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nicraage 01-11-2012 08:02 PM

is my truck stock suspension or lifted?

I have a 2001 ram 1500 5.2L 4x4. I just bought it and had it shipped down to Honduras where I am working. It has a lot of miles, so I'm having a lot of work done here (as labor is cheap), but I have a question about my suspension.

It has rancho shocks on it RS5500's. Front: RS5197 Rear C152B

The front, RS5197 (according to rancho's site) are the stock replacement shock, and I can't find info on the rear.

The front end is pretty level, and I can't determine if there is a slight lift to the truck. The center of the rear wheel well measurs approximately 40", and the front 39" with 275/75 R16 tires. There has been some cut out in the wheel well for the front tires.

Basically, I want to put 35" tires on, and replace my shocks due to the rough ride on the bumpy roads here, but I'm not sure if I can just replace the shocks without lifting it. It looks like I have room for the tires.

How can I tell if this has been lifted, leveled, or nothing has been done?

any input is appreciated.

nicraage 01-12-2012 06:35 PM

ok, so I am utterly confused. I watched a video on youtube of someones lift kit, and I'm starting to think mine is just the stock lift. It only has one lift block on the rear.

If my lift was only stock, would it be able to fit the 275/75 16R (32")? There is some cut out inside the wheel wells.

Thanks, any help?

nicraage 01-13-2012 06:45 PM

wow, the #1 dodge forum, and no one can help me with what I thought would be a simple answer.

nicraage 01-14-2012 10:02 AM

Not that anyone seems to be reading this, but:
O.K. I made a mistake when I mentioned the tire size; they are actually 285/75 16's on the rear and 265/75 16R on the front (that's f'd up)

Here is a pic. I've been trying to figure this out for two weeks and finally asked for help before I spend a lot of money on a lift. I don't want to find out I already have one.

Any input is appreciated

Okiespaniels 01-14-2012 10:26 AM

You don't have a lift...and you should run all 4 tires the same size on a 4x4, unless you never use the 4x4. That's because you'll cause drive train bind and destroy your transfer case. Your factory rear block is OEM.

You should be able to run 285's on all 4 corners without a lift. Rubbing may vary or be non existent, depending on a stack of variables I can't control.

Sorry no one answered right away. BTW...your question is one of the most asked ones for 2nd gen ram owners, and seasoned vets probably get tired of answering it. At least you weren't asked to do a search...

As for 35 inch tires, the minimum lift required is 3 inches, and that can be pretty tight. Five inches gives the suspension more room to work. Since you live in a country where I'll hazard parts are not easy to get, I'd stay with 33 inch tires and a stock suspension. Personally I think Rancho stuff is crap. Order in some good Bilstien shocks to handle the poor roads.

Scoooter 01-14-2012 10:43 AM


Originally Posted by Okiespaniels (Post 695416)
Sorry no one answered right away. BTW...your question is one of the most asked ones for 2nd gen ram owners, and seasoned vets probably get tired of answering it. At least you weren't asked to do a search...

Yep the search is your friend. I've spent hours searching and reading for answers.

Good luck with your truck nicraage

nicraage 01-14-2012 11:26 AM

I certainly appreciate your response. I realize people can get tired of these questions, but I've been searching for over a week on this, what confused me were the aftermarket shocks.

I've been leaning towards a rough country 5" lift, it seems to be the most bang for the buck, and I should be able to get one shipped to my apo.

I didn't realized my tires were different sized until today. I've only put it in 4wd a couple times on some dirt roads, but it felt very strange, and I've been worried about it. When I get new tires (which I need), I'll throw it in 4x4 again and see how it feels. Worst case, I'll have it rebuilt. (Labor for my full transmission rebuild was about $260 from a mechanic with a good reputation and a specialty in transmissions).

If I get 285's now, and put on the 5" lift later, would those tires , would those tires look too small?

Okiespaniels 01-14-2012 11:41 AM

My truck has 285's and a 5 inch lift. I think it looks fine and I don't rub on road or off. I hate my R/C shocks that came with my lift. I would buy better shocks (Bilstiens) if they are avalible.

Screamintrashcan 01-26-2012 02:03 AM

Body lift is definately in order, mine is 4 " and 14.5x36x15s were definately maximum, but I hated driving around with those crackfinders, the geometry those big dia tires were just too much for the design limits of my steering, sometimes it was downright scary how the truck chased every crack in the road. Try this, on dry pavement, stand in front of your truck and have someone else wiggle the steering wheel back and forth a little, the front of your truck, beginning at the front of the cab will wiggle its nose, just like a bunnyrabbit. taller tires magnifies this, thus driveability is affected, I've heard someone makes a bracket to stiffen these trucks frames up, but I've become quite happy with a shorter tire, and they don't look stupid, even with the 4" body lift. I would think you may need an 85 profile with that large of a tire for an 8" wide rim, but I'm not certain.

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