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post #1 of 32 Old 06-28-2019, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Why are trucks jacked up off their wheels?

So, I've been checking out trucks a lot lately. Actually, my husband was like, "You're really gawking. How do you think your Civic would feel knowing you are checking out trucks like this?" But I'm just trying to see what's out there, that can't hurt, right?

Anyway, one thing that I've noticed a lot is trucks that are (I don't know the right phrase for it) jacked up off their wheels, like the truck is sitting higher than it should be, off the wheels. Hopefully you guys know what I'm talking about. I've seen this so often that I'm starting to wonder if there is some reason for it.

Even if there were a reason, couldn't this sort of set-up make connecting a trailer more difficult, since it seems like most trailers are maybe build for a more standard height?
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post #2 of 32 Old 06-28-2019, 06:03 PM
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You mean kinda like this?



Cuz it's awesome.
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@JoBlueQuarter yes, like that, but not usually that extreme. Or, I guess, not that awesome.

But seriously, there isn't any actual reason? I can accept not being awesome.
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;DD Idk if there's an actual reason, other than look-nice. Strange that most of the trucks in your area are jacked-up though; I don't see that a lot here. Can you share some pictures? See if it's 'awesome' enough to be any sorta problem
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Maybe I'll take some next time I'm out. Of course, now that I want pictures, I won't find any.

I'm in Texas. Maybe that makes a difference, LOL.
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Oh I thought you were looking at trucks for sale, and seeing it a lot there. You're probably seeing people's special "babies" lol :)
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We have one, I hate it! Love the diesel, love how it pulls, however I hate hoisting myself up into the cab. Wasn't my choice, was my husband's. When I asked him why did you get a lifted truck, the answer was because it's sexy. Whatever.

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If it is done correctly it can give you extra clearance when going over serious terrain not level.
Most trucks though are not done correctly and they raise the truck, part of the suspension and it gained no ground clearance say to go over boulders...
There are very few of us that need that kind of ground clearance...so it is a toy and what some think is a nice looking toy.
Hey, I can appreciate a jacked truck to some extent, but for practical reasons and uses, serves no purpose that I can determine.
So, if you go with a jacked truck you need a extra long hitch drop so your trailer sits level if bumper pull.
If a gooseneck...well, it might not fit, period.
Some other things I can tell you from having a CDL and some behind the wheel driving experience...
Those jacked are top heavy and far more apt to flip in a accident or winds as sitting up high the wind gets under and makes unsteady....over they go.
Also those so nice expensive rims on these trucks may not be rated to handle the extra weight associated with towing trailers. Some barely handle the weight of the truck, truth.
By me, in the heart of cattle and horse ranches,...the guys who tow and haul livestock/horse trailers do not do so with a jacked truck...
The "work" truck may be nice but it is not much higher than "stock" and the tire rims are steel and solid in looks.
The trucks do not sport low-profile tires either...those are the things on toys.


Personally, I have enough difficulty getting in our truck with stock 20" tires as it came "factory new" from the ground I insisted we get running boards.
At 5'7" I don't consider myself "short" either.............
I still need to step up and on the board to get into the cab on our 4x4 truck....do that and be modest in a skirt/dress.
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I'm in Texas. Maybe that makes a difference, LOL.
Same here in Mississippi. Man-ly men drive a lifted truck with mud tires and truck nuts
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I'm in Florida, manly and he-man country.
Cattle ranches and true horse-riding cowboys here...
The kids have the jacked trucks who use it to just drive around.
Those that use their truck for practical and money earning reasons don't jack the work truck...
The "toy" yes, but then it isn't towing the trailer to market either.
Some of the trucks are ridiculous to look at and not even eye-catching honestly.jmo..
Even the guys who go bahaing through the mud don't raise them to such extremes...
Those raised that high just road drive and sit in parking lots with their buddies looking "cool" and trying to impress....at least here in my area.
To me, a dismal fail for some...others are very nice but there is a happy middle of the road to me...
But that is my opinion and each is entitled to their own and their choice how to spend their $$.
The "kids" are far more apt to hang the jewels than the men here...
Real men here don't impress like that, they have other ways.

When you do go to buy also be aware that some of those raised also get seriously lousy gas/fuel mileage cause of the tires used and the gear ratio changes that go with the angle of drive train needed used on those monsters...

Hey I heard today that Ford will be having the new perfect truck for many out in a few months...
Cost is $100,000.00 without tax, tags and destination charges...Yikes!!
Think you'll not be finding one at my house...positive of that fact actually!!
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