So, you want to go Beast Mode and lift your truck. Well, when it comes to installing a lift kit on a truck, there are several common misconceptions. As your trusted source for lift kits, let’s dive into these misconceptions and set the record straight.
1. Lifted trucks are better for off-roading
A lift kit increases ground clearance and allows for larger tires, but that doesn’t guarantee better performance in the dirt. Improved performance will most likely be gained by adding differential lockers, heavy duty shocks, struts, linkage, and traction control systems. Consider adding these parts, in addition to your lift kit, if you want to scale the hills in your area.
2. A lifted truck can tow/haul heavier loads
This is not the case. The increased ground clearance gained by installing a lift kit on your truck allows it to move over uneven terrain, but towing and hauling capacity are a function of the frame, suspension, engine, and transmission. The truck may look like a beast because it’s sitting on some gnarly off-road tires and 30” wheels, but if it doesn’t have the torque and horsepower in the engine and tranny, the lift is mostly for looks. But, hey, your girlfriend doesn’t have to know that.
3. A lift kit will improve my truck’s fuel efficiency
This is actually the opposite. By adding lift blocks, lifting spindles or lift springs along with larger wheels and tires to your truck, you have added weight to the vehicle negatively impacting fuel efficiency. Likewise, the lift will increase drag, reducing aerodynamics and this, too, will cause the truck to burn more fuel. Every part of lifting your truck is in direct conflict with fuel efficient driving, but we don’t do it to save gas. We do it because it looks cool. Obviously, the extent of the impact will depend on the lift kit's size, tire choice, driving habits, and road conditions, but in most cases if you are lifting your truck, expect your fuel bill to be lifted as well.
4. Lifted trucks are not safe:
While there are people out there to believe this is true, the reality is, a well-executed lift kit installation that follows manufacturer guidelines and uses quality components should not pose significant safety risks. Unless you have experience lifting trucks, we highly recommend you have your lift kit installed by a reputable and experienced professional to ensure proper alignment and functionality.
5. Lifted trucks are not legal in many states
Come on. Really? This is just not true. Granted, Lift kits can be subject to certain legal restrictions and regulations, depending on the jurisdiction, they are not illegal. Regulations often dictate the maximum allowable lift height, bumper height, and tire size. However, as long as you familiarize yourself with the local laws and regulations and stay within those laws, you're as legal as any car or truck cruising down the highway.
6. Lifted Trucks costs too much to maintain
It is true that lifted trucks may require added maintenance and have higher costs over time, but not enough to scare away most drivers purely based on this. However, lifting a truck can increase stress on other parts of the suspension as well as the drivetrain and steering. In addition, larger tires may wear out more quickly, requiring more frequent replacements. So, be sure to plan this into your budget as you prepare to lift your baby. But don’t let it scare you from doing it. The rewards of riding high on a lifted truck are sure to outweigh the added costs.
Get Your Lift Kit from Airbagit
Bottom line is do your research. Consult with trusted professionals, and consider the specific needs and goals for your truck before making any modifications, including installing a lift kit. When you’re ready to lift your truck, give Airbagit a call so we can set you up with the best lift kit for your truck.