What are the benefits of a lifted Jeep or truck?
You’ve no doubt seen the look on a Jeep or truck before. It rolls by on big fat wheels, and it’s higher off the ground than any factory vehicle has a right to be. Why do people do it? What are the benefits of a lifted Jeep or truck? We can tell you all about it.
Practical benefits of lifting a Jeep or truck
Is there a good reason to raise up a Jeep or truck? Yes, there actually is. One of the key benefits to lifting a truck or Jeep is to give it ground clearance. Actually, on many vehicles that is a bit of a misnomer. You don’t get more ground clearance from the lift alone.
The lift simply makes your truck or Jeep sit high off its axles. With more room between the fender and the axle hub, you can mount bigger tires, which in turn gives you more ground clearance. A four-inch lift, for example, typically lets you fit tires that have a 4-inch larger radius, thereby giving you 4 more inches of ground clearance.
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Why is having more ground clearance a good thing?
On the highway or in the city, having more ground clearance doesn’t do much for you. In fact, it typically harms performance.
However, out on the trail or in the wilderness, that ground clearance will keep the vital components of your Jeep or truck (axles, suspension, etc.) away from rocks, stumps, and other hazards. Your tires were made to contact these types of obstacles, the rest of your vehicle was not.
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What are the advantages to bigger tires?
Bigger tires are a big advantage off road. Having larger tires will make it so that ruts and potholes in the trail will have to be even larger to have any effect on your ride. On top of that, larger tires are built to flex around obstacles providing a bigger contact patch even when tackling tough and complicated terrain.
Getting a lift if you don’t go off road
Ultimately, lifting Jeeps and trucks has become a style all to itself. Do you really need a Lamborghini if you’re not a racecar driver? Of course not. But do you want one? Of course you do. It’s the same principle here. If the lifted style speaks to you and your sensibilities, even if you never plan to take it off road, then by all means go for it.