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Are lifts necessary if not increasing tire size?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by 14txtss, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. Jan 12, 2015 at 8:13 AM
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    14txtss

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    Just curious, if you are NOT installing taller tires, what does installing a lift kit do for your truck?

    I've never had a 4x4 and have never needed a lift kit otherwise, so I am clueless.

    I've also heard of "leveling" but I'm not sure exactly what that does for you either. I have a 4x4 TSS with 20" wheels but I don't think I will be putting huge tires on it, since I won't be doing serious off-roading very often. I wouldn't mind putting some street treads on, but that's another story in general.....

    Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. Jan 12, 2015 at 8:29 AM
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    If you do not increase the tire size then no you do not need a lift.
    A lift is only to allow for larger tires, increased clearance under the truck or for looks depending on what your needs/desires are.

    Leveling typically adds a 1.5" - 2" spacer to the front of the truck to lift the front. This levels the truck for a better stance. Factory trucks are ~2" higher in the back. If you put a topper on the back or plan to do alot of towing then you may want to keep the back higher, for a level ride with the weight.

    I added a 3" lift because i wanted to fill the wheel wells with 35" more aggressive tires. My reason was for the looks and functionality for mountain trails when camping/fishing.
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2015 at 8:31 AM
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    Usually lifting is done to fit bigger usually more aggressive tires. If you are not installing new bigger tires than maybe its a look thing...some people don't like the look of the stock rake that all trucks come with so they will lift the front level with the back. Or maybe you need more suspension travel so some guys will do a "mid-travel" set up up front to level and to provide more suspension travel. My OMEs level the truck and I was able to fit bigger tires...this provides me with the best on road/off road performance:) I am offroad a lot.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2015 at 1:32 PM
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    I got OME 614 lift a little less than a year ago. Until recently I ran stock tires. I would say if you don't plan to upsize your tires, that lift will make your stock tires really tiny. Of course, that will accelerate your mod plan, which it did in my case.
     
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