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beavermosh 05-04-2013 07:17 AM

Rough Country Leveling Kit 2013 Dodge Ram
 
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I purchased the Rough Country leveling kit for my 2013 Dodge Ram Big Horn 4x4 (with 500 miles :gy:) and figured I would share my installation with everybody.

http://www.roughcountry.com/suspensi...1500-ram_2.php

First off, I paid $130 for the kit which includes both front and rear spacers. There is no reason to use the rear spacers if your goal is to level the truck. I am not sure I understand why the rears are included in the leveling kit because if you were to install both it would be just as unlevel as the stock suspension. In fact, with only the fronts installed it is 0.5" lower in the front but much more reasonable than stock.

I have not yet, due to time constraints, gone to the tire shop to get my front suspension aligned. YOU MUST ALIGN THE SUSPENSION AFTER THIS INSTALLATION. The spacers cause significant positive camber that will unevenly wear on tires. It looks like the lower A-arm has an eccentric that will adjust the angle of the strut and in turn adjusting the positive camber back to 0 degrees. 4x4s are generally configured with 0 degrees of camber... truck lovers, correct me if I am wrong here.

I followed the Attachment 35586 for the most part. The 2013 Dodge Ram has a 16mm sway bar nut which is different than the instructions, other than that its the same. However, when installing the extended strut I would highly recommend to unbolt the brake caliper because during re-installation the lower A-arm has to pivot even further downward putting strain on the brake line and the tire pressure line.

Now for the fun part! Here is one picture from my installation (basically taken at random), before picture, after picture, and a badass gif of them both.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-d...13/photo+2.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-P...43/photo+3.JPG

Camber eccentric adjustment
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s...43/photo+5.JPG

Before
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-M...76/photo+1.JPG

After
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-i...43/photo+4.JPG

Badass GIF
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-X.../gifoutput.gif

ARFF65 05-04-2013 07:24 AM

How long did the install take?

anakin1 05-04-2013 10:49 PM

So u didn't put the rear spacers in? Looks good

beavermosh 05-04-2013 11:42 PM

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How long did the install take?
The install took around 3 hours. If you have all the tools required, can read the attached instructions, know a thing or two about suspension, and have a second person to occasionally help then you could do it in 2 hours.

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So u didn't put the rear spacers in? Looks good
The rear spacers are not installed. And thanks, I agree.

Relewis3 05-05-2013 04:40 AM

I think it looks great! With the rough country kit what size tire can you go to with out needing some sort of spacer to prevent rubbing? Thanks!

h2oman 05-05-2013 10:54 AM

Looks fantastic. Great job.

ARFF65 05-05-2013 02:48 PM

From the looks of the instructions, you have to disconnect a ton of stuff so you can drop the springs and put spacers in above them. Can you shortcut the install with a spring compressor?

Bully's Performance 05-05-2013 07:59 PM

LOOKS GOOD!

Thanks
Jeremiah
Discount Auto Performance

MangoTangoMofo 05-06-2013 01:13 PM

Looks Great! I love the Rough Country kit.

beavermosh 05-07-2013 09:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Relewis3 (Post 1089725)
I think it looks great! With the rough country kit what size tire can you go to with out needing some sort of spacer to prevent rubbing? Thanks!

I wouldn't know. I didn't put the spacers in for bigger tires or wheels.

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Originally Posted by ARFF65 (Post 1089992)
From the looks of the instructions, you have to disconnect a ton of stuff so you can drop the springs and put spacers in above them. Can you shortcut the install with a spring compressor?

It's basically the same job as replacing the shocks. In a nut shell, you have to remove the wheel, brake caliper, top upright bolt, sway bar bolt, and the strut bolts. I'm not entirely sure that you would be able to use a strut compressor but that would debatably be just as difficult. If you don't have basic mechanical knowledge then I would just have the shop do it.


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