We’re not going out on a limb by saying that most off-roaders have lifted or want to lift their vehicles. The most popular modification by far is a better suspension system that clears the way for bigger tires and wheels. Lots of stock vehicles are pretty low straight from the factory, making them as fuel efficient as possible and easier to get into. While that is helpful on the pavement, it quickly becomes an issue once out on the trail. Damaging rockers, dragging frame, and getting hung up on the belly gets old fast. A higher altitude and bigger tires can make a big difference in the dirt.

Even those who never touch the dirt want to throw a lift on their ride. While it might seem like a waste, we can’t blame them. Almost any vehicle out there looks better with beefier tires on it and a bit of lift. Or in some cases, a lot of lift. A mall crawler’s main focus might just be good looks, but this article applies to them as well.

With the cost of a new suspension system, swankier wheels and gnarlier tires, it is easy to limit resources to these upgrades. After all, they will have the biggest impact on your wallet. But there is a lot more you need to pay attention to than just the big-ticket items when it comes to lifting your vehicle. There are a lot of smaller details that, if forgotten, can make your truck, Jeep, and SUV range from underperforming to downright dangerous. Some aren’t included with a new suspension system, but they aren’t optional. Let’s take a look at the top ten most forgotten about items when properly lifting a vehicle.