What is a lifted truck?
A Lifted truck has a raised (lifted) suspension. It is generally used to increase ground clearance and accommodate larger rims and tires than a standard truck. The size of the lift is the amount of additional spacers and springs added compared to the stock suspension system. That increase will determine the size of wheels and tires that can be used on the truck. Stronger performance parts and accessories can be added to allow it to handle more extreme conditions and outperform standard trucks in rugged terrain.
If you want a more aggressive lift like the 7” one on the picture below, you will need a little more done to the truck. First, all factory shocks, springs, upper and lower control arms, brake lines and even the drive shaft will be removed. Then the performance suspension parts, shocks and springs will be installed. The control arms must also be adjusted to accommodate the height difference. Additionally, the brake lines may or may not need to be replaced.
Because there is a lot more work to be done to a lifted truck with a custom suspension, this process can take 12 or more hours to complete! And with the new parts, larger clearance for bigger wheels and tires, there is more cost involved as well. While a simple level may cost around $500 plus tires and wheels, a full custom lift can exceed $7,000 to $10,000!
Lifted vs. Leveled
Most trucks coming from the factory have the front end slightly lower than the rear end. This is to assist in handling when large cargo is being carried in the bed of the truck. However some find this is not what they want and choose to have the truck leveled. In this case, spacers can be added to the front suspension to “level” the front end with the rear end.
When this is done the truck has more of a balanced look and feel to it with minimal cost or time involved. A leveled truck can accommodate slightly larger wheels and tires, but not nearly as much as a fully lifted truck.
Minimal lifts require adding spacers to the front and rear suspension to raise either the suspension or ride height. This can be the less expensive option if you just want a few inches of lift for more clearance and custom rims with tires. You will still be using your factory suspension and other components and it can take only a couple hours in most cases.
Can you do any truck?
Most modern Trucks, Jeeps and SUV’s can be outfitted with a custom lift or level to a certain degree. Certain models have mechanical limits as to the height of the size of the tires such as the Jeep Wrangler Sport. This particular Jeep shown below can only be lifted to about 3.5”. Also once you get to a certain point, the center of gravity shifts making the truck less stable in extreme off-roading. Ultimately there is a balance of effective lifting to handle the terrain and lifting or leveling purely for show. You must determine what it is that you want and need!
The greater the size of the lift, the more parts and larger size wheels you will want or need. This can affect your gas mileage as well, but performance and use on a rugged terrain will be gained, therefore allowing steeper angles of approach and departure. Your overall height will be adjusted so if you were used to the original height of the truck, you must now be aware of the increase with low hanging branches and entrances to garages etc.
Adding a leveled suspension or a lifted one to any truck will definitely increase the overall appeal and performance of your truck. Come see our selection of lifted trucks and check out the difference one of these can make of your driving needs.