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Old 09-05-2010, 02:13 AM
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so i just purchased a 08 ram 1500. its a big horn edition and i am totally happy. it is a 2 wd and it came lifted with aftermarket rims and tires. i will put up a few pics in a couple days once i was it. haha anyway. so i am not for sure how much it has been lifted but i am guessing about 4 inches. the tires are 18 inch xd rims with 325/65/18 tires. so i am guessing the tires are 35s??? i am new to all of this like i said. i use to be a memeber for a sister site (chargerforumz). anyway when i drive and hit bumps in the road in my truck it is kinda stiff. i have been in a few friends lifted trucks and their ride is a lot softer than mine. what kind of shocks/springs/struts can i get for my truck that would give me a softer ride? maybe bring it up a bit more as well? i will have a pic of my truck on here so that maybe someone can take a look at it and see what they know from their expertise and give me a helping hand. thanks in advance.

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Old 09-05-2010, 02:32 AM
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First of all welcome to forumz but i beleive the 2wd trucks all have tortion bar suspension on the front like the 4wd 1500's so my first suggestion would be to untoruqe the tension bolts to see if you can get the ride your looking for just make sure not to loosen them to much cuz then you can get yourself into a few problems second off figure out what kinda lift you have in the truck and the designer might have a few different options of shocks to stiffen or soften the ride for you but you dont want to get too in depth with it i.e. springs and what not cuz then you might as well put in a new lift to save the waste of time and money one thing that could be making it stiff as well is that you do have coils up front and who ever installed the lift wanted to save some money and block the rear end and coil block the front but these are just my suggestions and others will be along soon to tell you theres and there personal knowings

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Old 09-05-2010, 02:40 AM
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oh ok cool i will have to get with the dealership i bought the truck from and see if they have any info on what they put onto the truck for the lift kit. one of my friends who has a few lifted trucks (all fords) told me that it was a suspension lift for sure but hell im not for sure. i guess my only reason i started to wonder was because every other lifted truck i see around here has aftermarket shocks that are very noticeable and i dont haha. i think that i do have coils up front. ill have to go look but i am almost 100% for sure that i do. i like the height that my truck is at right now but what does it hurt to go a bit higher right? but if i do go higher then i need to get bigger rims and tires to compensate. trucks are a bit more difficult when it comes to this stuff. i had a charger before my truck and it was all pretty simple. no one lifted the chargers just lowered. so i knew exactly what i needed as far as springs and rims and tires. i have just walked into a totally different arena. time to get sent to school on learning all of this stuff. and i am pretty excited to do so. thanks again for your inputs. all help is greatly appreciated.
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Glad to help that is one thing you will notice about trucks unlike cars everyone likes to go different i.e. different lifts like body and suspension different style shocks some go bigger rims and tires others keep the rims just fill in the wheel well with tires just make sure you dont go to big for it can cause alot of problems i.e. torque converter or tranny issues sometimes even motor issues there are ways around those it all depends on how deep your pockets are lol but wait for others opinions dont go off the first one you see someone might come along with better advice then mine
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Judging by your gallery pic, it appears to be something along the lines of a 7" CST lift, but I'm not sure.

http://www.cstsuspension.com/product...6/productID/37
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I'm sure someone here will know, but that sure is a nice looking truck!

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as it was said above, everyone wants different lifts for different things & unless you talk to previous owner, you may never know what their goal was, maybe they just jacked it up to look good & went cheap, that could possibly be why it was for sale. On the other hand they may have been 1/2 done with it & ran out of funds.
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thanks everyone for your inputs i believe that the dealership installed everything. that is what they told me atleast. haha i will double check with them and go from there. i want to figure this out so i can get a bit of a softer ride. time will tell thanks again and i will for sure keep yall updated
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To me it looks like you have torution bars up front if so just un torque them a little and it will soften right up
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