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Hi everyone, I am about to install a 2.5" front / 1.5" rear kit on my 2012 sport.
I have read a few disclaimers on lift company websites saying that it is common to feel a vibration in 4 hi after installing a 2.5 leveling or lift kit.
They state that the resolution to it is to either uninstall the lift or upgrade the cv joint. I am pasting in the disclaimer from a site I was looking at.

Due to a design issue with Dodge Ram front differential and suspension, some owners may experience a vibration in the front end when in 4x4 mode, or a violent shaking vibration of the front wheels when going over a bump at speed. These two symptoms are often called a "death wobble", but actually appear to be two different problems with the Ram truck.

The 4HI mode vibration is a vibration or shudder that occurs when accelerating in 4x4 high mode. This affects Dodge Ram 1500 non mega cabs; Dodge couldn't discover why their stock trucks would do this for some customers. The solution for Dodge was to state that there is no problem and that all of the new Rams will shudder or shake when in 4x4 high. This symptom appears isolated to 2006-2011 1500 non-Mega Cab model trucks and when in 4-hi mode.

It is ReadyLift Suspension's position that if you have installed a lift kit onto your Dodge Ram truck and experience either of the two symptoms mentioned, you have two options. 1). IMMEDIATELY HAVE THE LEVELING KIT REMOVED FROM THE VEHICLE! or 2). Install
KORE High Angle CV Joints which will fix the factory issue.

Does anyone who has installed a kit like that found any vibration issues like that?
Also, my truck has the auto 4x4 mode as well....would that be an issue either?
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Ya a few people on here report the shudder. Not many though for the amount of people running leveling kits. Also, rarely does anyone report that it is VIOLENT.

I have bilstein 5100 adjustable shocks to level my 2007 and i get a slight shudder in 4x4 on flat ground. two reasons it doesnt bother me:

1) I'm rarely on flat ground in 4x4, i only felt it when I was on hard packed, flat snow.
2) it was barely noticeable, I only knew to look for it because I was aware of the potential issue.

It's caused by the slight increase in CV angle. Some trucks are worse then others for some reason.

No reason to not do it, it seems to be rare, and in cases where it does happen, it's rare that it's violent. Plenty of people on here level their trucks with no complaints.
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Yup, what gonefishin776 said ^^ Very few people experience it compared to the amount of people that have leveled their trucks. I have a 2.5" HBS leveling kit on my 2012 and haven't had any issues at all.
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it is a strange feeling though. and its only on acceleration, goes away at 20/25mph.

when you are offroad on un even terrain it's not present. well it might be, you just can't feel it.

it's really a gamble man. but the odds are in your favor
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Had a 2" leveling kit on my 06 2500 and didn't have any issues whatsoever.
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Had a 2" leveling kit on my 06 2500 and didn't have any issues whatsoever.
This symptom appears isolated to 2006-2011 1500 non-Mega Cab model trucks and when in 4-hi mode.
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Id just get some bilsteins and set em at 2.1 and have no worries of a wobble.. Or drop the 700$ on some kore cv's!!! those kores are sweet
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Ive had two 4th gen rams, both leveled, and both have had vib issues in 4x4.
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Thanks for the replies so far.....very helpful.
I can live with a shudder or minor vibration.....as long as it isn't violent.

Maybe Bilsteins set a tad lower than level would lessen the angle and be an option.

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I have a "supreme suspension" kit, 1.5 in rear and 2.5 in front. I experience some vibration (certainly not "violent)") in the steering wheel in 4 auto (so 2 wheel drive) passing 75 mph. I havent noticed it 4x4, as I havent gone 75 mph in 4 wheel drive.

It bothers me; but it seems minor enough to not be a big deal. The look improvement alone is worth it.

I see no change in tire wear (I did get an alignment immediately after installing lift).

Finally; I drove from San Fran to Wash. DC after installing the lift and it didn't bother me. Drove 78-82 the whole way.
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