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lifted trucks

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by GMC99, Mar 20, 2003.

  1. GMC99

    GMC99 Senior Member
    from 60188
    Messages: 753

    There's a 2001 Ram 1500 thats got a bad ass lift kit on it, at a local dealership. Over sized tires and rims lightbar and all. How good are these trucks to plow with? Would the maintenance be any more than normal? Anybody have any expierence with using them as everyday trucks? How are they on trips ETC. Any other input would be greatly helpful!

  2. TRUP

    TRUP Member
    Messages: 38

    Does the truck have the gearset to move those tires, or is it a "show-truck" that's not meant for work or fun?
  3. BigRedBarn

    BigRedBarn Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    Most people seem to avoid buying used vehicles that are highly modified. After all, you have no idea who did the mods, and if they knew what they were doing, or if the correct parts were used, etc., etc. That is, safety and truck longevity could be compromised with the mods made.

    Plus, you don't know what the mods have done to the truck. Improper drilling or welding may have been done during installation. Damage may have occurred due to over-stressed suspension components, or over-taxed electrical systems.

    Bottom line: you buy trouble when you buy a modified truck.

    Modifying your truck is personalization. Do your own mods, and keep them tasteful to maintain resale value. Make mods that won't compromise safety, either.

    Gearing is a valid point. Further, wide tires don't always do too well in snow. Do the math:

    P=F/A (Pressure = Force divided by Area)

    Pressure = tire pressure (assume 30 psig)
    Force = weight applied to wheel (assume ¼ truck weight, in pounds)
    Area = tire contact area (assume square: width times length of contact, in square inches)

    So, if tire pressure and weight are the same, then area has to be the same. That is, more of the contact area is spread across the width than the length of the tire. There has always been a misconception about wider tires doing better in snow. But, the contact area is the same, given the same tire pressure and vehicle weight.

    What am I getting at? With wider tires you have a contact patch that's wider resulting in poorer performance in snow. You have more snow to push aside when driving through snow.

    Again, most people steer clear of modified trucks. Just try to curb your enthusiasm about this cool truck and save your $$ for a good, solid truck that's worth the price asked.

    Then, when you have the time and $$, make modifications that are proper and won't damage the truck's safety or resale value.

    Just 2¢ from a guy who's "been there done that." Learn from my mistakes!!!