Best Options for a Lifted Truck
Best Options for a Lifted Truck
You've decided on a lifted truck, but you're not sure what modifications you should consider once that lift is underway. What do you need to consider as you customize your truck? Here are the top five options you should consider on your lifted truck.
Tires and Wheels
If you have a diesel truck, you probably already have substantial wheels and tires. Most truck owners like bigger tires because they create better traction on almost any surface: dirt, mud, sand, rocks, and snow. But if you're driving on multiple surfaces, you'll need to consider what your best option is.
You've got two primary choices with tires: all-terrain and mud and snow tires. All-terrain takes on a variety of surfaces, loving the asphalt best. These tires have tougher sidewalls and wider gaps in the tread, which make more noise but last longer when driving on roads. Mud and snow tires are much better when you're tackling slippery surfaces, especially in snow, because they have softer rubber that improves their grip. The bad news is that they wear out faster on the road because of that softer rubber. When you're deciding on the right tires, many experts suggest going with all-terrain until you know how much off-road mud and snow action you're getting.
Engine & Exhaust
When you start customizing your engine and exhaust system, be careful: this can snowball fast. Make wise decisions! You can opt for changes in two main areas: air filters and intake and your tuning. Many lifted truck drivers opt for a cold air intake, which helps improve air flow into the truck. What does this do? It actually adds horsepower to your engine without changing out the engine.
The other option is through tuning, which means that you're essentially reprogramming your engine to try to get more power. You can do this in two ways: flash tuning, which stays on all fo the time, or fly tuning, which is controlled using a remote and gives you the power when you need it. Some aftermarket manufacturers use pre-programmed tunes to get the best possible performance from a lifted truck's engine.
Obviously, lifted truck lovers are likely most focused on the suspension of their trucks. Essentially, you'll be focused on a few key parts of your suspension: leaf, link, and shocks. If you want to enhance your off-road performance, you'll be interested in installing some performance shocks. Leaf kits allow you gear your truck to off-road adventures, and purpose-built springs in the link system can help you change up the cushioning system to either get a stiffer or softer ride across various terrains.
One of the cautions experts give people who are new to the lifted truck scene is that one change often means a series of changes to avoid future problems later on. One of these is in the driveshaft, which can snap if it's not replaced with a tougher one when the truck is lifted. Sometimes you'll also want to increase axle strength as well, depending on what you plan to do with your lifted truck, and the differentials.
Here's where your lifted truck gets really fun. When you've taken care of the logistics, and made sure the guts of your lifted truck are in shape, then the accessories can become your focus. Lifted trucks can add an extra layer of utility with things like lights (opt for light bars, strobes, square lamps, flood or spot to help you in the backwoods), winches (which can help you get out of some seriously sticky or sandy situations), and storage racks. Want to protect your undercarriage? Armor can help the rocks bounce off without damage and a whole host of other accessories can help you turn your lifted truck into exactly what you've always imagined.
How to Lift Your Truck
Looking for a way to lift your truck but not sure which option is right for you? We'll give you three options, along with the pros and cons of each.
2-inch Lift or 6-inch Lift on Your Truck?
To level or to lift? That's the question you're asking when you're wondering the difference between a two-inch lift or a six-inch lift (or more!) on your truck. Which option should you choose?
Lifted Truck: Solid Front Axle vs Independent Front Suspension
If you're not a truck guru, you may not know the difference between a solid front axle and independent front suspension. But if you've bought a truck or an SUV in the last few years, you probably have experienced independent front suspension (IFS) in all its glory. You may not have even know that, in the world of lifted truck, there are two camps about which option makes for a better lifted truck experience.