DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Mod Zone - Custom Dodge Ram Mods - Dodge Ram Performance > Custom Chassis - Drive Line - Suspension - Wheels and Tires - LOWERING or STANDARD


Notices

Custom Chassis - Drive Line - Suspension - Wheels and Tires - LOWERING or STANDARD Discuss anything related to Custom Dodge Ram Wheels, Tires, Brakes, Suspension Mods, Chassis Mods and Tuning, Towing options, Driveline, Differentials, Sway Bars, Lowering Springs, Strut Braces, etc.


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 11-10-2009, 01:55 PM
jjhwick119's Avatar
jjhwick119 jjhwick119 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Frisco, TX
Age: 26
Posts: 324
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram Reg cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Engine: 2002-2007 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 235hp 295lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:97
jjhwick119 will become famous soon enough
Default 2/4 lowering question

alright, so ill start with that i got

2004 ram 1500 slt
reg cab
4.7
2" mcgaugheys drop shackled with overload leaf spring removed(i think thats what the leaf is called, lol)

now, first question...
if i were to do a 2/4 or 2/4.5 lowering kit, would i need to put the factory shackles back on? im not sure what all is involved with the whole truck lowering kit so i wasnt sure

next question...
i see a 2/4 and a 2/4.5 lowering kit....whats the difference? the 2" drop shackles didnt drop it it 2 inches, so i dont know what outcome to expect out of any of these. and since i took out the leaf spring im not sure if thats gonna make a dif in the type of kit i get

last question...
i can do any work on the inside of a car, ive dabbled in body work, and the only exterior work ive done on a car is doing my drop shackles. how hard is it installing the 2/4 kit? im not sure im able to do it...i can bring the truck up to work, we have jack stands, air compressor with air wrenches, and probably any tool id need, im just not sure how hard it is


thanks guys. appreciate any and all help!
__________________
04 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 2WD. De-Badged
Regular Cab, Black. drop shackles in rear to level
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 11-10-2009, 02:06 PM
bigjeff64's Avatar
bigjeff64 bigjeff64 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Gainesville, Fl
Posts: 415
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: White
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:20
bigjeff64 is on a distinguished road
Default

1. I would use what the kit comes with. if they say itll give u 2/4 then there is more to the kit.

2. I think that shackles take 1" before they drop so a 3" shackle would drop it 2 " I think it has somethin to do with the suspension load or somethin.

3. I have done lowering kits before and the more people u can get the better ur off. buy em dinner or somethin (pizza and beer) worked for me
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-10-2009, 02:28 PM
chithead's Avatar
chithead chithead is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Landis, NC
Age: 33
Posts: 12,930
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2010 Dodge Ram
Trim Level: R/T Baby!!!
Color: Bright White
Rep Power: 16
Rep:2078
chithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond reputechithead has a reputation beyond repute
Default

How much did the shackles actually lower? I am considering getting a set, also looked at the overload spring removal, but not real sure about that.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-10-2009, 02:36 PM
jjhwick119's Avatar
jjhwick119 jjhwick119 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Frisco, TX
Age: 26
Posts: 324
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2004 Dodge Ram Reg cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Engine: 2002-2007 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 235hp 295lb/ft
Rep Power: 5
Rep:97
jjhwick119 will become famous soon enough
Default

after putting in the shackles and removing the overload spring, the rear is still about 1/2 inch to an inch higher. not sure what stock height is. but they look good. it was a huge improvement and everybody noticed after i did it.

and from what i was told, its safe to remove the spring as long as you dont tow anything or have a really heavy load in the bed, which in my case i was fine with that
__________________
04 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 2WD. De-Badged
Regular Cab, Black. drop shackles in rear to level
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-10-2009, 02:45 PM
bigjeff64's Avatar
bigjeff64 bigjeff64 is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Gainesville, Fl
Posts: 415
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: White
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:20
bigjeff64 is on a distinguished road
Default

when i dropped my friends f150 it was a djm 3/4 kit with 3"shackles and 2" hangers in the rear and drop springs in the front
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-11-2009, 02:03 PM
hawgfanman's Avatar
hawgfanman hawgfanman is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 42
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2008 Ram 1500 QC Hemi
Trim Level: Lone Star
Color: Flame Red
Rep Power: 0
Rep:39
hawgfanman is on a distinguished road
Default

The McGaugheys kit comes with shackles that have two sets of holes. One set gives a 4" rear drop and the other gives 4.5". If you reuse your stock shackles you'll end up with a 6" rear drop or if you used your drop shackles it would be about 8" of rear drop.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-11-2009, 02:04 PM
hawgfanman's Avatar
hawgfanman hawgfanman is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 42
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2008 Ram 1500 QC Hemi
Trim Level: Lone Star
Color: Flame Red
Rep Power: 0
Rep:39
hawgfanman is on a distinguished road
Default

I didn't install mine but I've helped on a couple and as long as you have the tools and good jackstands, it isn't that hard.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-13-2009, 08:31 PM
Quiet Lunatic's Avatar
Quiet Lunatic Quiet Lunatic is offline
Dodge Ram Forum - Dodge Truck Forum - Dodge Ram Club
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Purgatory
Posts: 2,169
Gender: Male
Vehicle: SRT-10
Color: Red
Engine: 2004-2006 505ci (8.3L) Viper V10 510hp 535lb/ft
Rep Power: 8
Rep:434
Quiet Lunatic will become famous soon enoughQuiet Lunatic will become famous soon enoughQuiet Lunatic will become famous soon enoughQuiet Lunatic will become famous soon enoughQuiet Lunatic will become famous soon enough
Default

I bought EIBACH 4in drop leafs and cut the springs 3/4 of the coil. cheap drop but kept everything factory and no-one knows the differance
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:08 AM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum