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post #1 of 11 Old 10-05-2009, 07:59 PM Thread Starter
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10"-is this dangerous?

Never have owned a truck with a suspension lift but I am considering on '03 F250 with a 10" lift on 38s. Do suspension lifts and those larger tires wear chassis and steering parts very rapidly? Are you constantly replacing worn out parts due to the lift even if it is high quality? What sort of fuel economy should i expect out of this truck?
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I would recommend crossover steering and trac bar relocation with a 10" lift.

As long as everything is properly installed and you run the crossover steering you shouldn't have issues with rapidly going through parts.

On 38s, depending on gears and how you drive.....12-15mpg would be my guess.
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Never have owned a truck with a suspension lift but I am considering on '03 F250 with a 10" lift on 38s. Do suspension lifts and those larger tires wear chassis and steering parts very rapidly? Are you constantly replacing worn out parts due to the lift even if it is high quality? What sort of fuel economy should i expect out of this truck?
Every truck I've ever had has been lifted with larger tires.

Larger tires will usually go through bearings a little quicker than standard size tires. Equally, fuel economy will suffer a few MPG due to the increased drag of a lifted vehicle.

As the previous poster said, with the right parts and alignment, the parts themselves shouldn't wear any quicker. If anything, if they're quality aftermarket parts, they may actually last a little longer, depending on your driving habits.

Otherwise, there's no reason why you should be replacing parts any more frequently than a non-lifted truck.

Oh, and stock trucks are boring (jk for those that have them)

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What about towing with a lifted truck? I have a 22ft bayboat I will be towing every now and then. Will it do ok?
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As long as you set the suspension up properly and have a properly setup and rated drop hitch you can tow fine.

I would recommend One Up Offroad Traction Blocks for the rear suspension and if you need a big, beefy drop hitch a One Up Offroad drop hitch.

Of course gearing the axles for the larger tires also helps with towing and overall daily drivability.
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FWIW, I'm on 8" of lift and 37's and pulled a 21' Mako CC 500 miles to the Keys and back with no issues. Never even knew it was there.

I'm re-geared from 3.73 to 4.30.

Pay attention to the replies above. Good advice being offered for free....

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thanks! I am definitely taking note
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Truck won't handle good compared to a lower lift smaller truck like a 4" lift and 35", mpg will suffer a lot. Unit bearings will need replacing way more often. If its a 6.0 you will really need 4.30 gears. Getting in and out and the lousy ride quality of big lifts will get old fast. IMO you will be happer for a much longer time with a 4-6" lifted truck
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go big or don't even bother in my opinion... My truck has a 10" lift and I don't have any complaints about the size of lift or wearing on any parts...
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go big or don't even bother in my opinion... My truck has a 10" lift and I don't have any complaints about the size of lift or wearing on any parts...
i second that. im on ten as well and no problems

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