So you're thinking of putting a lift on the 4WD? It's one of the first modifications new owners do on a vehicle, and some are pretty extreme. The reason is usually to fit larger tyres that will, among other things, provide additional ground clearance. Add a body lift to a suspension lift and all of a sudden no rock or rut looks intimidating. However, in an article entitled Lift Isn't Everything, the latest edition of the Australian online magazine Unsealed 4x4 provides food for thought; it's well worth a read.
• A higher centre of gravity will make the vehicle unstable.
• Big lifts cost money that could be better diverted into accessories that will actually take you further, like lockers or quality tyres.
• Four-wheel drives are tools – they don't just need to look good. If you're lifting your vehicle purely for looks, consider a different hobby.
• Driveline angles will suffer, meaning increased vibration, excessive component wear and ultimately an unreliable vehicle.
• They flex less; especially vehicles with independent front suspension, as most of the available down-travel has been removed.