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Old 11-11-2020, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by king_me View Post
I was glancing a dealerships inventory for PU trucks and they're all practically lifted. Just curious if this is a norm now to have your truck "Lifted" I personally would not want a lifted truck. https://www.gibsontruckworld.com/use...tory/index.htm
it is in central florida, very country around these parts! they are selling to the young country boys!
Old 11-11-2020, 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted by 7.62Kolectr View Post
Lifting a truck with big fat tires and everything else is definitely a thing.
When I was growing up there was a purpose to it and that was because it was needed to get thru or over certain terrain. Nowadays 99% of these lifted trucks are what we call ‘pavement princesses’ and will never see any dirt at all.
Yeah, there’s a few around you never will see a spec of dust on. I will say these boys around here will bury them in so much mud the original color is hard to detect.
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Old 11-11-2020, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
How the heck do you load/unload bulky/heavy things into those beds when they are so high off the ground? Seems like an unnecessary PITA.
They don't..they are toys.
Old 11-11-2020, 08:01 AM
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I think the lifted trucks are pretty silly unless you have a bona fide need for the lift.

They
1) get worse MPG
2) get even worse MPG when you put big tires on to fix the look
3) shine their headlights into everyone else's eyes while driving
4) block the view of all other drivers
5) tend to roll over if they take a corner at stock speed, or hit a slick spot
6) compromise of crashworthiness, safety sensors and other safety issues

I'm sure there are many other reasons not to do it, but that's just what I came up with off the top of my head. For many people, appearance is obviously more important than practicality.
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Old 11-11-2020, 08:10 AM
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What a bunch of crotchety old men...from a guy with factory height and wheels.

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Old 11-11-2020, 08:19 AM
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The 12” lifted truck is one thing, the leveled truck is another. The Carolina squat is absurd, I tell my sons friend daily that his daddy should have whipped his ass when he did that to his truck. The manufacture is just as absurd with the amount of rake they have put on stock trucks. Back to the op, lifted trucks in my area has been a thing for decades and I had a few in my younger days, I keep my trucks leveled now.
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Old 11-11-2020, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Tainui View Post
What a bunch of crotchety old men...from a guy with factory height and wheels.
I agree here. My truck is stock (I did put 20” Lariat wheels on it though) but I use it as a work vehicle and wouldn’t want to deal with that a higher bed height. With that said I have a weekend car that has very little practicality and is built for fun/looks/performance. No different than the lifted truck.
Old 11-12-2020, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by king_me View Post
I was glancing a dealerships inventory for PU trucks and they're all practically lifted. Just curious if this is a norm now to have your truck "Lifted" I personally would not want a lifted truck. https://www.gibsontruckworld.com/use...tory/index.htm

Yes, you are onto what the latest fad is. This just became popular about 1975 I have noticed that the dealerships are selling the trucks already lifted with wheels and tires, but it is not really new.
Old 11-12-2020, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Corndog38 View Post
How the heck do you load/unload bulky/heavy things into those beds when they are so high off the ground? Seems like an unnecessary PITA.

as you get older you realize that the truck does not really haul things in the bed, or on a hitch very well when they are lifted. They squat and look stupid "can you imagine that some children want their trucks to look stupid like this" That is why i just level the front on my trucks these days. They look better to me and i can run one size bigger tire, while leaving the rear suspension alone. Thats what works well for me.
Old 11-12-2020, 09:55 AM
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This is the best idea dealers had to make money in a long time. take a $39K Silverado that GM will discount down to $32K with rebates, throw a $5K lift and tire packages on it and list it for sale for $46K and considering if you can fog a mirror banks will give you 120% LTV on new vehicles and you can afford it on an 84 month note its a slam dunk for everyone, even the dumb ass end consumer. Oh and if you read the fine print on the discounts GM or anyone offers, the discounts belong to the dealer not you, so the dealer gets to keep the delta on what you accept for the discount and what it's worth.

When I was shopping for my truck earlier this year I went to a local GMC dealer. They were behind on prepping inventory so they let be browse the lot where the new trucks came into that needed dealer prep. About half of them had cheep steel rims with Michilans on them. The sales guy told me they were going to get lifts, rims and tires from the dealer as part of their prep. I thought holy sh!t, now they get to take these new tires that dumb ass with a lifted truck already paid for, put them in their service department and sell them to soccer moms with Yukons at 100% profit. Genus.

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Old 11-12-2020, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by longboat View Post
I think the lifted trucks are pretty silly unless you have a bona fide need for the lift.

They
1) get worse MPG
2) get even worse MPG when you put big tires on to fix the look
3) shine their headlights into everyone else's eyes while driving
4) block the view of all other drivers
5) tend to roll over if they take a corner at stock speed, or hit a slick spot
6) compromise of crashworthiness, safety sensors and other safety issues

I'm sure there are many other reasons not to do it, but that's just what I came up with off the top of my head. For many people, appearance is obviously more important than practicality.

Ok, I do not do lifted trucks, but i do have a leveled truck with 35's . I will do like the media and fact check this post.

1.&2 True/False if you have a gasser you will see a significat drop in mileage. If you have a diesel like me, it really has a very small effect on mpg unless you go way bigger on the tires.
3. False: If you are not smart enough to adjust your headlights on your truck, you should not really have any vehicle. Common sense will defeat this "problem"
4. True, i guess this is true, but i could care less about it. I dont wear top hats to the movies, but this butthurtage has no effect on me.
5. False: if you are trying to roll a truck over, i suppose a high lift will help. But if common sense comes into play this should also defeat this "problem."
6. False: I really do not have an answer for this question as it does not really compute. I feel safer in my "Big Truck" Safety sensors, uh ok? I think you are really reaching hard with this one.

Carry on with your day.
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Originally Posted by bigfish55 View Post
Ok, I do not do lifted trucks, but i do have a leveled truck with 35's . I will do like the media and fact check this post.

6. False: I really do not have an answer for this question as it does not really compute. I feel safer in my "Big Truck" Safety sensors, uh ok? I think you are really reaching hard with this one.

Carry on with your day.
I had a friend in high school killed by a lifted truck. The bumper was right at head height the jack wad lifted it up so high. The police made it very clear if the truck was not lifted it would have been a survivable accident.

Also in regards to the other points you were responding to, two were missed. 1. Bigger tires that look good sound like crap on the highway and no one likes being next to them. I have no problem flooring it to get around someone with loud tires and cutting them off to get out of the noise. 2. Most lifted trucks also have some sort of super loud jack wad tail pipe on them. See my solution on point #1 to get around that.

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Old 11-12-2020, 10:13 AM
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people have been leveling and lifting their trucks forever, makes sense for dealers to cash in
i bet the take off wheels and tires come in real handy for the used trucks they take in on trade too

(mine is leveled with 35")
Old 11-12-2020, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by PXMAN View Post
Drive by these guys every day. They are selling to a specific crowd and charge a pretty penny for their trucks. Surprisingly I see a lot of their trucks on the road and they have a pretty good reputation. I guess they found a niche

BTW - We’re in Central Florida not north Florida. LOL
I think you nailed it with it being their "niche". They are trying to separate themselves from other dealerships. I clicked on the link and they have the Carfax for these trucks. Didn't look at all of them but out of the handful I looked, most were either rental, commercial fleet vehicles. I would think that the dealer is getting them for a nice discount at auction and putting the lift on them in house which brings the buyers in and generates a worthwhile profit.
Old 11-13-2020, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I had a friend in high school killed by a lifted truck. The bumper was right at head height the jack wad lifted it up so high. The police made it very clear if the truck was not lifted it would have been a survivable accident.

Also in regards to the other points you were responding to, two were missed. 1. Bigger tires that look good sound like crap on the highway and no one likes being next to them. I have no problem flooring it to get around someone with loud tires and cutting them off to get out of the noise. 2. Most lifted trucks also have some sort of super loud jack wad tail pipe on them. See my solution on point #1 to get around that.
Hello Mr. Cartwright: with all due respect, FALSE again, not all big tires make noise. Mudd tires make the noise, but only a kid would put that on his truck, or maybe a farmer. Just about any decent all terrain tires are very quiet and ride great. I am actually using a hybrid tire right now that is called a Nitto Ridge Grappler. It looks cool and handles great, but it is amazingly quiet for the aggressive look. As far as flooring it to get around someone and all that, i must say that is pretty cool, but maybe a little unsafe and jerkish to boot. Just be careful not to be to aggressive so that you do not get into an ugly road rage type of incident, that can be very dangerous!

I agree 100 percent on the tailpipe thing though. I like my vehicles nice and quiet, and that goes for the tires and the exhaust. The ones i seem to hear all of the time are the little rice burners with the stupid looking large tailpipe and the fingernail on the chalkboard noise. I think your biggest issue is really "YOUNG PEOPLE," and since i am 50 I am certainly leaning towards your camp. Every once in a while i will try and remember that i was once young and obnoxious and try to sympathize, but it doesn't work, i still dont care for them. My biggest pet peeve is that stupid front high, Arse dragging look that the kids are doing in their trucks. GOOD GAWD that is stupid.
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I'd prefer a squated truck. Make it easier to get my old ass in and out of
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If you have a lifted truck, less than 10 years old, that you didn't lift yourself in the garage, you may be a douche.
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Originally Posted by bigfish55 View Post
Yes, you are onto what the latest fad is. This just became popular about 1975 I have noticed that the dealerships are selling the trucks already lifted with wheels and tires, but it is not really new.
I remember in 1974 when Minnesota passed a bumper law,lifted trucks had to have a sub bumper so in case of a accident cars would not go up under them.

People must have been living under a rock if they think this is something new across the country.

The only thing new is the dealers offering them already tricked out.
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I needed ground clearance for where I hunt and how I use my truck. Buying it as is from dealership made sure I didn’t have any warranty issues. They were about $600 more than I would of paid had I done it somewhere else but was worth it to me
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You can lift the truck above the axles, but that rear axle pumpkin is still going to be the same height over the dirt. Tire diameter is only thing that changes that. Change the front end lift and now you break front CV joints.

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