Adding a lift kit to your four-wheel drive vehicle can give it a much smoother ride on larger tires. Lift kits can also make off-roading a lot more fun, and help protect your vehicle from excess wear and tear when you're taking it off the beaten path. You can choose from small, medium, or large sized lift kits, and each one has its own set of perks and issues. Read on to learn more about the various sizes of lift kits so you can decide which one will work best for your four-wheel drive vehicle.

Small Lifts

Small lift kits work well to give your vehicle a bit more clearance underneath the body of the automobile. They're perfect for off-roading on muddy or rocky trails. The smaller sized kits are the most affordable and the simplest to install, which means they're perfect for first-time users or if you just want to see if using a lift kit will work for you. Small kits consist of coil spacers in the front and longer length shackles in the back. They typically work well for most four-wheel drive cars, and shouldn't give you many complications, so they make a smart choice for drivers who are new to using them.

Medium Lifts

A medium sized lift kit is a great option for those who want a bit more tire clearance but don't do a whole lot of intense off-road driving. Medium kits usually come with a new set of shocks in addition to the kit itself. It's important that your rear springs are strong enough to handle this size, so check your springs; they may need to be upgraded when you install this size kit. You will definitely notice a much smoother handling performance on your vehicle when you off-road using a medium sized kit, and they make a good choice for people who enjoy driving on more rugged terrain, but nothing too terribly intense. 

Large Lifts

For the more experienced off-roader, the larger sized lift kit will suit your needs best. These kits can give your four-wheel drive vehicle a more rugged appearance and will definitely provide you with a better ride over rough terrain. The bigger kits usually come with new front coils and may also come with new rear springs to support the lift's size and width. Many also come with a new, matching set of shocks to help your vehicle handle more aggressive driving. When it comes to choosing the right lift kit for your four-wheel drive vehicle, consider the different perks and your individual needs before you install one.