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Old 10-25-2012, 10:57 AM
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fat frank; I think it's because HULK wants to "SMASH"! Hahaha! To each his own and if you work hard, by all means go and play hard.
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Sorry, but have to ask. I see these jacked up trucks and some of them simply look rediculous. You need a 12 foot ladder to get in some of them.lol
Seriously, what is the benefit of the super high lifts. Seems like if your axles stick, you're stuck. I don't care how high up you're sitting. What is practical. You need good ground clearance and you can get that with wheels and tires. Again, what benefit do you get with the big lift and body lifts. Of couse, if you drive across a lake I could see a purpose.

I'ld like to hear a reply to this if some of you will and don't get angry. I'm an old man. If I was younger, I'ld probably jack my truck up too.lol
And what about side hills? Aren't you afraid of turning these things over?
While at the 4x4 shop getting my leveling kit installed (old man lift) I saw some wild looking trucks. They had to have spent a ton of money on all of the upgraded suspensions I was looking at. Their shocks probably cost as much as my whole job including alignment.
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Yea after thinking about this whole thing about getting a huge lift, its just not practical to go super big. Im guna have my truck for a while and dont really want my gas milage to tank on me if I did go big. Im thinking now that a leveling kit will just do the job and the other big lifts are for ppl with the real dough. Also some of these lift kits should prolly just go on a 2500 and up because you still get good gas milage.

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Sorry, but have to ask. I see these jacked up trucks and some of them simply look rediculous. You need a 12 foot ladder to get in some of them.lol
Seriously, what is the benefit of the super high lifts. Seems like if your axles stick, you're stuck. I don't care how high up you're sitting. What is practical. You need good ground clearance and you can get that with wheels and tires. Again, what benefit do you get with the big lift and body lifts. Of couse, if you drive across a lake I could see a purpose.

I'ld like to hear a reply to this if some of you will and don't get angry. I'm an old man. If I was younger, I'ld probably jack my truck up too.lol
And what about side hills? Aren't you afraid of turning these things over?
While at the 4x4 shop getting my leveling kit installed (old man lift) I saw some wild looking trucks. They had to have spent a ton of money on all of the upgraded suspensions I was looking at. Their shocks probably cost as much as my whole job including alignment.
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Beware, I raise the same question all the time and people freak out. lol
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Hey fat frank; the amount of lift required is proportional to the size of tire desired. The higher you go, the bigger the tire you can run. The bigger the tire, the more stuff you can......get stuck in.

More often then not, this is done for looks instead of real performance. Although there are some limited urban off road benefits, the primary benefit is purely looks and most humans are suckers for looks in some thing or another.

I know a lot of people with lifted trucks, and they all have some idiosyncrasy to contend with but are not willing to give up the "Wow! Nice Truck" for a trouble free truck. IMO, what they (lifted truck owners) have done is not much different then me debadging mine and tinting the tails. I did not accomplish a single thing beyond looks, but I have retained the OEM reliability/functionality (for what it's worth) and spent a lot less. However, when I park next to the lifted trucks, they get the big Ohhh's and Awww's and mine receives the 'also showed' recognition. LOL

At the end of the day it is all about what 'you' like and what makes 'you' happy. All the rest of us just don't matter in that equation.
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Hey fat frank; the amount of lift required is proportional to the size of tire desired. The higher you go, the bigger the tire you can run. The bigger the tire, the more stuff you can......get stuck in.

More often then not, this is done for looks instead of real performance. Although there are some limited urban off road benefits, the primary benefit is purely looks and most humans are suckers for looks in some thing or another.

I know a lot of people with lifted trucks, and they all have some idiosyncrasy to contend with but are not willing to give up the "Wow! Nice Truck" for a trouble free truck. IMO, what they (lifted truck owners) have done is not much different then me debadging mine and tinting the tails. I did not accomplish a single thing beyond looks, but I have retained the OEM reliability/functionality (for what it's worth) and spent a lot less. However, when I park next to the lifted trucks, they get the big Ohhh's and Awww's and mine receives the 'also showed' recognition. LOL

At the end of the day it is all about what 'you' like and what makes 'you' happy. All the rest of us just don't matter in that equation.
once again Brad, you've summed it up extremely well.

in all honesty its just that, looks. there are the select few who build a truck and lift it to just off road it. those are the guys that also swap axles and arent running your basic lift kit. but in all reality most are just for an image.

my last ram had a 5 inch lift and majority of the time it had 35s. that setup got me through most anything here in SD and the black hills. I wanted to go bigger, but that would have just been for my ego, as the above setup did exactly what I needed.
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Honestly if you have decided that the leveling kit is reasonable but you still do want something else, look into a 3" body lift. it gives it the looks of a big expensive suspension lift but can be obtained for less that $400. Thats the route im probably going to go simply bc i dont feel like spending $2000 on a lift but still want to sit a little higher than my leveling kit. Just my 2 cents no matter what, have fun and do what you want.... its your truck and your money
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To me a lift is either done right, 2 to 4 shocks per wheel, big springs, rugged wheels & tires, etc.
or it is just street queen
like buying a 4X4 that will never see anything but dry or slightly moist pavement

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I meant that just jacking them up, with no real stability, makes them not worth a hoot when you get off the pavement
A STREET QUEEN

Yes i do live in El Cajon, a major off road performance town, also where GEAR VENDORS is located, & just up the street, FIBERWERX
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if you arent going out and flexing your truck to death, dont throw out the option of a body lift. its what im doing to my daily driver so i can fit 35"+ tires on it.

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if you arent going out and flexing your truck to death, dont throw out the option of a body lift. its what im doing to my daily driver so i can fit 35"+ tires on it.
exactly. body lifts are the way to go if your not off-roading a ton. it makes the appearance better without the price of the suspension upgrade
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