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Old 03-04-2011, 09:46 PM
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Hi guys,

Had my Big Horn for less than 500 miles and the modding has begun. I'll (hopefully) be installing running boards and leveling kit tomorrow.

I searched through the threads and read as much as possible on installing the leveling spacers.. I am about a B- shade tree mechanic and was wondering if anyone here who has installed a leveling kit has any tips or advice or words of encouragement?

I know I'll need to get the front end aligned - but will the alignment be so bad post install that I shouldn't drive it?

I'll will try to snap some b4 and after pics.

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post install as long as you get an alignment quickly you shouldn't cause any damage at all, that being said, I helped my brother level his '09 last year and my advice, is take it to a garage, the three hundred bucks is well worth it in my opinion. not to discourage you of course but that's my 2 cents. looking forward to the pics!!
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so did you only find the front end leveling kit? i don't want to raise the front to match. i want to lower the back to match the front.

do you know of any back coil springs to lower the back about 2 inches?
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if you dont have a coil strut compressor id say take it to a shop
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you can rent one at autozone
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if you dont have a coil strut compressor id say take it to a shop
You don't need one. The spacer sits between the strut tower and top of the strut. OP- it took me and a buddy like 45 minutes.
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post install as long as you get an alignment quickly you shouldn't cause any damage at all, that being said, I helped my brother level his '09 last year and my advice, is take it to a garage, the three hundred bucks is well worth it in my opinion. not to discourage you of course but that's my 2 cents. looking forward to the pics!!

Thanks for the tip about it being OK to drive the truck short term on its way to an alignment. The instructions in the leveling kit say 1.5 hours, which to me, doesn't sound too hairy - but this is a big truck to wrench under... I'm a little intimidated (more cautious really) because I'm used to crawling under 3-4k pound cars and I've become comfortable with my lifts/jacks at those weights... My lifts can handle the RAM's tonnage, but it's still much more heavy than I'm accustomed to.


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so did you only find the front end leveling kit? i don't want to raise the front to match. i want to lower the back to match the front.

do you know of any back coil springs to lower the back about 2 inches?

Do a search for "leveling shackles" and you should find some ideas. Sorry, this was not my intent when searching, so I didn't pay much attention to the brands/manufacturers.


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if you dont have a coil strut compressor id say take it to a shop

My leveling kit says no compressors needed....which was a big selling point for a DIYer


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you can rent one at autozone

I have rented from them before (for free actually) when I used compressors to install lowering springs on older turbo Audis, turbo SAABs and to replace the air springs with coil springs on a P38 Range Rover.

I'm pretty cautious/conservative when working on dangerous parts of the car but still, I had one of these spring compressors slip off the spring when being removed from the strut and the release of energy was so violent, it could have done serious damage to hands, arms, torso, face, bystander's, etc.

I'm sure I did something wrong to make that happen, but it freaked me the F out.

Thanks guys, look for before and afters in this post, Ed
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its well worth saving $300 to do this urself in my opinion. its still a pita. dont drive it too long. couple days should be ok but you would be suprised how fast a brand new set of tires will go bald on one side if its out of alignment. I trashed a pair of brand new tires in a few weeks b4 i got my front end fixed.
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i couldn't find any shackles. i don't think they have made any lowering coils yet for this truck.
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its well worth saving $300 to do this urself in my opinion. its still a pita. dont drive it too long. couple days should be ok but you would be suprised how fast a brand new set of tires will go bald on one side if its out of alignment. I trashed a pair of brand new tires in a few weeks b4 i got my front end fixed.

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i couldn't find any shackles. i don't think they have made any lowering coils yet for this truck.
Thy this link: http://www.ramforumz.com/search.php?searchid=979334
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