How Much Does It Cost to Lift A Truck?

Dustin Hawley | Jan 29, 2021

Numerous advantages come from performing a lift on a truck. However, one parameter that determines the possibility of embarking on such a process is cost. Many factors, such as the truck's size, model, etc., both directly and indirectly affect the price of lifting a truck. Let's discuss the process in detail and erase the mystery surrounding this endeavor.

what it means to lift a truck

Lifting A Truck

Truck drivers and enthusiasts alike lift trucks for many reasons. Sometimes that reason is to install larger tires, which help make a truck more suitable for off-roading. It can also be a cosmetic procedure designed to simply present an enhanced appearance, balance, or resistance to wear. Regardless of the reason, there are two key factors to consider. The first is choosing the right kits for the process, and the second is selecting the right approach for installation - both of which affect the total cost.

Choosing the Right Toolkit

There are two essential tools you will need in order to be successful in performing the lift - the lift kit and the leveling kit. Each of these components is unique in terms of its capabilities. 

Leveling Kits

Both truck drivers and enthusiasts use leveling kits to help provide balance to trucks experiencing issues and imbalances. Often, these imbalances result from heavy equipment being loaded somewhere into the truck (typically the bed). Leveling kits are only applicable in correcting such unevenness if the required height is within the range of two inches. If a lift of more than two inches is needed, a lift kit is the correct application.

Lift Kits

These kits come in two types, determined by how many inches they can raise a truck. One type consists of small lift kits that can raise trucks anywhere from two to five inches. The other types contain larger kits that elevate trucks six inches or more. 

Suspension Lift vs. Body Lift

Another aspect that truck enthusiasts should consider is deciding between a suspension lift kit and a body lift kit. The latter can upraise the truck without affecting its integrity, making them ideal for consumers looking to install larger tires without altering the truck's basic structure. On the flip side, the former will raise a truck’s height, but it will also alter its basic structure. Consequently, suspension lift kits are often more expensive than body lift kits.

How Much Does the Kit Cost?

As mentioned above, your choice of kits directly influences the cost. The two primary kits available are ideal for performing a lift on a truck, but they have a wide price variation due to their varying functions and the required size. Generally speaking, lift kits cost more than leveling kits because they can lift all body parts on a vehicle. 

  • Lift kits of the lower scale category can raise a truck by two to five inches and typically cost anywhere between $400 to $12,000. 
  • Lift kits of the higher scale category can raise a truck by six inches or more and usually cost $10,000 to $15,000. 
  • Standard leveling kits are typically in the range of $200 to $1,000.

Choosing the Right Approach

The installation process also adds an additional cost to lifting your truck. There are two approaches to installing the kits: one is the DIY (do-it-yourself) approach, while the other is hiring a professional to perform the task. 

Do It Yourself 

Before you decide to take this task on yourself, you should take into account that this is a procedure that requires expertise. You should only try to install a lift kit if you are familiar with the process and aptly skilled to perform the work. If not, hiring a professional is the best option to ensure safety and proper installation. Installing lift kits by yourself might initially seem like a simple task. However, a single error during installation can lead to a faulty build and a damaged vehicle that is unsafe and prone to malfunction. Resultantly, you will end up paying even more to repair a damaged vehicle than you would, to have the kit professionally installed.

Although, if you have experience with installing lift kits, these warnings may not apply to you. It is still advised that you take your truck to a certified mechanic following installation to verify it’s all done correctly. A certified mechanic can check whether your installation is proper and safe for operation.

Hire a Professional

Even the most skilled “car guy” can run into difficulties when installing a lift kit. Therefore, it’s always a best practice to have your selected equipment installed by a professional. Hiring a professional will not only make the installation process effortless; it will also provide you with peace of mind, knowing that a certified expert is handling what can often be a complex process. You won't have to worry about making a critical and possibly an expensive mistake during installation. 

Contrary to DIY installation, hiring a pro will undoubtedly cost you a bit more. The price of installation depends on the kits, miscellaneous works, and the truck model. 

Generally, the cost of installing a kit is most likely the same price as the kit itself, sometimes even a bit more. For example, installing a $150 leveling kit should cost you around $150 for installation. The same goes for installing a $2000 body lift kit, although the more extensive the kits, the higher the implied cost.

Deciding which of these two methods is best for you largely depends on your knowledge and know-how around trucks and lift kits. 

Add It All Up

To wrap it up, here is the estimated cost of lifting a truck using the types of kits discussed above.

  • Buying and installing a leveling kit yourself might cost between $400 to $2000. With a professional, you might spend between $800 to $4000. 
  • Buying and installing a lift kit might cost between $400 to $4000 if you do it yourself. If getting it done from an expert, the price can range between $800 to $12,000. 

Summary

Much goes into lifting a truck, and lots of it goes beyond the cost of the kits themselves. But to truly determine an accurate price, be sure to ask questions and research options to get the best equipment at the best possible price.

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