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Well I'm fairly new to this thread and I am sure these questions might have been asked and answered, I tried searching but got tired of digging for answers so here are my questions.

1) What are drop "shackles"

2) I don't want to slam my truck but I might consider leveling it, what are the disadvantes vs stock.

3) How much would it cost to "level" my truck

4) How hard is it to level it.

I think thats all the questions I have, thank you ahead of time for help and input.
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If you're not doing any towing, I can't see a disadvantage with a leveling kit. The spacers themselves are not that much money, but if you're like me and need a shop too install them, then that's where it gets expensive. You'll need an alignment done afterward, so add that to the cost. I know drop shackles lower the rear of the truck, but I don't know anything else about them, but plenty of other members on here do
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Yeah I dont plan on doing a whole lot of towing, just my dirtbike and jet ski, I'll keep researching to see if I can figure this all out
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If you want to level the rear, then a set of 2" drop shackles would work quite nicely. They just replace the stock shackle with a longer one so the body sits lower on the frame. The shackle is the hanger between the leaf springs and the frame mount. A decent set of shackles can run you $200 and are pretty simple to install yourself. They'll level the ride out nicely, and won't affect carrying capacity. You won't notice any ride difference.

You can also level the front with coil spacers, and like cadet said, you'd need an alignment afterwards, but it's about the same price for spacers compared to shackles, just have to decide if you're gonna lift the front or drop the rear.
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do it, no adverse effect, haul whatever you'd normally haul and be prepared to want to do 2" more later...everyone does eventually.
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Go low I did a 2/4 drop and haul my 16ft ski boat and my motorcycle around with no problem. I did mine recently and have seen no real difference to stock other than the ride hight and i may bottom out if I hit a bump realllllly hard.
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I have a 09 ram with a mcgaughy 2/4 and i have no problem.
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Go low I did a 2/4 drop and haul my 16ft ski boat and my motorcycle around with no problem. I did mine recently and have seen no real difference to stock other than the ride hight and i may bottom out if I hit a bump realllllly hard.
Me too, I tow a 21' bass boat every weekend and I am dropped 4"/6" and frame notched.....I did end up w/ helper bags just for longer trips out of state.
So my point, slam it, use it as a truck and dont sweat it!!
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