Buying a Lifted Truck

Buying a Lifted Truck

If you are an off-road enthusiast, you may be considering buying a lifted truck. A lifted truck will give you the extra ground clearance you need to go through off-road situations you would not be able to otherwise.

Raising the chassis higher off the ground allows the lifted truck to carry larger off road type tires, giving more grip in the mud. The fact that it sits higher up lessens the chance of colliding with objects on the ground. Plus, they just look cool!

Things to Consider When Buying a Lifted Truck

One of the first things you want to know about your lifted truck is who installed the lift kit. You want to be sure this was done by a reputable shop. Keep in mind that if you are buying a new lifted truck and the kit was not installed by a factory authorized shop, it may affect your warranty.  Be sure to ask about this!

Also, keep in mind that the larger tires and wheels on the truck will require modified brakes in order to stop efficiently. Larger rotors and calipers are need to stop the larger mas of the wheels. This is critical to check, so do not skip this step.

You know you will have larger tires and wheels, but you need to be sure that the tires are suited for the type of use you plan for your lifted truck. If you spend a lot of time in the mud, you will need different tires than if you plan to do a lot of rock climbing.  Make sure you have the appropriate tires for the task.

Also, you should ensure that the drive shaft has been adapted properly for a modified truck. A typical truck’s universal joint is constructed with a pinion angle of 1 to 3 degrees. A lifted truck’s differential pinion should not have an angle that exceeds 2.50 degrees. The vehicle’s slip travel of differential should lie between three quarters of an inch and an inch in order to compensate for the truck’s significant “give and take.”

Buying a Used Lifted Truck

When buying a used truck with a lift kit, you should also consider those things mentioned above. Obviously, you should check all the things that you would normally look for when purchasing any pre-owned vehicle.

Also look closely at the U-joints, idler arm, half shafts and bearings. Take a flashlight and crawl up under the truck to look carefully at the under-carriage. Try to find out how much off-road use the truck has been through. Check the lift blocks – cheaper lift kits may use blocks that can put additional stress on the rear axle.  Higher quality kits often use arched springs to help with this.

Check fluids as well – you do not want to find oil mixed in with the antifreeze! Make sure there is no evidence of water in the oil.

Be sure the lifted truck is also street legal. These laws can vary from state to state. Safety should also be considered, as these trucks generally have a lower safety rating than a non lifted truck.

Have the alignment checked as well. Extensive banging around off road can often knock the alignment out, so be sure to verify that the alignment is good.

Obviously, you should check the Carfax or similar vehicle report. You want to know if there have been any accidents or open recalls.

Here at, we have several lifted trucks for sale in Brunswick and Jacksonville. We are happy to help you choose the right truck for you.Get in touch with us today.

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