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Know Your Lifted Trucks

Whether we’re window shoppers, truck lifters, gear haulers, or mud enthusiasts, we’re all lifted truck lovers. And no matter how sleek, fast, and powerful a stock truck may look, we’ll never agree. Because for us, something’s always missing. A stock build can’t satisfy our vision of having any obstacle out there get in the way of cruising to our favorite song.

With that said, not all Lifted Trucks For Sale in GA will have each and every mod you envisioned your lifted truck to have. But, if you could be the master of your own build, you would have done so by now. Today, you wanna know what Georgia has for sale in the world of lifted trucks. Trust me; you need not worry about having enough lifted trucks for sale in your home state.

Let’s Talk Snowflakes

Like fingerprints or snowflakes, not one lifted truck you’ll find will be the same. There may be two Polar Bear White Ford F-150 Raptor lifts with the 450 hp EcoBoost Twin Turbo V6. But, one lift kit could be a Southern Comfort (SCA) modification, and the other could be a Rough Country one. Heck, maybe they share the same lift kit, and one has 36,000 miles on it while the other just has 20,000.

Pricing of Lifts

Shopping for lifted trucks is a unique experience as a buyer. Not only are you used-car shopping, but you are also shopping for pickup trucks, and you are paying for modifications.

Pricing will vary dramatically for lifted trucks because of the three main factors we easily covered above. For more explanation, don’t forget that used pickup trucks may hide years or just months of intense wear and tear. After all, they are built to dip, rise, and fall with the earth, and you may be purchasing something you can’t see. Be sure to request a full vehicle report when considering the vehicle.

A man is pricing out the lift kit for his truck.

Do Your Lift-Kit Research

When it comes to different providers of lift kits, there are some large names that are dependable, time tested and trusted. These include SCA Performance, Pro Comp USA, BDS Suspension, Fabtech, and Rough Country. Companies like SCA and ProComp differ in the turning radius that they offer your potential vehicle. Also, with a purchase of an SCA lift kit, SCA pays for a re-torque of the vehicle’s suspension: something not all companies offer.

What am I getting at? With all of those options out there, you want to be more cautious when purchasing a lifted truck. Remember to inquire about where the lift came from, who installed it (dealership or seller), and how that suspension company differs from its competitors. This could help ensure that the money you’re shelling out is going toward a safe and dependable vehicle.

Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is a capable off-road truck with limited comparable payload and towing capacities. Like a puppy at a shelter, the Toyota Tacoma just needs a chance for you to fall for its peppy package. Those mid-size pickup trucks deserve a home, after all.

It’s no secret the Tacoma is a popular mid-size pickup lift. To start, the Tacoma is a Toyota. Toyota builds dependable and affordable vehicles that yield bank account friendly fuel economies. Thus, a mid-size lifted pickup truck is not the first thing you think of when you think ‘lifted truck.’ But, for those wary of their spending habits, and still in the market for a toy, they should give this little puppy a chance.

It will be a rare occurrence for you to find a lifted Tacoma without the 3.5L V6 engine that gets 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. Less rare, but still uncommon, is a lifted Tacoma without a double cab, so you can count on having a full backseat in your new lifted Tacoma.

A white lifted Toyota Tacoma is driving up a dirt hill in the woods.

As far as price goes, when considering 2019 lifted models and comparing those to 2019 models of the Ford F150, GMC Sierra, and Chevy Silverado, a Tacoma with under 15,000 miles on it will cost anywhere from $20-40 less than its much larger and more powerful lifted competitors. Drop the year of the F-150, Sierra and Silverado down to 2016, for example, all with V8 or Twin Turbo Charged V6 engines, and the difference is around $5 grand less. With such an arguably smaller price difference, it’s worth seeing what the full-size lifted trucks have that the Tacoma doesn’t.

Ford F-150

I knew you loyal Ford owners were gonna skip right on ahead to the Ford F-150 section. In 2018, the most purchased full-size pickup in all of Georgia was the Ford F-150. And it has been America’s most popular full-sized pickup for 42 years running. To be honest, why should it be any other vehicle? As of the 2019 numbers, the F-150 trumps all in its class with its towing (13,200 lbs), payload (3,300 lbs) and horsepower (450).

Plus, it’s easy on the eyes. After the headlights changed in 2015, we thought the car couldn’t look any better. Wrong. The problem is, a Ford F-150 can cost me anywhere between $27,500 to over $90,000. Anything over $70,000 probably includes rare mods, paint jobs, a nasty twin-turbo V8, and more goodies.

Because of the variance in pricing, however, you’ll be able to find that dependable F-150 that you’re looking for. For a quick run-through, the trims of the F-150 are as follows: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited. For the lifts that begin at $32,000 and up, those rides will have considerable mileage on them (30,000 and up), and they will most likely be XL and XLT’s.

For your reference, I’ll run over the 2019 specs of all trims for the Ford F-150. This will help you read the confusing iterations of trucks that cause the price to jump from $30,000 to $100,000 real quick.

The F-150 XL is the lowest quality trim money can buy. It comes standard with 2WD with an EcoBoost 3.5L turbocharged V6 and 6-speed transmission. The XLT is a step above the XL and carries the same engine and transmission. The XLT offers more cosmetic than performance-based features including fog lights, a chrome grille, cruise control, Apple CarPlay, and more. When you move into the higher-end trims (Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited), there are no regular cab options. What is most pronounced when you first meet the Lariat and onward, is the change from halogen lamps to the sharp LED headlights.

The Lariat boasts a 2.7L V6 EcoBoost engine, 10-speed transmission, and a more advanced infotainment system. The King Ranch comes standard with a luxurious leather interior. The Platinum trim’s biggest feature is a 5.0L V8 with 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the Limited encloses a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that yields 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Chevrolet Silverado

Chevy vehicles run generations deep. While the F-150 takes the cake when it comes to horsepower, torque, and towing, the Silverado is right behind it with 420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque and 12,100 lb towing capacity; it’s definitely not chopped liver.

Recent lifts of the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD in Georgia will run you $52-85,000 based on my research. At this price, you’re paying for the Turbocharged Diesel V8 engine, automatic transmission, and higher payload capacity.

A red 2019 Chevy Silverado, popular among lifted trucks for sale in GA, is driving through the woods.

When it comes to Silverado 1500s, the number of your options widen. For some reason, the Silverado itself never seems to widen its gaze on the competition. What makes an immediate difference to buyers is the sleek and mean look of a Chevy Silverado. Beginning with the 2016 models, Chevy made the finishing touches on their horizontal, clean-cut and narrow front headlights that fall in line with the symmetry of the Chevy cross.

A 2019 Silverado 1500, will cost you anywhere between $50-75,000, lifted. Go as far back as just one year, to 2018, and you can find yourself a Silverado 1500 for $38,000. Roughly speaking, a Silverado 1500 will offer less performance than a Ford F-150 will, at a similar price. Of course, this will vary depending on the models you find.

GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra separates itself from the pack in that it is known and regarded by consumers as a luxury pickup truck. And the numbers don’t lie. GMC Sierras retain excellent resale value (comparable to, and sometimes better than the Ford F-150). While the 2019 Sierra is no slouch when it comes to performance (420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque and 12,200 towing capacity), its ability to wow consumers keeps 2015 lifted models competing price wise with 2018 models of other lifted vehicles. The Sierra is also known to offer the quietest ride among full size pickups as well.

The Sierra has lost one trim option for 2019 and gained an off-road option called AT4. In 2018, the four trims were cleverly titled Base, SLE, SLT and ending with the classic Denali. The SLE is the first option to have a V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This is something to remember, as several lifted models will carry the SLE package, but do not all carry the V8. The 2018 Denali comes standard with a non-diesel V8 that gets 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the neat addition to the Sierra line for 2019. Where were you the first time you saw the commercial for the new GMC Sierra tailgate?

The 2019 GMC Sierra’s MultiPro tailgate unfolds in ways no tailgate has ever been able to before. It opens the user up to the possibility of not having to break his or her back when unloading or loading their bed. The MultiPro tailgate unfolds in six different ways, to allow easy access into the bed, whether you’re walking onto it, or reaching into it. This MultiPro tailgate should not be a deciding factor in purchasing your vehicle, but it’s a cool addition to your new ride.

So there you have it. Have fun, lifted truck shopping. Whether you’re an intrigued newbie or calloused vet to lifted trucks, we wish you the best as you embark on that journey into your next work truck, fun truck, or both.

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