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What to Know Before Buying a Lifted Truck

What to Know Before Buying a Lifted Truck

What to Know Before Buying a Lifted Truck

Is a lifted truck right for you? They're fun to look at, even more fun to drive, and give you options in the backwoods, snow, or water that you don't have with a stock truck. But, depending on what you use your truck for, will lifting it help or hurt?

Should You Level Your Truck?

First things first: there's a difference between lifting and leveling a truck. A two-inch lift kit will level your off-the-production-line truck so that the front is even with the back. Some people don't like the look of a truck that has its nose to the ground, and the leveling kit takes care of that. If you want that lift but want to keep the nose-down look, you can also use spacer blocks on the rear. Leveling is much less complicated, but it's also much less dramatic than a suspension lift. You'll want to level your truck if you often have a plow or winch in front, if your tires hit the fender or bumper when you turn, or when your diesel truck needs some more clearance for your big tires.

You'll want to level your truck if you often have a plow or winch in front, if your tires hit the fender or bumper when you turn, or when your diesel truck needs some more clearance for your big tires. Newer trucks can also have lower bumpers, exhaust, and running boards which might not do well if you're driving over rocks or rough roads often. If you just need a little bit more room to clear, a leveling kit is a good option

Should You Lift Your Truck?

Lift kits move your entire truck higher in the air by changing the suspension parts. That can mean new springs, shocks, control arms, driveshafts, bent brake lines, maybe even aftermarket wheels. Suspension lift kits are what get those aggressive looks--the "monster" trucks you might see driving down the road or even the ones that can take the mud bogs without a thought--but they're a serious commitment. Obviously, if you're looking to take on the outdoors without a hitch, suspension lift kits are going to be your go-to.

Things to Consider about Lifted Trucks

Beyond the logistics, it's important to know that buying and equipping a lifted truck is complicated. You really need to either know how it works or find an expert who does, because if you don't do your suspension lift right the first time, you may end up replacing a lot of things on your truck that you wouldn't have to if you'd listened to an expert.

You should also know your state laws about the configurations you can have. If you're looking for a big lift, will your lifted truck even be street legal? Are there regulations about what's allowed and what's not? Knowing that ahead of time will be an important part of the process.

Buying a Lifted Truck from a Dealer

If you don't know much about lifted trucks, you definitely want to find a dealer that knows what they're talking about. Ask a few questions to find out! Ask your dealer if their shop can service the truck and certify it. Can your dealer list and explain the parts of a lifted truck, offer an inventory of choices or have a connection to a dealership that can, stand behind the lifted truck with a guarantee, and offer multiple financing options? If they can't, you're probably going to want to choose a different dealer.


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