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 - Help Zone - Dodge Ram Problems, Complaints, & Solutions - Maintenance & Re > 2ND Generation Dodge Ram 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram Trucks > Suspension


Notices

Suspension 2nd Gen Dodge Ram Suspension Problems and Questions


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
United Radio
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 01-11-2012, 08:02 PM
nicraage nicraage is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Honduras
Posts: 103
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 4x4, 5.2L
Color: Flat Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
nicraage is on a distinguished road
Default is my truck stock suspension or lifted?

Hello,

I have a 2001 ram 1500 5.2L 4x4. I just bought it and had it shipped down to Honduras where I am working. It has a lot of miles, so I'm having a lot of work done here (as labor is cheap), but I have a question about my suspension.

It has rancho shocks on it RS5500's. Front: RS5197 Rear C152B

The front, RS5197 (according to rancho's site) are the stock replacement shock, and I can't find info on the rear.

The front end is pretty level, and I can't determine if there is a slight lift to the truck. The center of the rear wheel well measurs approximately 40", and the front 39" with 275/75 R16 tires. There has been some cut out in the wheel well for the front tires.

Basically, I want to put 35" tires on, and replace my shocks due to the rough ride on the bumpy roads here, but I'm not sure if I can just replace the shocks without lifting it. It looks like I have room for the tires.

How can I tell if this has been lifted, leveled, or nothing has been done?

any input is appreciated.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 01-12-2012, 06:35 PM
nicraage nicraage is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Honduras
Posts: 103
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 4x4, 5.2L
Color: Flat Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
nicraage is on a distinguished road
Default

ok, so I am utterly confused. I watched a video on youtube of someones lift kit, and I'm starting to think mine is just the stock lift. It only has one lift block on the rear.

If my lift was only stock, would it be able to fit the 275/75 16R (32")? There is some cut out inside the wheel wells.

Thanks, any help?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-13-2012, 06:45 PM
nicraage nicraage is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Honduras
Posts: 103
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 4x4, 5.2L
Color: Flat Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
nicraage is on a distinguished road
Default

wow, the #1 dodge forum, and no one can help me with what I thought would be a simple answer.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-14-2012, 10:02 AM
nicraage nicraage is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Honduras
Posts: 103
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 4x4, 5.2L
Color: Flat Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
nicraage is on a distinguished road
Default

Not that anyone seems to be reading this, but:
O.K. I made a mistake when I mentioned the tire size; they are actually 285/75 16's on the rear and 265/75 16R on the front (that's f'd up)

Here is a pic. I've been trying to figure this out for two weeks and finally asked for help before I spend a lot of money on a lift. I don't want to find out I already have one.

Any input is appreciated
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-14-2012, 10:26 AM
Okiespaniels's Avatar
Okiespaniels Okiespaniels is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Age: 58
Posts: 775
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge 1500 QC 4x4
Trim Level: Fleet
Color: White
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:47
Okiespaniels is on a distinguished road
Default

You don't have a lift...and you should run all 4 tires the same size on a 4x4, unless you never use the 4x4. That's because you'll cause drive train bind and destroy your transfer case. Your factory rear block is OEM.

You should be able to run 285's on all 4 corners without a lift. Rubbing may vary or be non existent, depending on a stack of variables I can't control.

Sorry no one answered right away. BTW...your question is one of the most asked ones for 2nd gen ram owners, and seasoned vets probably get tired of answering it. At least you weren't asked to do a search...

As for 35 inch tires, the minimum lift required is 3 inches, and that can be pretty tight. Five inches gives the suspension more room to work. Since you live in a country where I'll hazard parts are not easy to get, I'd stay with 33 inch tires and a stock suspension. Personally I think Rancho stuff is crap. Order in some good Bilstien shocks to handle the poor roads.

Last edited by Okiespaniels; 01-14-2012 at 10:36 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-14-2012, 10:43 AM
Scoooter's Avatar
Scoooter Scoooter is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: www.AllCyclesGroup.com
Age: 48
Posts: 116
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram 1500
Trim Level: Big Horn
Color: White
Engine: 2009-20?? 345ci (5.7L) Hemi V8 390hp 407lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:11
Scoooter is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Okiespaniels View Post
Sorry no one answered right away. BTW...your question is one of the most asked ones for 2nd gen ram owners, and seasoned vets probably get tired of answering it. At least you weren't asked to do a search...
Yep the search is your friend. I've spent hours searching and reading for answers.

Good luck with your truck nicraage
__________________
www.AllCyclesGroup.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-14-2012, 11:26 AM
nicraage nicraage is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Honduras
Posts: 103
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2001 Ram 1500 4x4, 5.2L
Color: Flat Black
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:10
nicraage is on a distinguished road
Default

I certainly appreciate your response. I realize people can get tired of these questions, but I've been searching for over a week on this, what confused me were the aftermarket shocks.

I've been leaning towards a rough country 5" lift, it seems to be the most bang for the buck, and I should be able to get one shipped to my apo.

I didn't realized my tires were different sized until today. I've only put it in 4wd a couple times on some dirt roads, but it felt very strange, and I've been worried about it. When I get new tires (which I need), I'll throw it in 4x4 again and see how it feels. Worst case, I'll have it rebuilt. (Labor for my full transmission rebuild was about $260 from a mechanic with a good reputation and a specialty in transmissions).

If I get 285's now, and put on the 5" lift later, would those tires , would those tires look too small?
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-14-2012, 11:41 AM
Okiespaniels's Avatar
Okiespaniels Okiespaniels is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Oklahoma
Age: 58
Posts: 775
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2000 Dodge 1500 QC 4x4
Trim Level: Fleet
Color: White
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 0
Rep:47
Okiespaniels is on a distinguished road
Default

My truck has 285's and a 5 inch lift. I think it looks fine and I don't rub on road or off. I hate my R/C shocks that came with my lift. I would buy better shocks (Bilstiens) if they are avalible.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-26-2012, 02:03 AM
Screamintrashcan Screamintrashcan is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Alston, MI (BRRrrr)The shores of Gitche Gume
Age: 56
Posts: 456
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 95 & 98 1500 Ram 4x4s
Trim Level: SLT & Sport
Color: 1 Blk,1 Red
Engine: 1994-2001 318ci (5.2L) Magnum V8 220hp
Rep Power: 0
Rep:36
Screamintrashcan is on a distinguished road
Default

Body lift is definately in order, mine is 4 " and 14.5x36x15s were definately maximum, but I hated driving around with those crackfinders, the geometry those big dia tires were just too much for the design limits of my steering, sometimes it was downright scary how the truck chased every crack in the road. Try this, on dry pavement, stand in front of your truck and have someone else wiggle the steering wheel back and forth a little, the front of your truck, beginning at the front of the cab will wiggle its nose, just like a bunnyrabbit. taller tires magnifies this, thus driveability is affected, I've heard someone makes a bracket to stiffen these trucks frames up, but I've become quite happy with a shorter tire, and they don't look stupid, even with the 4" body lift. I would think you may need an 85 profile with that large of a tire for an 8" wide rim, but I'm not certain.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
lift, shocks, stock

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 07:51 PM.


= 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