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  • September 17, 2008 at 8:50 pm #495950 Back to Top REPORT

    Widow Maker

    Joined: 11/27/2007
    i have a 2005 f250 diesel and was wanting a 4 or 6 in lift but cant decide if i should get one. i hunt and fish so i tow a boat and trailer of fourwheelers.

    iwas wondering if any of yall have a lifted truck and what it did to your towing?

    i know it will hurt gas mileage but cant you get a programmer, exhaust, and or cold air intake.

    tell me anything that yall are thinkng

    thanks dave.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:37 pm #521786 Back to Top REPORT
    glsexton
    glsexton

    Joined: 7/26/2008
    There are only two reasons to lift a truck.

    1. Looks. That is totally your personal opinion.

    2. Ground clearance. The lift itself doesn’t improve ground clearance, but it will allow you to put bigger tires on the truck which will. Remember if you get hung up it will most likely be your axles that will make contact with the ground first. The only thing that will move your axles up from the ground is tires. For the most part, generally speaking, you can get some bigger tires on a stock truck without effecting center of gravity, or balance or going to the expense of a lift kit.

    Most of the trucks I see with lift kits have never and will never be off road so it is just for looks. I wouldn’t mess with a new truck for looks. The suspension of a vehicle is designed the way it is for good reasons.

    Just my opinion.

    September 17, 2008 at 10:53 pm #521787 Back to Top REPORT
    varmet777
    Varmet777

    Joined: 9/17/2008
    If your not worried about gas, I say do it. You will just have to get a drop reciever for your trailer pulling.
    The good thing about fords is that they have the strait solid axles so your truck will still be solid even if it is a ford :thumbdown
    Sorry Im a Chevy man. :thumbup
    September 17, 2008 at 10:54 pm #521788 Back to Top REPORT
    backhalfed
    backhalfed

    Joined: 10/5/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    Go for it :thumbup It’s your truck first off and as long as you dont go way big you can still use it for everthing listed! your rolling a powerstroke so thats a plus not a v10 truck which suck :^O Where most people go wrong when lifting trucks is they lift the $hit out of them and put monster tires on them and dont put proper gears in place to make them perform where they should! I worked for a costom shop and did quite few bolt on and costom lifts which we didnt half do anything :thumbup here’s a couple pics of two trucks we did and what they pulled mpg wise after done.
    The Excursion is a diesel 7.3 with quite a few upgrades bigger turbo, injecters,custom MBRP exhaust and program it’s on 54″ tires and when he drove it back to Texas he pulled about 12.5 mpg’s with it.

    This dodge is no a single wheel truck with plain fleetside bed and has exhaust, air intake,programmer,proper gears for the 37′ tires and he pulled 22 mpg’s going to Indy last year for a truck show
    http://www.katkustoms.com/albums/album1 … ge0033.jpg

    September 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm #521789 Back to Top REPORT
    majorleague
    majorleague

    Joined: 7/16/2008
    bett save that $$ got gas!
    September 18, 2008 at 3:12 am #521790 Back to Top REPORT
    elkbow
    Elkbow

    Joined: 4/18/2005
    i didn’t lift my f250 short bed when i had it, but now have an 07 dodge quad cab long bed cummins, and that long wheel base was a pain in uneven terrain, so it got lifted 6″ and 35″ tires, even though it will fit 37′s easy, want to make sure i don’t bang a fender

    i don’t have blocks under the springs in the rear either, the lift is superlift, the rear has skyjacker softride springs

    for towing, a utility trailer i use a 10″ drop alumistinger, for my travel trailer a 8″ drop alumistinger

    September 18, 2008 at 6:27 am #521791 Back to Top REPORT
    jhiggs
    jhiggs

    Joined: 11/10/2007

    i have a 2005 f250 diesel and was wanting a 4 or 6 in lift but cant decide if i should get one. i hunt and fish so i tow a boat and trailer of fourwheelers.

    iwas wondering if any of yall have a lifted truck and what it did to your towing?

    i know it will hurt gas mileage but cant you get a programmer, exhaust, and or cold air intake.

    tell me anything that yall are thinkng

    thanks dave.[/quote:3qodjcfk]

    Don’t do it unless you are just wanting to burn money. I just sold my 2004 Z71 with a 6″ Suspension lift. Gas mileage went from 18 on the highway @ 65 mph to about 13 mpg at the same speed. Towing wasn’t bad, but getting the ATV in the back was a pretty steep climb. It’s hard on the steering as well – had to replace idler and pitman arms after about 20,000 miles due to the 35″ tires which weren’t cheap either.

    It just isn’t worth the trouble or cost.

    September 18, 2008 at 11:19 am #521792 Back to Top REPORT
    thepharmacist
    ThePharmacist

    Joined: 3/22/2006
    My wife says that guys with Big Lifted Trucks are trying to make up for their size in other areas.
    September 18, 2008 at 11:21 am #521793 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    I used to own a Custom 4X4 shop… So You know what My answr is ;) :D :thumbup
    September 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm #521794 Back to Top REPORT
    elkbow
    Elkbow

    Joined: 4/18/2005
    as said above, its up to you, but on my long bed quad cab it was a necessity, i got hung up several times offroad here in new mexico

    and on my 5.9L cummins, i still get 16-17 around town and 18 on the highway, running and airaid cold air intake, bully dog triple dog and aero muffler

    September 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm #521795 Back to Top REPORT
    supertac45
    supertac45

    Joined: 8/2/2005
    Stock 4×4 usually works just fine unless you have a ton of money you want to spend.
    September 18, 2008 at 7:49 pm #521796 Back to Top REPORT
    backhalfed
    backhalfed

    Joined: 10/5/2007
    Location: Ohio
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    i have a 2005 f250 diesel and was wanting a 4 or 6 in lift but cant decide if i should get one. i hunt and fish so i tow a boat and trailer of fourwheelers.

    iwas wondering if any of yall have a lifted truck and what it did to your towing?

    i know it will hurt gas mileage but cant you get a programmer, exhaust, and or cold air intake.

    tell me anything that yall are thinkng

    thanks dave.[/quote:3hrjfsms]

    Don’t do it unless you are just wanting to burn money. I just sold my 2004 Z71 with a 6″ Suspension lift. Gas mileage went from 18 on the highway @ 65 mph to about 13 mpg at the same speed. Towing wasn’t bad, but getting the ATV in the back was a pretty steep climb. It’s hard on the steering as well – had to replace idler and pitman arms after about 20,000 miles due to the 35″ tires which weren’t cheap either.

    It just isn’t worth the trouble or cost.[/quote:3hrjfsms]

    First off with your truck it was an IFS Chevy which are know for tearing up steering parts from the get go and did you regear your truck for the tire size difference? If not thats a major cause for your fuel mialage drop.

    September 18, 2008 at 7:52 pm #521797 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005

    i have a 2005 f250 diesel and was wanting a 4 or 6 in lift but cant decide if i should get one. i hunt and fish so i tow a boat and trailer of fourwheelers.

    iwas wondering if any of yall have a lifted truck and what it did to your towing?

    i know it will hurt gas mileage but cant you get a programmer, exhaust, and or cold air intake.

    tell me anything that yall are thinkng

    thanks dave.[/quote:gs6oju53]

    Don’t do it unless you are just wanting to burn money. I just sold my 2004 Z71 with a 6″ Suspension lift. Gas mileage went from 18 on the highway @ 65 mph to about 13 mpg at the same speed. Towing wasn’t bad, but getting the ATV in the back was a pretty steep climb. It’s hard on the steering as well – had to replace idler and pitman arms after about 20,000 miles due to the 35″ tires which weren’t cheap either.

    It just isn’t worth the trouble or cost.[/quote:gs6oju53]

    First off with your truck it was an IFS Chevy which are know for tearing up steering parts from the get go and did you regear your truck for the tire size difference? If not thats a major cause for your fuel mialage drop.[/quote:gs6oju53]Absolutly the Worst trucks to lift.. Unless It’s show and minor driving…

    I cut My IFS outta My 88 and installed a Dana 60 with 39.5 Boggers… Thats when There was about 3 of them done…Now they are everywhere #-o

    September 18, 2008 at 11:49 pm #521798 Back to Top REPORT
    revgrizzly
    revgrizzly

    Joined: 9/3/2008
    Whats this to do with bow hunting?
    September 19, 2008 at 1:05 am #521799 Back to Top REPORT
    pa_mathews_man
    PA_MATHEWS_MAN

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    Whats this to do with bow hunting?

    Was probably posted in the wrong Forum by accident

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