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I recently bought a 2016 ram 1500 bighorn and would like to put the leveling lift kit from rough country on it. Here's the link to it. http://www.roughcountry.com/dodge-su...-kit-358c.html my understanding is that it's 2.5inches lift up front and about 1.5inches in the rear. It should give me a pretty good stance and ride height. Any one use this kit, and howd it do as far as any drive line binding.What I'm worried about is the dealer warranty on the truck after this. From what I've been told if the dealer installs it I should have no worries, any one have experience with this? What were you charged for labor on this. I'd like to have an idea before I call them tomorrow. I'd prefer to install it myself but in worried about the warranty. Any one do this before and have any problems with powertrain or driveline warranties? I dont and wont take this truck offroad so those kinda stresses aren't an issue, I have an old ramcharger for those kinda things. This is purely a visual preference to take away the rake it has right now. Thanks
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No matter who installs the aftermarket lift, it will not be covered under factory warranty. With that being said, I would never pay anyone 3-4 hours of labor to install a $129 strut and spring spacer kit. I wouldn't install spacers myself either.

With a 2.5" strut spacer, you're looking for ball joint problems, I would hold out for Bilsteins or a better kit; with the $300-$400 you would pay just on labor installing that kit, you have far better options that you can install with basic tools and half a day of your time at worst. Don't forget to factor in the cost and time for an alignment after the install.
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I went with the 2.5" Pro Comp Front Leveling Kit that my Ram
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No matter who installs the aftermarket lift, it will not be covered under factory warranty. With that being said, I would never pay anyone 3-4 hours of labor to install a $129 strut and spring spacer kit. I wouldn't install spacers myself either.

With a 2.5" strut spacer, you're looking for ball joint problems, I would hold out for Bilsteins or a better kit; with the $300-$400 you would pay just on labor installing that kit, you have far better options that you can install with basic tools and half a day of your time at worst. Don't forget to factor in the cost and time for an alignment after the install.
Are you talking about the lift warranty or the truck warranty? I realize the lift itself won't be covered I'm worried about the truck. If it wasn't for that id just put it on myself. The dealer I bought it from said anything I do t it has to be done by a shop. Since I'm not certified anything I do would cause them to find some stupid reason to void the warranty if something breaks.

And desert Ram- i went on pro comp website to see what they had and couldn't find a leveling kit for my truck on there. Just actual lifts. I don't want to really lift it just get rid of the rake. Mind sending the link the the one you got?
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Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. It's a great read. I honestly believe you'd be just fine with installing Bilsteins at 2.1" for a perfect level. Lifetime warranty on a Bilstein shock if I'm not mistaken. If a manufacturer finds any aftermarket part to be the main cause of failure to your truck frame or component in question, then they can void the warranty. Up to you in any case.
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No matter who installs the aftermarket lift, it will not be covered under factory warranty. With that being said, I would never pay anyone 3-4 hours of labor to install a $129 strut and spring spacer kit. I wouldn't install spacers myself either.

With a 2.5" strut spacer, you're looking for ball joint problems, I would hold out for Bilsteins or a better kit; with the $300-$400 you would pay just on labor installing that kit, you have far better options that you can install with basic tools and half a day of your time at worst. Don't forget to factor in the cost and time for an alignment after the install.
That is not correct information. Many lifts installed by dealers do not negate the warranty. Also dealers take trucks to shops such as 4 wheel parts and these are sold completely built with full manufacturer warranty. It is far cheaper to have a lift put on by someone other than the dealer but the extra cost from dealer keeps the warranty in place.

Having said that, I would stay away from rough country.
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As already mentioned, Bilstein 5100 adjustable front struts are a far better option for leveling than spacers. Especially on a 2013+ truck that are prone to ball joint issues. I'd recommend checking out the Guide to Leveling linked in my signature for more information on that.

If you'd like a quote on the Bilsteins shoot me an email at sales@revelperformance.com and we can put one together for you.
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After looking at the price of the price of the bilstein definitely going with those, less parts is always better. I'd still kinda like to bring the rear up a bit as well but that's not important. Found an offroad shop that'll install them for 175.still gotta call dodge and make sure that's kosher with the warranty. The dealer wanted upwards of 350 just to install. It's not that important to me. Out of curiosity what is it about these with ball joint problems and why does the bilstein help to prevent that compared to the spacers?
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After looking at the price of the price of the bilstein definitely going with those, less parts is always better. I'd still kinda like to bring the rear up a bit as well but that's not important. Found an offroad shop that'll install them for 175.still gotta call dodge and make sure that's kosher with the warranty. The dealer wanted upwards of 350 just to install. It's not that important to me. Out of curiosity what is it about these with ball joint problems and why does the bilstein help to prevent that compared to the spacers?
That's a good price for install. Did they include an alignment in that or is that extra?

Long story short, spacer leveling kits increased the overall length of the strut which allows the front suspension to overextend. That overextension is what causes the ball joint to pop out of the UCA as it is at too much of an angle. Bilstein 5100's keep the suspension travel with OEM specs and don't allow it to overextend which reduces the risk of the ball joint popping out.
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That's a good price for install. Did they include an alignment in that or is that extra?

Long story short, spacer leveling kits increased the overall length of the strut which allows the front suspension to overextend. That overextension is what causes the ball joint to pop out of the UCA as it is at too much of an angle. Bilstein 5100's keep the suspension travel with OEM specs and don't allow it to overextend which reduces the risk of the ball joint popping out.
Interesting good to know. No that's not alignment unfortunately they don't have the equipment for it. I'm still going to price around other shops who I know do alignment. I just asked them cause I was there pricing out a new camper shell. Do you know of a way to lift the rear just 1.5 inch or so? If not it's not important just think that would complete the look. I kinda miss my leaf springs and torsion bars, so much simpler.
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