What Is The Carolina Squat? Why DO People Do It? How Do You Achieve It?
April 2, 2021
No matter what your thoughts are on the Carolina Squat, there are many questions surrounding it. We are here today to answer all of those questions!
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- How Do You Achieve the Carolina Squat?
The Carolina Squat is a trend in truck modifications. This is when you see a truck that appears to be lifted in the front and lowered in the back at its most dramatic. This trend has been seen from milder to more aggressive setups depending on the build. Also known as the Cali or Tennessee Lean. This can be achieved in a few ways which we will go over in this blog.
This trend actually began with Baja trucks in California. Baja truck drivers started posting their squatted trucks everywhere and people loved it. This is where the copycatting began, taking off in around 2017. Baja drivers squat their trucks so that when they go over huge hilly jumps in the desert, the rear hits the ground first rather than the front because the rear end was lower than the front bumper.
This avoids crashes. People started mimicking this for style rather than for usability. Instagram took this trend and ran with it, making it more and more popular over time.
The point is style for most, practicality for some, and for a lot of people, it’s about pissing other people off. So many people HATE the look of the Carolina Squat and have a lot to say about it. Many think it is ugly, or unsafe because you can’t see very well out of your front windshield, you lose towing capabilities, and your headlights won’t be pointed where they need to be. But to each their own, do what you want with your build.
Whether you like the Carolina Squat or not, it is a conundrum how people achieve it. There are a few ways to achieve the Carolina Squat depending on how intense you want it to look. If you want the most aggressive squatted look then you can purchase a lift kit for the front and a lowering kit for the rear.
Otherwise, you can just get a lift kit for the front. Sizing is up to you with mild being about 3” all the way up to the aggressive 10” lift in the front. Finally, using a regular lift kit isn’t necessarily recommended, though you can, it is better to grab a long travel kit for this modification. It may cost more but it’s a safer and better option when squatting your truck.
What do you think of the Carolina Squat? Would you do it to your truck? Let us know in the comments below!
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