Most truck owners want to lift their truck at least 2 inches, and that sounds simple enough, but upgrading your truck to taste is really expensive. The lifting kits are expensive and they can feel quite heavy when you want to use them just once. But don’t worry about that, because today, we are going to discuss why you lift your truck and how you can do it without lifting kits.
Why should you lift your truck?
The biggest goal of truck drivers is better performance and has a tough appearance. We say lifting your truck will help you with both.
The lift kit can lift both the front and rear of the truck from 3 to 12 inches above the stock height. Typically, lifting your truck 3 inches or more is done to allow bigger tires and thus better off-road handling, the easier crossing of mud and rivers, driving over large rocks and tree branches, and movement across uneven terrain.
A tall truck is a truck that looks great and it must provide a sharp improvement in comfort. You can drive your truck in different road conditions without having to worry about traction. Moreover, you have a heavy truck, you will get the same benefits.
Therefore, we will say that lifting your truck is a great idea and you can buy and use the leveling kits that you have tested that are expensive but suitable for your wallet. On the other hand, if you cannot afford the lifting kits. We have alternative methods to help you through the tutorial below.
How to lift a truck without a lift kit
In most instances, you can place larger tires on your trucks without the need for a lift. You can mount up to 33’’ tires on most trucks without lifting.
A number of modifications like adjusting the torsion key, using wheel gaskets, cutting the fenders, and using a balance kit may be required depending on the truck-tire combination of you.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways you can fit larger tires on your truck without needing lifting kits.
Adjust the torsion keys
This is the easiest way to fit tires to your truck. You can adjust your neck twist key if your truck uses bar suspension, and most 4WD trucks do.
You should also not adjust the neck twists too much, as you can damage the steering and disrupt the suspension in the long run. So while adjusting the twist keys is a quick and easy fix, never set the keys to the maximum.
You can adjust the aftermarket torsion keys to lift your truck about 1 to 1.5 inches taller, which can help your tires if you haven’t installed a lift or stabilizer.
Do not twist your existing twist keys to their limits, this will cause low trip quality because you will not have any journey that exceeds the fixed height of the board. head. Plus, this can also cause damage to the rest of your suspended.
Whenever you install the wheel spacers, you must check the suspension to make sure it does not stretch too much due to the new angles created by the wheel spacers. In many instances, a combination of wheel buffer and terrain bumpers will allow tires without lifting the truck.
Install wheel spacers
Wheel pads can save you from lifting your truck if you get bigger tires for it. The wheel buffer will place your wheels farther away from your truck to eliminate tire friction with the wheel well.
Whenever you install the wheel spacers, you must check the suspension to make sure it does not stretch too much due to the new angles created by the wheel spacers. In many cases, a combination of wheel buffer and terrain bumpers will allow tires without lifting the truck.
You can place tires on your truck without a lift if you are “rolled” Rolling Fenders are the process of bending the inner lip of the truck onto the L-to-V-shaped tires by special appliances and heating. This will create more space for your larger tires to move without being rubbed against the side of the wheel.
Cut/trim the fenders
Cutting off part of your wheel well can be done quickly, easily, and neatly. It also lasted for hours after hard efforts and the unexpected result was a mess. If you ever plan on cutting and undercutting your truck, make sure not to cut off body parts that are connected together like pin welds or spot welds.
Your truck will go to rubble if you accidentally cut pieces of material that are welded together. Instead of trying to cut light cuts on them, knock them down with a hammer to get more space.
Remember to always mark where you plan to cut your truck’s trunk and be mentally prepared from start to finish before you start cutting.
Leveling kits can usually add about 2 inches of height to the front of your truck. This is one of the most common ways to create more space to fit larger tires into your truck without using a lift.
The leveling kit is not too expensive compared to the lift kit and is easy to install quickly. Enhancing the front of your vehicle will reduce fuel efficiency due to the negative changes in aerodynamics.
What size truck tires can I install with the leveler?
In many instances, a feeder will just lift the front of your truck about 1 to 1.5 inches.
This is beneficial when going from 31 “tire to 33” tire, but it won’t do much more. The combination of the leveler and one or two other methods mentioned above can give you enough room to use even larger tires but you will have to double-check the measurements before buy.
Most tire dealers will give you the opportunity to check how the tire fits before buying. You can then rotate the wheels completely left and right to see where they come in contact with your truck wheels.
Based on their exposure, you can choose a suitable combination of the above techniques to properly fit the tires without using a lift.
Pros of using larger tires
Increase ground clearance to overcome obstacles more easily and conquer territory on the road.
Help increase the overall height of the truck and help you have a better view of the road ahead you are going.
Improve your towing stability because larger tires have greater road contact area.
The ability to cross the terrain and better grip the road because the tire is more in contact with the ground.
Creates more stopping forces on and off the road and especially for emergency stops.
Wearing is slower than smaller tires because there is more rubber to connect to the road.
Cons of using larger tires
Increase your fuel consumption due to extra weight and traction. Besides, reduces your overall acceleration and speed.
It may wear down your transmission and powertrain faster. Because your powertrain and powertrain will have to work harder to turn those large wheels. So you should improve your system to fit the new tire size.
Speedometer and odometer will give you lower numbers than your actual speed and distance. Because, because the speedometer is based on the rotation speed of the wheel and only checks the full rotation and calculates the speed and distance based on stock standard size tires.
Price more expensive.
A lot of braking is needed, causing your brakes to drop faster than usual.
In most cases, you will need to modify your truck to accommodate larger tires.
We hope this article on how to lift a truck without this kit has helped you. Let us know if you need any further help with the above, and don’t hesitate to contact us.