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The other day when I was on here I read something about putting 3/4 ton springs in the front of my 1500 and gaining some height... Does anyone know how much lift it would give me?


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I'm not sure . Let me bump it back out there for ya .
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Yes you can put 2500 springs in a 1500, and from what I read ones out of a cummins equipped ram will lift it about 3 inches.
However, before you run off to wrecking yard to scour Ram carcasses, you should be aware of a couple problems that may arise.
The first one is that you gain the lift off these springs because a diesel truck has about 600 lbs of extra weight on the front over a gasser. This weight also "preloads" the springs so that they compress and decompress in a pre engineered manner. While the ride isn't stellar, it is acceptable for a HD truck.
Putting these springs on a 1500 gasser doesn't preload them as designed and can lead to a much harsher ride because the springs are mostly in an "unloaded" state. In other words, your lift is achieved because there's not a diesel to hold up. A buckboard or skittish ride is the result. Then theres the angle of the control arms to consider...

Secondly, adding these springs (or any lift spring) will move your axle backwards about an inch and uncenter it to the right about the same. This could cause scrubsteer and/ or interference with the control arms when the wheels are turned. This is also dependent on your wheel tire design/size. It will also make setting your caster difficult.

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Well said. OKspaniels. I believe he is going to put on a snow plow so The diesel springs may be okay when the plow is on. If he drives the truck without the plow I would suggest some progressive rate springs from top gun (3.5 inch lift fronts) he will need longer shocks. On the prog rate springs each coil compresses progressively and will be a better ride loaded or unloaded. I would do those and you get the best of both worlds. You should talk to top gun customz. They are dodge ram solid axle experts!
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Ah...didn't see the plow detail, which I still wouldn't do on a 1500. But he'll figure that out.

I agree with that Top gunz statment. Thise guys are really stepping up to the plate for second gens when most manufactuers have let us slide away.
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no plow for me at this time... I was just wanting a little bit more height to level it a little bit and be able to carry the new bumper I'm building. that is why I only wanted to go with the 3/4 ton preferably non diesel. I'm working through some issues with the truck before I am going to commit to a full blown lift.
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Yeah kyle (owner) and the guys at top gun customz are true dodge die hards. They realize that there are still alot of these trucks (2nd and 3rd gen solid axle 4x4's) going down the road and are becoming more affordable to own. They give people alot of options to lift when someone decides to commit. I run their dual shock bracket as well as reservoir mount. Cost me about as much as if I would've made them myself (with materials ant my time) I did not use their lower shock mouht you will notice if you look in my gallery. Not trying to thread jack just giving some feed back on top gun customz prod and their quality.
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no plow for me at this time... I was just wanting a little bit more height to level it a little bit and be able to carry the new bumper I'm building. that is why I only wanted to go with the 3/4 ton preferably non diesel. I'm working through some issues with the truck before I am going to commit to a full blown lift.
Personally, I don't believe 3/4 t gasser springs are gonna give you anymore lift than what a coil spacer would.
I also forgot something in my first response...Dodge springs tend to settle over time and give the drivers side a lean. While the rears take the brunt from the gas tank, the front coils can settle too. Then you might have another issue to deal with.

I know it's not my truck, but if it were I'd deal with its problems before doing any mods.

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Would running 3/4 t gasser springs allow for a 1500 to handle a plow better as opposed to running coil spacers?
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