The Carolina Squat became a trend that caught on all over the country, especially in the southern states, as well as in North and South Carolina.
The Carolina Squat is a trend where drivers take their truck (or other vehicles) and angle them so the front end is up and the rear end is down. The trend was born out of Baja Racing in California and was made popular once hundreds of riders posted photos of their squatting vehicles on Instagram. As a result, the Carolina Squat became a trend that caught on all over the country, especially in the southern states, as well as in North and South Carolina.
Drivers would raise the front of their trucks and simultaneously lower the back of their trucks, resulting in a large rake. For added squat effect, they may try to fit the biggest tires possible on their vehicle. Sadly, this trend has little practicality for vehicles and instead brings many disadvantages. There are several high-performance trucks on the market right now. None of them come pre-squatted. Trucks are rendered completely useless for performance or for carrying any weight, and visibility over the head is completely reduced, and that’s the least of the problems the Carolina Squat brings.
It Began In California
With regard to the name, the Carolina Squat began in California. The Carolina Squat involves people squatting their trucks. It was also referred to as the California Lean or the Cali Lean. The trend emerged back when Baja racing was popular in the hilly desert terrain of California and it originated among the Baja racing circuit.
Baja racing took place in the desert, due to its sandy terrain and hilly landscape. In this context, the Carolina Squat had a practical purpose: In these races, when contestants would hit a jump at high speeds, the rear hits first to avoid a crash because the truck’s rear end is lower than its front bumper.
At this point, people only continue the Carolina Squat for style and look, mainly for the purpose of impressing others. After all, unless people are running off-road at high speeds, there is no longer a performance attribute for it.
Instagram Made This A Trend
Social media can be thanked (or blamed) for the Carolina Squat’s rise to popularity. While there are debating claims over the specifics, most people agree the trend caught on once people posted many photos of their squatting trucks on Instagram.
The number of followers of truck squat-dedicated Instagram pages numbers in the thousands. It also goes by the aliases truck squat, truck lean, squatted truck, or the Carolina lean, and it has mainly caught on in North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Georgia.
Truck modification culture has also adopted the trend somewhat, with certain manufacturers acquiescing to the market demands and bringing out kits to modify trucks to have them squatting. The look is most often found on independent front suspension trucks.
The truck’s front end is lifted with either a ball-joint lift or a torsion bars adjustment, and the truck’s rear end is still at standard or in lowered ride height. It started a few years ago, and despite the criticism, it has recently developed into quite a trend. The Carolina Squat can be prominently featured on truck forums or on Facebook truck groups. Some of the best trucks, as well as trucks people may avoid, have been modified to squat. Some trucks are better avoided, while others are well rated and are affordable.
Dangers Come With The Squat
Unfortunately, the Carolina Squat is very impractical, and also very dangerous. A lot of issues, problems, setbacks, and liabilities arise when squatting a truck. Not only does it change the look, but it also changes the function of the vehicle.
People who squat their trucks lose all capability to tow a load because the tail end is already down to the ground. Even worse, if the front end of the truck is higher than the rear end is, then the headlights are going to be pointed over the top of cars instead of straight at the oncoming cars. Third, the truck being angled changes how oncoming traffic is viewed, and the view given is not what is needed to drive safely. Headlights may also not provide the necessary light if they’re pointed at too high an angle.
Altogether, a perfectly standard truck safe to drive on the open road has now become a liability to the driver and a danger to others once squatted, and even the best performance trucks on the market seem to be victims of this trend.
The Squat Can Be Fixed
Another possible alternative is a suspension stabilizer, as later truck models have the stable suspension that earlier models lack or have issues with. The stabilizer is fitted directly between the leaf spring and the spring pack, neutralizing the delayed leaf spring response. As a result, the trailer immediately ceases to sag.