What Are the Benefits of Lowering a Pickup Truck?

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Lowering by any means is primarily considered an exercise in aesthetics, but that line of thought is putting the cart before the horse. Lowering came into vogue for its performance benefits, and was recognized for its appearance value afterward.

Lowering a Pickup

  • Pickup trucks by nature have higher ground clearances than cars, which means any lowering benefits exhibited by a car will be exponentially greater when applied to a truck.

Center of Gravity

  • Lowering a vehicle's chassis moves its center of gravity closer to the ground. This can pay dividends in reduced body roll/dive, which means better handling and braking.

Frontal Area

  • The bigger an object is, the more air it must push out of the way to move. Moving a Chevy S-10, Ford Ranger or other truck closer to the ground will drastically reduce its aerodynamic drag for better fuel economy, top speed and high-speed acceleration.

High-Speed Stability

  • Airflow passes over ever inch of a vehicle, including the component-laden undercarriage. Reducing airflow beneath a truck through lowering means less high-pressure buildup (lift) at speed, and greater stability over 50 mph.

Ingress/Egress

  • Though it may seem too obvious to mention, many of the "vertically-challenged" have trouble entering or exiting even a stock-height truck with any grace. Lowering can spare you or your significant other an embarrassing slip-up at the gas pump.

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  • Photo Credit Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of dave_7
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