I have a lot of experience with aftermarket modifications of jeeps, like lifting one because of my auto repair shop.
And I have had to come face to face with a lot of Jeep Compass owners who wanted to lift their jeeps.
What’s their main concern?
After deciding to lift their Jeep Compass, my clients mostly have the same question, how much does it cost to lift a Jeep Compass?
My answer is it usually costs around 100 dollars to 5000 dollars to list a Jeep Compass. This is because various kinds and brands of lift kits cost differently. And there’s also the installation cost! But you can save quite a lot of money if you install the lift kit yourself.
Today I’ll explain not only how much it can cost to lift your Jeep Compass but why it can be affordable to expensive. But keep in mind, Lifting a jeep can cause some problems.
Full Breakdown of Lift Kit Costs for Jeep Compass
The cost of a lift kit for your Jeep Compass can vary from around $100 to $5000, depending on the type of lift you want, the size, and the brand.
And if you want to get the installation done by a professional, it can cost you anywhere from $200 to $8000, depending on the auto repair shop and the lift kit.
If you want to add a bit of height, like 1 to 3 inches, to your Jeep Compass, and you want it to be really affordable, you can go for a spacer lift kit.
A spacer lift kit can be of two kinds. They are a lift kit with strut spacers or a lift kit with coil spring spacers.
And they are usually made out of steel, aluminum, or polyurethane for durability.
These lift kits only come with the front and rear lift spacers that you would need to lift your Jeep Compass with.
They are really cheap!
These spacer lift kits can cost you only around a hundred bucks! But I would recommend you avoid installing strut spacers to lift your Jeep Compass.
They are the least expensive lift kits and yet the most harmful ones!
A lift kit with strut spacers will make your jeep’s ride quality poor, and you will have a hard time handling the jeep.
So if you’re on a tight budget, you should go for lift kits with coil spring spacers.
However, I recommend you save your dollars and find the best compatible suspension lift kit with all the right parts.
Expensive but worth it!
A proper suspension lift kit for your Jeep Compass may cost you from 200 dollars to 2000 dollars.
But they are completely worth the price!
They come with all the suspension components to keep the geometrical altercations a lift kit can bring intact.
And these suspension lift kits can come with strut/coil spring spacers, lift blocks, upper and lower control arms, sway bar brackets, special driveshafts, and other components.
Coilover lift kits!
A coilover lift kit is usually more expensive than a suspension lift kit. These lift kits can cost around $800 to $2000.
But you should only go for these types of lift kits for your Jeep Compass if you’re regularly driving through really tough terrains or need a lift kit that can be adjusted easily for different on-road or off-road situations.
If you want a high-end suspension lift kit or even want a custom-made one, you might have to pay around $2000 to $5000 for them.
These suspension lift kits can come with new suspension parts, new steering components, new control arms, four-link systems, tailing arms, drive shafts, and more.
This kind of full suspension lift kit contains all these parts because installing a lift kit can alter more than just the ride height.
It can alter the steering geometry, shaft length, and even the brake lines. So an expensive suspension lift kit like this will make sure you ride the most comfortably.
Lift kit Installation Cost for Jeep Compass
Installing a lift kit on your Jeep Compass by a professional can cost you anywhere from 200 dollars to 2000 dollars, depending on the auto repair shop.
If you take your already-bought lift kit and your Jeep Compass to an auto repair shop, depending on the lift kit, location, and their asking labor charge, it could cost you up to $1000 or more.
It could take them from a few hours to a few days to install your lift kit, depending on how much workload they have.
Here’s the kicker!
You can go to a Jeep dealership to get your Jeep Compass lifted for a few hundred dollars more than what an auto repair shop will offer.
Yes, it can be more expensive, like around 500 dollars to 1000 dollars or more, but it’s worth the extra money!
But the cost can depend on the location of your dealership!
This is because a Jeep dealership will know about all the components of your Jeep Compass better.
So it will be safer for you to get it installed there!
There’s a but!
Most dealerships will install your aftermarket lift kit, but not all!
There might be the issue of voiding the warranty! Some Jeep dealerships will want to avoid dealing with you if your lift kit would void your jeep Compass’s warranty.
So if you want to get your jeep lifted at a Jeep dealership, you should look into your warranty and check if this aftermarket modification will void your warranty or not.
Having said that,
You can save a lot of your money if you have a bit of experience in getting your hands dirty or simply following instructions.
Well, you can always install the aftermarket lift kit you bought for your Jeep Compass by yourself.
The only expense you might have for this is for buying the equipment you need for the installation.
I’ll explain how in a bit!
How to Install Lift kit on Your Jeep Compass Yourself
If you opted for an affordable spacer lift kit for your Jeep Compass and you want to install it all by yourself, I got you.
I’ll explain in detail how you can install a coil spring spacer lift kit to your Jeep Compass through this step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Gather Your Equipment
You might need a few pieces of equipment to install your spacers, and I’ll list them all here:
- Sets of coil spacers
- Ball joint separator
- 3/8 ratchet
- Hammer (medium-sized)
- Coil spring compressor
- Screwdriver with a flat head
Step 2: Loosening the Nuts and Bolts
Before you can even start installing your lift spacers, you have to take apart the nuts and bolts on your jeep.
First, use the jack, and start to take out the nuts and bolts one by one. The nuts and bolts on your jeep’s wheels are called lug nuts.
Whatever you do, don’t disturb these lug nuts, as they can easily damage the studs on the opposite side of your jeep.
Step 3: Raising Your Jeep Compass
You need to raise your Jeep Compass to get access to the coil springs of your jeep. To do this, you have to use a big enough jack.
Just place your jack on the axle so you don’t end up damaging your suspension. You also have to place jack stands right under the frame of your jeep.
Step 4: Removing Your Tires
Now you need to take out your jeep’s tires to access the coil springs. Be very careful when you are doing this.
And check to see if you are damaging any of the other components of your jeep or not when you’re taking out the tires.
Step 5: Taking Out the Shock Absorbers
In this step, you have to carefully take out the shock absorbers of your jeep.
Take them out from your jeep’s axles. Don’t worry! It’s going to be pretty easy to take them out. Just remove the bolts, and it’s done!
But you can keep them as they are if you want to and work around them. It won’t stop you from installing the spacers., but it could be risky.
Step 6: Removing the Cotter Pin and Castle Nut
Starting from the end, you can pretty easily take out the cotter pin from your Jeep Compass in this step.
Then, detach the screw from the back of your jeep’s sway bar links to take apart the castle nut. Then, use the hammer and ball joint separation tool to remove the links.
Step 7: Installing the Coil Spring Spacers
In this step, you have to use your coil spring spacers so that your coil springs are secure and you don’t end up losing any of the parts.
Using the coil spring spacer will help you avoid any kind of damage to your jeep. So just unbolt the coil spring spacer retainers from the sides to compress the coil spring.
Now you should lower your axle, so it doesn’t fall off your jack. After doing this, you get to install your coil spacers on top of the coil springs!
Step 8: Lifting the Jack
Now you have to lift your jack carefully so the coil spring spacer with the coil spring can contact the axle and the frame perfectly.
You can try holding the spacer to secure it properly, but only by the sides. Don’t touch the top of the spacer in this step, or you might end up hurting yourself.
Step 9: Placing the Spacer Retainer Again
In this step, you have to attach the coil spring spacer retainer back to its rightful place again and secure it.
Step 10: Reassembling the Parts
Now you need to reverse the entire process you started doing at the beginning to put everything back in its proper place.
This will end up in you reinstalling the tires on your Jeep Compressor and taking out the jack. But if your spacer lift allows for bigger tires, you can just install new and larger tires.
How to Install a Suspension Lift Kit on Jeep Compass
Now if you want to install a suspension lift kit on your own to your Jeep Compass, I have got the instructions right here.
Step 1: Gathering Tools
You will need to gather a few tools to get started. These are the tools:
- Pry bars
- Wrench set
- Torque wrench
- Safety wire
- PB Blaster
- Vehicle jacks
- Safety stands
- Lug wrench
Step 2: Raising the Jeep
First, you need to make sure the negative battery terminal is unclamped, or you might suffer from electric shock.
Now you should loosen the lug nuts without removing them completely.
Then, you can go ahead and place your jack at the front of your jeep so that you can easily get under it to install your lift kit.
Put a jack under each of the weight points to make sure the jeep is level. And don’t forget to position a few safety stands to make sure you don’t end up having accidents.
It’s best not to depend only on the floor jacks!
Now you need to lift a jack under your jeep’s axle so it can hold the axle’s weight when you take apart suspension components.
Step 3: Removing Tires and Suspension Components
Once you have raised your jeep enough that you can get under it, start taking out the tires and wheels.
Now it’s time to remove the shocks and coil springs of your Jeep Compass. Make sure you take out the U-bolts as well.
Place all these removed parts somewhere safe, as you will have to reattach them when you’re done installing your lift kit.
You can use the hammer if you are facing any issues taking these components out.
Step 4: Installing the Lift Kit
If your coil spring requires assembly, follow the instructions that come with the kit and bolt them in place tightly.
Use the new U-bolts from the kit and replace the old bolts with the new ones. And ensure the alignment of each component after bolting them.
Follow the instructions on the lift kit to assemble the shock absorbers, then install them. Use your torque wrench to make sure all your bolts are tightly attached.
Step 5: Finishing Up
Now you need to take out the safety stands and lower your jeep carefully while you keep it level. Then, you can reattach the negative battery terminal.
Repeat the entire process on the rear side of your Jeep Compass.
Then, you can reinstall your wheels and tires. Or you can use new and bigger ones, as your jeep will now have better ground clearance.
How much does it cost to lift a Jeep Compass? Well, it can cost you from $100 dollars to $5000 to buy the kit and between $200 to $2000 to get it installed professionally.
However, I recommend installing it on your own if you have even a bit of experience with auto mechanics.
Saves so much money!
Whatever you end up doing, make sure you invest in the right lift kit for Jeep Compass, as it can alter the geometry of your jeep.