How Much Should I Lift My Nissan Titan?

Attention: Nissan Titan owners! It’s entirely possible to lift your Titan to meet your off-roading goals, thanks to the four safe and reliable options listed below. If you’re wondering how much you should lift your truck, go over each option to figure out which one’s the right one for you.

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Why Lift Your Nissan Titan?

By lifting your truck, you can:

  • Increase the maximum size of the tires that can be mounted on your truck.
  • Give your truck a more aggressive, custom appearance.
  • Increase your truck’s suspension articulation and travel.
  • Allow yourself better visibility, especially in bad weather.

The best way to lift your Titan is to modify your suspension system. Body lifts are limited to only three inches and they don’t improve your truck’s off-roading abilities. Suspension lifts allow you to jack up your truck’s overall height by up to half a foot. They will also drastically improve your truck’s off-roading capabilities.

If you’re interested in giving your Titan a suspension lift job, you can’t go wrong with one of the following four options:

1. Leveling Kit

Level kit

A leveling kit (which is basically a 2" lift for the front only) levels the front of the truck with the rear. Doing this benefits your truck in several ways, including:

  • Allowing room for 33” tires (in some cases)
  • Giving your truck a more aggressive appearance
  • Increasing your truck’s overall ground clearance

When you level your truck, you’re basically making your front struts 2 inches longer with aluminum spacers. A good leveling kit, such as Rough Country’s 2-Inch Suspension Leveling Kit, contains aircraft quality T6061 Billet aluminum strut spacers. Installation is a bolt-on process.

2. 3” Lift Kit

3 inch kit

If you want to lift your truck by a few inches but you’re not interested in leveling it or doing a body lift, a 3” lift kit is the best solution for you. Most 3” lifts are done in the same way as leveling your truck – with spacers. But they involve installing spacers in the front and the rear. The next step up, like this bolt-on suspension lift kit, has rear spacers and new front struts with upgraded upper control arms. The struts and control arms are designed to keep the ball joints at optimal angles after the lift. This makes it possible to get a good alignment after the lift, and reduces stress on the ball joints.

3. 4” Lift Kit

4 inch kit

Looking for a more aggressive lift? Consider a 4” lift kit (or a 6” lift kit, which we’ll cover next). It’s important to note that if you lift your Titan by 4 inches, you’ll almost always want to upgrade your tires and perhaps wheels. The stock tires would look a little tiny under this lift. There will be enough height to run 33- or 35-inch tires.

Usually, a 4” lift means upgrading the control arms and ball joints. Some lift kits, such as Rough Country’s 4-Inch Suspension Lift Kit, contain heavy duty lifted knuckles and upgraded front crossmembers. Spacers and shocks are included for the rear. Rough Country’s lift kit also has components that will help you complete the job. It includes a differential skid plate, brake line brackets, and more.

4. 6” Lift Kit

6 inch kit

Want to go all out? Install a 6” suspension lift kit. Depending on the kit, a 6” lift will lift your truck with crossmembers up front, larger spindles, new struts, and control arms. In back, most kits will provide extended shocks and spacers.

A 6” suspension lift will significantly improve your truck’s off-roading capabilities. Keep in mind that – like a 4” lift – this project will also call for a full tire (and perhaps wheel) upgrade. You may want to go to 35" tires. You’ll notice a difference in your truck’s center of gravity, so handling will be slightly worse. With larger tires come more noise, lower fuel economy, and slower acceleration/stopping times. Still, the benefits listed above usually outweigh the downsides that come with a high lift and bigger tires.

If you still need assistance determining which type of lift kit best meets your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be more than happy to assist you!