Many Jeep owners modify their favorite ride to give it a smoother operation on off-road surfaces. But some forget that you'll likely be driving that same Jeep on paved roads more often then you'll be taking it off-road. It's equally important to pick out a lift kit that enhances a Jeep driver's highway driving experience without sacrificing any of its efficiency or torque.

As you might expect, not all Jeep lift kits can optimize a Jeep's ability to travel over pavement. You don't want to spend any more than is necessary to obtain this important modification kit, either, which is why I put together this guide to the best Jeep lift kits for highway driving.

Here, you'll find everything you need to know about picking out a kit that's right for your budget – including reviews of 7 kits that I can recommend based upon my knowledge of highway driven Jeeps.


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Product

Compatible Models

Maximum Lift Height

Check Price

Teraflex 1155200 JK 2IN FRONT 1IN REAR...

Teraflex

1155200

2007-2018 Wrangler JK (2 and 4 door)

2” (front), 1” (rear)

TrueTwo Jeep Wrangler JK 2.5 Inch Coil Spacer...

TrueTwo

Jeep Wrangler JK

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

2.5”

MotoFab Lifts 3 inch Front 3 inch Rear Full...

MotoFab Lifts 3”

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

3”

Rough Country 2.5' Suspension Lift Kit for...

Rough Country

2.5"

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

2.5”

Mopar 2012-2015 Jeep Wrangler Four Door Two...

Mopar

77070088AC

2012-2016 Jeep Wrangler

3”

Rough Country 620N2 4' Lift Kit compatible w/...

Rough Country

620N2 4"

1987-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

4”

Supreme Suspensions - Full Lift Kit for...

Supreme Suspensions 4WD Pro

1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ

2”


Benefits of Lifting a Jeep for Highway Driving

Though the end result is slightly different, the benefits of lifting a Jeep for highway driving are similar to the benefits of lifting a Jeep for off-road driving. As such, you may decide to seek out and install a Jeep lift kit if you believe a larger tire set will improve your highway driving experience. This is because most lift kits are compatible with larger tires in general, including those designed for use on pavement and those intended for non-traditional roads.

Lifting a Jeep also provides it with a more considerable amount of road surface clearance. This can allow your Jeep to travel more effectively on roadways with steep inclines or are covered by snow in the wintertime. Depending on the lift kit you choose, you may even notice some supplemental shock absorption as you drive through a pothole. This last benefit alone is why many folks seek out a lift kit modification, regardless of where they drive.


Choosing Quality Jeep Lift Kit for Highway Driving

Type of Lift

There are numerous different types of Jeep lift kits, so be sure that you know the basic difference before investing in this important Jeep modification. Body lifts, for example, are among the most common options for average Wrangler drivers. They can usually provide between 1-3 inches of lift but may also require additional modifications to prevent your Jeep’s core operational efficiency from being impacted.

So-called “budget boosts” are another option if you are looking to save money on this modification and don’t need more than 2.5 inches of suspension lift. These kits also don’t typically require suspension modification, as traditional body lift kits do. Coil spring lift kits, on the other hand, can be a bit more expensive. But as a tradeoff, they can provide up to 3.5 inches of lifting height while also increasing the articulation on all connected wheels.

You may also see several “short” and “long” arm lift kits among your options. As their name suggests, these kits are differentiated primarily on the amount of lift they can provide, that being up to 5 inches for the former and up to 6.5 inches for the latter. Both kit types provide professional-tier levels of articulation while also preserving the majority of your Jeep’s original suspension geometry.

Finally, as you may expect, Jeep lift kits can be differentiated based upon the style of vehicle suspension they are made to be installed upon. As such, you should only use a 2 door lift kit if you own a 2 door Wrangler or a 4 door lift kit if your 4 door Jeep requires enhanced highway driving performance.

Jeep Model & Production Year

Some prospective Jeep modifiers are surprised to learn that not every lift kit works with every Jeep of the same body type. Most lift kit manufacturers only approve their hardware for use with specific makes and models. Be sure to pay close attention to this limitation information because installing incompatible lift kit hardware may be unsafe for both you and your cherished Jeep.

Wrangler Tire Sizes

Some lift kits list which size Jeep tires they are designed to be installed with. While most unmodified Jeeps shouldn’t have any problems on this front, drivers who have installed aftermarket tires that are larger or smaller should pay close attention to see if their chosen lift kit is fully compatible.

Lift Height

Lift height is also an essential specification that you should take into account before purchasing a lift kit. This metric communicates how much “lift” will be provided to your Jeep after installation, which is usually measured in inches. Smaller lift heights can be as low as .75 inches and can range all the way up to 6.5 inches for more extensive modification kits.

Ease of Installation

If you intend to install your lift kit on your own, be sure to check other users' reviews to see if your current skill set can accomplish the job safely. Installing a lift kit can be challenging, though, so don't feel as if your skills as a Jeep modifier are any less simply because you decide to trust a seasoned mechanic to finish this modification job for you.

Kit Components

Today, most Jeep lift kits come with everything you need to finish the installation without needing to take a trip to the auto parts store. While the precise kit composition will change depending on the type, all prospective lift kit installers should check to ensure that all springs, spacers, shafts, and bolts are boxed into your kit before beginning the process of removing their Jeep’s wheels.


7 Best Jeep Lift Kits for Highway Driving Reviewed

1. Teraflex 1155200

Our Top Pick

Compatible Models

2007-2018 Wrangler JK (2 and 4 door)

Maximum Lift Height

2” (front), 1” (rear)

Backspacing

N/A

Recommended Tire Size

33”

Installation Difficulty

Intermediate

Let's start with my top pick for highway driving – the Teraflex 1155200. At first glance, you might be surprised to learn that this simple set of 2” front and 1”rear lifts could be a top performer in its class.

But when utilized with a standard 33” tire, this kit’s lifts can both boost your Jeeps’ performance noticeably on most paved surfaces. It’s also fully compatible with all 2007-2018 Wrangler JK models, so you can be confident that this kit's leveling properties will work properly with your modern Jeep.

Speaking of leveling, there’s still some debate about whether leveling really helps a Jeep’s performance on the highway. Even if it doesn’t, you can rest assured that the Teraflex 1155200 kit won’t decrease your Jeep’s performance at all.

In fact, you can bet on this kit providing your Jeep with a greater degree of stability through and through. That’s because this kit utilizes zerk fittings on its heim joints, which also have the added bonus of adding durability to the whole lift system.

Pros

  • Affordably priced kit comes with all necessary components, including front sway bar links
  • Zerk fittings on heim joints provide extra stability and durability
  • Basic installation on most modern 33” Wrangler wheels

Cons

  • Shock absorption factor is minimal
  • “Leveling” may not be ideal for efficient highway driving

2. TrueTwo Jeep Wrangler JK

Runner Up (Suspension Kit)

Compatible Models

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

Maximum Lift Height

2.5”

Backspacing

N/A

Recommended Tire Size

33-35”

Installation Difficulty

Basic

Next up, we have the first runner up when it comes to Jeep lift kits optimized for highway driving – the TrueTwo Jeep Wrangler JK kit. This kit has just about everything you could ask for in a Jeep lift kit, including an affordable price tag, a productive compatibility portfolio, and a solid maximum lift height of up to 2.5”. You can even use this lift kit with a variety of tire sizes ranging from 33” to 35”.

While these positive specifications are all relevant, the real reason the TrueTwo Jeep Wrangler JK kit ended up near the top of this collection is because of its exceptional durability. This kit utilizes lifts that are made from a high-grade polyurethane that is more structurally sound than the kit's price point might otherwise indicate.

Add in the fact that this kit's components are relatively easy to install (other than its lack of packed-in instructions), and you have a Wrangler lift kit that fits the majority of Jeep owner's modification needs.

Pros

  • Budget-priced for Jeep owners looking to save money
  • High-grade polyurethane construction lasts for longer than its price would indicate
  • Lightweight and relatively easy to install

Cons

  • Does not come with instructions for installation
  • Do not provide good shock absorption on anything but a smooth urban road

3. MotoFab Lifts 3”

Best 3 Inch Jeep Lift Kit for Highway Driving

Compatible Models

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

Maximum Lift Height

3”

Backspacing

N/A

Recommended Tire Size

Up to 35”

Installation Difficulty

Moderate

When it comes to the best 3 inch Jeep lift kit for highway driving, you can’t go wrong with the MotoFab Lifts 3”. As its name suggests, this kit includes a set of 3” lifts for both the front and rear of your 2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK.

However, you might be surprised to learn that this kit also includes a set of front and rear shock extenders. As such, you'll be able to use these lifts on wheels as large as 35" and not have to worry about losing any performance from your Jeep's current suspension system.

I also like the MotoFab Lifts 3” kit a lot because of its overall attention to providing Jeep fans like you and me with a quality product. To that end, this product is made in the US, which speaks for itself when it comes to reliability.

But also, this kit comes with a lifetime warranty that goes far beyond the norms of this type of Jeep modification kit. I doubt you'll need such an extended warranty, though, given that this kit's high-grade steel components come with a powder-coated finish that is sure to resist corrosion for years to come.

Pros

  • Built with high-grade steel that won’t corrode after years of wear and tear
  • Comes with front and rear shock extenders that operate smoothly
  • Built in the US and comes with lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Directions are vague, making for a harder installation
  • Should be purchased with adjustable sway bar links

4. Rough Country 2.5"

Best 2.5 Inch Jeep Lift Kit for Highway Driving

Compatible Models

2007 - 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK

Maximum Lift Height

2.5”

Backspacing

4.5”

Recommended Tire Size

33”

Installation Difficulty

Intermediate

Meanwhile, drivers of a 2007 to 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK who are on the lookout for the best 2.5 inch Jeep lift kit for highway driving are sure to find what they are looking for in the Rough Country 2.5” kit.

That’s because this kit provides users with lifting options up to 2.5” that can give enough clearance for 35" tires. However, this kit's manufacturer only recommends for it to be used with 33" tires simply because there is a risk for rubbing when a 35" tire is placed into extreme articulation while this lift kit is installed.

That aside, though, you can be sure that the Rough Country 2.5” kit will imbue your Jeep with a nearly unmatched level of stability. This is a direct result of its inclusion of a shock relocation brackets, a rear track bar bracket, and rear sway bar links. This kit also provides backspacing options of up to 4.5”, which can really help an experienced lift kit user get the most out of their Jeep’s performance based upon their desired ride height.

Pros

  • Solid backspacing rating for more customization during installation
  • Fully compatible with all modern Jeep Wrangler JK models, including the Unlimited
  • Comes with shock relocation brackets, rear track bar bracket, and rear sway bar links

Cons

  • Some rubbing may occur at extreme articulation of a 35” wheel
  • Instructions and videos are not much help

5. Mopar 77070088AC

Top of the Range (4 Door Kit)

Compatible Models

2012-2016 Jeep Wrangler

Maximum Lift Height

3”

Backspacing

6" (stock) or 4.5" (aftermarket)

Recommended Tire Size

33" to 35"

Installation Difficulty

Challenging

If you have done any research of your own with regards to Jeep lift kits, you’ll likely already know that the Mopar 77070088AC is at the top of the range for 4 door lift kits. That's because its 3" maximum lift height is fully able to provide clearance for 33", 34", and 35" tires.

Better yet, this kit offers ample backspacing of up to 6" for stock wheels and up to 4.5" for aftermarket wheels. Realistically, one of its only drawbacks is its challenging installation process, but that’s mainly a result of its numerous performance enhancement components.

For example, the Mopar 77070088AC utilizes racing-style shocks that provide super smooth performance over paved roads (including when your Jeep hits a speed bump or runs through a pothole). Also, this kit’s double Cardin driveshaft is able to maintain stability like no other consumer-grade Jeep driveshaft.

Even this kit’s paint job is top tier, given that it is multi-layered and able to resist corrosion caused by common road contaminants like sand and salt.

Pros

  • Utilizes racing-style shocks to provide super smooth performance over paved roads
  • Double Cardin driveshaft provides top tier performance
  • 2-step paint applied to all main parts to prevent chipping and corrosion

Cons

  • Very expensive and hard to find online at times
  • Challenging installation to be undertaken alone

6. Rough Country 620N2 4"

Best Jeep YJ Lift Kit for Highway Driving

Compatible Models

1987-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ

Maximum Lift Height

4”

Backspacing

3.75”

Recommended Tire Size

33”

Installation Difficulty

Moderate

I’ll admit, it was hard to find the best Jeep YJ lift kit for highway driving simply because that type of Jeep has become less popular with each passing year. But I know you still love your Jeep Wrangler YJ, which is why I am recommending the Rough Country 620N2 4” to you.

This kit is fully compatible with 1987-1995 Jeep Wrangler YJ’s and can provide them with up to 4” of lift height while also providing 3.75” of backspacing. It even includes N3 shock absorbers that perform harmoniously with this type of Jeep’s standard suspension.

To that end, the Rough Country 620N2 4”’s double tapered leaf springs are able to distribute a Jeep’s load more evenly. As such, this kit can really extend your Jeep’s life and improve its regular performance if you regularly transport plus-sized loads. Speaking of an extended lifespan, you’ll be able to count on this kit for longer than many of its competitors. That’s because it comes with a 3-year warranty that covers both its shocks and struts.

Pros

  • Double tapered leaf springs distribute the load more evenly
  • Instructions are fairly easy to follow, given the complexity of the installation
  • Backed by a 3-year warranty

Cons

  • Is not compatible with manual steering models
  • May ship with the incorrect springs, which is a hassle

7. Supreme Suspensions 4WD Pro

Best Jeep TJ Lift Kit for Highway Driving

Compatible Models

1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ

Maximum Lift Height

2”

Backspacing

N/A

Recommended Tire Size

33”

Installation Difficulty

Basic

Finally, I want to round out this collection by telling you about the best Jeep TJ lift kit for highway driving – the Supreme Suspensions 4WD Pro.

This kit was engineered to work perfectly with all 1997-2002 Jeep Wrangler TJs and provide them with up to 2” of lift height. This lifting capacity is made possible by this kit’s high-density spacers, which are made entirely from a material called Delrin that can resist wear caused by heat while also enduring up to 16,000 psi of pressure.

Of course, I would be remised if I forgot to mention how affordable the Supreme Suspensions 4WD Pro kit is. Indeed, it runs at only a fraction of the price of other 2” lift kits in its class while still providing an enhanced level of durability. This kit’s components are also surprisingly easy to install, meaning that you’ll be able to save further money by forgoing a professional installation.

Pros

  • High-density Delrin spacers resist wear caused by friction and can endure up to 16,000 psi of pressure
  • Affordably priced for kit with 2" lift
  • Does not require special tools to complete “bolt-on” installation

Cons

  • Only compatible with a few Wrangler models
  • Bolts will likely need regular maintenance and replacement

Understanding Backspacing and Wheel Offset

When it comes to lifting a Jeep, the terms “backspacing” and “wheel offset” are often thrown around without much explanation. So, let’s clear the air regarding what these terms mean for your upcoming Jeep lifting modification job.

To start, “backspacing” essentially describes the distance from the inside edge of a wheel to the mounting face. While a Jeep’s backspace can affect how its wheels interact with the suspension and other crucial vehicle systems, its most noticeable result is the fact that a greater amount of backspace causes the wheels to protrude more prominently from the vehicle’s wheel wells.

Meanwhile, a wheel’s “offset” describes the distance from the center of a wheel to its mounting face. This distance may come into play if you’ve decided to install tires larger than the OEM set because a Jeep’s offset determines how much clearance it has within the wheel well.


Lift Heights vs. Tire Sizes

If you’re looking to up your Jeep’s tire size, then chances are that you’ll need to increase your Jeep’s lift height in turn. This is because larger tires require greater amounts of clearance, which an increased lift height can provide. So, if you are looking to upgrade to a 33-inch tire, then a Teraflex 1155200 kit may be the best option for adding the appropriate amount of clearance. Meanwhile, a Rough Country 2.5" or a Rough Country 620N2 4" kit may be appropriate for use when adding 35 inch or 37 inch tires, respectively.


Installing Lift Kits on a Jeep for Highway Driving

Regardless of which kit you choose, completing a Jeep lift modification can take some time and require a fair amount of skill with relation. As such, you may find it more worth your while to seek out professional assistance when it comes time to lift your Jeep.

Should you decide to go ahead with this installation process anyway, you should start by reading the installation guide that came with your kit in its entirety. Check out this written lift kit installation guide or video guide for more insights surrounding this time-intensive Jeep modification.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do I know what size lift I have on my Jeep?

Deciding how much lift to add to your Jeep is a personal preference based upon the ride height you’d like in the end. Once you’ve got that figured out, there are several key measurements you must make before selecting the lift kit that provides the amount of lift to cover the difference between your Jeep’s suspension and your desired ride height. Learn more about making those measurements here.

When do I need longer brake lines?

You may end up needing longer break lines if your chosen lift kit raises your Jeeps height beyond a couple of inches. Your Jeep's brake line length limitations will differ from model to model, though, so you may choose to consult with your certified Jeep dealer to determine the limitations of your make and model.

Will I lose ride quality with a Jeep lift kit?

As long as you (or a professional) perform the modification correctly, you should actually feel your Jeep’s ride quality increase after your new lift kit is in place. However, if you notice a decrease in ride quality, that may be a sign that your chosen lift kit was not fully compatible with your Jeep. In that case, you should make an appointment with your preferred Jeep mechanic to discuss your options going forward.

Is there anything I need to do after installing my lift kit?

Always test out your newly modified Jeep in a safe, low stakes environment. If you intend to drive your Jeep on the highway most of the time, then this test should occur at various speeds in a parking lot or on a neighborhood street. Meanwhile, an off-roading Jeep should be tested on a low stakes trail before being allowed to take on any larger obstacles.

Why do many lift kits raise suspension higher in the front and not the back?

This is primarily an issue seen in trucks, though some Jeeps with a truck-style bed may also run into this issue. In essence, this discrepancy is caused by a “leveling” kit, which is designed to compensate for the amount of weight placed on the tail end of a truck or some Jeeps when a load is on board. Regular lift kits don’t provide this kind of compensation and instead lift all four wheels evenly, in most cases.


Conclusion

If you take anything away from this guide, then you should fully understand that adding a lift kit to your Jeep is not a small task at all. Not only is the installation process usually fairly hands-on, but it also takes some knowledge to pick out the best

Jeep lift kit for highway driving in the first place. Fortunately, this guide should provide you with this knowledge so that you can begin the process of lifting your Jeep in the near future.

However, if you’re still hung up on which Jeep lift kit to buy, then you should place the Teraflex 1155200 at the top of your list. This kit is compatible with most Wranglers built over the last decade and comes with an impressively affordable price tag, given that it is among the most durable options in its class.

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