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Pros and Cons to Lifting a 2wd DD

Lately Ive been wanting to lift up my truck, but im wondering what are the pros and cons to doing this. I know obviously some of the pros are better looks, more off road capability, and it allows for bigger tires to be put on, but what else?

So for a 4 banger 2wd daily driver, what are the pros and cons to lifting it. Would you guys even recommend it?
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If you go bigger tires, make sure to regear or you'll regret it.

I'm running a 2WD lifted with 35" tires and 4.56 gears with the 3.0 v6.

Pro's are offroad capability and looks -- that's it. If you don't need a lift for fitting larger tires for offroading then the only pro is the look.

Con's are reduced gas mileage due to heavier, somewhat less aerodynamic vehicle; higher center of gravity handling problems (you can compensate with spring rate and shock mods to some extent); towing can be trickier; you have to get used to climbing in and out of it; increased wear on remaining stock parts; reduced acceleration and braking.

Might have missed a con or two, lol -- but that's basically it.
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Pros: Road Presence, Easier to get into if your tall, Go over curbs instead of around, Better ride

Cons: Lower MPG, Power loss, Higher Possibly Flipping-Over

I have the 2.3L I4 with a 3"lift and 31" BFGs and after the Bama Tuner, K&N intake, and Magnaflow exhaust it is just a tad peppier then when it was completely stock; given its still a four banger, but I do have the 4.10 gears so you might need to upgrade yours so you do not lose too much power.
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well the only reason i lifted mine 2" in the front and put 32's on is our lovely weather here in mich, and ****ty *** roads. lowered vehicle's all year suck bad around here

i regeared and still get 19mpg on a tank that what i just pulled last tank...
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stone you got 4.10s?
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3.73 i used to have 3.23
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Pros:
- higher sit
- larger tires

Cons:
- less mpg
- higher center of gravity
- cost of regearing

up to you....i would....i am glad i lifted mine....
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I'm happy I lifted mine, but reliability goes down to 0. I am lucky I know how to do almos teverything besides for engine/tranny on my truck. Almost everything has broken or will break.

I carry a full tool set and everything I know I need. I always have a jack and extra ropes, etc.

It's nice sitting high in traffic, I feel it's safer. I don't drive fast or corner hard, I just like it for the offroad feel.

If I could do it over again I would never have touched my truck (32's, thats it) and I would have bought an ATV. I'm in the hole pretty deep w/ this truck now...and I could have avoided it.
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Lift and love it or leave and dream about it.

The pro's out weigh the cons all day long.

PROS = Looks There's nothing like being able to drive at night and not have lights in your mirror.

Cons parts wear out faster. I don't count handling and MPG it is a truck not a sports car. Drive it like a truck and you will be good.
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I'm happy I lifted mine, but reliability goes down to 0. I am lucky I know how to do almos teverything besides for engine/tranny on my truck. Almost everything has broken or will break.

I carry a full tool set and everything I know I need. I always have a jack and extra ropes, etc.

It's nice sitting high in traffic, I feel it's safer. I don't drive fast or corner hard, I just like it for the offroad feel.

If I could do it over again I would never have touched my truck (32's, thats it) and I would have bought an ATV. I'm in the hole pretty deep w/ this truck now...and I could have avoided it.
soo.. you had 32's.. when u started ur project?
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Well after seeing some of this, i haven't made a full deceision, but i think in the near future i may just get some 235/75/15s AT tires. Those will fit stock and no rub right? with no lift? That should take care of me for awhile im hoping..
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those are baby tires yes they will fit
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Okay 2 questions.

1. If I do end up lifting, what parts are most likely to wear out and break faster? Or just what do I need to watch more often.

2. What is about the max size of tires I can put on stock, with no rubbing and not a whole lot of power loss.. is 235s about it? I have 3.73 gears and it looks to be about it.. What do you guys think?
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soo.. you had 32's.. when u started ur project?
33" bfg A/T's were my first non-stock tire.
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I put 32x11.5s on mine and never re-geared...didnt really notice a power loss..how do I find out what gears I have?
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I put 32x11.5s on mine and never re-geared...didnt really notice a power loss..how do I find out what gears I have?
Generally there is a sticker on the axle that will say it. I believe on the door panel sticker it also says it..
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i'd lift it, im doubled lifted w/35's.. this past summer i kinda wanted to lower it back down, but now it will never go back down.. but higher.. deffently regear.. thats my next mod.. its just costly.. lol
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Lower it lol, ever need to go off road, ride with a body, less work washing and detailin a street truck then a off road beast
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Being able to do this whenever you want to is a pro.

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Being able to do this whenever you want to is a pro.

That is definately a pro.. Very nice truck.

So what are some of the things that are likely to break because of the lift?
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if u do suspension lift (spindle's) ur upper/lower balljoints will wear faster, tie rod ends and some other crap
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if u do suspension lift (spindle's) ur upper/lower balljoints will wear faster, tie rod ends and some other crap
Ah okay, can those things run alot of money to replace/repair?
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con:(kinda pro)
once u start.. u cant stop lol

i was sucked in from the moment i modified my exhaust, its gone from there, BL, Locker, 33's etc. and more in the plans

just make sure u upgrade the weak stuff, or wait for it to go and build it stronger

^that and.. as soon as u jack it up, and start running stuff over, and going on rough gravel roads. like everyone said.. everything stock, staring with ball joints probably are gonna go out.. a **** load faster
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That is definately a pro.. Very nice truck.

So what are some of the things that are likely to break because of the lift?
The one thing I have broke in the year and a half with it.... the ball joint popped out after some hard wheeling. Set me back $100 to have it re-pressed. If you are keeping it on the street though, your normal upkeep routine should keep it driving.
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cant you get some nice ball joints from camburg that will last a long time? Im pretty sure things will only wear faster if your actually out thrashing your truck around. Normal driving shouldnt wear out stuff just be cause of a lift.
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