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#10799813 - 04/27/15 08:27 AM Pulling your boat with a lifted truck
Fish'n Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 327
Just wanted to ask you guys a question about trucks with lifts and how it affects pulling your boat? I have owned trucks my entire life, just never owned one with a lift. I just bought a tundra, and hell as I sit here I can't remember if it has a 4" or 6" lift? Anyway, I did as much research online about lifts and there are some that say never get one because you have too many problems down the road, others say it doesn't affect anything as long as you take care of it. Which I do, I am OCD when it comes to my trucks.
So I wanted to ask, for those that have trucks with a lift, have you ever had problems with it at some point? And for those that have lifted trucks and pull your boat, any trouble in that regard?

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#10799823 - 04/27/15 08:32 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
JacksonBean Offline
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Registered: 06/23/10
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Loc: Greenville, TX

Not at all..... Get a drop hitch that distributes the weight of your boat on both axels (if tandem) and you'll be fine.

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#10799853 - 04/27/15 08:44 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
CLedbetter Offline
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 167
Loc: DFW
So I had a truck with a 7 inch lift. You should not have any mechanical issues with the truck because most lifts keep the correct geometry with the suspension. The only issue I ever noticed was while towing my boat. It was not the smoothest ride and you could feel the trailer a lot more. Hard to explain but my wife did not like riding in the truck when towing the boat. Ever since I have had my stock Tahoe, that bouncing feeling went away.

Just make sure you get a drop hitch.

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#10799872 - 04/27/15 08:51 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
nellie Offline
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Registered: 05/11/12
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NO problems at all, I have a 7 inch lift on a 2014 GMC Sierra with 35 inch Toyo mud tires and mine actually rides a little smoother pulling my boat, just make sure you get a drop hitch that keeps your trailer close to level.

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#10799989 - 04/27/15 09:32 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: nellie]
Ranger1 Offline
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The only real downside of lifted trucks other the lack of smooth ride is you tend to get a few more rock chips on your boat from the tires.
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#10800047 - 04/27/15 09:51 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Ranger1]
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Originally Posted By: Ranger1
The only real downside of lifted trucks other the lack of smooth ride is you tend to get a few more rock chips on your boat from the tires.
this^

I have a lifted (4.5") Jeep Wrangler w/35's. I use a 4" drop hitch. No issues towing other than my really small flat fenders sling everything everywhere. Lol. Keep the boat covered while towing.
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#10800053 - 04/27/15 09:53 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
YankHardReelFast Offline
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Registered: 03/09/08
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Loc: Huntsville, TX
....but you look kewwwlllllll.


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#10800072 - 04/27/15 09:58 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Ricky Taylor Online   content
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Registered: 10/19/14
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Loc: Midlothian, Texas
Had a 7.5in on 35" M/Ts. The ONLY issue was fuel economy!

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#10800075 - 04/27/15 09:59 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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How far down does he have to back to launch?

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#10800100 - 04/27/15 10:09 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Jaret Latta]
Fish'n Skeeter Offline
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Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 327
Thanks for all of the responses. I understand that having a lift and bigger tires will mean a less smooth ride and probably less fuel economy. I was just concerned with the mechanical side of things. The dealership is the one that put the lift on, so I am assuming as someone stated it will have all of the correct geometry. So as long as I keep up the normal maintenance I should be fine it sounds like.
And I need to get the drop hitch.

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#10800359 - 04/27/15 11:17 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
Mike Keenan Online   content
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Plus with a lift and bigger tires most people will think you are compensating...
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#10800402 - 04/27/15 11:32 AM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
East ex roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 01/31/15
Posts: 49
Loc: Lindale, Tx
I have a 2500 with a 6" lift and 37's and the only bad thing is all the $hit it throws all over your boat with wet roads I have to tarp it
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#10800843 - 04/27/15 01:49 PM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Fish'n Skeeter]
BMCD Online   content
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Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 3500
Loc: Katy, Texas US
I have a Ford F250 with 35s and a 4inch lift. A boat cover is a must if any water is on the road. Fishing the red river this weekend ran thru a muddy spot in the road, covered my boat in mud. I might want to revisit the boat bra idea, or a full front boat cover.

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#10800849 - 04/27/15 01:50 PM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Jaret Latta]
RO519 Online   shocked
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Registered: 11/15/11
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Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
How far down does he have to back to launch?


Until it floats...
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#10801352 - 04/27/15 04:46 PM Re: Pulling your boat with a lifted truck [Re: Mike Keenan]
FMJshooter Offline
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Registered: 06/24/08
Posts: 1390
Loc: Belton, TX
The deal is most people throw in a suspension lift, big tires and call it good. The correct way to do it is to return everything to the correct geometry such as the drive shaft angles, control arms, torsion bars etc. If that stuff isn't correct the parts will wear prematurely. Some kits have the parts to do it all but most don't. Also have to keep in mind the taller the tire the more it effects your gear ratios and braking power upgrading those is smart if running much bigger tires. Center of gravity is higher no matter what so towing will be sloppier, how bad depends on spring rates, shocks, lift height and tire size.

Lot of trucks are all show and no go to impress the flat bill hatters.

get a parts list and make sure everything I in there that needs to be in there


Edited by FMJshooter (04/27/15 04:57 PM)

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