Can You Use A Lifted Truck As Your Daily Driver?
March 30, 2022
Everything You Need To Know About Daily Driving A Lifted Truck
If anyone ever told you that you couldn't daily drive a lifted truck, we're here to tell you that they're very wrong - when done right, you can get all the functionality and performance out of a lifted truck that you would with a stock setup, but there are still a few things to keep in mind. So, come with us today as we check out all the things you need to know before you use a lifted setup as your daily!
How To Help Your Lifted Truck Maintain Good Ride Quality
Time and time again, we hear the same thing from people: Daily driving a lifted truck sucks, or it's not practical, or the ride quality leaves much to be desired. That's not necessarily the truth - the key to maintaining your factory ride quality, or even improving upon it, is using quality parts on your build.
The first thing you'll want to keep in mind for your lifted truck build is that you install a good set of coilovers, preferably from top brands like Fox or others. Fuller built his Ford F-150 Platinum with a BDS lift kit and a set of Fox coilovers, and the ride quality was a substantial improvement both on pavement and dirt.
We don't want this to sound like an advertisement for BDS, as there are certainly other top suspension brands (like Zone, McGaughy's, Kryptonite, and more) that make good products. All in all, though, that's really what it comes down to if you want to daily your lifted truck - make sure you're putting quality parts on your truck with the correct suspension geometry, and you'll be good to go.
The bigger you go, however, the more important it is to select a kit that has drop brackets and components designed to maintain as close to factory CV axle angles and ball joint angles with the upper control arms. Many of our BDS kits come with new upper control arms for that reason, but if you find a kit without them, know that you can always upgrade those after the fact. That goes for many other brands besides BDS too, as there's a huge amount of aftermarket options for good upper control arms.
Does Fuel Economy Decrease On A Lifted Truck?
Besides ride quality, the next biggest complaint we hear from people is the diminished fuel mileage that lifted trucks are known for, and rightfully so - after all, fuel prices have been on the rise recently.
Obviously, lifting your truck changes the aerodynamic profile of that truck, and if you're adding a lift, you're likely adding a bigger set of wheels and tires to your build - at least we'd hope so. But yes, your mileage will decrease when you have more air flowing underneath the truck, and more rolling mass with larger wheels and tires.
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Now, how much your gas mileage will decrease really depends on your vehicle - diesel and turbo engines might lose anywhere between two and three miles per gallon, but nothing too drastic. A naturally aspirated V8, however, might see a bit more of a loss and you might find it shifting a bit more, but a nice engine and transmission tune really goes a long way here, especially with GM trucks.
Driving Dynamics of Stock Vs. Lifted Trucks
When it comes to the mechanics of actually driving a lifted truck around, like parking, lane positioning, turning, etc, we don't really find it much different than a stock setup. You can get used to the new height and driving dynamics in short order, so even something huge will be no problem.
Small parking lots might get a bit tricky, but as long as you can back it into the spot, you're golden. Like anything, the more you practice a thing, the better you get at that thing - it's no different from backing up a trailer or learning any new skill, really.
Read More: 5 Things To Know Before Lifting Your Truck
How Much Can Lifted Trucks Tow?
Then, of course, we have towing, the internet's favorite argument to make against daily driving a lifted truck. When you use the proper equipment, though, you won't have much of a problem towing anything you need to with your lifted setup - after all, 90% of us won't go anywhere near the maximum towing capacity of our trucks. Get yourself a Gen Y hitch, load your trailer properly, and you can head down the road no problem.
Now, if you're watching this and you have, say, a Cummins and use a gooseneck trailer to and from the job site every day, you more than likely won't be putting a massive lift on your truck. But there's nothing wrong with a BDS level, new shocks, and a dope set of wheels even if you have a lot to pull.
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If we've convinced you not to listen to the haters and lift your truck anyway, check out our inventory of BDS lift and leveling kits today for the ride quality and peace of mind that you need. Or, check out any of our best suspension kits and upgrades right here on our website - they're all in stock and ready to ship right now!