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Old 10-15-2012, 10:31 AM
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Has anyone tried a new 2013 Ram yet with the air suspension system option advertised to lower the body height by 2 inches upon ignition shut off? This would make entry/exit and loading so much nicer. I understand that normal vehicle height is restored automatically when the engine is started and it will also again lower the height at highway speeds automatically for less wind resistance and better gas mileage. Further, it's claimed to have a lockout so that normal body height is always maintained until turned off.

I'd be very interested in test driving a Ram with this option and could possibly be persuaded to trade my 2011 if not too expensive.
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Its a $1,500 option.
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junk. just another thing to break when the warranty runs up

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I myself am waiting to test drive the new 13 with this option. As soon as I can get my hands on one I'll post my review.
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It's one of the features that has me looking to get a '13 Ram. I need to wait for some other late availability options (Hemi/8 spd and Crew/6' 4" bed), so will have time to absorb reports from early adopters. Looking forward to what they have to say.

I'm personally much more interested in the self leveling and offroad height increasing options than the lowering though - don't really care about that at all, myself. Really want to know how the ride quality is effected by the leveling and offroad setting. I bet the ride is pretty bad with the springs pumped up via the offroad option, but will just have to wait and find out I guess.

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Has anyone tried a new 2013 Ram yet with the air suspension system option advertised to lower the body height by 2 inches upon ignition shut off? This would make entry/exit and loading so much nicer. I understand that normal vehicle height is restored automatically when the engine is started and it will also again lower the height at highway speeds automatically for less wind resistance and better gas mileage. Further, it's claimed to have a lockout so that normal body height is always maintained until turned off.

I'd be very interested in test driving a Ram with this option and could possibly be persuaded to trade my 2011 if not too expensive.
As said above the four corner air suspension is a $1595 added option. I don't know if it will automatically lower at ignition off but I would guessing this is an option in the evic you can change. I do know that you will have a button on your key fob that will allow you to lower it for easier entry/exit in to the cab or the bed.

I am keeping my eye out as well for a fully loaded Laramie to show up at my dealer here soon to test drive. I personally, if I was going to buy, will be waiting for the Hemi/8 Speed combination.
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Mine should be here within the next two weeks and it has the air suspension option. Am curious what happens when I replace the stock tires with something a little (not much) taller and how the system will sense the adjustments.

I think I read that the "park" mode was not automatic and operated via the key fob. Here is more info from the all par web site:

The 2013 Ram 1500 has an optional air suspension system which optimizes ride and aerodynamics, while adding load-leveling. Air pressure increases until the vehicle reaches normal ride height, leveling the truck and improving the loaded ride. It has five height settings that operate automatically or via console or key fob controls:
  • Normal Ride Height (NRH): 8.7 inches of clearance (from the base of the door sill) is the default, load-leveled ride height
  • Aero: Lowers the Ram by 1.1 inches, increasing gas mileage by up to 1%. It is activated by speed.
  • Off-road 1 and 2: Lifts the vehicle 1.2 and 2 inches, respectively, to clear obstacles
  • Park: Lowers the truck by 2 inches from NRH for easy entry/exit and cargo loading
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I'm going to opt for the air suspension too. It's a little risky being the first in line but the system has been in use in the Jeep Wranglers and hopefully all the teething problems with the new tech are worked out. I might get the extended warranty though.
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... but the system has been in use in the Jeep Wranglers...
It has? That is news to me.

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Just had a thought... how do they account for alignment when the suspension changes height? Do they not? Which would = rapid tire wear? Cause the norm is any time you do a level kit in a regular IFS pickup, you have to immediately get an alignment to correct your toe in to compensate for the distance between the steering knuckle and rack being greater but the tie rod being the same length... Its just a thought but Im interested in how they account for this
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