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Im wanting to find out if I have to buy a complete lowering kit in order to lower my ram? I want to lower it 4"/6" and I am on a month to month income So I cant really afford to buy a complete lowering kit. So more options for me the better.. All help and/or info will be greatly accepted.


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you dont have to, but the best result will come by a kit w/ parts engineered to work together. 4/6 means a flip kit which you can get online, rear shock extenders which may not come w/ a universal kit, the front will be a 2" drop spring which you can get on e-bay and either a 2" drop spindle or control arm. Neither of which have knock off brands building or are cheap. When you add it all up, you may as well buy the Mc Gaugheys kit ..but search for an online coupon. I paid $660 to the door for mine from Stylin Trucks.
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you dont have to, but the best result will come by a kit w/ parts engineered to work together. 4/6 means a flip kit which you can get online, rear shock extenders which may not come w/ a universal kit, the front will be a 2" drop spring which you can get on e-bay and either a 2" drop spindle or control arm. Neither of which have knock off brands building or are cheap. When you add it all up, you may as well buy the Mc Gaugheys kit ..but search for an online coupon. I paid $660 to the door for mine from Stylin Trucks.
I agree completely when going with a 4-6. I have a 2-4.5 home made setup because I wasnt ready to buy the spindles. Everything I have seen for a 4-6 is cheaper when you buy the kit rather than parts. If you want a project to do yourself and have to start small due to finincial restrictions, go 2-4.5 because you have options and can always add spindles later.
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I agree completely when going with a 4-6. I have a 2-4.5 home made setup because I wasnt ready to buy the spindles. Everything I have seen for a 4-6 is cheaper when you buy the kit rather than parts. If you want a project to do yourself and have to start small due to finincial restrictions, go 2-4.5 because you have options and can always add spindles later.

I was going to send you a PM about getting more details but it said I couldnt send PM.. Could you possibly help so I could get more details from you about your drop.
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The following is for a 3rd gen:

I used this spring seat and ground it out to fit the axle and made a new hole about 1 " off center to allow for the bolt in the leafs. http://www.tractorsupply.com/trailer...00-lbs-1091355 I used a lowering shackle for a late 90s chevy or dodge from O’Reilly’s that cost $40. It is adjustable but has to be modified to fit on the lower setting (mine is on the farthest hole). You will also need four 1/8” thick, 5/8” hole washers on each side to take up the slack because the shackle is about ” too narrow. I used the factory u bolts and plate to flip the leafs then carefully drove it to a shop to have them set the pinion angle and weld the spring perch to the axle for $35. The rear flip will move the axle back about 3/8” and is right where you need it with the shallower pinion angle. The front was a simple spring swap. If you want the alignment to be perfect, you will have to slot the upper control arm mounts because the lower adjustments will almost get it there but there needs to be another 1 degree of play to get it right. Make sure you remove the bump stops all the way around and remove the cups up front. I had to get new shocks in the back because they were fully compressed. I went to O’Reilly’s and looked through a book to find an OE replacement that was about 6” shorter. If you want a stiffer ride, go with a drop shock. The total for parts and labor was $100 for springs (found them used from another ram owner), $10 for spring perches, $35 for welding, $40 for shackles,$4 for washers, $85 for shocks and $110 for a lifetime alignment (a one time alignment is around $70) for a grand total of $384. If you have access to the tools and can do the labor yourself, it can be very affordable. Don't be surprised if you rub the front fender well plastics with stock shocks up front when hitting bumps at speed. To go lower, I have to get spindles, notch the frame and put the stock shackles on and I am 2” closer to the ground. That is another $500-600 in parts though. Pics of my truck are here, http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=54069
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Even tho you did it to your 3rd gen, I should still be about to do it to my 2nd gen, right?
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The 2nd gen drop typically uses hangers and shackles for the rear instead of a flip. 3rd gen guys don't have the option for hangers and we have to flip the leafs if we want to go lower than 2". Try this site to piece together a kit http://www.streetpros.com/catview/ca...Lowering_Parts
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I will check into it. A the moment I am too frustrated, and about ready to sell my truck..
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