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Old 05-05-2011, 10:34 PM
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What's the deal with the kits? Do they screw up the front end or don't they? The more I read into this topic the more questions I have . Some say there great and some say the through the front end out of wack. Waht's the deal???????????????
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What kind of kit are you looking at?
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Some people will tell you that they cause front end problems. Stressed ball joints is one big one. Not saying that it doesnt happen but it is a rare occasion to blow out ball joints from a lift kit (usually improper installation is to blame there)
With some rams your have to be careful with how high of a leveling kit you put on because of the pitch it puts your CVs on and will cause death wobble.
There are plenty of different kits to choose from and most likely there is someone around here that has experience with it and can answer questions for you.
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I used the Daystar 2" front 1" rear lift/leveling kit and have not had any issues on my 2010 1500 4x4. I installed it myself and had it professionally aligned after. Others hate Daystar, to each their own, works great for me.
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Some people will tell you that they cause front end problems. Stressed ball joints is one big one. Not saying that it doesnt happen but it is a rare occasion to blow out ball joints from a lift kit (usually improper installation is to blame there)
With some rams your have to be careful with how high of a leveling kit you put on because of the pitch it puts your CVs on and will cause death wobble.
There are plenty of different kits to choose from and most likely there is someone around here that has experience with it and can answer questions for you.

What he said. I put a leveling kit in my '07 Ram and while I never had death wobble I had a very noticeable vibration in the driveline when in 4WD. The angle of the CV joints was so severe the lift tore them up in less than 6 months.



People associate "death wobble" with driveline vibrations quite a bit, but I believe that's a misapplication. True death wobble is most common in short wheel-based vehicles like Jeeps (I have one) with excessive lifts; it's actually a result of the geometry of the steering components being out of whack... "Death wobble" occurs when the vehicle hits something relatively small (bump in the road, etc.) that a correctly aligned steering system wouldn't sneeze at... but with the wobble instead of the suspension and steering absorbing the disturbance it sets off sort of a "chain reaction" in the steering components that amplifies that little bump until it becomes an uncontrollable STEERING wobble that will run off the road or into opposing traffic unless you come to almost a complete stop.
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What's the deal with the kits? Do they screw up the front end or don't they? The more I read into this topic the more questions I have . Some say there great and some say the through the front end out of wack. Waht's the deal???????????????
I have/had the same question as snojet. I have yet to take delivery on my '11 outdoorsman, and was thinking about getting it leveled(they look better in my opinion(what it's worth! lol)). From reading on here and other places. I think I've read the majority of issues come up with a 2.5" and above leveling kit. 1.5"-2" really aren't having the issues. Am I correct in this? Please correct me if I'm wrong, I'm new to the forum and new to this subject.
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Not sure about people having trouble, I went with Hell Bent Steel 2 1/5in. and then had it lined up, and ZERO trouble drives just like stock, rides like stock, but looks alot better than stock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From what I've seen/experienced 2.5" isn't a problem but anything above that is. When you get to 3" plus there are other steering components needed other then just a spacer.
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I think with the 4th GEN ram 1500 4x4's the cv joint's on the front half-shafts are border line on any angle increase from level period. I believe it was not intentional, it just happended when they designed the front ends. I think if you install any type of leveling kit that increases this angle, it's either gonna vibrate or it's not from binding in the cv joint, I think it is just that close, so if you have levelled the front of your truck and it doesn't vibrate in 4WD mode you are lucky. If this was a non-issue with these trucks, I would have levelled my truck a long time ago. I have decided not to dick with it........factory rake, oh well. Still has an awesome stance.
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Hmmm. What a conundrum. Some do, some don't. I'm not sure what to do. They just look so much better with. Although from what I've seen, the Outdoorsman doesn't seem to have as great of a rake as others. Course, that could just be camera angle.
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