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Old 10-18-2013, 02:33 AM
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Im looking at getting a lift for my 1998 dodge ram 1500 extended cab longbox 4x4, 5.9l gas. I want to do this properly, iv looked at a few Rough country, tuff country ect. Whats the best bang for my buck? Also cant decide on 3 or 5 inch lift.

Tires. Obviously with a 3inch lift i would put 33's and 5 35's anyone notice a difference in acceleration/power. I have 3:93 rear end. Big gas mileage difference? I know lots of questions, haha any help would be great.
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I would go 5" and 35s. if you go smaller then you'll just wish you went bigger in the long run.

you'll take a 2-3mpg hit at most with the 35s
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best bang for the buck.
if you dont want to regear dont lift to 5" and 35" tires.
just be happy with a decent 3" and 33/285 inch tires.
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Depending on the gears you currently have would depend on what size tire you want to run, I forget what gear ratio's they came factory with for the 1999's, on the newer trucks though most are able to run 35's with 3.55 gears without much loss in power, no if you are running 37's the tallest gear I would go with would be a 3.92 and that is only if you wanted to, for best performance you would want at least 4.10's and preferably 4.56's. With that said a gear swap on the 99's are not bad at all and can be done by most people in the driveway if you have done it before or can follow a chiltons or other installation guide.

Now I had a 06 and 2012 (I know its not a 99') ram with a 6" and 8" lift and 35's with factory gearing and it was ok, not a big loss in power and actually better mileage on the highway than before but worse in town, still averaged to be about 1 full mpg better on average, this is of coarse specific to that truck I had at the time and may differ for you, however I know others that have experienced similar gains with all kinds of different rams if they do mainly highway driving.

As stated above I would go with the 5" over 3" simply because the cost difference is minimal, and you won't find yourself wishing you had gone with the 5" to start with.

With that said if you need pricing on anything reach out to us we can hook you up with CAI's, lifts, levels, tuners, wheels, tires, whatever you need and the forum members here on the boards get the biggest discounts we have available often times making us the lowest on the net by a good amount .

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That would be great, id prefer to spend alittle more knowing i have quality then spending less and having to fix it later.
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i've got a 97 with a 3" and 35s. i didn't notice a big loss in MPGs when i drove with the stock gearing (3.55 i think mine was) but i noticed a huge loss in power. went to 4.10 gears and i'm not afraid to race at stop lights anymore
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Pacheco -- how do you use your truck? Is it a street queen or are you thrashing down some trails? Is it your daily driver? Answers to these types of questions will correlate to applicable answers followed by people's actual experience.

For example, if you're on the street mostly, DD, and you are concerned about mpg (why in such a big truck, but just in case), then don't lift it with larger tires. Going larger brings on other things to address due to extra stress on the system. Like tranny problems, balljoint/unit bearings, etc.

If this is a play toy, then get whatever you want since budget really becomes the limiting factor.
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