Lately, it feels like every truck owner I meet is planning to lift their truck or wants to do so soon. Clearly, this has been partially in response to the growing popularity of off-roading, as well as a general desire for more ground clearance while working off the beaten path. My friends and customers who drive a Chevy Silverado are caught up in this craze too, which is why I’ve taken more time to really understand Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500 lift kits at an in-depth level.

As I’ve learned firsthand, there are an overwhelming number of kits for these Chevy models today. If I hadn’t done all this research and learned about what makes a Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500 lift kit different, I certainly wouldn’t know where to start. But fortunately for you, I know my stuff when it comes to the best Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2500 lift kits. You’ll find what I’ve learned here in this guide, as well as in my reviews of the top 6 models in this market.


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Model

Compatible Models

Leveling

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Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000...

Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000

2007-2017, 2WD and 4WD

Yes

3' Front Leveling Lift Kits for Chevrolet...

Dynofit 3 Inch

2007-2019, 2WD and 4WD

Yes

dynofit 1-3' Torsion Keys with Shock...

Dynofit 1-3"

2011-2019, 4WD

No

Supreme Suspensions - Full Lift Kit for...

Supreme Suspensions

1992 – 1999, 4WD

Yes

Rough Country - 28330 - 1.5-2-inch Suspension...

Rough Country 28330

1999-2006, 4WD

Yes

Rough Country 4.5' Lift Kit (fits) 1999-2006...

Rough Country 4.5"

1999-2006, 2WD

Yes


Why Would You Need to Lift a Chevy Silverado

There are plenty of reasons to install a lift kit on your Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500. First and foremost, most folks install one of these kits to improve their off-road performance. Specifically, a lifted Silverado often take on steeper approaches with ease and handle tight breakover angles without trouble. A lifted Silverado also allows for larger wheels in general, thus making this kind of modification ideal for folks who want to utilize custom wheels that are broader or taller than original manufacturer models.


Choosing Quality Lift Kits for Chevy Silverado

Purpose of Lifting & Driving Habits

I tell this to every truck owner that comes into my shop looking to perform a lift, so I'll tell you, too – take a moment and consider what your purpose for lifting is. If you intend on off-roading, either for recreation or for competition, then that’s all well and fine. Your Silverado’s performance on both of those fronts will be greatly enhanced after performing this modification.

But if you’re simply planning to perform a lift for aesthetic reasons, you may look to other kinds of truck modifications to achieve your desired outcome. Lifting a truck is an expensive procedure that can change the way your favorite ride handles fundamentally. So, if your truck spends most of its time on paved roads or in town, then your driving habits can’t really justify this modification.

Local Legality

One significant factor to consider before investing in a lift kit for your Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 is the legality of performing this kind of modification. That is to say; some states place tight regulations on a vehicle’s drive height, as well as the placement of its front and rear lighting. This may not sound like a major issue for you if you plan on off-roading, but a lift that goes against local vehicle laws may cause you to run into legal trouble while driving your Silverado in town or on the highway.

Type of Lift

There are two primary types of lift kits – body lift kits and suspension lift kits. As its name suggests, a body lift kit raises a truck’s body using the stock suspension system. Meanwhile, a suspension lift kit raises the body and frame of a truck by altering the height of the various suspension components. The latter of these two kits often cost more and require more effort to install, so prospective truck lifters should think carefully about which kit type is right for their needs and budget.

Tire Size & Lift Height

Many truck drivers seek out a lift kit so that they can add more space for their larger tires. If you’re one of those folks, then be sure that you are picking out a kit that is designed to lift your Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 enough so that those tires can operate properly without any undue friction. This includes accounting for your vehicle’s suspension system, which may cause your vehicle’s overall lift height to decrease momentarily when enduring an impact.

Vehicle Model & Production Year

Naturally, you should always check to be sure that the lift kit you intend to buy is compatible with your type of truck. This is especially true for Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 drivers because kits for these model's come in 4WD and 2WD versions. Also, be sure that your chosen kit is compatible with your Silverado's model year, as certain fundamental changes to the Silverado's frame and suspension over time can cause newer kits to be incompatible with older model years.

Extra Modifications

Though most lift kits don't address this head-on, a prospective lift kit user like you should know that lifting your Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 may require extra modifications. Extensions for both the brake line and driveshafts are the most common extra modification needed on this front, though a full replacement of the control arms or trailing arms may also be necessary. For the best results, speak with a trained Chevy mechanic about what extra modifications your truck will need to preserve safe operations after a lift.

Ease of Installation

It can be challenging to gauge the ease or difficulty of a Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 lift on your own, especially if you are new to truck modification. As such, it is always in your best interest to check a lift kit’s user reviews to evaluate how other users of the same kit faired. In most cases, though, speaking with a certified Chevy mechanic can help you determine if you can handle the job on your own or if you’ll need to hire a professional to get the job done properly.


6 Best Lift Kits for Chevy Silverado Reviewed

1. Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000

Best Lift Kit For Chevy Silverado 1500

Compatible Models

2007-2017, 2WD and 4WD

Max Clearance Height

N/A

Leveling

Yes

Recommended Tire Size

Standard

Installation Time

Quick (2 hours)

When Chevy Silverado 1500 drivers come into my shop, I like to start by recommending the Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000, which I believe is the best lift kit for a Chevy Silverado 1500. This kit is a great go-to option, not least because it is compatible with all Silverado 1500s built between 2007 and 2017, not to mention those with built-in 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive. This kit is even so versatile and useful, I recommend it to customers who need leveling on their wreckers, ambulances, motor homes, or commercial trucks.

Speaking of leveling, few other lift kits can beat the Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000 when it comes to leveling capacity. That’s because this kit comes standard with a pair of 2-ply reinforced commercial-grade bellows that are quick and easy to install. They can hold up to 5,000 lbs. of pressure, which makes them ideal for providing a little extra shock absorption after modifying your Silverado’s riding height.

Air Lift LoadLifter 5000 air spring kits feature 2-ply reinforced commercial-grade bellows, which mount between the spring and frame. They can be inflated from 5 to 100 psi to level loads up to 5,000 lbs on large pickups and vans, wreckers, ambulances, motor homes, and commercial trucks. LoadLifter 5000 kits include bellows, air lines, fittings, brackets, mounting hardware, and instructions. They're engineered for installation in about two hours. Order the spring helper kit designed for fitment with your make and model.

Also, I can’t talk about this kit without mentioning its lifetime warranty. That can make this pricy kit a worthwhile investment if you think you’ll ever need to replace its parts down the line. Getting quality replacement parts for this kit shouldn't be a challenge, either given that its manufacturer makes them right here in the US.

Pros

  • 2-ply reinforced commercial-grade bellows can hold up to 5,000 lbs. of pressure
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Can be used on wreckers, ambulances, motor homes, and commercial trucks as well
  • Provides leveling to 2WD and 4WD Silverados

Cons

  • Lacks a listed maximum lift height
  • More expensive than other models in its class

2. Dynofit 3 Inch

Best Leveling Lift Kit For Chevy 1500

Compatible Models

2007-2019, 2WD and 4WD

Max Clearance Height

3 inches

Leveling

Yes

Recommended Tire Size

N/A

Installation Time

Moderate

Next up is another of the best leveling lift kits for a Chevy 1500, the Dynofit 3. This kit provides the standard amount of leveling and extra clearance, that is, 3 inches precisely. But that by no means that this kit’s components are average at all. In fact, after seeing the tests run on this kit’s 12.9-grade premium bolts, I can see why so many Silverado 1500 drivers have claimed that this kit’s parts were among the most durable in their class.

Speaking of durability, the Dynofit 3’s structural integrity doesn't stop with its bolts. This kit's main attraction, its lifting blocks, are built from a light yet sturdy aircraft-grade billet aluminum that was forged before being treated with a special aluminum adonized coating. This exterior level provides these lifting blocks with an impenetrable shield against all kinds of degrading forces, from rust to friction.

I will note, however, that the Dynofit 3's manufacturer claims that a DIYer might be able to fully install this kit in around 3 hours. I disagree with that estimation because it took me, a mechanic with years of experience working on Chevy Silverados, some extra time to figure out its modified stud pattern. But even that aside, I believe DIYers will be able to successfully utilize this kit, so long as they take the time and read all of its installation instructions before starting in.

Pros

  • Aluminum adonized exterior won’t chip, crack, or deteriorate under intense pressure
  • 12.9-grade premium bolts won’t degrade or snap under repeated pressure
  • Can provide up to 3 inches of clearance, 1” more than previous competing models

Cons

  • New stud pattern takes some time to learn

3. Dynofit 1-3"

Best Leveling Lift Kit For Chevy 2500

Compatible Models

2011-2019, 4WD

Max Clearance Height

1-3”

Leveling

No

Recommended Tire Size

Standard

Installation Time

Moderate

Meanwhile, if you drive a Silverado 2500, then you should definitely check out the Dynofit 1-3” kit, which I see as the best leveling lift kit for a Chevy 2500. First and foremost, this kit comes with an adjustable set of forged hard steel blocks that are far better than any stock part in their class. But perhaps more importantly, this kit is fully compatible with all Silverado models from 2011 to 2019, making it an ideal choice for someone who just bought a new 4WD model.

One of the primary reasons I recommend this kit to so many Silverado 2500 drivers who come into my shop is because it comes with 2 shock extenders for no extra cost. That can save a DIY a ton of time and even a little money. Chances are, your 2500 will need its shocks extended in order to maintain its ride quality after the lifting process is done.

It’s also worth noting that this kit comes with a 2-year warranty. While that may not sound like much, I've found that more than one of my customers who have used this kit has utilized this warranty. So, for better or for worse, it's worth having.

Pros

  • Forged hard steel is a significant improvement from most stock parts
  • Comes with shock extenders to prevent any loss of resilience on rough roads
  • Comes with a 2-year warranty

Cons

  • Limited compatibility with post 2010 4WD models

4. Supreme Suspensions

Best 3 Inch Lift Kit For Chevy Silverado 1500

Compatible Models

1992 – 1999, 4WD

Max Clearance Height

1-3 inches

Leveling

Yes

Recommended Tire Size

Standard

Installation Time

Extended

While this Supreme Suspensions full lift kit can technically lift your Chevy Silverado 1500 as little as 1 inch, I believe it is best suited to lift those trucks as high as 3 inches from their standard orientation. That’s why I consider this to be the best 3 inch lift kit for a Chevy Silverado 1500. I’m also partial to this kit because of its simplified instructions. While I don’t need them per se, I know that if I recommend this kit to a DIYer, they’ll have no trouble getting the job done right the first time.

If I were to describe this Supreme Suspensions full lift kit in one word, though, I’d have to pick “sturdy,” or maybe even “built to last” (that’s three words, but you get the point). That’s because every inch of this kit’s components can endure the long-term wear and tear of lifting without breaking down or failing. That includes this kit’s zinc phosphate coated U-bolts, which manage to resist all types of corrosion without compromising even a bit of their clamping power.

Along the same lines, this Supreme Suspensions full lift kit utilizes plasma-cut steel lifting blocks that cannot be beat (or broken, for that matter). They each feature a heavy-duty GMAW seam and fillet welding, too, so there’s simply no question that they’ll be able to hold multiple tons of pressure for the entire life of your truck’s suspension.

Pros

  • Heavy-duty GMAW seam and fillet welding help plasma-cut steel lifting blocks remain solid through years of use
  • Zinc phosphate coated U-bolts resist corrosion while maintaining maximum clamping force
  • Installation instructions are relatively easy to understand for DIY installation

Cons

  • Requires a lot of prep work to install properly

5. Rough Country 28330

Best Suspension Lift Kit For Chevy Silverado 1500 4WD

Compatible Models

1999-2006, 4WD

Max Clearance Height

1.5 - 2.5 inches

Leveling

Yes

Recommended Tire Size

32” standard

Installation Time

Moderate

At first, I wasn’t fully convinced by what my buddies in the truck modification business were telling me about the Rough Country 28330. But now that I have seen it installed in person, I agree with their assertions that it is the best suspension lift kit for a Chevy Silverado 1500 with  4 wheel drive. To that end, I was very impressed with this kit’s fabricated lifting blocks, which can be set to lift a Silverado 1500 up to 2.5 inches reliably and allow for a 32 inch tire comfortably.

The Rough Country 28330 kit’s premium N3 shock absorbers are also a real treat as far as supplementary shock absorption goes. These shock absorbers perform super well, both on and off-road, and appear to be built with durability in mind. The forged torsion keys that go with also appear to be built with durability in mind, which makes this entire kit among the most structurally sound in this collection.

I’m also pleased to tell you that these shocks come with a 3-year warranty of their own. That should give you plenty of time to test them out on your favorite backcountry trail after finishing your lift modification. However, it doesn’t appear that other parts of this kit come with a warranty, though, which is a bit disappointing.

Pros

  • Fabricated lifting blocks have been tested to outlast forged competition
  • Includes premium N3 shock absorbers that provide an extra smooth ride on rough roads
  • Tested to ensure that installation does not impact manufacturer-intended ride quality

Cons

  • Some thread stripping problems on bolts

6. Rough Country 4.5"

Popular Brand

Compatible Models

1999-2006, 2WD

Max Clearance Height

4.5”

Leveling

Yes

Recommended Tire Size

33”

Installation Time

Moderate

Finally, we come to the Rough Country 4.5, which is another worthwhile offering from one of the industry’s most popular brands. Like other models from this manufacturer, you’ll be pleased to see that this kit comes with the same type of premium N3 shock absorbers that are built with performance in mind and come with a 3-year warranty. This kit even comes with a simplified instruction guide and 100% bolt-on installation procedure that should make DIY installation a breeze.

But that’s not why I am recommending this kit to you. In fact, I believe that this kit is a worthwhile option for drivers of older 2WD Chevy Silverados because it provides an unmatched level of clearance that only a true off-roading fan can appreciate. When utilized at its maximum clearance height of 4.5 inches, you’ll even be able to install 33 inch tires on your Silverado.

Of course, it is a little disappointing that Rough Country has yet to put out a similar kit that is compatible with Silverados built after 2006 or that feature 4 wheel drive. But in the end, this is one of the best options for drivers of an older Silverado who believe that they can still get the best out of their favorite truck.

Pros

  • 4.5” of clearance allows for up to 33” tires comfortably
  • 3-year warranty of struts and shocks allows for optimal use and in-the-field testing
  • 100% bolt-on installation procedure allows for easier DIY installations

Cons

  • Not compatible with any newer Silverados or older 4WD models

Things to Consider before Using a Lift Kit on your Chevy Truck

As with all truck modifications, you can’t just jump into the deep end and expect your new lift kit to be installed correctly. There are a few things you can take into account before beginning a lift kit installation on your Chevy Silverado that will increase your chances of success.

First, consider how much lift you need in the long run and lift heights vs. tire sizes. If you’re planning to install larger tires at any point in the future, be sure that your chosen lift kit can lift your Silverado high enough to give them proper clearance. There are numerous lift kits to cover heights from 31 to 37 inches of clearance, many of which have been reviewed in detail above.

After figuring out how high you intend to lift your Silverado, consider whether or not that new height will impact your ability to comfortably get in and out of the vehicle. If your new height is a little higher than you can comfortably handle when climbing into the driver’s seat, consider installing an amp step while you are finishing the lift. There are even more things to consider before installing a lift kit on your Chevy Silverado, many of which are outlined in the video below.


People Also Ask (FAQs)

How do you install a lift kit on a Silverado 1500?

Installing a lift kit on a Chevy Silverado 1500 involves a number of steps, many of which require an in-depth knowledge of how these trucks are built and operate. That’s why many Silverado owners seek out professional assistance when they want to install a lift kit. However, those who still want to perform this modification on their own should start by reading all instruction documents that come with their lift kit. Then, they can check out this video to get an idea of what this major modification involves.

Is there any difference with installing on a 2500 model?

Installing a lift kit on Chevy Silverado 2500 model is similar to the 1500 model in most regards. While there are in-depth differences, it remains a complex task that is best suited to knowledgeable Chevy experts. Those who still want to perform this modification on their own 2500 should start by consulting with a Chevy expert, in any case, as well as reading every line of their kit’s instruction documentation.

How much does it cost to lift a Silverado?

If you’re planning on buying and installing a lift kit on your own Silverado, the whole process will cost you between $400 and $4,000 (plus a lot of your spare time). On the other hand, a professional installation will take much less time, but will likely run you twice the cost of performing the job on your own.

How do I determine how high I should lift my Chevy Silverado?

First, start by evaluating if you need extra clearance for new, larger wheels. Then, account for how much more clearance you’ll need and seek out a lift kit that can lift your Silverado that much or more. Alternatively, you can seek a moderate lift of 33 inches or so, which can serve most recreational and sporting needs well.

Will lifting my Silverado affect ride quality?

Yes, lifting a Silverado (or any truck for that matter) will noticeably change the entire vehicle’s center of gravity. Most noticeably, your vehicle’s braking and steering will be directly impacted if they were not correctly modified to accommodate the newly heightened suspension. Also, a lifted Silverado’s maximum safe operating angles will likely be impacted, which in turn could cause issues when driving that lifted Silverado on a paved road.

How high can I lift my Silverado?

Most experts recommend only lifting a Silverado as high as 37 inches. Otherwise, the entire vehicle’s performance and balance tend to increase without much greater benefits when it comes to clearance.


Conclusion

If I haven’t already made myself clear, I’ll say this one more time – a Chevy Silverado 1500 or 2500 lift kit can require you to put in a lot of work or monetary investment. But for folks who want to take advantage of everything their truck has to offer when it comes to off-road recreation and sport, a properly installed lift kit can make a world of difference.

Speaking of which, I want to give another mention to my preferred Chevy Silverado lift kit, the Air Lift 57204 Standard LoadLifter 5000. While this kit is only designed for a 1500 model, I believe it serves those drivers well by utilizing a pair of airlift springs that can prevent undesirable squatting and body roll. Better yet, the kit is American made and comes with a lifetime warranty.

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