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SuperRob
08-17-2007, 02:48 AM
So a buddy and I were talking today about lift height.

When you're describing a lifted truck, does the increase in height gained SOLELY by bigger tires count towards the height of 'the lift'?

Increasing tires from a 28" to a 35" has a total difference of 7 inches, split the difference, for 3.5 inches of increased truck height (And, no, we're not getting technical about the bottom of the tire having a lower profile due to vehicle weight...its not significant in this case)

Assuming said truck has a 3 inch body lift, and a 6 inch suspension lift, should this truck be referred to as being lifted 9 inches, or 12.5"? And if you deem that the tire lift should count towards the total lifted height, would it then be safe to say that, 'That truck is lifted 12.5"'? (Where lifted 12.5 inches is an adjective?)

THEN, could you also say, 'That truck has a 12.5" lift!", or would be be then said that, 'That truck has a 9" lift!'? (Where 'the lift' is a noun, and tires are not actually a part of the lift)

Yes I have too much time on my hands.

Anxiously awaiting replies.

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Redneck Cowgirl
08-17-2007, 03:01 AM
:stop: the total lift that can be counted is for example:

3" body lift, and a 6" suspention lift = 9"

One could say they have 9" lift.... the size of the tire does not count towards the "lift" ones truck has... Its could count towards clearance looking at the diff.... or frame hight, but does not count as part of there total "lift"

This is why in almost every converstation everyone who wheels has includes both of theses questions:
Is it lifted? How much?
AND
What size of tires you running???

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TRUNK_MONKEY
08-17-2007, 04:21 AM
i'd call it,from where it was (stock) to where it is now.by any means. and it really matters not anyway,as long as your parts dont rub and cut tires up,you are fine.
lift means nothing anyway.
how many lifted rigs do you see with 2 inches of u bolts pointing to the ground?seriously,i think people need to devote some time to "de-horning" the bottom of the trucks. lots of junk down there waiting to grab a rock or log and make ya really mad!!

PARKINGLOT
08-17-2007, 05:15 AM
tires don't count...you need the lift to fit bigger tires (usually, although that could mean my stock BII was lifted 1" from the 31's on it...lol)
the lift gives you height to run bigger tires and give you a better approach, departure, and break-over angle, and the tires give you more clearance under the diffs...

JohnnyO
08-17-2007, 10:19 AM
I would count the suspension and/or bodylift but not anything gained by the tires alone. .02.

DK27
08-17-2007, 10:22 AM
I would count the tires as gained ground clearance I believe.

High Desert Ranger
08-17-2007, 10:46 AM
It is the height of the suspension lift and the body lift and not icluding the height of the tires. Namely because the first 2 increases in height are structural changes to the the truck and tires a dress up change. One could put 12" of lift in the suspension and body of a truck and go smaller on the tire size. Would that mena that the decrease in the tire size counteracts the amount of the lift nope. Namely because wheels are very easy to change and I could quite literally change tire size every 30 minutes and have upwards of 30+ tires put on the vehicle in one day but that still doesn't count towards lift height.

Besides if you this about it; it is suspension Lift and body Lift and you never say tire Lift so in Lift height it is only suspension and body that counts.

MAKG
08-17-2007, 10:51 AM
The tires change the clearance and the bumper height. They do not change the lift.

Note that some "lift laws" really regulate the bumper height.

Honestly, when designing a truck for the trail, the lift doesn't matter. Only the clearance (and a few other issues like overhang and wheelbase).

arrabil
08-17-2007, 12:52 PM
You can't use the tire because the flex IS significant. If you're measuring in half inch increments, certainly your tires compress 1/2" at the bottom at 28psi. And if you put less air into them that number can change to 1.5" quickly.

Note that some "lift laws" really regulate the bumper height
Yup. 30" for the horizontal parts of the bumpers to the ground, body lifts no bigger than 3", and the tires tucked into fenders are the only real requirements in PA.

4x4junkie
08-17-2007, 05:56 PM
I've generally always excluded the tires from "lift" also.

brendank
08-17-2007, 06:29 PM
Yup. Tires don't count.

SuperRob
08-18-2007, 03:51 AM
Thats what I thought too....Tires dont count

PARKINGLOT
08-18-2007, 04:19 AM
Honestly, when designing a truck for the trail, the lift doesn't matter. Only the clearance (and a few other issues like overhang and wheelbase).

exactly...funtionality...

zuki
08-19-2007, 05:36 AM
Thats what I thought too....Tires dont count

yep, tires don't coun't -- unless you are selling your vehical on ebay, then for some reason it is ok.

Todd
08-19-2007, 11:27 AM
I have never counted tires. As already stated a LIFT is structural changes made to the trucks suspension or body.

But is tires where counted my truck would have air bags:icon_thumby: It changes a good few inches in height during and after snow wheelin, sssshhhhhhhhhhhh