How to Prep Your GMC Sierra for a Summer Road Trip

GMC Sierra

2017 GMC Sierra

The American roads can take you almost anywhere—to the beach, to the mountains, to the kitschy roadside attractions. Wherever the roads are taking you this summer, make sure you prep your GMC Sierra before you depart for the best performance and a successful voyage.

Check Your Tires

Your tires are about to roll you and your Sierra across miles and miles of pavement, so make sure they’re ready for the task. They should be filled with air to the recommended PSI and checked for any extreme wear in the tread. With good tires, you’ll get the best fuel efficiency.

Come Prepared

You’ll no doubt be filling your GMC Sierra’s bed with cargo like camping gear, bikes, kayaks, or whatever else you might want on your journey, but make sure you remember the essentials in case of an emergency, like a first-aid kit, extra water and snacks, and even a spare tire kit.

Get a Second Opinion

It’s good and ambitious to check your fluids, your belts, your brakes, and everything else on your own to make sure things are in good condition. But, for the greatest peace of mind, bring your GMC Sierra into Varney Buick GMC and have our GMC-trained technicians give it a look. If there are any issues that might affect your journey we can handle them for you and send you on your way for a victorious summer road trip.

What Is Usually Done When Lifting a Truck

2015 GMC Sierra - Bangor, ME

Make an informed decision before altering your truck.

Lifting a truck involves the choice of two different options, a body lift kit or a suspension kit. Both choices have their positives, but ultimately it depends what you are looking to get out of your pickup truck. Do you want a slightly boosted truck with good performance and off-road capabilities, or are you aiming for that full-on monster truck look? Check out the options below to weigh your choices.

Body Lift Kits

Doing a body lift kit rather than a suspension lift involves raising the body of the truck without requiring new shocks or changing how your truck rides. It’s also the less expensive lifting option. Many off-road enthusiasts choose to opt for a body lift kit because it keeps the factory suspension in their vehicle while giving them more ground clearance.

Suspension Lifts

A suspension lift kit is different from a body lift kit because a body lift kit can only raise your truck up to three inches. If you want to lift your truck as high as it will go, a suspension lift is the better option, and it allows you to buy bigger tires for your pickup, too. This also makes the suspension more articulate.

As said above, choosing what option you want when lifting a truck depends entirely on your personal preferences. Whether you want a body lift kit for a more confident attitude without changing your ride quality or a suspension lift for an all-out aggressive vibe is up to you.