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Lifted Trucks – Bethlehem, PA

For anyone interested in some serious off-roading, lifted trucks can be a great way to take your experience to the next level and conquer all-new trails. To be fair, lifted trucks are not for everyone, however, and there are some drawbacks that go along with their advantages. But for serious off-road enthusiasts, getting a truck lifted or buying an existing lifted truck should certainly be a consideration at least.

Of course, Chevrolet already produces a number of fantastic off-road trucks with dedicated trims designed to take on a wide range of trails out there. If you are not particularly interested in getting a truck lifted or changed for going off-road, then choosing something like the Chevy Colorado ZR2 can be a great way to conquer the trail without any aftermarket changes. You can always combine the best of both worlds, however, by choosing a great off-road focused Chevy truck, and then getting it lifted for even better clearance and larger tires.

A red 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 Trailboss is parked on a salt flat land.

Ultimately, when looking at lifted trucks, it is important to consider what you need and both the advantages and disadvantages of a lifted pickup. If you are not sure what would be best for you, then come visit us today and talk to one of our friendly, knowledgeable salespeople or service professionals to figure out what you need. Here at Raceway Chevy in Bethlehem, PA, we are always happy to answer all of your questions about lifted trucks and make sure you find the perfect pickup. Call or visit us today and we will get you ready to hit the trail.

Types of Lifted Trucks

Although there are several different ways in which trucks can be lifted, most methods fall into one of two categories: body lifts and suspension lifts. There are also leveling kits that can be applied to a pickup, which raises just the front end of the truck so that it is level with the rear. This can increase the truck’s overall height by a few inches, though that varies from one model to another.

Lifted trucks with a body lift have physical spacers or blocks installed between the body and the frame of the truck. This does not impact the suspension at all and is simply a physical increase in the height of the body off the frame. Body lifts can increase the height of a truck by up to three inches and can allow for larger tires on the truck.

Suspension lifts, on the other hand, are installed as a part of the truck’s suspension and can increase the height of a truck substantially, well over the three-inch limit of a body lift. These sorts of lifted trucks drive differently than stock models, due to the change of suspension and higher center of gravity, but can utilize mush larger tires than a factory model. The greater height can also give them much higher clearance, allowing them to handle obstacles on trails that would present a serious problem for a factory model.

A red 2020 Chevy Silverado Trailboss is off roading in the woods near Bethlehem, PA.

Off-Road Advantages of Lifted Trucks

You can already see that lifted trucks have some real advantages when it comes to going off-road, thanks to the greater clearance they enjoy. A body lift does not increase the clearance by a huge amount, other than by allowing for bigger tires that can help raise the underside. With the installation of a suspension lift, however, you can get a lot greater clearance.

The larger tires allowed by lifted trucks is one of the biggest advantages for going off-road with this type of vehicle. Not only do large tires help with clearance, but they can also make it easier to climb over rocks and other obstacles with ease. All-terrain and off-road tires in very large sizes can be crucial for conquering particularly difficult and hazardous trails. And mud tires are important if you like to hit the trail after the rain and make a mess in your lifted truck.

Chevy Off-Road Trucks

Whether or not you know you want to commit to a lifted truck, Chevy has you covered with some of the best options around for going off-road in a pickup. The 2020 Chevy Colorado, for example, is a midsize pickup that has a dedicated off-road trim: the ZR2. With the ZR2, you get the great features found in the Colorado’s highest trim, the Z71, along with a complete off-road package. This includes a Multimatic DSSV damping system on the off-road suspension, which allows for a smooth and surprisingly comfortable ride on even the roughest trails. The ZR2 has increased clearance, a transfer case shield, front frame-mounted tow hooks, and 17-inch wheels with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac maximum traction tires.

The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 also has a pair of dedicated off-road trims available: the LT Trail Boss and the Custom Trail Boss. The LT comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while the Custom features a 6-speed automatic. Both of these trucks feature a 2-inch factory lift, so you do not have to worry about warranty issues with an aftermarket installation, and an Autotrac 2-speed transfer case. With the LT Trail Boss, you get 18-inch wheels with Mud Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. If you have concerns about lifted trucks and you just want something from the factory that is great for going off-road, then either of these models is a great choice.

A red 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is a popular option among lifted trucks, is rock crawling near Bethlehem, PA.

Drawbacks of Lifted Trucks

Although lifted trucks can make hitting the trail a lot easier, they do have some drawbacks that you want to keep in mind before committing to one. For one thing, any lifted truck has a higher center of gravity than it would as a standard factory model. This is not always a terrible thing, but it often takes some getting used to, especially if you have driven the standard model and then change to a lifted truck.

Trucks with a body lift often have a visible gap between the frame and body, which a lot of people find unsightly. This is pretty easily fixed with gap guards installed to provide a nicer overall appearance. Trucks with suspension lifts tend to handle quite a bit different than factory models, not only due to the higher center of gravity but also because of the changes to the suspension. Long-term maintenance and upkeep on these lifted trucks can be higher than standard models, so keep that in mind when considering your options.

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