Professional vs DIY: How Much Does it Cost To Lift a Truck?

Professional vs DIY: How Much Does it Cost To Lift a Truck?

Putting a lift kit in your truck can be an excellent way to add more clearance or take your vehicle into off-road conditions. Many people like the look of a truck with a large wheelbase and modifications like a lift kit. Lifting any truck will be an investment of a few hundred dollars up to several thousand dollars for a custom lift kit. There are many vehicle owners who choose to lift their trucks by themselves but for custom lifts it's often advisable to hire a professional. The total cost of your lift kit often depends on the type of vehicle you want to lift and how much clearance that you are seeking. Here is a breakdown of some of the costs associated with lifting a truck so that you can make a decision on what would be right for your situation:

You need to choose the right lift and leveling kit in order to raise your vehicle. Lift kits start with just a 2 inch left all the way up to 12 inches or more. Leveling kits can be used to raise the front or rear of your vehicle by around 2 inches for a standard kit. If there is a series of heavy accessories or engine modifications at one end of your vehicle, you may need to use a winch in order to raise the side of your vehicle up. 

Lift kits are often more expensive than leveling kits because a lift kit would be responsible for raising all four corners of your vehicle. A smaller lift kit for a truck that raises the body by 2 inches cost between $400 up to $12,000 for a custom lift kit. Larger vehicles that raise the body by over 6 inches cost between $11,000-$14,000. A leveling kit can range between $200-$1000 for a fairly standard kit. 

There are many lift kit manufacturers that will allow you to finance the cost of your lift kit. 

Should You Do a Lift Kit?

After you decide on the lift kit that you’re going to install, you need to choose whether you would like to install it yourself or if you would rather use a mechanic. If you are doing a fairly standard lift at a low height, you could consider taking on the installation yourself but it’s important to do this with some caution. If you botch the install or you aren’t confident in your abilities, repairing the damage to your vehicle could be much more expensive than the cost of the kit. 

Most experienced mechanics can install the standard lift in a few hours and at an hourly billing of $75-200 per hour. 

The Value of A Professional

To make sure that your vehicle can be kept safe and that the kit can be installed correctly, getting a mechanic can be an easy way to make sure that there are no mistakes in the process of installation. If you are worried about making a mistake, adding a few hundred dollars in labor costs can be well worth it for your peace of mind. 

A mechanic will have access to all the equipment that is needed to install the kit. They could also help raise your vehicle to heights beyond most standard lift kits or add in custom solutions to improve your ride. A mechanic will work to realign your wheels, adjust your shocks and install the lift kit so you can roll out with your truck in its new condition. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about lift kits for your vehicle. 



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