DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum

Go Back   DODGE RAM FORUM - Ram Forums and Owners Club! - Dodge Truck Forum > Dodge Ram Forum - Mod Zone - Custom Dodge Ram Mods - Dodge Ram Performance > Custom Chassis - Drive Line - Suspension - Wheels and Tires - LIFTING - Dodge Ram 4x4, 2x4


Notices

Custom Chassis - Drive Line - Suspension - Wheels and Tires - LIFTING - Dodge Ram 4x4, 2x4 Discuss anything related to Custom Dodge Ram Wheels, Tires, Brakes, Suspension Mods, Chassis Mods and Tuning, Towing options, Driveline, 4x4, Differentials, Sway Bars, Lifting Springs, Body Lifts, Strut Braces, etc.


Latest Vendor News
AutoAnything
Addictive Desert Designs!
Bayou Goat Mounts

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-16-2011, 05:24 PM
geddy geddy is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NJ
Age: 27
Posts: 30
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram SLT Quad-Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Silver
Engine: 2008-???? 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 310hp 330lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:13
geddy is on a distinguished road
Default Really considering lifting my truck -- need some opinions!

Howdy folks,
I really am digging the idea of lifting my truck and getting some slightly bigger tires. As I don't want my truck 30 feet in the air, I only want to go 3-4". As someone who is basically retarded with truck stuff, I just researched the difference between a body lift and a suspension lift, and figured out: ok -- definitely looking for a suspension lift.

Next step was to see how much a suspension lift kit goes for. I found this site:
RoughCountry.com, and they have a couple suspension kits, but I have a few questions first.
  • From what I can tell, buying a lift kit means basically buying an entirely new suspension. Please correct me if I'm wrong, What pros and cons does this have, aside from the obvious fact that my ass will be higher up in the air? (like affecting performance and anything of that nature?)
  • I have a totally stock 2009 SLT; stock tires, stock suspension, stock cupholders; everything. Will a 4" lift look ridiculous without immediately getting bigger tires? (I plan on doing this in about 10K miles (about 6 months for me) but in the meantime, don't want to look like a jackass).
  • If I go back on that site I just posted, and choose the 2008 Ram 1500, all of a sudden the prices are completely different. I really don't know what to look for as far as this kind of stuff goes.
  • Is there a certain "kind" of suspension that I *need* for my specific truck?
  • If anyone has any recommendation about what specific lift kits I should look at, that would be awesome!
BTW: if posting pictures would help to answer any of my questions, just ask. I have tons of pictures of my truck

Thanks a lot everyone!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2  
Old 03-16-2011, 05:30 PM
98sst's Avatar
98sst 98sst is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Rainy, Washington
Posts: 3,410
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1998 Dodge ram 1500
Trim Level: SS/T
Color: black w/ silver stripes
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 8
Rep:883
98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold
Default

The only thing I can really chime in is that you'll need an alignment. You'll have positive camber issues.

Youre truck will be a bit more sluggish as well if you get the bigger tires. You don't need to do this but if you want the get up and go back you'll want to change out the gears.
__________________

Alex, 1998 Ram 1500 SS/T. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

Last edited by 98sst; 03-16-2011 at 05:33 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:03 PM
geddy geddy is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NJ
Age: 27
Posts: 30
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram SLT Quad-Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Silver
Engine: 2008-???? 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 310hp 330lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:13
geddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 98sst View Post
The only thing I can really chime in is that you'll need an alignment. You'll have positive camber issues.

Youre truck will be a bit more sluggish as well if you get the bigger tires. You don't need to do this but if you want the get up and go back you'll want to change out the gears.
Ok, awesome Thanks for the advice! I figured an alignment would be necessary. I hear a lot of talk about gears (in regards to getting lifts and what-not). What exactly does this entail and what are the benefits?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:03 PM
erm
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

The pros are the looks and the additional ground clearance + maybe a bit more suspension travel.

The cons are:

Yes, you are replacing suspension components that probably aren't worn out yet.

You'll need an alignment.

The larger wheels and tires will add to your unsprung weight and may affect the performance a bit as you accelerate from a dead stop. Regearing will help and may be as much as $1,000 to furnish and install a numerically taller gear set. Do you know what gears you have now? I have 3.73's and mine does just fine with the 18X9 KMC wheels and 285/75 Toyo AT tires. Of course, my Predator programmer helped a lot with the low end response with a torque and HP improvement.

A 4" lift isn't so radical that your stock wheels and tires will look ridiculous but they will look a little small compared to the space available in the wheel wells.

Last edited by erm; 03-16-2011 at 06:07 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:07 PM
98sst's Avatar
98sst 98sst is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Rainy, Washington
Posts: 3,410
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1998 Dodge ram 1500
Trim Level: SS/T
Color: black w/ silver stripes
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 8
Rep:883
98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by geddy View Post
Ok, awesome Thanks for the advice! I figured an alignment would be necessary. I hear a lot of talk about gears (in regards to getting lifts and what-not). What exactly does this entail and what are the benefits?
there are pros and cons to gears.

Pros:
Quicker get up and go

Cons:
Worse gas mileage

Lol. thats gears in a nutshell for ya.

Now do know that if you get bigger tires, you'll need the speedo calibrated. Then if you get gears you'll need it recalibrated again. Lol.
__________________

Alex, 1998 Ram 1500 SS/T. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:08 PM
erm
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Yup....recalibration would be needed, too. Good catch, Alex.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:14 PM
geddy geddy is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NJ
Age: 27
Posts: 30
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram SLT Quad-Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Silver
Engine: 2008-???? 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 310hp 330lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:13
geddy is on a distinguished road
Smile

Quote:
Originally Posted by 98sst View Post
there are pros and cons to gears.
....
Now do know that if you get bigger tires, you'll need the speedo calibrated.
I assume you're referring to the speedometer?? Wow, who would have thought?! Haha I've learned a ridiculous amount from you guys already and I've been on the forums for less than a week!



I see many different price points for what I'm looking for.. It looks like a 4" lift goes for $1000-$1500 on average (obviously much higher as well). Are there any immediate differences in going for a higher-priced kit?

Thanks again!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:16 PM
98sst's Avatar
98sst 98sst is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!

 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Rainy, Washington
Posts: 3,410
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 1998 Dodge ram 1500
Trim Level: SS/T
Color: black w/ silver stripes
Engine: 1998-2001 360ci (5.9L) Magnum V8 245hp(standard), 250hp(Sport package)
Rep Power: 8
Rep:883
98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold98sst is a splendid one to behold
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by geddy View Post
I assume you're referring to the speedometer?? Wow, who would have thought?! Haha I've learned a ridiculous amount from you guys already and I've been on the forums for less than a week!



I see many different price points for what I'm looking for.. It looks like a 4" lift goes for $1000-$1500 on average (obviously much higher as well). Are there any immediate differences in going for a higher-priced kit?

Thanks again!
Lol, yes the speedometer. Bad images now...

I'll admit, new to the forum everybody lacks knowledge. Being here a year and a half has taught me SO much and has really made me enjoy my truck that much more.

My truck is lowered, so I'm not sure how the lift kits run. The general rule of thumb is you get what you pay for
__________________

Alex, 1998 Ram 1500 SS/T. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:18 PM
GeauxHunting's Avatar
GeauxHunting GeauxHunting is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Senior Member!
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana.
Age: 20
Posts: 4,196
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Patriot Blue
Engine: 2002-2007 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 235hp 295lb/ft
Rep Power: 9
Rep:1338
GeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud ofGeauxHunting has much to be proud of
Default

The higher priced kits could have updraded shocks and things like that, but it also depends on which lift you go with. I know you said you didn't want to sit too high, but there is not a large price difference between 4" lifts and 6"lifts so you might want to consider going with a 6"!!

Also you want to make sure you are getting a 4WD lift, if your truck is 4WD of course.
__________________
Dillon-aka, The Little Kid
8000k HID lows, 10000k Fogs, AAC Halos, white interior LEDs, 4' of blue LED strips, two blue LED pods, LED reverse and license plate lights, 2% Tint 3% visor, 50% Windshield, Debadged, Pioneer MVH-P8200BT headunit, JL C2-690TX door speakers, 10" JL W7 subwoofer, JL 500/1V2 Amplifier, DiabloSport Predator, Volant CAI, 14" Magnalow Exhaust with Turndowns, 2500 Tow Hooks, 3" CST Lift, 35x12.5x20 Toyo M/T.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-16-2011, 06:21 PM
geddy geddy is offline
Dodge Ram Forum Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NJ
Age: 27
Posts: 30
Gender: Male
Vehicle: 2009 Dodge Ram SLT Quad-Cab
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Silver
Engine: 2008-???? 287ci (4.7L) PowerTech V8 310hp 330lb/ft
Rep Power: 0
Rep:13
geddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GeauxHunting View Post
The higher priced kits could have updraded shocks and things like that, but it also depends on which lift you go with. I know you said you didn't want to sit too high, but there is not a large price difference between 4" lifts and 6"lifts so you might want to consider going with a 6"!!

Also you want to make sure you are getting a 4WD lift, if your truck is 4WD of course.
This always confused me, actually. My truck is 2WD by default with the option of turning on 4WD/4WDlow. I imagine this still means my truck is considered 4WD since it obviously has the capability?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My truck has trouble starting... no one can figure out problem Pork Chop 3.7L PowerTech V6 Specific Topics 15 05-14-2011 09:14 PM
disappointed with my 2011 ram truck tomhrrs69 2011 Dodge Ram Forum 19 02-24-2011 09:38 AM
My new truck won't start again! rich1500 2010 Dodge Ram Forum 10 09-21-2010 12:28 AM
First time truck owner Kleeeen Newbie Checkin! 15 09-10-2010 10:47 PM
I love my truck! rjs2005 Dodge Ram General Discussion 14 10-03-2009 06:50 AM


Advertisement






All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:57 PM.


= Copyright RamForumZ.com a Gigathreads.com Network Site =Ad Management by RedTyger
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vB.Sponsors


=Gigathreads Network=
CLUBS MOPAR NATION DSM GPMM MAMM JAM
DIESEL Diesel Forum      
CHEVY Chevy Camaro Forum Chevy Volt Forum    
CHRYSLER Chrysler 300C Forum      
DODGE Dodge Avenger Forum Dodge Caliber Forum Dodge Challenger Forum Dodge Charger Forum
  Dodge Circuit Forum Dodge Hornet Forum Dodge Magnum Forum Dodge Nitro Forum
  Dodge Ram Forum Dodge Dakota Forum Dodge Durango Forum Dodge Dart Forum
FORD Ford Raptor Forum Ford F150 Forum Ford F100 Forum  
JEEP Jeep Forum      
PONTIAC Pontiac G8 Forum      
SRT SRT Viper Forum SRT Cuda Forum