Whether you played with Hot Wheels cars or went to monster truck shows as a kid or not, most men can agree that it doesn’t get much cooler than a lifted truck with some monster tires under it.
For the off-roading community, lifted trucks have been popular since the 1970’s when enthusiasts began modifying their trucks to support mudding and trail-riding.
Now, the trend has spread to the general population of truck owners simply because many enjoy driving a truck that sits higher, has larger high performance tires and better towing ability.
While no one can argue the straight badassery of a lifted truck, there are some pros and cons.
* Bigger Better Tires: Trucks with stock suspension have to use shorter narrow tires. Lifted trucks can use larger tires with more aggressive grooves making it easier to gain traction and less likely to get stuck in the mud or snow.
* Towing Capability: While you can tow with stock suspension, heavier loads can make a truck bottom out. This doesn’t happen on a lifted truck.
* Sexiness: Lifted trucks just look better. No doubt about it.
* Higher Chance of Rollover: A higher truck means a lower center of gravity which can affect handling in sharp turns and potentially increase the possibility of rollover.
* Lower Gas Mileage: Having bigger tires translates to the need for more power to spin your wheels resulting in a minimal loss of gas mileage.
* Warranty: In some cases modifying the suspension can affect your truck’s warranty. Check with the dealer before making any alterations to your truck’s suspension.
When you decide on a lifted truck, you’ll have multiple options to consider from these current truck lifting trends across the auto industry:
Signature lift kits range from 2″ to 6″ and can incorporate lots of features such as
* 18-22” wheels
* 32-37” tires
* E-coated front strut tower extension
* Nitrogen-charged rear shocks
* Compression struts
* Stainless steel exhaust tips
The possibilities are about as vast as your imagination and mainly limited only by creativity.