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Tips for Buying a Lifted Truck

It can be tricky to buy a lifted truck, which is also known as a 4 x 4 truck. After all, it is a rather rare vehicle, modified and designed for off-road adventures and other demanding jobs. The idea behind a lifted truck is to provide protection to its body by lifting it high in the air, which keeps it from crashing against the ground or any ground level objects..

Here are the most important things to keep in mind when buying a lifted truck:

Drive Shaft Length and Angle

The length and angle of a lifted truck’s drive shaft should be adjusted to enable the modified vehicle to work properly. A usual truck’s universal joint has a 1 to 3-degree pinion angle, and all lifted trucks should have a differential pinion angle no greater than 2.50 degrees. Slip travel differential should be within 3/4 of an inch to an inch to make up for the vehicle’s significant “give and take.”

Brakes and Tires

Lifting the truck’s chassis provides more room for big tires and wheels. This gives the truck ability to drive over rough terrain without damaging the vehicle’s underbody. However, the brakes of a huge truck must be modified if it must be raised and driven safely. This is simply due to the fact that bigger tires and wheels are bulkier and need larger and stronger brakes to stop the vehicle completely. Ensure that the lifted truck’s brakes have been modified, with bigger than normal roots and calipers that can stop the truck within reasonable distance. Also consider whether or not the tires on the vehicle match your purpose for getting it.

Making a Thorough Inspection

Just like buying a used passenger car or any other pre-owned automobile, you need to inspect a lifted truck carefully before deciding to get it. Ask the seller for information about the owner and the amount of off-road experience the vehicle has. Find out the lift type, who built it, and if there were any issues with it. Lifted trucks are usually bought used, so take a flash light with you and examine the vehicle for crusted mud in the nooks and crannies. This will provide clues on the amount of off-roading the truck has survived. Areas you shouldn’t forget to check are half-shafts, bearings, idler arm and U-joints.

Being a shopper, you should pay attention to lift blocks found on the truck’s rear axle. They indicate that a cheap lift kit was installed. The best lift kits come with fairly new – if not brand new – arched springs of the right length that prevent funny shackle angles. Assess the truck’s fluids based on dipstick level, color and water content. Remember to check for oil in the anti-freeze too. Lastly, take the truck for a spin on rough terrain, and observe for noises, leaks and difficulties with steering response.