Should I lift my 4x4 truck a little?

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  1. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    Did you only lift rear ? or am I just pre coffee ?
    Thanks,Ed
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  2. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    It looks better like that than with the stock nose low suspension. Even my wife said my Ranger 4x4 needs a some kind of suspension lift because it looks so ridiculous stock.
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  3. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Being in snowy NY for 50 winters, I'd like to point out that any lifting of the undercarriage is a help. Packed snow under your skidplates sucks. Many years ago I frequently got stuck in the snow with my old Subaru Brat while playing off road. A 8" lift still had parts dragging through but the body was no longer hanging up on packed snow. Modern snowmobiles got rid of the huge belly pan for the same kind of reasons. Did I say digging out packed snow sucks?
    Anyway, I have the 2.5" lift and will put it in this spring. No new tires or rims.
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  4. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    Post the before/after photos when you do it!
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  5. Hardware02

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    Bingo.

    When it's time to replace the stock 265/70SR17E tires on my 2500 Outdoorsman I'll go with the stock size for the Power Wagon (285/70SR17D) to give a slight increase in ride height & clearance without giving up much in terms of mpg.
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  6. Bueller

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    Then if that is the case, you should go with bigger tires too.
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  7. bobcat

    bobcat recalculating

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    Can someone explain leveling? I'm not familiar with it.
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  8. broncobowsher

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    Lift the front a little (or drop the rear) so the truck sits level without a load in it.
    Then you look like a stupid idiot with the back all squated down if you put anything in the bed. You are putting asthetics in front of function.

    I understand how you are confused, it doesn't make any sense to buy a tool then destroy the functionality of it to make it look better.
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  9. liquidsmile

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    Most trucks you can add a block that is an inch taller to the rear and it takes care of that.

    My 250 before leveling and adding the 350 blocks to the rear

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    Post

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  10. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Hey, that's a good look, K-cars and 4runners came that way stock for decades. :lol3
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  11. P B G

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    Thankfully most truck owners fall into the:

    A: Don't got shit in the bed ever.

    or,

    B: Always got shit in the bed, cuz I'm too lazy to unload it all the time.

    The C: Often vary load by hundred of pounds through the course of the week catagory is rare. Perhaps most common in landscapers who occasionally haul dirt/material that is then unloaded and empty till the next job.

    Construction folks are usually in B. Suburbanites and most of the jacked up country trucks are A:.
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  12. dwayne

    dwayne Silly Adventurer

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    Alright...thanks so much. The primary reason for me considering a leveling kit would be lowering the tail gate, you probably saved me $300 (with the alignment)
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  13. EsconDeasy

    EsconDeasy Ectomorph

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    OR............some folks think a truck looks right if it squats with a load in it.

    Even though all of the OP's questions have been answered (plus lots of questions he didn't ask) the direction this thread is going is so RIGHT! :lol3
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  14. Range Motorsport

    Range Motorsport Junk collector

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    I will continue to drive my lifted Jeep getting better than stock fuel economy.
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  15. Bueller

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    Better than it was rated perhaps, but worse than you would get if you sat it back down :deal
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  16. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    Are you guys still talking about lifting my truck a little? :1drink
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  17. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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    I gave my ol 96 blazer a 2 in body lift -hd shocks and 31 tires and it made a big difference to where i could go off road ..i recommend a mild upgrade like this for a daily driver but if you are more of a serious off roader than me go to the next level and do the suspension lift..all this work was done so i could take my dog hiking further up the mountains so i wouldnt have to hike so far..now i reach the top places and its easier on both our older bones [​IMG]:D
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  18. zokalr13

    zokalr13 Been here awhile

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    [​IMG]:D
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  19. Bueller

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    Who are you and why are you here?
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  20. RxZ

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    I have one of those old 2nd generation 4Runners everyone makes fun of for sagging in the rear, and boy does mine sag! :rofl

    I am reasonably certain that the tie rods and other suspension consumables are shot, but its 20 years old and on all stock parts best I can tell. That includes the shocks :eek1 :lol3

    So, I need to replace parts, question is what with? Sure I could go with all Toyota OEM parts and have a nice ride, or go aftermarket for a very mild lift for not much more money than I am going to have to spend anyway. Decisions, decisions. If nothing else I will probably do something to lift the rear although I am not sure what at this point, then depending on how that looks I may even crank the torsion bars down to not make it look so goofy in the front. Then add some Bridgestone All-terrain KOs and call it done. I do no serious offroading, but I would like to go to some of the local places every now and then. These old 4Runners are pretty capable in stock form, and I have no need to drastically alter what works nicely already.

    To answer your question... It sounds like you have a legitimate need for a little more clearance, so go for it :freaky
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