How do I raise my car's suspension?

I want to raise the suspension on my Jeep Cherokee, but I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to car modifications. How do I do it?

Kudos to you for wanting to change up the suspension on your own! Raising your car’s suspension takes a bit of know-how, but it’s surprisingly easy compared to some other types of aftermarket upgrades or car repairs. To raise the suspension, follow these steps here:
  • Purchase a lift kit. These will vary in height, but most range from about 1” to 4”, depending on the desired effect.
  • Jack up the Cherokee to remove pressure from the shocks.
  • Remove the wheel.
  • Use a torque wrench to remove the shocks.
  • If your Cherokee has leaf springs, you’ll want to remove those too.
  • Using the parts in your kit, replace the shocks or the leaf springs.
  • Repeat for all four wheels.
If you aren’t confident in your ability to do this, don’t stress! Many automotive shops will do the installation for a few hundred bucks so you don’t have to deal with it.
Since you’re installing a lift kit, you should also call your insurance company to make sure your policy specifically covers lifted vehicles. If your current insurer doesn’t provide this, the easiest way to find one that will cover your needs is through the Jerry app. We’ll get you customized quotes from top providers so that all you need to do is choose the plan that works best for you!
Best of luck, and enjoy your new lifted Jeep!
Eric Schad
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Eric Schad has been a freelance writer for nearly a decade, as well as an SEO specialist and editor for the past five years. Before getting behind the keyboard, he worked in the finance and music industries (the perfect combo). With a wide array of professional and personal experiences, he’s developed a knack for tone and branding across many different verticals. Away from the computer, Schad is a blues guitar shredder, crazed sports fan, and always down for a spontaneous trip anywhere around the globe.

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