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YeaiBoost 03-06-2012 10:57 PM

Leveling kit / Torsion keys
hey guys i know im new to the site but i am not a total noob and have done some research i am just looking for a little help. I have a 2004 ram 1500 4wd and i am looking to level the front. From what i have read the 02-05 has torsion bars in which you can just get the keys and tighten them up to almost 2" which would make it level. Is this done just to save money rather then buying the leveling kit? I originally just wanted to purchase a set of bilstein 5100 but i see they do not make them for the 02-05, instead i would need to get the bilstein HD which are not adjustable. Either way i am going to purchase shocks eventually as my truck has 102k on it, is the only difference between tightening te torsion bar to save money rather then buying the leveling kit? Hopefully you guys understand what im getting at. Thanks for the help :smiley_thumbs_up:

NWRQC 03-07-2012 09:47 AM

Pretty much. There is no point in spending the money on new torsion bar keys (and even more for the tool to unload the torsion bar). 2" in about the most you want to go, and stock keys will give you that much adjustment. The aftermarket keys are indexed to allow you to have more adjustment (plus they claim to maintain the stock ride quality which is bs), but going over 2" isnt recommended, some will go as much as 2.5'' but it will stiffen up the ride quite a bit. I don't know much about those shocks, but you are due for new ones and you will notice a good improvement in the ride once you do replace them.

YeaiBoost 03-07-2012 04:07 PM

So i can get 2" on the stock key and it will just about be level? Will the bilstein work or do i need to find a shock with 2" more travel?

ksolt 03-07-2012 04:35 PM

I just installed the 2.5 readylift to my 2002 dodge ram. Pushing the stick keys to the max causes problems. The thing is if your truck had stock 15 inch shocks they will need 17in. I bought 17in pro comp for around 35 bucks. I still have the same stock ride. It is not bullshit.

YeaiBoost 03-07-2012 08:35 PM

ksolt do you have any before and after pics ??
Im on the readylift site and all i see is 2.0" leveling kit for the 2002-2005 ram 4wd...

ksolt 03-08-2012 12:16 AM

i will upload soon but the 2 in. can go up to 2.5

YeaiBoost 03-08-2012 09:11 AM

Is there any difference between this rough country kit and the readylift one you have? This rough country one is half the price....

Madmax 03-08-2012 10:52 AM

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I put the DayStar keys on my 2004, and you will need aftermarket shocks. Ride quality is the same, but make sure you get an alignment or your camber is going to be pretty bad. Just watch you CV boots, as they will wear faster due to friction. I put my leveling kit on about a year ago and you can see and feel the wear marks. I am now looking to put a lift kit on, one of the reasons being that they come with differential drop kits. They allow the CV's to be strait, which is alot safer for them.

This is what my truck looked like bone stockAttachment 25870

and leveledAttachment 25871

a side viewAttachment 25873

and the shocks I installedAttachment 25872

ksolt 03-08-2012 12:31 PM

yeaiBoost...the two differences i see is #1. the ready lift key has a different angle than the rough country and has the ability (not recommended) to go higher than 2in. and #2. is just quality. You get what you pay for. Im not talking down on rough country its just more of a preference i guess...

ksolt 03-08-2012 12:33 PM

I also found mine on ebay brand new from a truck accessory store out of California

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