A lifted truck is an impressive and sturdy vehicle. Since the body sits higher off the ground than with a standard design, this ride provides unique benefits. If you're in the market for a lifted truck, knowing some basics about these vehicles will ensure you find the right one for your needs and budget. Here's what you should know.
What Are the Types of Lifts?
There are two main types of lift kits, both of which are installed aftermarket. No trucks are manufactured with lift kits already installed. The first type is a body lift kit, which is essentially a series of spacers or blocks that raise the vehicle's body from the frame. During the installation, the body is removed from the frame, the spacers or blocks are attached, and the body is put back in place at a higher position.
A suspension lift kit expands the distance between frame and body like a body lift kit does, but it also changes the vehicle's leaf springs so that the suspension system is raised as well. You get more height with these types of kits; the maximum for a body lift is anywhere from 3 to 5 inches, while a suspension lift ranges from 2 to 9 inches.
What Are the Benefits?
The main goal of a lift kit is to allow you to install larger tires on the vehicle. This can transform virtually any truck into an adept off-roader. If your daily driving routinely takes you over rough or uneven terrain, a lifted vehicle can provide better traction and control.
The lift also provides you with a higher vantage point, giving you a wider view of the road, improving visibility and safety. The ride itself is often smoother and more comfortable for both the driver and passenger. Additionally, it's easier to perform certain repairs on lifted vehicles since the underbody is more readily accessible.
What Should You Look for When Buying One?
As you shop for a lifted vehicle, check the driveshaft and transmission. Some lift kits can exert wear and tear on the metal, which can cause driveshaft failure.
Take the truck for a test drive and see how smoothly it switches gears and accelerates and decelerates. Assess the condition of the tires, too. They shouldn't be overly worn, and they should be the right size for your driving needs.
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