Quick Tips in Buying Suspension Blocks
If you're a grown adult and you want to gain extra height, wear heels. That solution isn't that viable if you're a man though. For an SUV, gaining extra height can be done as easily as wearing a pair of heels. Well, maybe it's not as easy as you'd have to perform a few modifications to your SUV. But yeah, it's still more doable than forcing a red-blooded male to put on those feet-murdering footwear.
There are actually a number of ways to increase the height of your SUV. However, installing suspension blocks is the simplest and most economical way to go about it.
Why Go For Suspension Blocks?
As said above, suspension blocks are the cheapest means to add height to your SUV. They're also the easiest to install in your SUV. Alternatives to it include suspension lift kits and body lift kits, both of which are pricier and require more work to install.
Why Install Suspension Blocks?
Obviously, you're thinking of getting suspension blocks to make your SUV taller. But you may want it for a variety of reasons. One reason is that you simply want to improve your vehicle's aesthetic. Bigger looks better after all. Another reason is versatility. With more height, you can equip larger tires, which translate to superior ground clearance. Your SUV will be better adapted for the off-roads as a result.
A Word of Caution
It's advised that you don't add beyond two inches worth of suspension blocks. Anything above that would give you less flexibility in the rear.
As you're probably aware, suspension blocks shouldn't be used in the front. Installing suspension blocks in the front will cause major safety issues. It's because every time you hit the brake pedal, it's the front wheels that generate the bulk of the braking force. But with suspension blocks installed there, the braking process will be significantly affected. You surely wouldn't want to risk your life and limb just for a few inches of height in the front, would you now?
Which Suspension Blocks to Buy?
You'll find a lot of brands that offer suspension block kits in the market. Some of the brands to look into are Skyjacker, Tough Country, Superlift, and Pro Comp. Those brands specialize on such products. However, suspension block kits from those brands are a little bit more expensive (their kits cost anywhere from $70-$130) than other variants as their blocks are mostly made of iron. If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, there are brands that offer suspension block kits for as low as $30. Steel or aluminum is often the material used for the cheaper suspension blocks.
How to Install Suspension Blocks on Your SUV
Your hulking SUV could always use more height. If you're into off-road driving, your SUV can greatly benefit from increased height as it could be a means to counter the various challenges posed by the outdoors. One of the most efficient ways in which you can give more height to your vehicle is by installing suspension blocks. Adding suspension blocks is an ideal way to lift your SUV without compromising ride quality.
- 3 Jack stands
- Tire Iron
Step 1: Park your vehicle on a level surface. Chock the front wheels and activate the parking brake.
Step 2: Lift the rear end of your car with your jack then set the jack stands. Make sure that the vehicle is secure before you proceed any further.
Step 3: Remove the rear tires using the tire irons. Set them aside afterwards.
Step 4: It's time to go under your SUV. Get your jack again and position it directly under the axle. Lift it up until it makes contact with the center of the axle housing. Get another jack stand and place it under the axle. Don't use the jack stand yet (keep it in default position) as the jacks should still be lifting the axle.
Step 5: Start unbolting the U-bolts on the axle using your ratchet and socket. Now, you can lower the jack until the axle touches the jack stand.
Step 6: You can finally install the suspension blocks. Slide the suspension block on top of the axle. Take your jack again and use it until the axle touches the suspension blocks.
Step 7: Attach the U-bolts that came with the suspension block kit.
Step 8: Repeat the previous steps to install the other suspension block. You can put back the tires afterwards.
Now go and test your taller SUV on the road!