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vortex911 08-02-2013 05:10 PM

Proper way to level a 2013 Power Wagon
 
Is there any way to level a Power Wagon. I leveled my 2003 Ram 2500 TD by installing front spacers above the coil springs. I have been reading posts that say the newer power wagons cannot be leveled with a simple coil spring spacer lift. Is there any other way to level it? What components do I have to change to maintain the factory ride quality? There has to be a way. Any help would truly be appreciated. Thx....

battlerattle 08-02-2013 09:28 PM

A PW can be leveled easily, just not as cheaply. Keep in mind the control arms are the same as the regular 2500's, but you are already lifted 2". Hence the control arms are already pushed to the angle that your last 2500 was after the installation of the spacers. Pushing it another 2-2.5" will put the arms at such an angle that you will have issues with alignment and ride quality.

Cheapest way I have found to get it done and still maintain a quality alignment and ride quality is one of the below.

Buy ONLY the front 4" lift parts for a 2500 Gas HD. This will usually include longer control arms, springs, a drop pitman arm, a drop bracket for track bar, longer links, etc. This will give you +2" on a PW and will include all the little pieces needed to make the front end work.

On the cheaper side buy a set of adjustable lower control arms and your 2" spacers. For on road it will work fine, but you will pick up a lot of bump steer off road and can have some binding issues during full flex and compression of the suspension.

mb power wagon 08-06-2013 01:24 AM

i got a cheaper way. put 4 or 500 lbs of flat steel in the bed. lol. j/k battlerattle is dead on for how to level your pw. sorry i'm in a smartass mood today i had to say it. lol

Trail Whale 08-12-2013 12:51 PM

From what I have read, the frontend setup from a Carli 3" lift seems to put a Power Wagon right at level (within 1/8-1/4 inch or so) that's the setup I am ordering right now!

vortex911 08-13-2013 03:40 PM

Please share how the Carli leveling kit works for you. as I am eager to do the same. Also please share some photos when your complete. Thanks for the reply

Trail Whale 08-14-2013 10:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vortex911 (Post 1175599)
Please share how the Carli leveling kit works for you. as I am eager to do the same. Also please share some photos when your complete. Thanks for the reply

Just to clarify- it's not actually their leveling kit. I think their leveling kit would actually be a bit to low for our trucks. It is the frontend components of their 3" lift kit. I have seen people use this setup on the front and stay stock out back and end up really close to level.

I will be lifting the rearend as well though, with their full replacement springs, they'll give me about 3/4-1" of rear lift and they will get rid of the rear block-esque setup Power Wagons have from the factory. Then I will be adding some Thuren shackles to get a little more rear lift. (they can sit at stock height or have two other sets of holes for a little lift or a little more lift) I actually want to retain some of my truck's rake since I don't want to have to run airbags out back unless I have to.

My component list:
2.5 performance system (3" lift, 2.5" remote reservoir King shocks)
add:
front mild steel/MIG control arms
full rear leafspring packs
fabricated shock towers
stainless steel shock shaft upgrade
subtract:
swaybar links (don't work for Power Wagons)
Billet shock towers (bling but $$$$)

Should be here in a few weeks, I'll likely be installing on the second weekend of september! I'll post up plenty of pics when I do! I'll try and remember to take height measurements and to do the frontend first so I can get measurements of just how close to level it turns out!

vortex911 08-14-2013 11:45 AM

That would be awesome thanks again..

vortex911 09-12-2013 10:16 AM

Have you completed your suspension work?

vortex911 09-12-2013 06:57 PM

Trail Whale have you completed the suspension upgrade? Waiting to see how it worked out as I will be doing the same..

Thx, Dave

Trail Whale 09-13-2013 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vortex911 (Post 1198579)
Trail Whale have you completed the suspension upgrade? Waiting to see how it worked out as I will be doing the same..

Thx, Dave

Still waiting on it to come in! :i_rolleyes:

They didn't have my shocks on the shelf so, have to wait for them to be made and then everything will be bundled up on a pallet and sent my way. I had thought that I was going to be able to install it last weekend (thought it would be in soon enough) now it looks like I'll be doing my install the first weekend of October. (even if my suspension comes in before then, that's my first open weekend) Sorry for the wait! I was hoping to already have it on!!! :sad:

The day I install it, I'll post pics!!! (I won't be able to resist, LOL!) :smileup:


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