What Should I Look for in a Used Lifted Truck?

What Should I Look for in a Used Lifted Truck?

What Should I Look for in a Used Lifted Truck?

You're in the market for a lifted truck, and you've decided that a used lifted truck is the best option for your needs and your budget. What should you look for--and get checked--before you finalize your purchase? We have a used lifted truck buying guide that should help.


Check the Brakes

When you lift a truck, you don't just affect the tire size and the height. Lifted trucks that have been done right will have addressed the brakes as well. Ask if the caliper and rotor size match the size and weight of the truck.


Ask About the Driveshaft

When you lift a truck, the angle and length of the driveshaft has to change as well, depending on the height. The u-joint on a stock truck was built for one to three degrees of pinion angle, and a lifted truck can't go above 2.5 degrees. The slip travel must fall somewhere between .75 and 1 inch--and before you buy, you need to make sure that someone who knows lifted trucks is taking a look at what's happening with this used truck.


Look at the Leaf and Coil Springs

Nobody wants a bumpier ride than necessary, and the leaf and coil springs help smooth the ride. When you lift your truck, those parts need to be arched in proportion to the lift. The coil springs wills age with use, so check both of these parts to make sure that they are in good condition.


Investigate the Tires

Most people who lift a truck will change the tires from stock tires to much larger off-road options. Every tire is different and fits a different need. If you plan on driving your lifted truck primarily in the urban jungle, your tire needs will differ from someone who frequents mud bogs or snow drifts. Check to see what kind of tires are on the lifted truck to see if you'll need to change them out before you begin your own adventure.