I’ve seen hundreds of huge lifted pickup trucks in my life time, many of which are simply too big to make sense. It’s the typical, my truck is bigger than yours game. In the end, the only thing that’s really much bigger is your gas expenditure. The minute you lift your truck you begin losing anywhere between 3 and 10 miles per gallon. This is real hard cash straight out of your pocket for doing the exact same amount of driving you were doing before.
I suggest considering every one of the facts before going ahead with a lift kit of any sort.
- Loss of Vehicle Warranty
The majority of the time, your trucks manufacturer will no longer cover your vehicle once’s it’s either lifted or has larger tires put on it. Their reasoning is that this puts extra strain on the vehicles components which can lead to more frequent mechanical issues — they don’t want to cover this because it could have been prevented.
- Harder to Control Vehicle
Believe it or not, it’s MUCH harder to control a lifted truck. The center of gravity is a considerable amount higher than it used to be which leads to the dangers of rolling it around corners.
- Terrible Gas Mileage
I guess it all really depends on what you’ll be using the truck for. If it’s just a toy and you drive it on the weekends the mileage won’t hurt as bad. I’ve known guys who actually lift their daily driver truck. This is where it will get you, imagine driving 75 miles per day and paying 10 cents more per mile. It doesn’t sound like much, but that’s 75 cents per day and around $21 per month; over $200 per year of wasted money and gas.
Now that you have a few of the cold hard facts please reconsider lifting your truck, it really doesn’t make as much sense as it may seem.