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06 July 2009 @ 12:45 pm
Posty McPosterson strikes again  
What is the rationale for jacking up pickup trucks and the like? All the hardware (transmission, etc.) is still the same distance above the ground, so it's not like you get more clearance off-road.
guppiecatguppiecat on July 6th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
You can see above everyone else, so you get to feel more important than them.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah. I admit there are times I would like a periscope, for seeing around trucks and SUVs.
madshutterbug: Attitudemadshutterbug on July 6th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, but in a standard pickup you can still see above everyone else. Not thinking the 'see above' is it. Now, I think you're on to something with the 'feel more important' part.
madshutterbug: Attitudemadshutterbug on July 6th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hmm... how can there be a rationale for something that is irrational? *G*
Violet Tigressviolet_tigress1 on July 6th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Casey: horselaughpurplepathos on July 6th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha! Yep, I think you're onto something there.
griffen on July 6th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I was going to reply "It's a dick-waving thing," but this image says it so much better than I could.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
You are a silly person. I like you. :-)
Curious Stuffonelargecat on July 6th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
yep...pretty sure that explains why it's done around here. :)

around here, the people who do it just do it for looks. they think it's cool. showy. it's part of their image. (which must impress someone they're trying to impress, but it certainly doesn't leave a good impression on ME.)
KLS: rotflguruwench on July 7th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)
This reminds me of a conversation my hunny N and I had a while ago. We were witness to some person driving a car like an ass, and I commented "must be really small", implying the driver had a small penis.

Then someone went by in a SmartCar, and I commented offhandedly, "Must be hung like a horse." ;)

N broke up laughing. :)
Jim Hetleyjhetley on July 6th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Usta was, those were bootleggers. The higher body settled back to normal when you loaded up with 'shine.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
You know, that actually makes sense!
QKat: Sonic Boom APOD 070819ladyqkat on July 6th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
The same rational that is used for wearing ones jeans with the waist riding at butt-cheek level - nothing much to show off so they are going to make you look anyway.
dave wdaze39 on July 6th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, there is a useful reason for doing this, which is to increase the suspension travel, allowing the wheels to move up and down farther to track over a bumpy surface without "bottoming out".
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 6th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's one use, but for people whose vehicle is predominantly operated in an urban environment? It's like someone who lives in the suburbs and works downtown having a Land Rover: it has nothing to do with the objective reality and serves no physical need. It serves a psychological urge. It's mating plumage making up for subconsciously-perceived lackings in other areas.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on July 6th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
But with Land Rovers you get to demonstrate how much more money you make (or can have loaned to you). Also, you can make up for crappy parallel-parking skills by simply driving over the curb every time. (I'm a firm believer that, if you can't park it, you shouldn't be driving it.)
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on July 6th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ostentatious displays of money are directly part of mating plumage, of course. Someone doing so might as well paste dollar bills together in place of a fan of feathers stuck to his ass.

Covering up stupidity or other failings is ALSO attributable to mating. Accentuate your strengths, hide any deficiencies that might discourage mating.

It's sad, how such an "advanced" species is still so controlled by its reproductive urge.
rickvsrickvs on July 7th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
> might as well paste dollar bills together in place of
> a fan of feathers stuck to his ass.

I'd totally hit that.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 6th, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
I have crappy parallel parking skills. I deal with this by not parallel parking.
A monstrous ramblingbibliofile on July 7th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Ah, but you're smart. I was thinking more of people who can't manage to park between the lines in the empty half of a Target (for example) parking lot.
thatwordgrrl on July 6th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
It done makes the wimminfolk more impressed with the size of yer package.
(Anonymous) on July 6th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
There are a couple of valid reasons for jacking up a truck. One as previously stated. is that it gives more travel room for the tires under extreamly bumpy conditions. Next reason it allows larger tires to be put on said truck. This is often a good thing when driveing off road. Third is that is gives a bit more clearence for the center of the truck in clearing the tops of rocks, hill crests and ravine edges.
Course anything more that about 2 - 3 inches drives the center of gravity up so high the stupid thing will tip very easly if used off road.

Younger Brother
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 7th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I see how it gives more clearance -- all the guts of the truck are still the same height above the ground, it's just the body that's jacked up. Unless you're saying that putting larger wheels on the truck jacks up the mechanical bits, which I guess kind of makes sense.
(Anonymous) on July 7th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC)
the body of the truck is what is moved up, so the hight of the floor is raised up by however much you jack up said truck. Putting on larger diamiter wheels raises both the axels as well as the body. both of witch gives increased ground clearance.

Younger Brother
Maggiesillymagpie on July 6th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
So you can position your headlights on a level with most drivers' eyes.