2-inch Lift or 6-inch Lift on Your Truck?

2-inch Lift or 6-inch Lift on Your Truck?

Why lift your truck? Trucks come from the factory with a "rake," a higher rear end than front end that angles their nose slightly down. The idea is that once you fill the truck bed or attach a trailer, the truck evens out. But some drivers prefer a more level appearance from the get-go, adding lift kits to get rid of that nose-to-the ground look.

And then other drivers want far more. They want to lift their entire truck, have it stand up and strut its stuff. If you're torn between the two choices, we'll review all your options here and point you in the right direction to how to learn to do it. That way, you get the look you want with the least hassle.

How High?

Anytime you raise the truck body away from the axles, you're leveling or lifting. What's the difference?

If you raise the front only between 2 or 2 ½ inches, you're leveling. It brings the front and rear tires level and brings the face up. The truck loses its nose-to-the-ground look and replaces it with a front-and-center stare. Don't forget to adjust the headlights to keep the beam out of the eyes of oncoming traffic.

If you raise the truck body, front and back, you're lifting. This is anything more than about 2 inches. Now your truck body as a whole is elevated. Some lifts are suave and subtle and some are attention-grabbing showroom fare. It all depends on how high you go.

Leveling or Lifting?

Leveling is hardly noticeable and isn't for looks. We're only talking a finger-length difference, after all. Still, leveling makes the truck feel more like a truck. The biggest advantage is being able to swap out larger-than-stock tires. Also, if you use a plow or some other heavy front-attaching object, leveling might be just what the doctor ordered.

Lifting changes the look of the truck. Say goodbye to subtlety; now your truck makes people stop and look. Feel free to add the big tires. And your ground clearance increases too, making for more adventurous off-roading. Finally, bumpers, exhaust, and running boards all get raised, keeping them out of the way of rocks and other road debris.

If yours is strictly a work truck, you're probably a leveler. If you're a dedicated off-roader or proud truck owner who wants everyone to notice, you're likely a lifter.