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Old 07-31-2010, 03:00 PM
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I have a 1997 5.2 V8 Magnum Dodge Ram. It's a short bed extended cab, if that's needed to know. But I'm trying to put a 4.5" or 5" lift on it for some larger tires. Can anyone give me some advice as to what will be needed if I do this lift?

Am I gonna need longer brake lines? Longer drive Shafts? Anything with the front steering (Pitman arm drop drag link track bar)?

Anyone with any lift experience, your insight is greatly appreciated.
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Buy a complete lift (rather than piecing it together) if you are in doubt. All the kits i've looked at include everything necessary. Only the higher ones (10+) will require new driveshafts and brake lines. All of them include the necessary track bar drop bracket and extended pitman arm so you should be fine.
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Most of the kits you'll find will include all the mechanical bits you need to do that sort of lift except the brake lines, which are easily sourced online.

You won't need to lengthen your drivelines but you will have to check the pinion angle. Many kits include the hardware to set it at the right angle.

Rough Country, ProComp, SuperLift and others have a complete kit for your truck.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:07 PM
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I was looking at this lift kit:
http://www.roughcountry.com/dodge_4wd_94-01_5.html

I'm just worried I'll screw myself over, and have to buy a load of other things. Is this all I'll need?
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That's the kind of kit I was referring to. The only thing you may need is some longer brake lines. Get some braided stainless steel ones and you won't have any problem with brake fade or the old rubber one's bursting on you.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:11 PM
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Do you have any suggestions on where I can find some brake lines like that for my truck?
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Here ya go:

http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/61A2872A0A0.aspx

I just googled it up. There are quite a few sets available for your truck in a lifted configuration. I did some research last year when I had a '99 Ram that I wanted to lift.
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Nice, thanks man. Will I need to buy a set for my front brakes and rear brakes then?
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Yeah. you might have two in front + 1 in the rear on that generation truck. The one in the rear runs across the top of your rear diff and included in that circuit is the ABS sensor.

Or, you might have 4, one per corner. I'd crawl under the rear of the truck and, starting at one rear wheel, trace the brakeline and see where it goes.
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Old 07-31-2010, 03:39 PM
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Alright, thanks a lot man! That was a big help, and some pretty good news for me haha. I appreciate it!
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