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Old 10-25-2013, 11:59 PM
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:03 AM
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Oh yeah - and a new muffler but not sure which one yet - I want something just a little louder so I can hear what's going on while 4wheeling but I don't want something so loud I cant hear the stereo - what do you all think or have experience with ?
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Oh yeah - and a new muffler but not sure which one yet - I want something just a little louder so I can hear what's going on while 4wheeling but I don't want something so loud I cant hear the stereo - what do you all think or have experience with ?
If you want the best performance and a moderate to loud sounds (very deep and throaty sounds nice) I would go with either a 18" maggie or a 14" maggie, if you just want stupid loud and don't mind having a baffled muffler intsead of a strait through muffler flowmaster would be the way to go.

If you want to get real loud you could do headers-cats-NO MUFFLER-resonator-tailpipe, or you could do headers-cats-NO MUFFLER-NO RESONATOR-tailpipe and that would be nice and crazy loud and about as free flowing as you can get(these may not be a good choice if you have strict emissions where I live you can have an open exhaust as long as you have cats) (not sure on the technicality however I have never failed an inspection on ANY of my vehicles that ran any of the above set ups)

Also just a thought before you change any part of your exhaust would be to see if you can pass inspection in your state, I have talked to some customers in a couple states where if you change any part of the factory exhaust they can fail you on an inspection.
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Mopar auxiliary switch panel to control the lighting
I have the Rancho lift on mine.Just a couple of things to note.
(1) Before tearing your truck apart,check the lower control arm bushing sleeves that come in the kit. Ram changed to a bigger bolt in 2012,and the sleeves in the kit were too small.
(2) The kit will come with 4" rear blocks.They are wrong,and you will need 2.5" blocks. The rear of the truck will be WAY up in the air if you use the 4" blocks.

You can call Rancho C.S. and they will send you the correct parts.

(3) Take the rear driveshaft off of the rearend before you install the rear blocks,or you will bend the driveshaft on the crossmember supporting the fuel tank skid plate.
(4) Dont use the Rancho steering stabilizer's! My truck went into a real bad death wobble 1500 miles after I lifted it,and after a lot of trial and error,I talked to Don Thuren,and he asked me to change the steering stabilizer's out with the factory unit. The death wobble stopped!
I installed a pair of Bilstein's on it,and haven't had any problems since.

I like my Rancho lift,the truck will ride a little stiffer depending on your shocks,I'm running the Rancho 9000's on mine,but it drives great.
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Now that is awesome info - thank you very much !!!

I have 4wheel shop in town doing the lift install for me - I just don't have the time to get into. I will definitely poke through the parts when they arrive and make sure I have the right stuff so I am not waiting while they have my truck torn apart.

I almost ordered the steering stabilizer but I remembered reading a post about the issues with this - probably your post. I plan on putting Bilsteins back on it - do you like the Rancho's ?

I had a Rancho 4 inch lift on my 86 Blazer and never had any issues with it.
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The Rancho shocks are fine,but their steering stabilizers fail.
After I talked to Don Thuren,I did as he told me to do. I laid the Rancho units on my work bench,and pushed them in a couple inches and then when I started to pull them back out,I had around 2" of free play before they began to have resistance in them again. The free play is what allowed the tires to death wobble after hitting any kind of bump or uneven surface in the road. That was some scary $hit!
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Mopar auxiliary switch panel to control the lighting

Lucky bastard. I wont be doing my 6" long arm until at least Feb. Let me know if you have any issues with the switch panel as a few others and I have already done it.
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I bet - I have never experienced it but I witnessed it once - guy in a jeep was in front me on the freeway and as we went into the turn on the overpass he hit the bump and the front wheels we just flying back and forth - he couldn't get pulled over fast enough
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I sure will Battlerattle - I have already printed out all of the instructions for it - thank you
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