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Old 10-07-2012, 11:51 AM
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No too long ago I became the proud owner of an '09 4x4 1500. It has a bds 6" lift and I notice it hangs off to the drivers side a bit. At first I figured the road or ground was the cause of it but it seems it is the truck. I crawled under it to see if I could locate the cause but I can't seem to find a visual cause of this. It's not like anything became loose or is out of ordinary compared to the other side. I will probably have to take it into the shop but maybe you guys can help me in the direction to look for it. I like to do things myself but have little experience with lifts.
And of course since I noticed it, it bugs me and becomes worse each time I look at the truck.
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You sure it isn't from suspension sag due to the fuel tank being under the driver/rear passenger side of the truck. Even on my 2012, I've taken measurements with an empty tank and a full 32 gallons of gas and have seen a difference of half an inch.
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And here comes my inexperience into play lol. Is this normal? Yes I have a full tank and the sag is about half an inch... Does this happen to every lift or do I just have a lesser quality lift?

Just measured again and could be close to an inch. I will keep an eye on it over the next few days and see what happens.

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It happens on stock Rams & likely other brands too, it just looks worse when you have it lifted
When you put 160 to 200 pounds on one side of a vehicle, it is going to look uneven
the bad part is the tank is on the drivers side, so when you sit behind the wheel, you add even more weight into the mix
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Creolan; Just what GT said. It is a normal trait with most vehicles yes sir. Some folks hate the height difference so much that I've read some have gone as far as cutting a coil or two on the higher side to level it out. The big question is, were the measurements taken with a full tank, half tank, or 1 gallon left? The typical weight of 1 gallon of gasoline at 72 degrees F is around 6-7lbs per gallon. Multiply that by 32 gallons and you get 224lbs already sitting under the drivers side thus creating a little sag. Then add the weight of the driver and you get anywhere between 400 to 500lbs on average on the left side while driving. Unless you are a center for the NFL, that driver weight can change a bit. As the fuel diminishes, the sag becomes less, naturally. I think your good to go brother unless you find a busted left side coilspring or shock.
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It also seems to look worse on lifted vehicles because the sway bar in the back is normally removed.

You could get larger diameter sway bars, and that may help, or if there is no rear sway bar, add one.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. My tank has been full all the time lately since I burn through it pretty fast I keep the level up. I do have a rear sway bar but it was just still noticeable to me.

I'll keep an eye on it none the less and see what happens if the tank gets more empty... Which should take a day or so lol. Anyways, it takes a little worry away so I can keep enjoying my lill trucky.


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