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Old 10-18-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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Does a lift make a truck safer

Short story.

My Tacoma is a replacement vehicle from my 2010 mazda 3 sport which was wrecked beyond repair when I was rear ended at a red light by a idiot texting on his Blackberry. Did not even look up when he hit me going about 60-65km/h.

I wanted something a little larger but practical so I went with the 4 door Tacoma sport (which is a money pit (mods,mods,mods....)).

Will lifting a truck make it safer.
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:32 PM   #3
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No. As a matter of fact it would make it less safe since you are rasing the center of gravity and adding larger tires which increases stopping distance.
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No. As a matter of fact it would make it less safe since you are rasing the center of gravity and adding larger tires which increases stopping distance.
Theres the answer^^
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It will raise the impact point so I would say so
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No. As a matter of fact it would make it less safe since you are rasing the center of gravity which makes handling worse and adding larger tires which increases stopping distance.
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Safe from another hit. Rear end or front end collision.
Nope.
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No. As a matter of fact it would make it less safe since you are rasing the center of gravity and adding larger tires which increases stopping distance.
When did he say anything about adding larger tires?
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Old 10-18-2011, 03:36 PM   #11
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When did he say anything about adding larger tires?
Well what usually happens when someone installs a lift? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
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No, it doesnt. People lift their trucks to increase offroad ability (Or to add looks) but it's not as safe.

It's easier to push over a dude on stilts than a midget with shoes.
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No, it doesnt. People lift their trucks to increase offroad ability (Or to add looks) but it's not as safe.

It's easier to push over a dude on stilts than a midget with shoes.
That's a terrible analogy for these trucks
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No, it doesnt. People lift their trucks to increase offroad ability (Or to add looks) but it's not as safe.

It's easier to push over a dude on stilts than a midget with shoes.
What if that midget wearing shoes is on stilts. Hmmm
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That's a terrible analogy for these trucks
Actually it is a very good one.
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That's a terrible analogy for these trucks
I could come up with nothing better in the short time I had to post that...since I'm never on TW too long...........

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What if that midget wearing shoes is on stilts. Hmmm
Then he's about normal size, but with shoes. Still easier to push over
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The higher you go the safer it gets

I'd start with a body lift personally...
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When did he say anything about adding larger tires?
He didn't. (although statistically speaking, the vast majority of people who lift also increase tire size)

But the height factors remain a dilemma. Not to mention your increased clearance might result in more undercarriage damage in the event of an accident, as opposed to damage to the crumple zones normally experienced by a standard-height Tacoma.
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