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hemi91 01-15-2013 04:36 PM

Leveling kit good or bad
 
A friend of mine is selling a 2 inch tuff country leveling kit 32902 for my truck for $60. I know that raising the truck in the front will put more strain on the ball joints and stuff, but I would like to know how bad the stain would be and how much faster the ball joints would wear out? My truck is an 07 dodge ram 1500 4X4 with the 5.7 hemi.

Chunkem 01-15-2013 09:35 PM

Good luck and please keep us updated on how you make out.....

hemi91 01-24-2013 03:06 PM

After talking to a few people and doing some more research and I decided not to get the leveling kit. A few people have no problems with them, but the majority of the people who use them have problems with components wearing out faster.

tjbiker031 01-28-2013 11:31 AM

I'm going to school to be a technician, and thats the first thing we talked about in suspension class. Once you change the height of the vehicle, you put strain on everything you dont want....the same goes with larger wheels and tires.

Its basically a trade off. Sure your truck will look cool...but you also need to know what componets it will affect and check those quite often and replace them quickly to prevent unwanted damage (apart from the excessive wear).

steveschaedel 01-28-2013 07:57 PM

I had the Truxx 2" leveling kit pn my 2006 2500 and didnt have any issues with it at all - you will want to get a re-alignment but thats it - and I do a bit of off roading

starquestbd22 01-28-2013 08:35 PM

To the OP....seeing as how you have a 2007 I would pop for the Bilstein 5100 leveling shocks and set them at a moderate setting. I had mine set at the third setting (1.4" lift) and it was perfect. They are a bit more expensive but not only can you level it properly, you get quality, good riding front shocks out of it as well.

nelson14 01-31-2013 08:53 PM

what size zeon's do you have. I am looking into leveling an buying Zeons or terra grapplers. just not sure where to start.



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Originally Posted by starquestbd22 (Post 997220)
To the OP....seeing as how you have a 2007 I would pop for the Bilstein 5100 leveling shocks and set them at a moderate setting. I had mine set at the third setting (1.4" lift) and it was perfect. They are a bit more expensive but not only can you level it properly, you get quality, good riding front shocks out of it as well.


starquestbd22 01-31-2013 11:26 PM

I have the stock sized Zeons, 275/60/20. I think it looks good but I think a slightly taller tire would look better. Both the Coopers and the Nittos are available in 275/65/20 and the Nittos are available in 295/60/20. I'll probably go with the 295/60 Nittos if I still have the truck whenever these Coopers need replacing although they are a fair bit more expensive than the stock size.

BigGameJames 02-07-2013 10:09 AM

Do you have to do the leveling lift for the 295/60/20? I have an 2008 and I wanted to go a bit more rugged on my next set of tires. Or will I need to get a smaller rim first?

starquestbd22 02-07-2013 05:06 PM

No, you don't have to have the front end leveled to run a 295/60/20. Although it would probably look better if you did. A leveled front end looks especially good on trucks with taller tires that really fill up the fender well.

That being said, you will have to have either a 1/4" spacer or aftermarket rims with less offset to run a 295mm wide tire on a 2008 truck. If you are prepared to run the spacer you could always try the tires without the spacer first just to see. Depending on what kind of tire you choose, you might get lucky. But my guess is that it won't run without the spacer without rubbing. The general rule on your model truck is that anything wider than 285mm will rub. If you are dead set against spacers you could go with a 275/65/20, 285/60/20, or 285/65/20. Any of those should run with no issues on the stock 20" rim.

I don't think swapping to a smaller rim, either diameter or width, is going to really help you any.


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