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Old 07-18-2016, 10:20 AM   #1
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New guy here with a question for you - what kind of issues do you run into (besides needing a drop hitch) when towing with a lifted truck? How much lift can you safely run without compromising tow capacity or ride quality while towing?
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I'm only leveled but I can tell you that most lifts will also level your truck, so when you place weight in the back it will squat more. Also most people with lifts opt for larger tires which make your truck more sluggish, this is much more exaggerated when you are towing. Other than those things (and the obvious need to drop the hitch lower) you wont find much of a difference.
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agree with the above. If you plan to tow and be lifted or leveled, it's a good idea to add some kind of suspension assist like air bags or something to help prevent too much squat.
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Gears and a multi leaf pack and you'll be fine.
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3.55 enough gear for a 3.5 ECB to pull a 6500-7500 camper? Someone told me I needed the 3.73, but so many options are incompatible with them on the 2016.
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I have Firestone air bags on mine nice when hauling anything I never tow but I do haul weight helps it not look like its about to launch into space.
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Lol. I have a '14 taco with a 3" kit that doesn't squat so much as get soft in the back when loaded to near capacity (cargo, not towing) but I can imagine the weight right on the hitch is a challenge.

Is there any point of the FX4 off-road package if you're going to lift the truck separately? My experience is that most factory skids are only good for light scrapes and aftermarket might be better for protection.
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3.55 enough gear for a 3.5 ECB to pull a 6500-7500 camper? Someone told me I needed the 3.73, but so many options are incompatible with them on the 2016.
I have 33's on a 15 3.5 SCREW 157" EB with 3.55 and a 28' TT weighing close to 7K and no problems with power.
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I have 33's on a 15 3.5 SCREW 157" EB with 3.55 and a 28' TT weighing close to 7K and no problems with power.
Thanks. Any problems on hills (up or down)? We camp in the N. Ga mountains a lot.
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