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Old 05-28-2011, 12:38 PM
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I put a level kit on my 2011 Ram Crew Cab 1500 - 2.5" on the front & 1" on the rear. I'm looking to add some XD Armour wheels (20x9, -12 offset) with some 35" Nitto Trail Grapplers, but all of the tire & wheel guys are telling me they won't fit and I have to lift my Ram to make it work.

I'm considering either a 4" or 6" lift, but my biggest concern is how lifting my Ram is going to impact the ride quality. I love the stock ride of the Ram with the rear coil springs. I bought a 1500 cuz I ride mainly on the road except for when I go to the mountains to ride my dirt bike.

I'm a newbie to lifting, so any input on what I can expect in the difference in ride quality would be much appreciated. Also if anyone has recs on brands of lift kits that would be welcome also. Thanks!
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I didn't see any degradation of the ride of my 2007.

I'd suggest you try to find out the spring rates of the stockers and see what the aftermarket lift kit spring rates are. One close to what you have now will preserve the ride.

Good luck!
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since you already have the leveling kit on, dont throw that money down the drain. do a 3" body lift to clear the bigger tires. Your ride won't change a bit.
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Well I can tell ya my truck rides great with my settup. It did change but not too bad.
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i have almost the same level kit you have only dif is i have 1.5 inches in the back. i have 35/12.5/18 mt baja's and they fit great. i dont have any rub. you might wanna go with a little more offset on the rims though. -15 to -18 ish. i have -20 but had to put in some wheel spacers. looking for some different rims with a little less offset so i can lose the spacers.
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since you already have the leveling kit on, dont throw that money down the drain. do a 3" body lift to clear the bigger tires. Your ride won't change a bit.
I guess I don't totally understand the difference between a body lift versus a suspension lift . . . can you help my ignorance?
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I guess I don't totally understand the difference between a body lift versus a suspension lift . . . can you help my ignorance?
No problem.

A suspension lift replaces or adds suspension components to create lift. In the case of your leveling kit, you have spacers on top of your front springs that move them down, picking the front end up. To go taller than that, you have to replace the lower cross member and a bunch of other parts so that your suspension will work properly.

A body lift does not touch the suspension. A proper kit includes fiberglass reinforced nylon spacers to lift the body 3" and brackets to realign the bumpers with the body.

You can combine a 3" body lift and a 2.5" inch leveling kit to get a total of 5" of lift. Since you already have the leveling kit, that's what I would do. Here's what your truck would look like if you did this and went to 35"s:



The body lift kits sell for under $400 and can be installed in about 5 hours by a shop with experience with this kit or about 8 hours for a first-timer.

Your other option is to remove the leveling kit you have and get a 6" suspension lift that will cost about $1800 and take 8 hours to install.
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I guess I don't totally understand the difference between a body lift versus a suspension lift . . . can you help my ignorance?
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A suspension lift replaces or adds suspension components to create lift. In the case of your leveling kit, you have spacers on top of your front springs that move them down, picking the front end up. To go taller than that, you have to replace the lower cross member and a bunch of other parts so that your suspension will work properly.

A body lift does not touch the suspension. A proper kit includes fiberglass reinforced nylon spacers to lift the body 3" and brackets to realign the bumpers with the body.

You can combine a 3" body lift and a 2.5" inch leveling kit to get a total of 5" of lift. Since you already have the leveling kit, that's what I would do. Here's what your truck would look like if you did this and went to 35"s:



The body lift kits sell for under $400 and can be installed in about 5 hours by a shop with experience with this kit or about 8 hours for a first-timer.

Your other option is to remove the leveling kit you have and get a 6" suspension lift that will cost about $1800 and take 8 hours to install.

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You can combine a 3" body lift and a 2.5" inch leveling kit to get a total of 5" of lift. Since you already have the leveling kit, that's what I would do. Here's what your truck would look like if you did this and went to 35"s:


Thanks, Crawler - really appreciate your input. So you've put a body lift on your Ram? I was under the impression that the body lift made the truck look kind of goofy for some reason, but your pic looks great. I'd be interested in seeing more pics of your truck if possible. So you're happy with your body lift? Andy drawbacks that I should be aware of? I definitely like the $ side of that. Thanks much!
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bighorn4life i have a question for you i am looking at the moto metal 955 in chrome thay are 20x10 with a -12 off set so will i have to add spacers to my truck so my stock tires will not rub. i plan on adding 35/12.5/20 .
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