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Old 08-22-2013, 01:30 PM
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I'll be honest, and this is kind of a "duh" thing, if the shocks come with any decent set of instructions I'll probably try to do it myself. Not sure why, but it's one of those I never thought they did moments. Makes sense though that it would come with instructions as you said earlier. Looking more and more like something I'm gonna try to do myself.

What should I plan for in terms of an alignment? $50-$100? That's kinda what Google tells me and I'm OK with that.
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I'll be honest, and this is kind of a "duh" thing, if the shocks come with any decent set of instructions I'll probably try to do it myself. Not sure why, but it's one of those I never thought they did moments. Makes sense though that it would come with instructions as you said earlier. Looking more and more like something I'm gonna try to do myself.

What should I plan for in terms of an alignment? $50-$100? That's kinda what Google tells me and I'm OK with that.
yeah. places like merchants wanted $116 (stupid)

my buddy owns a shop with a brand new machine and they did it for $60 (no discount)

so ya between 50-100 is good. dont pay more than 100
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The Bilsteins come with instructions on how to assemble them... but nothing on the removal or install of the strut. That is fairly straight forward though. You could even download the instructions off a site like Hell Bent Steel for their spacer install... it would essentially be the same thing.

For an alignment I'd expect to pay around $100, but check out your local shops and see what they quote you. I paid $140 for mine, but that's in Canada and they were the only shop that could do it that day so I had no choice.
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This has been a great thread with tons of great information! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with those of us that aren't so mechanically inclined.
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Agreed, if I do manage to pull this off on my own I will include pics ASAP. Will likely be a few weeks before I even get the ball rolling, however, I need to make sure funds are there.
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Sweet. Ya I recommend a friend/your dad. Helps to have an extra pair of hands, plus an extra brain for the moments where you are scratching your head. Plus safety reasons as well. Spring compressors, jacks, jackstands...no joke so an extra person around is a good idea.

And its just like any other install. The first side will take you 1.5 hours. Then the second side you'll get done in 30 minutes. Just how it goes.
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JD,

Look up all threads started by me, as I installed my Bilsteins myself at the military base auto hobby shop here in Portsmouth, VA. I learned a few things doing it, so if you decide to roll the dice and have a friend help you, by all means PM me and I'll give any and all advice I can. I have mine set at 2.1, so it sits about an inch lower than the rear. I didn't see if anyone answered you about what size tires you can squeeze with a leveling kit, in case they haven't, 35's would be the biggest you would want to go. Good luck in your decision making.

As for the shocks, I found mine on Amazon, and had Autoanything beat the price by 1 dollar each. That was before Bully's was here. I paid right around 200 for both fronts shipped to my front door. Bully's maybe able to do the same thing for you, just check the part numbers on amazon.
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Thanks, will do.

As an update I've run over the finances and I'm just gonna have to wait a bit on purchasing anything. I DID just buy a truck : / but GOD do I want to mod it now . I imagine I will start the process around December if I do. For now, however, I may just remove the air dam to give myself a little extra clearance.
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So I decided to take the air dam off for now, I might cut it up a little and put it back on as previously mentioned, but for now I'm just gonna do some driving with it off and see what my gas mileage is.

Here's a link with before and after pics

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The dam came off no prob, took me maybe 15 minutes because the bolts on the end weren't easy to get at. My ground clearance went from 8.5" to 13" like that. I still have to watch out for the skid plate which has ~8.5" clearance but I figure that shouldn't be too hard.

Also, I had to take my dad to the dealer this week to pick up his car as he had some warranty work done on it. I was eyeing the Rams they had there and wanted to check something out. The model Ram I wanted was the "Express" model which in 2013 was kind of combined with the "Tradesman" model. Well, the express has more of the "sport" bumper. This is the "Express."

http://i.imgur.com/hBC8bJ4.jpg

I kept bugging the guy I got the truck from for pics of the vehicle and he never got me any till the day I went to pick it up. I would have told him I was after the other one but I figured I could just mod this one the way I wanted it. Well I saw the Express Rams at the dealer and went with my tape to check their front end clearance...a 2WD 2013 Ram 1500 Express had 11" ground clearance where my 4WD Tradesman had 8.5"...the bumpers are just different, and one bumper sits a little higher on the Express. Not a huge deal I just thought people may want to know if they're in the market for a new Ram.

Not sure what the best way to link images is but I tend to use imgur.com since it's free and stupid easy. Thanks for all the tips everybody.

I think it looks A LOT better sans the air dam.

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Your right, it does look better.

In the Jeep world, we usually just wait until it gets destroyed after a couple of trips and then toss it in the dumpster.
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