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Days of reading, and still hard to determine feedback and reviews for lifts.

I love the stock ride of the Ram 1500 4x4 on highway, but I'd like some height and slightly larger tires than stock.

What is a great lift package to bump it up 2-6 inches and maintain great highway ride quality and not risk any quality or performance?
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Days of reading, and still hard to determine feedback and reviews for lifts.

I love the stock ride of the Ram 1500 4x4 on highway, but I'd like some height and slightly larger tires than stock.

What is a great lift package to bump it up 2-6 inches and maintain great highway ride quality and not risk any quality or performance?
All lift kits will give you near factory ride.
If you're worried about ride quality, stick with AT tires vs MT tires

You can do either a 4" lift or 6"
Or you can simply level and throw 34" equivalent tires on
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All lift kits will give you near factory ride.
If you're worried about ride quality, stick with AT tires vs MT tires

You can do either a 4" lift or 6"
Or you can simply level and throw 34" equivalent tires on
Thanks! I'm leaning toward the level option with Billistiens front and rear.

If I decide to change wheels to go to 17" to help reduce the tire prices, what's a rock solid wheel these days? I probably want to stick with chrome to keep it tied in with the rest of the appearance. Here's a pic of when I was out at Big Bend after a good 8 mile dirt road trek:

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Thanks! I'm leaning toward the level option with Billistiens front and rear.

If I decide to change wheels to go to 17" to help reduce the tire prices, what's a rock solid wheel these days? I probably want to stick with chrome to keep it tied in with the rest of the appearance. Here's a pic of when I was out at Big Bend after a good 8 mile dirt road trek:

That works too!
Id set the Bilsteins at 2.1 unless you want to do the 2.75

Great pic
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What's the deal with the wobble some experience with leveling kits?

I asked the local shop and they said it is usually tire choice that causes that reported wobble, not the kit when set to 2.1 height.

They said the tire coming back with wobble complaints on Ram 1500 is notoriously BFG due to the weight compared to other similar size tires.

I don't want vibration issues. I can't stand it when I feel vibration due to bad balancing, so this wobble really has me concerned. I would just as well do a full lift if it is better for ride comfort and less risk. I just didn't want to have to repel out of my cab all the time.

By the way, yours looks great!

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Razor, have run the BFG AT KO on two Rams and had no wobble despite being leveled with both of them I am sold on the brand/model.

What type of front push bar is that on your truck? Does it have light tabs for mounting aux lighting? Looks sharp, congrats.
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Razor, have run the BFG AT KO on two Rams and had no wobble despite being leveled with both of them I am sold on the brand/model.

What type of front push bar is that on your truck? Does it have light tabs for mounting aux lighting? Looks sharp, congrats.
Thanks. I like the BFG reviews, so that's good to hear.

Bull Bar is Westin, and it has the tabs for the lights. I will probably get them added now that I plan more trail action after the lift or level.
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I stopped by the shop today and got a quote for the Bilstein 5100 front and rear, plus alignment.

I just spent several more hours reading the horror stories of wobble and vibration for folks who did leveling kits, including the 5100. I think I'm just going to go get new tires and leave it stock. I honestly don't need the headaches of screwing up a good ride quality.

It's really too bad there isn't a consistently good kit out there for leveling and/or lifting these trucks, and that it is a matter of luck to get good results.
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I stopped by the shop today and got a quote for the Bilstein 5100 front and rear, plus alignment.

I just spent several more hours reading the horror stories of wobble and vibration for folks who did leveling kits, including the 5100. I think I'm just going to go get new tires and leave it stock. I honestly don't need the headaches of screwing up a good ride quality.

It's really too bad there isn't a consistently good kit out there for leveling and/or lifting these trucks, and that it is a matter of luck to get good results.
Set the Bilsteins at 2.1 and you will have zero issues
The problem is your are only reading the horror stories. And those that have the stories are set at 2.8
As the saying goes, bad news travels faster

There is 100x more people running Bilstein with great success.
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Set the Bilsteins at 2.1 and you will have zero issues
The problem is your are only reading the horror stories. And those that have the stories are set at 2.8
As the saying goes, bad news travels faster

There is 100x more people running Bilstein with great success.
At the end of the day, its your money and your call
Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking that might be the case, but wish more were posting success to build confidence to those of us considering.

All the wobble feedback on leveling kits has my head spinning. After reading so many posts, I'm more confused and less confident than ever that we can reliably lift these trucks without introducing uncertainty and risk.

I'm not looking for the cheapest. I'm looking for the sure thing, headache and worry free bullet proof package. I'd prefer not to go up to six inches, but I'd do it if it reduces the issues.

Also, why do lift kits tend to have better results than leveling kits? Despite reading hundreds of posts over the last week, I feel like I know less than when I started.

Thanks again for any insight and feedback.
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