Picking Out the Best 2002 Chevy Silverado Lift Kit
Are you the owner of a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck? Whether it’s the 1500, 2500 or 3500, you’ve got a great vehicle on your hands. When they’re well maintained, these trucks can last for a very long time. However, despite its age, you never have to settle when it comes to your truck. With an awesome lift kit installed, you can make the vehicle drive with a whole new feeling. The next matter is just finding the right 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit for your needs.
At Ultimate Rides, we know what we’re talking about when it comes to lift kits and lifted suspension. That’s why we’ve put together this guide. We have a list featuring 10 of the best lift kit options for your truck featured just below. After that, you’ll find our buying guide, with plenty more advice to help you on your way.
If this is your first time installing a lift kit on a vehicle, it’s natural to feel a little nervous. We strongly recommend taking a look at video tutorials online to show you how it’s done. If you have all the right tools, and some patience, lift kit installation can be a great way to get started working on trucks. Be sure to stick around and check out the tips available in our buying guide before you get started!
1. Rough Country 6″ Lift Kit with N3 Shocks and Knuckle NTD Suspension (ASIN – B0754KFVFH)
Compatibility: 1999-2006 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 4WD
Our pick for the overall best 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit comes from manufacturer Rough Country. You’ll see them show up a number of times on this list, and that should show you how much we trust and appreciate their products. This first kit is made for the Silverado 1500, and only works on models equipped with four wheel drive. This lift kit is a little bit pricey, but in order to get the best for your vehicle, you’ll need to have some extra room in your budget. We’ll have more affordable options later on down the list. However, if you want a premium lift kit, this is the one for you.
The package includes a set of N3 shocks as well as knuckle NTD suspension. Together, these systems will ensure your vehicle is ready for anything you have to throw at it (or drive it through, in this case). The lift kit itself is backed by Rough Country’s lifetime limited warranty, while the shocks and strutsinclude a three-year warranty, as they are more likely to need to be replaced later on down the line. If you’re looking for a high amount of ground clearance for your truck, this is definitely the kit we’d recommend. Installation can be quite intensive, however, so we’d also suggest looking into professional help for that step.
2. Rough Country 4.5″ Lift Kit with N3 Shocks (ASIN – B00B28SDSK)
Compatibility: 1999-2006 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 2WD
As we said, you’re going to see Rough Country lift kits pop up on our list quite a number of times. This next kit offers a less extreme lift for your truck. At the same time, it has a similarly excellent level of quality. With this lift kit, you’ll be able to maintain the same ride quality that you had before. However, you’ll feel a great difference from the 4.5-inch lift. Like the first Rough Country kit, you’ll find some fantastic N3 shocks included with the package. The price is a lot more reasonable for this kit, as it offers an inch and a half less of a lift. All the same, we’re confident you’ll be happy with the end result. Plus, if something does go wrong, the lifetime warranty should be there to back you up and get it replaced.
3. Rough Country 3″ Lift Kit with N3 Shocks (ASIN – B07L5XM1D9)
Compatibility: 1999-2006 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 2WD and 6-Lug Wheels
At number three, we have another 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit to share with you from Rough Country. It’s quite similar to the first two options featured on this list. The only major difference is that it’s only a three-inch lift. That’s still plenty more most people, and it’ll let you install larger tires. That’s a big reason for many drivers to outfit their truck with a lift kit. With this option, we’re confident you’ll still have the same great performance your truck had before. As long as everything is installed properly, you shouldn’t run into too many issues with the Rough Country kits. If you have questions about installation or would like us to handle it for you, all you have to do is reach out to our office. Once you do, we can upgrade your truck in no time and get it back to you.
4. TORCH Off Road 3″ Front 2” Rear Lift Kit with Shock Extenders (ASIN – B07NDNGGG1)
Compatibility: 1999-2007 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 4WD
With our next recommended lift kit, let’s change things up a bit. If you have slightly uneven suspension, this may be the best option for you. It is a product called a leveling lift kit, and it both levels and raises your truck’s body at the same time. You can use the front torsion keys to adjust the leveling to your exact needs, but it should be somewhere close to an inch above the rear. This kit is available for less than $200, which is a great bonus. While this won’t offer the same level of quality as a more expensive kit, it’s definitely not a bad place to start.
The product includes a lifetime warranty as well, so you shouldn’t run into too many issues down the line. Installation is not too difficult, but we’d still recommend doing research on your own before trying for the first time. With all of that in mind, this is definitely a great option for a 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit.
5. TORCH Off Road 3″ Front 3” Rear Lift Kit with Shock Extenders (ASIN – B07NDNDDMK)
Compatibility: 1999-2007 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 4WD and 6-Lug Wheels
Is your suspension already level? If so, then check out this standard lift kit from TORCH Off Road instead. It offers the same great quality at a fair price, but offers the same lift in both the front and rear of your vehicle. Overall, the kit includes torsion keys, rear lift blocks, shock extenders, U-bolts, and all the hardware you’ll need for installation. It comes with a lifetime warranty from TORCH Off Road, so you shouldn’t have to worry about problems down the road. The kit has excellent ratings from customers, and we’re confident you’ll have the same quality experience with this product. Pick it up for your Silverado today to experience greatness!
6. Rough Country 3″ Lift Kit with N3 Shocks (ASIN – B01IAJKKUW)
Compatibility: 2001-2010 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD
With our sixth lift kit, we’re going back to Rough Country. However, this time, it’s for 2500HD and 3500HD models instead of the 1500. This kit features many of the same strengths we’ve already shared with you, such as the lifetime warranty and high-quality construction. If you want a top-notch at-home lift kit to upgrade your vehicle, you can’t go wrong with this Rough Country kit. It offers really strong performance, and that’s not something that can be said for all at-home lift kits. Plus, you’ll be able to outfit for heavy-duty truck with a larger set of tires to match. You can make your truck even more rugged using this lift kit, and it’ll be off-road ready when you’re done installing.
7. TORCH Off Road 3″ Front 2″ Rear Lift Leveling Kit (ASIN – B07NDP6QR3)
Compatibility: 2001-2010 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD with 8-Lug Wheels and Torsion Bar Suspension
Our next lift kit may seem a little familiar. We’ve already shared a leveling lift kit from TORCH Off Road, but this one is specifically for heavy-duty Silverado models instead of the 1500. It just goes to show how important it is to pay attention to vehicle compatibility! With this kit, you’ll get the same quality as the one we shared before, but made for a different sized vehicle. The kit is available at a truly great price, and you’ll find a whole lot of bang for your buck. It may just be because of the age of the vehicle model, because quality certainly isn’t too much of a factor in the affordable price. Installation is relatively easy, but as always we recommend getting a plan together before you start. If you do, you should find the process much smoother!
8. MotoFab Lifts 3″ Front and 2″ Rear Leveling Lift Kit (ASIN – B0728HSGNS)
Compatibility: 1999-2006 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 2WD
If you’re in need of a two-inch lift in the rear and three inches in the front, this could be the kit for you. MotoFab Lifts is another strong choice for affordable at-home lift kits, and it’s a bit surprising they haven’t popped up on our list sooner. You can trust them for entry-level lift kits that are a great step for first-timers looking to install on their own. It’s a pretty basic set, and very affordable at $100. With a little bit of prep before you start, you should find installation takes only a couple of hours. Once you get it on, you’ll be able to enjoy a new feeling for your retro Silverado truck. Be sure to note that this kit only works on 2WD models and not 4WD, as that can catch people up.
9. Supreme Suspensions 1-3″ Front 3″ Rear Lift Kit with Shock Extenders (ASIN – B07JZQ8TVB)
Compatibility: 2001-2010 Chevy Silverado 1500, 2000-2010 Chevy Silverado 2500HD/3500HD with 8-Lug Wheels
If you think you may need to do some tweaking to get your front end exactly even with the rear, this kit is for you. It allows you to adjust the front height anywhere between one to three inches, while giving the rear a flat three inch lift. It also fits on a wide variety of Silverado models, which makes it a great choice for many folks. Supreme Suspensions is another reliable choice for lift kits around this price range. While they simply won’t offer the same quality as if you’d spent thousands of dollars, they’re a great way to dip your toe into the hobby. It’ll allow you to outfit your truck with custom tires and leave conventional roads behind. If you’re interested, try out this lift kit on your truck today!
10. WULF Suspensions 1-3″ Front 3″ Rear Lift Kit with Pro Comp Shocks (ASIN – B07DD22RHD)
Compatibility: 1999-2007 Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500 with 4WD and Torsion Bar Suspension
Finally, we have one last lift kit to share with you today. It comes to us courtesy of manufacturer WULF Suspensions, and it’s another adjustable front end kit. It also comes with a set of Pro Comp shocks to further upgrade your truck. That, in combination with the strong quality of the lift kit, may be enough to convince you that this is the right 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit. The kit has very strong reviews from customers, including many verified buyers. We’ve used plenty of WULF products in the past, and we’re confident in saying that they should serve you well. Installation should only take a matter of a few hours, and after that you’ll be good to hit the road once again.
2002 Chevy Silverado Lift Kit Buying Guide
We hope our list was useful to you. There are plenty more lift kits out there for the 2002 Chevy Silverado. If none of the options presented here work for you, for one reason or another, we encourage you to read through the rest of this buying guide. In it, we’ll have advice to keep in mind for after you install your lift kit, as well as a section on choosing the right kit for your needs. We’ll also tell you more about Ultimate Rides, including how we might be able to help with lift kit installation, your next vehicle, and more. Contact us if you have any questions!
General Advice for Lift Kits
Now that you’ve had a look at the lift kits we recommend, we want to leave you with a few more bits of advice before you leave. First, and perhaps most importantly, always make sure to get a steering alignment after installing a lift kit. It’s a major safety concern, and it’s possible to run into problems on the road if you skip this. It’s smart to get one once a year anyways, but it’s especially important after lift kit installation. For those who have a professional installing your kit already, be sure to ask if they’re going to perform a steering alignment automatically. If not, you may want to ask them to do so! If you install at home, it’s worth the time and money to bring your vehicle in for an alignment when you’re through.
Along those same lines, we also want to remind you to pay close attention to product compatibility. We’ve done our best to make it very clear with each recommended product, but that’s not always the case if you’re shopping elsewhere. Just look through the product description to double check it will fit on your truck. Not every 2002 Chevy Silverado lift kit is the same, and some options may only fit with certain wheel types, drivetrain configurations and more. You’ll save yourself from a lot of unnecessary stress by ensuring you buy a product that’s going to work for your truck.
Factors of Focus: Buying the Right Kit
After you narrow down your options to kits made for the 2002 Chevy Silverado, you’ll still have a lot of products to pick from. Are you still wondering how to choose the one that’s best for you and your vehicle? We definitely understand, and we’re here to help. First, determine what style of lift kit you’d like to buy. If you want to keep it simple, a more affordable spacer kit might be the right option. However, if quality is high on your list of concerns and you have room to spend more, a suspension lift kit is the way to go. They’re more difficult to install, but they’ll provide a much higher level of quality.
You’re also going to want to think about what height you want to go with. Most spacer kits are smaller, usually around three inches or less. Suspension kits can vary from just a couple of inches to six or eight inches, sometimes even more. Figure out which sounds best for your truck and you can cut down the options even more.
From there, it’s time to think about the differences in quality between specific kits. After narrowing things down this far, you should have a somewhat small selection of options to choose from. Take a look at each, reading through both product descriptions and customer reviews. It also won’t hurt to do some outside research on the options that stand out. Read professional reviews and you’ll have a better idea of what kind of quality to expect. You only want the best, so make sure to shop carefully!
Lift Kit Installation Tips
Before you attempt to install a lift kit on your own at home, it’s strongly worth considering professional installation. Unless you have plenty of experience, the process of installing a lift kit safely can be frustrating and time-consuming. For some, it could be worth the money you save. Just make sure to do a lot of research ahead of time. If you attempt one of these jobs without knowing exactly what you’re doing, you are just asking for trouble. Safety should be your first priority!
Visit Ultimate Rides for Installation, Repairs and More
Did you find out all that you needed to know about lift kits for the 2002 Silverado? We hope so! However, we also know that there can be a lot to learn. If you have any remaining questions, we encourage you to reach out to Ultimate Rides. We’re located about one hour south of Chicago in Coal City, and we offer installation for lift kits and much more. We’ll fix your truck, clean it up with a good detailing, and offer regular maintenance. All of this is for a very fair price!
To get in touch with Ultimate Rides over the phone, reach out to 815-634-3900. The Ultimate Rides office is located at 38 W. Division St., Coal City, IL 60416 if you wish to stop by and meet us!
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