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Old 05-27-2015, 05:51 PM
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I have a 2009 Ram 1500 Sport 4x4 with 43k miles and frankly I am bored with it. Instead of buying new and jumping into another payment I was thinking I would just change it up a bit. I am thinking of getting a lift with a wheel and tire package.

I am a newbie when it comes to lifts. I have been lurkin on the forums and just seem to get more and more confused with all the options out there. So far, I am thinking the RCX 6" lift, 20x10 Fuel Coupler wheels, and 35x12.5x20 Nitto trail grapplers. I notice the wheels come in -12 and -24 offset, which do I need to go with? Should I run 35's or 37's? I also will be ordering bilstein shocks instead of using the shocks that come with the kit.

Please let me know if this is a good setup or if I need to order anything else in addition to the lift kit. Any opinions will be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance. Also a few pics of my current setup, 24" KMC D2 on Pirrelli Scorpions.

Or should I just be silly and get a new truck?
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Welcome to the forum blackonblack13

Until someone who knows about lifts then I do chimes in
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I'd recommend a Zone kit over Rough Country. For a little bit more money you get far better quality components and warranty. The Zone 6" kit with 5" rear coils and Bilsteins set to 2.1" on the front is one of the most common setups guys will run. It will give you the lift you want and have the truck sitting level.

As far as wheels/tires go that's really up to you. A the offset refers to how far the wheel/tire will stick out from under the truck. A -24 offset will stick out 0.5" further on each side than a -12 offset. Tire size is up to you as well. If you go with the lift setup I stated above you can run either 35's or 37's however you will want to stick with a -12 offset wheel if you go for 37's so they won't rub as bad. You wouldn't have any rubbing issues with 35's. Either one will look good, just depends on what your preference is.
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I'd recommend a Zone kit over Rough Country. For a little bit more money you get far better quality components and warranty. The Zone 6" kit with 5" rear coils and Bilsteins set to 2.1" on the front is one of the most common setups guys will run. It will give you the lift you want and have the truck sitting level.
Grrrrrrrr lol, thanks for the advice! Can anyone else chime in on RCX vs Zone? I can get a RCX for $1480 installed and the Zone is $1700 for just the kit. I don't mind paying the xtra $$$ if it's worth it but I do like money in my pocket.

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RCX doesn't powder coat a few of the parts that come in the kit. The steering knuckles being one of that main ones. So unless you have them powdercoated or paint them yourself they'll rust in no time. They also only provide coil spacers to achieve the rear lift rather than full lift coils. The spacers are not ideal as they create a hinge point in the rear suspension that could potentially cause issues plus you'll hear them clunking around in the back going over bumps or off-roading as they'll be in direct contact with the frame (steel on steel).

Zone's kit comes fully powdercoated and they offer a better warranty as well. Zone is owned by the same company that owns BDS so they have a huge corporate side backing them. Their warranty is similar to BDS's "no fine print" warranty.
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RCX doesn't powder coat a few of the parts that come in the kit. The steering knuckles being one of that main ones. So unless you have them powdercoated or paint them yourself they'll rust in no time. They also only provide coil spacers to achieve the rear lift rather than full lift coils. The spacers are not ideal as they create a hinge point in the rear suspension that could potentially cause issues plus you'll hear them clunking around in the back going over bumps or off-roading as they'll be in direct contact with the frame (steel on steel).

Zone's kit comes fully powdercoated and they offer a better warranty as well. Zone is owned by the same company that owns BDS so they have a huge corporate side backing them. Their warranty is similar to BDS's "no fine print" warranty.
Ok, my buddy did tell me to go with full coils in the back and I don't like rust! So dammit I might do the zone kit! Would you still recommend the blistein shocks? I gotta call my local shops because all I heard is Pro Comp and RCX are in the local shops by me. Rust should not be a problem as I live in Texas but I hope to move back to Michigan soon.
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Bilstein shocks are definitely a good option. You want the Bilstein 5100 adjustable front struts on the front for sure so you can set them at 2.1" and bring the truck up to level. On the rear you can go with what you want. Bilstein's or Fox 2.0's are both good options.

ProComp uses a hokey rear lift system as well. It's essentially a large spacer that just goes under the stock rear coil rather than on top like RCX.

Even in Texas the rust would be an issue... it's a cast iron piece. Washing the truck and leaving water to sit on it will create surface rust and look like crap.
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I would base your decision between 35s and 37s on what gears you have. Unless you're open to re-gearing. 35s may look a little small with 6" since a lot of guys who run 35s just do it with a level. No offense, but I think either will look much better than the 24s you have now.

Not to sway you one way or another, but suspension (i.e. your lift) is not something to cheap out on.
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I would base your decision between 35s and 37s on what gears you have. Unless you're open to re-gearing. 35s may look a little small with 6" since a lot of guys who run 35s just do it with a level. No offense, but I think either will look much better than the 24s you have now.

Not to sway you one way or another, but suspension (i.e. your lift) is not something to cheap out on.
so do you think a 4" lift will look better with the 35's? Lol, no offense taken with the 24's comment. I think it looks pretty damn good but I want something different. Yeah I don't plan to go cheap I just don't want to spend more than I have to... I have gotten some pretty good advice so far, I'm new to lifts and learning as much as I can.
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I have the 4" Zone w/coils and 5100's set at 1.4. I also have 20X10 FUEL PVD Hostage w/-12 offset and 35's.

I personally think 35's look to small on 6" lift, but that's my opinion. Also I'm still able to fit the truck in my 7' garage which is a plus!

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