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macked 10-15-2011 09:59 AM

Looking for a good leveling kit
Hey guys, I'm looking for a good leveling kit for the '11 Ram. I'm not sure if it's best to go with new shocks or a spacer kit, any opinions?

I don't want to break the bank here, but if the shocks are that much better a solution then I'm willing to spend what's necessary.

belle 10-15-2011 10:12 AM

I put a 2.5 inch Ready Lift on my 2011 Ram. I then installed 275/65/20 Dynapros. All looks good and no problems.

macked 10-15-2011 10:23 AM

Just looked at the Ready Lift kit you mentioned. Have you experienced the "death wobble" thing they talk about on the website?

Also, is this something I should do on my own having 0 experience with suspension modifications, or just pay someone the labor to install for me?

Edit: Adding quote from Ready Lift website.
Due to a design issue with Dodge Ram front differential and suspension, some owners may experience a vibration in the front end when in 4x4 mode, or a violent shaking vibration of the front wheels when going over a bump at speed. These two symptoms are often called a "death wobble", but actually appear to be two different problems with the Ram truck.

The 4HI mode vibration is a vibration or shudder that occurs when accelerating in 4x4 high mode. This affects Dodge Ram 1500 non mega cabs; Dodge couldn't discover why their stock trucks would do this for some customers. The solution for Dodge was to state that there is no problem and that all of the new Rams will shudder or shake when in 4x4 high. This symptom appears isolated to 2006-2011 1500 non-Mega Cab model trucks and when in 4-hi mode.

It is ReadyLift Suspension's position that if you have installed a lift kit onto your Dodge Ram truck and experience either of the two symptoms mentioned, you have two options. 1). IMMEDIATELY HAVE THE LEVELING KIT REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE! or 2). Install KORE High Angle CV Joints which will fix the factory issue.

belle 10-15-2011 12:25 PM

I have the kit now for 6,000 miles and have no problems.

redlightrico 10-15-2011 01:46 PM

I had the Pro-Comp 2.5" levelling kit installed and have had no issues whatsoever

Pull Ya 10-15-2011 02:06 PM

A lot of people have used the Hell Bent leveling kit and have not had any problem with it. I have not had any problems with mine. I've had it over a year. If more information would have been available at the time I probably would have gone with the Bilstein adjustable shocks just because of their reputation.

macked 10-15-2011 04:10 PM

Thanks for the help everyone, just ordered the Ready Lift 2.5" front end kit. I looked at the Hell Bent Steel kit, and even though it does look to be decent quality, the Ready Lift looks alot stronger.

Anyways, I should have it by next weekend, and being a suspension novice, I need to know is it a bad idea for me to attempt this myself?

I do not have any specialty tools for this kind of stuff either.

dieselholic 10-16-2011 04:31 AM

Its not to hard to do. You will need a prybar, hammer, jack, jack stands, Wrenches, ratchet and sockets. If you have a compressor i would advice using that with an impact. The instructions with the ready lift are VERY detailed. But its all down to if you feel comfertable doing it. When you get the lift look at the instructions and see if you feel like you can handle it.

macked 10-16-2011 07:50 AM

I need to update this thread, I cancelled the Ready Lift kit and ordered a couple Bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks. Seems like a better choice and the price was the same. Installation may be more difficult though...

dieselholic 10-17-2011 01:45 AM

Im on the same boat with you. The only thing else you need to do the job with thos is a spring compressor. Other than that is the same procedure.

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