Last week, we brought you news that Mercedes-Benz had developed a system to lift the S-Class sedan up to 3 inches if it detects an imminent side collision, better distributing crash forces and protecting occupants. This week, Jeep Performance Parts and Mopar are releasing a 2-inch lift kit for EcoDiesel-powered versions of the Wrangler SUV and Gladiator pickup truck, but for an entirely different reason: to improve off-roading capabilities (OK, and because it looks cool).
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The kit is designed specifically for EcoDiesel-equipped Wranglers and Gladiators because the turbo-diesel 3.0-liter engine adds extra weight, making the kit used for the conventional gas-powered four-cylinder and V-6 unsuitable. The kit uses Fox-brand 2.5-inch shocks “specifically tuned for increased weight capacity, durability and cooling during off-road conditions,” along with longer front lower control arms, heavy-duty bushings and retuned springs. This improves articulation by 18% over the stock suspension, according to Jeep, while handling the added bulk of the diesel engine.
The kit is a bolt-on accessory requiring “no drilling, cutting or welding” and will cost $1,495 before taxes and installation. It’s also covered by a warranty for two years and unlimited miles, or for the remainder of the vehicle’s three-year/36,000-mile warranty. If buyers also install tires measuring 33 inches in diameter or larger, the speedometer and odometer can be recalibrated for accurate readings for an additional $125 (again, before taxes and installation).
According to Jeep, the lift kits will be available in “late summer.”
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