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I am a complete rookie when it comes to lifting a truck, but I want to put a little lift on my 2011 1500 before I put larger tires on it.

I am thinking of maybe going with 35s in the future. Right now I have the stock 275/60/20s on it.

I know with the stock setup, you cannot put that big of tire on our trucks.

So what is the best way to add about 3" to 4" on life on a 2011 1500 Bighorn? I do not want to go to big, so 4" would be my max. I also want to keep the front end a little lower than the rear.
I also don't want to spend too much money.
I know I will have to spend several hundred dollars, but I don't want to be too near or about $1000.

I have been looking at the ReadyLift lift kit, but have seen most people recommending Bilstein shocks. What are the advantages/disadvantages of both? Other recommendations?

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Ive seen a lot of different variations come through my shop (I work for Chrysler and used to run an offroad shop), and IMO the strut lifts would be the best bet for your money. You can "squeeze" the 35s with minor trimming.

I know Top Gun Customz sells a kit with Bilstein Struts up front and new coils in the rear. IMO i think Bilstein is one of the best products out there. Also, ProComp apparently just released a similar kit to this and i've heard good things on it.

The only issues I have heard with the leveling kits is the CV angles get a little too tight and cause the truck to have a "vibration" in 4hi. Nothing major, but a few trucks have already come through my service shop.

Readylift is a great company, i've compared them to ProComp to my customers. I just personally would rather run the Bilstein setup than the Readylift setup.

Bilstein will get you 2.8" total. For you to go 4" you will need a body lift which I personally hate. Other than that a full suspension lift is all you have available.
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Here is the link to Top Gun Customz

http://www.topguncustomz.com/p-9705-...le-struts.aspx

Decent price $599
Comes with:
(2) 2.25" Progressive Rate Rear Coil Springs
(2) 0" - 2.8" Adjustable Front Bilstein Struts
(2) 5100 Series Bilstein Rear Shocks

Per their website:
"Designed for stock height or to level the front of this truck. The fronts are zinc-plated and install like factory replacement shocks and are designed with adjustability to correct the factory rake. The OEM spring seat can be positioned to provide no front lift or provide up to 2.8" of front lift (the front shock has multiple spring seat settings). The result is a level front to rear ride height. An extremely simple and effective solution, offering increased wheel travel while accommodating a 35" tire."

If you want to keep the front end lower you can install a spacer in the rear or lower the front to 2.1" of lift.. However, you probably wont be able to fit 35s.
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Bilsteins basically allow you to level your truck without having to use coil spacers. Adjustable shocks when doing a level in my opinion and many many others opinions are the better way to go. This is because when you go to lift your truck in the future (if you decide to i should say) the bilteins can be reused to give you an addition 2.75" of lift or you can set them @ 0 and have no additional lift except that of the lift kit. They also provide a superior ride quality to the coil spacers it is the same as the stock ride if not a little bit better.

Procomp does off a similar product it only has 2 settings, 0 and 2.75" it is around the same price and what i run on my personal vehicles, i have never had any issues with them at all.

As far as doing a 4" lift you are going to need more than just a adjustable shock to establish this, and it is much easier to buy a kit then to try and piece one togther there is a decent kit linked ^^^ up here.

BDS also makes a really nice 4" lift for the 4th gen ram 1500 as well as superlift, these kits are more than what you have budgeted though.

RCX makes a 4" lift that is closer to you price range it is still a little bit over though.

and then of course there is ready lift they have a 2.5in front lift with 1.5in rear lift for $449
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Bilsteins allow basically allow you to level your truck without having to use coil spacers. Adjustable shocks when doing a level in my opinion and many many others opinions are the better way to go. This is because when you go to lift your truck in the future (if you decide to i should say) the bilteins can be reused to give you an addition 2.75" of lift or you can set them @ 0 and have no additional lift except that of the lift kit. They also provide a superior ride quality to the coil spacers it is the same as the stock ride if not a little bit better.

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Here is the link to Top Gun Customz

http://www.topguncustomz.com/p-9705-...le-struts.aspx

Decent price $599
Comes with:
(2) 2.25" Progressive Rate Rear Coil Springs
(2) 0" - 2.8" Adjustable Front Bilstein Struts
(2) 5100 Series Bilstein Rear Shocks

Per their website:
"Designed for stock height or to level the front of this truck. The fronts are zinc-plated and install like factory replacement shocks and are designed with adjustability to correct the factory rake. The OEM spring seat can be positioned to provide no front lift or provide up to 2.8" of front lift (the front shock has multiple spring seat settings). The result is a level front to rear ride height. An extremely simple and effective solution, offering increased wheel travel while accommodating a 35" tire."

If you want to keep the front end lower you can install a spacer in the rear or lower the front to 2.1" of lift.. However, you probably wont be able to fit 35s.
So what do the springs actually do for this kit? Does it lift the rear 2.25"? So, if you have the fronts lifted 2.8" and put these springs on the rear, the truck will have basically a stock stance and not a level stance?
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http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=126368
i did what it sounds like what your wanting and its within you price range.
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