Buying a truck is an exciting day in a person’s life. They often don’t foresee many of the changes that come from suddenly driving around a gigantic vehicle. Maybe you are not used to sitting so low or are scratching against the curb while parking. Maybe you would like to get more out of your pick up. Whatever the reason, lifting your truck might be an option that you should consider. Here are some questions and answers that will help you with your decision:
Why get a lifted truck anyway?
There are many benefits to getting a lifted truck. A lifted truck is able to carry more weight, which is ideal if you are moving. It is more stable and better suited for off-road terrain. If you live in Arizona and like to venture into the outdoors, a lifted truck is ideal for you. The state has hundreds of offloading trails in canyons and mountains for you to choose from. Getting higher tires will make your truck more steady on dirt, mud, or even snow in case you decide to go cross-country with it. Other than the natural advantage in terms of weight and stability, it will allow you to fit in heavier tires. It is advantageous in case you need to get towed or the car stops working.
Should you DIY it or get one pre-lifted?
If you are a hands-on person, you might be invested in lifting your truck yourself. Be prepared to do a lot of research as there are a number of ways you can lift a truck. The first decision that you have to make is whether you want your truck leveled or lifted as the two different procedures require different kits. Leveling involves making the front high enough to match the rear, whereas lifting involves increasing the height of the entire suspension. Some of them are simple and involve adding a spacer or a torsion bar to lift up the truck by a couple of inches. Other methods can involve adding solid axles, which also need added components to minimize suspension damage. If you are not well versed in mechanical matters, a good idea for you is to buy a lifted truck from a dealership. Arizona has many such dealerships for you to choose from.
How much will it cost?
The cost of lifting depends on the size of your truck. Smaller truck lifting kits cost less than those for bigger trucks. In general, the average cost ranges from about $2,000 to $10,000 dollars. Added to that is the cost of hiring professional help to do the installation, which can cost a few more thousands. On top of that, you will have to buy some new parts after the lifting, or do minor servicing.
Overall, the decision to buy a lifted truck or to do your own lifting is a matter of a cost-benefit analysis. Whichever you choose, the great joy and sense of freedom that comes from owning a truck should not be missed.