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Old 12-12-2010, 12:32 AM
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Really lots of people lift their trucks because they like the look. I did it just for that reason. You could ask the same thing for a lowered truck, why lower? Is it to do the Limbo?

If you level the truck it is much less of a cost then lifting. With the lift kit you are buying a whole lift kit which can cost anywhere from $1000 - $3000. A leveling kit is like $100 - $200. The difference is the amount of height that you can get out of it.

With a leveling kit you can fit some bigger tires, usually up to 33". If you lift the truck 4" you can fit 35" tires and 6" 35"-37".

Yes with bigger tires the truck will feel slower. This is because you are adding so much weight to the truck. There is much more rolling weight so your braking is worse as well. I did not mind the drive with my bigger tires, I actually like it a lot. It does have a litter more body roll since the center of gravity is higher. I find I can throw the rear end out much easier when it is wet. The lift kit I have adds a leaf in the rear which really stiffens up the rear end. I find the whole ride stiff which is actually comfortable, it soaks up the bumps. LOVE IT!!

If you want a smoother ride from a bigger tire you should look at getting an All Terrain rather then a mud tire. It will make a difference since all terrain tires are designed to be more on the road while they can still be good for mild off roading. All terrain tires will also make less road noise as well.

With my truck and its 6" lift and 35" tires it drives like a dream. I love the way it rides I feel like it is much better then stock. It was all worth it.

I dont know if you can get into a parking garage with the 4" lift kit since you are going to put bigger tires. You are looking at adding over 6" total in height. You should really measure the truck now and add 10" to it to be safe. If you want to do it then maybe get a leveling kit since you are adding 2-2.5" to the trucks height. You can fit 33" tires which will make the truck better and keep the stock ride quality.


Honestly is you do the right kinda lift kit and proper install you dont have much to worry about. A quality lift will really make a difference over a cheap one. You dont want to screw around with quality since you can start going through drive shafts, U joints, ball joints etc..... If you do get a proper lift kit and a great install then you wont have to worry too much. It will be the same wear and tear if you didnt have the lift kit.

Agree totaly .I couldn't have said it any better myself .
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It looks like your questions have pretty much been answered, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in there anyways.
If you just want to put bigger tires on your truck, the 4th gen trucks will fit 35"s with only a 2" leveling kit. If you look around on the forum you'll see a few trucks that have done just that.
Personally, I have a 3" body lift with 33"s on my 2nd gen, and I love it. It probably decreased my gas millage a little bit, but not that much.
If you put bigger tires on at all, it's going to slow the truck down. However, it won't make it sluggish at all. You won't win any races, but your truck will still get up and go.
Since you're using your truck as a daily driver, and you'll be putting it in garages, I wouldn't do a lift, even thought I like the look of a lift kit over a leveling kit much more. You should be able to fit a leveling kit though.
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It looks like your questions have pretty much been answered, but I thought I'd throw my two cents in there anyways.
If you just want to put bigger tires on your truck, the 4th gen trucks will fit 35"s with only a 2" leveling kit. If you look around on the forum you'll see a few trucks that have done just that.
Personally, I have a 3" body lift with 33"s on my 2nd gen, and I love it. It probably decreased my gas millage a little bit, but not that much.
If you put bigger tires on at all, it's going to slow the truck down. However, it won't make it sluggish at all. You won't win any races, but your truck will still get up and go.
Since you're using your truck as a daily driver, and you'll be putting it in garages, I wouldn't do a lift, even thought I like the look of a lift kit over a leveling kit much more. You should be able to fit a leveling kit though.
I think you made a good point about the body lift. It allows you to clear bigger tires without having to change the suspension at all.

I like rolling on bigger tires because they soak up the potholes and bumps better than a small tire. While the fashionable trend is towards bigger and bigger rims, I like the idea of putting as much air between me and the bumps. Also, I put quite a few miles on my trucks off-road. You get a much more comfortable ride and better traction by lowering your air pressure off road. I'm much more comfortable with 33" or 35" tires running at low pressure than smaller ones. The pressure is low, but the volume of air is still enough to isolate you from the bumps.
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