To Squat or Not To Squat


Max Lindenberg, Staff Writer

Squatted trucks have been a thing for several years, although the practice has become increasingly popular lately.

The trend of the “Carolina Squat” started back when Baja trucks emerged in California and was called the “Cali Lean” because of the loose suspension. It allowed the truck to move over hills quickly instead of having stiffer springs in the back of the truck.
Squatting is the term for a truck that has been lifted in the front but not the back.

Many people have complained about squatting, and some have even tried banning it. There is currently a petition in N.C. to make squatting vehicles illegal.

The people who claim it is a “menace to society” say that squatting your truck is a danger to many drivers that they interact with.
They claim it’s not safe because, for one reason, the driver cannot see the road directly in front of them. It can also cause headlights to be blinding to other drivers.

It is logically bad for the truck for it to be lifted too much in the front. It can wear on the engine and the oil cannot lubricate the engine correctly.

Squatting your truck isn’t truly beneficial to you. It makes your handling horrible making it prone to crashing. It gives you less power to tow and might make your vision worse by not being able to see in front of you.

Altering your vehicle’s suspension is dangerous and can cause accidents. It is easier to flip your truck when it is lifted because it is more top heavy. It also can cause lack of sight in front and below you and can always void your warranty in certain situations.

In the state of South Carolina it is illegal to go over 6” of lift on your vehicle. The trend of squatting your truck and making everyone hate people who drive lifted trucks is annoying and uncalled for.