Whether you’re building an offroading truck or a show truck, a lift is something you’ll definitely consider as one of your first modifications. But how much does it cost?
In general, a truck list can cost anywhere from $500 to $15,000 depending on various factors, such as the lifting method, lift height, quality of workmanship, and more.
Keep reading to learn more about truck lift installation costs!
Truck Lift Installation Costs for Various Lift Heights
As expected, the smaller the lift, the lower the cost. The major deciders for cost end up being the types of kit or lift, and how many elements you want.
Price based on type:
For a body kit, labor costs will generally be lower due to the installation being less involved. This cost can range from $100 up to $2,000, but generally average around $500.
A leveling kit is the cheapest option. Normally around $150 to $1000 if you DIY. Professionally installed, it can cost between $500 to $2,000.
Suspension kits are much more involved and may require someone more skilled. This cost could range from $500 to $2,000 for a very small lift but be upwards of $15,000 for a lift of 6 inches or more.
If you are looking for an estimate based only on your desired inches:
2-4 inches: $400 to $10,000
6+ inches: $10,000 to $15,000.
Benefits of a Truck Lift
Other than making you feel like the king (or queen!) of the road, a truck lift has some great benefits.
If you want to feel like you are behind the wheel of a beast, a truck lift is for you. Other than the feel, you will also experience wonderful shock absorption, improved miles per gallon, more suspension, and better traction.
A truck lift may be appealing to some simply because of the look, but it’s alsos great for someone who does a lot of off-roading due to the greater ground clearance and smooth ride.
Also, if you upgrade your suspension, your car takes less of a beating on a bumpy path meaning less maintenance down the line.
For so many different reasons, a truck lift could be a very beneficial upgrade for your vehicle. However, costs can vary depending on your vehicle, who you hire to do the lift, and how high you want the lift to be. It is important to go into this exciting buying process educated so that you can anticipate all costs.
Types of Lifts & Kits
A leveling kit works to keep the suspension on your truck level but will only lift one or two inches. This can be a low-cost option to reduce future wear and tear on your car if you haul heavy items that would otherwise cause damage to one end of your car.
Lift kits allow for height and more extreme changes to your vehicle. Because of this, they can become a bit pricey. You could choose a shorter version up to 5 inches or a higher one of 6+ inches. Of course, the higher you go, the tricker the installation and greater the prices can be.
This type of lift just makes extra room for tires. If you just want a lift to allow for your big tires, this is the way to go. This will not mess with the body of your truck and be separate from the suspension so it can be less expensive than others. However, you may not get the stabilization benefits that a lift that affections the suspension has. Due to missing this stabilization, off-roading may be a no-go with this type of lift.
Suspension lifts are a bit self-explanatory and are the most inclusive package. You are improving your suspension while also allowing for bigger height differences. However, these can prove difficult and pricey due to the number of changes required.
Type of Installation
There are two different options that you can use when installing a truck lift. You can either do it yourself for less or hire someone to ensure that the job gets done right.
Hiring someone experienced may actually cost less in the long run. This is because if you decide to try to do it yourself, you may end up damaging your vehicle, incur higher costs, or experience unforeseen costs. Each of these methods has its own perks and estimated costs.
If you decide to hire someone experienced at a body shop, they can ensure that you get a great installation. Keep in mind that alongside the cost of the kit, you will also be paying for their time and skill.
You may also experience other costs from the mechanic adjusting your wheels or shocks after the installation is done.
Taking the DIY route may not be for everyone, but if you yourself are experienced in installing lift kits, go right ahead.
If you are experienced, installing a kit yourself can save you time and the usual labor costs that come with using a body shop. It is recommended that you have a professional alignment done if you install the truck lift yourself. This can cost up to $200.
If you want to remove a lift or lower your truck, you can also do this yourself or hire a professional. Doing it yourself can save you lots of money, however, there is more room for error if you are not diligent or do not have the correct original parts.
You also will need to use tools such as jacks, ratchet sets, a liquid wrench, or wood blocks.
You may also need to locate the original bolts or get a new set of bolts or body mounts.
Getting your lift removed at a body shop can cost just as much as installation since you’ll probably need to order the stock components.