Doozer, definitely get the lift kit. It makes a world of difference, especially if you run over brush and logs etc. I installed the High Lifter kit. It took about 3 weeks to arrive due to back order, but after installation my rear hitch is 14" off the ground and I can put a 5 gallon bucket under the side rails and still have a couple inches clearance. It is a smoother, better ride and Im on stock tires, haven't mustered up the courage to drop a grand on new tires yet but looking into the Terminators. As far as installation goes it took me 45 mins with my walmart tool kit. lol.