A car or truck suspension can be raised through a series of adjustments or replacement parts, giving the vehicle more ground clearance. Having a higher ground clearance can help with off-roading, easier repair or interior access. The average backyard mechanic can raise a vehicle’s suspension in about three hours.

Step 1

Measure the height of the vehicle on a flat surface, and decide how much to raise the suspension. Raising the suspension only an inch or two can be done with adjustments or simple bolt-on parts; extreme raising (over three or four inches) will require many new parts or lift kits.