Lifted Jeeps – Keene, NH
When it comes to lifted Jeeps for sale in Keene, NH, there are multiple advantages inherent in these modifications, depending on your enthusiasm for all-terrain, off-road adventures. Lifts are pivotal to the success of a Jeep when off-roading, and need to be done right. If the lift-kit isn’t installed properly the Jeep could suffer severe damage, and the driver might even get injured. So, it’s important to have a professional modify, repair, or service a lifted off-roading Jeep. Professionals like Keene CDJR.
Or, instead of buying a Jeep stock and then worrying about what modifications you need, there is always the possibility of buying a pre-modded Jeep from a reputable source. Doing this removes the hassle and worry of why, when, and how to modify a Jeep, and ensures that you will get exactly what’s needed.
But, more on that later. Now, let’s take a look at some of the advantages lifted Jeeps provide, and some important factors to consider when looking to modify a Jeep, or buy a pre-modified version.
Better Departure/Break-Over Angles
The whole idea of a lifted Jeep is to position it higher off the ground. This is the best way to improve off-road performance, and it does a couple of prominent things. The first is the availability of better departure and break-over angles. Off-road trails are typically rough, especially if it’s a rock-crawling trail. Some of the steep angles that need to be climbed might not be possible with a stock Jeep. Not because of the lack of power or reliability, but because of simple geometry.
The departure angle is determined by the distance between the front/rear-ends and the ground. There are two types of departure angles; for simplicity, let’s call them entering and exiting. An entering angle is when the Jeep needs to traverse a steep incline. If the front-end is too low to the ground, the tires will never reach the start of the incline. An exiting angle is the opposite, and comes into play after the center point of the Jeep has gone over the incline. If the rear-end is too low to the ground, it will get hung up or scraped on it’s way down after the rear tires have passed over the obstacle – potentially hindering or damaging the Jeep.
Finally, the break-over angle involves the center of the Jeep. In a nutshell, it’s when the Jeeps front-end makes it over the incline, but the rear tires are still behind it. If there is not enough space underneath the center mass of the Jeep and between the high-point of the incline, the Jeep could become seriously damaged or stuck.
This is where lifting the Jeep comes into play. A lifted Jeep provides better departure and break-over angles. Why? When it’s lifted, it is able to equip larger tires. These larger tires provide more height, which helps the Jeep pass over steeper inclines and rough terrain.
Equip with Bigger Tires, Gain Ground Clearance
Along with raising the body higher, the larger tires also help with a few other things. Even when not traversing rocky terrain with awkward angles, overall ground clearance is important on some of the more “tame” off-roading trails.
The higher the ground clearance under the Jeep, the less likely important parts on the underside of the Jeep will be damaged from hazardous debris on the trail. An increased ground clearance also helps with getting through the mud. With larger tires and a lifted body, it’s easier for a Jeep to power through deeper mud. Since the resistance of the body would mostly be removed when entering a mud-slick, it’s only natural that the engine would have an easier time pushing the Jeep through it.
The bigger tires also have more surface area than stock tires, which means more rubber touching the ground, providing more grip and power when going over bumpy terrain.
Increased Suspension Articulation
Articulation is the ability for the suspension to twist (without being damaged) when going over rough terrain. With better flexibility and torsion in the suspension, the danger is minimized, securing overall performance. Better flexibility also means the Jeep has a higher chance of keeping at least two wheels on the ground at once. When going over rocky terrain, having a front and back wheel on the ground is the only way a Jeep can keep moving.
Body Lift vs. Suspension Lift
While both the body lift and suspension lift provide benefits for off-roading, and need to be equipped for heavy-duty off-roading, they have two different purposes.
A body lift raises the body from the suspension and nothing else. It makes room for bigger tires, but the suspension will be the same stock height. A suspension lift raises both the suspension itself, and also upgrades the suspension and parts that determine how flexible it is.
While some off-roaders swear that body lifts are not helpful for off-roading in any way, shape, or form – that’s not true at all. A body lift is required in order to fit some after-market parts between the suspension and body (such as higher clearance skids, or a motor mount lift). A general consensus between off-roaders is that a one-inch lift is more than enough to fit additional parts. Anything more than that is just for looks.
In the end, it’s clear that both body and suspension lifts are required for heavy-duty off-roading, and work in unison to provide the greatest amount of advantages possible.
Important to Know
A lift, whether it’s a body or a suspension, can drastically change the driving dynamics of a Jeep, therefore changing how the vehicle should be handled and operated.
First and foremost, slapping on big tires and raising the height of the Jeep is an aerodynamic nightmare. As a result, the engine needs to work harder to power a heavier and taller Jeep down the road, reducing the fuel-efficiency by a decent amount. Also, if certain after market parts are installed – and the axles aren’t re-geared to compensate for the performance changes – it’s possible that the Jeep will actually lose power.
Lifting can make off-roading more hazardous to the driver and passengers. When a Jeep is lifted higher off the ground, its center of gravity is raised. This makes it easier to flip if not driven with caution, which is why it’s always important to never lift a Jeep more than what’s needed, especially if a lifted Jeep is still a new driving experience for you.
Finally, it’s also important to know that incorrectly installing a lift-kit can potentially cause damage to the Jeep, which is why it’s important to have a trained mechanic install and repair a lifted Jeep.
Keene CDJR: We Love Modded Jeeps!
At Keene CDJR, modified Jeeps are our passion, and our trained specialists have years of extensive experience and research installing after market parts, modifying Jeeps, and repairing them.
But if you are new to off-roading and Jeep culture, why worry about the hassle/dangers of getting a stock Jeep and figuring out how to put after-market parts on it, when you can take it to us or buy one of our pre-modded Jeeps? These pre-modded Jeeps are ready to take on whatever you throw at them, and our large selection guarantees that we will be able to find the right Jeep to meet your off-roading needs. Even if you are thinking of trading in an old wheeler, stop by and talk to us. Chances are, we’ll take a trade-in value for it towards one of our pre-modded Jeeps.
Our certification as a Chrysler LLC and Five Star dealership rating proves the professionalism and expertise of our sales staff and technicians, and also shows that here at Keene CDJR, it’s all about you.