Do I Need Aftermarket Suspension On My Hunting Truck?
Author: Alexi Rafferty
June 11, 2021
When many begin building a hunting truck, a lot of modifications come to mind, and right after that a lot of dollar signs come to mind too. A question that many have is “Do I Need Aftermarket Suspension On My Hunting Truck?”. Is this modification necessary? And is it worth your money? Let’s find out.
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Suspension systems usually known as lifts and leveling kits are the most common types of suspension for a hunting truck.
A suspension system is usually created with springs that absorb a portion of the shock when you run over a bump, allowing the tires and axle to move separately and weakening the impact on the rest of the truck.
If the truck's axle was connected directly to the frame, without any kind of suspension springs, you'd feel every small crack in the road because nothing would be in place to absorb the impact. In fact, you wouldn't even be able to control the truck, because the tires would bounce off of the pavement whenever you hit a bump.
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Ground clearance to clear large obstacles
Easier handling / smoother ride
Fit larger tires
Increased towing capability
Gas mileage loss
Vehicle warranty loss (possibly)
Higher center of gravity (don’t go too high)
Overall, each suspension kit serves its unique purpose. If you want to do more off-road activities, need more performance, need clearance for bigger wheels and tires, or just want a more aggressive look, you'll probably want to get a lift kit.
Leveling kits definitely are more functional for the daily driver. If you're just looking for a small amount of lift, a leveling kit will be a great option that will also keep costs low. You won't run into as many issues with a leveling kit and it will provide a solid look to your hunting truck if you're driving down the highway to the cabin, the woods, or whatever your destination may be.
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My personal opinion would be, yes, it should have aftermarket suspension. I feel that your truck should be the best that you can possibly equip for your needs, which to me means it will need aftermarket suspension. Though, we have laid it all out for you here and given you the tools to learn what you need to know good and bad. At the end of the day, it is ultimately up to you and what you think your truck needs or doesn’t need.
Are you running a suspension system on your truck? Let us know in the comments down below.
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