for just a couple hundred dollars. The body lift provides spacers and bolts to be installed in between the frame and the body. Depending on the height, you may need to install extensions or new brackets for the transmission, radiator, and some other parts.
A budget boost usually ranges from .75-inch to 2.5-inches by installing inexpensive polyurethane coil spacers on top of your Jeep’s current coil springs. This option is perfect for you if you are interested in just adding a little bit of height so you can install a larger tire.
Coil Spring Lift Kit
This type of lift kit will usually consist of coils that are longer to offer you 1.5-inches to 3.5-inches of suspension lift. Longer coil springs will give you increased articulation to improve your tire contact with surfaces, including off-road surfaces.
Short Arm Lift Kit
A short arm lift kit will usually come with adjustable arms that can provide a lift of 2-inches to 5-inches, and even taller in some cases. The adjustable control arms can also make it possible to correct things like wheelbase.
Long Arm Lift Kit
The long arm lift kit is going to be the most expensive of the kits listed here. They will also require more labor to install. The lift height varies from 3-inches to 6.5-inches, and higher in some cases.
How Much Does It Cost to Have a Lift Kit Installed?
Now the important question, how much does it cost to lift a Jeep Cherokee, and how much would labor cost to have someone do it for you?
I went the Morris 4×4 website to do some research. The cheapest body lift kit, that includes tube shocks and that offers a 2-inch lift is the Rubicon Express 2″ Standard Suspension Lift Kit and costs around $270. This kit includes front and rear tube shocks, front coil spring spacers, rear lift block kit, rear stainless steel brake line and rear U-bolt kit (for vehicles with Dana 44 rear axles).
The cheapest budget kit is the Teraflex 2″ Budget Boost Lift Kit which costs around $165 and includes two rear shackles, front coil spacers and installation hardware.
If you are looking for a 3.5″ coil spring lift kit then a good option is the Tuff Country EZ-Ride. This kit costs around $420 and comes complete with two EZ-Ride front coil springs
two rear blocks, two standard front extended lower control arms, two transfer case drop tubes, two front track bar relocation bracket, eight round u-bolts and all necessary fitting hardware. This kit can be used with tires up to 31′.
If you are in the market for a 3.5″ short arm lift kit, then check out the Rubicon Express 3.5″ Super Flex kit, available for just under $800. This is an ideal kit for owners on a budget and it provides road comfort as well as excellent trail performance. The kit is very comprehensive and includes front and rear twin tube shocks, front coil springs, rear Add-a-Leaf springs plus other suspension hardware.
If you going all in and looking at a 4.5″ lift kit, then a good recommendation is the Rough Country X-Series Long Arm Suspension Kit. This will set you back around $1,000, but includes a lot of replacement hardware including premium N3 front and rear shocks as well as a transfer case drop kit.
If you are interested in trying to install the lift kit yourself, you should only do so if you have successfully installed them in the past. Repairing damaged will end up costing you half of a fortune. However, if you are an experienced mechanic, installing your own lift kit will save you some money.
If you want to hire a professional, the cost of your kit determines the cost of the labor. Smaller kits will cost about $200 to have installed, while larger and more expensive kits can cost $2,000 or more.
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