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Ok I just bought my Ram a week ago my first truck I ever owned. My question is what exactly is a leveling kit? I've searched on here and what I'm coming up with is It's just 2" spaces that go on the front to lrvel the truck with the rear. If that is so why do I see in some post about people with a 2-2.5" kit in the front and a 1.5" kit in the rear? I'm looking at getting a set of 295/65/20's but don't want too much of a lift. Also would like to keep the factory rims. Would a 3" lift just be as cheap and easy instead of a leveling kit? Also my truck is a 2006 Quad.
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I'm not an expert, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will chime in, but...

"why do I see in some post about people with a 2-2.5" kit in the front and a 1.5" kit in the rear? "

I believe some people lift the rear a little as well so that there is still a little rake, that or if the 2-2.5" up front ends up being too high, they need to compensate to keep it level. I've never leveled a truck, so I'm likely not the best responder, but it seems logical to me those would be good reasons why.

"I'm looking at getting a set of 295/65/20's but don't want too much of a lift. Also would like to keep the factory rims."

With factory rims and no spacers, 285/65/20's will fit, but 295's are almost a 1/2" wider. If it ended up being too tight, you could always throw a spacer on there, they aren't terribly expensive, but IMO spacers are not a good idea. Then again, as much as some of them look really nice, I do not believe in any rims offsets that do not match factory, but I have a good reason.

"Would a 3" lift just be as cheap and easy instead of a leveling kit? Also my truck is a 2006 Quad."

Lift kits cost more than leveling kits. Both lifts and leveling kits generally seem to level the truck as far as I know. I think leveling kits are a bad idea if you ever plan on using your truck as a truck. Just my 2 cents.
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Do you think the 285's will fit with just a 2" leveling kit? All i want really is a little more height out of my truck nothing to much.
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Do you think the 285's will fit with just a 2" leveling kit? All i want really is a little more height out of my truck nothing to much.
If it is a 4x4 definitely, if 2wd I'm not sure they sit a little bit lower.
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It's a 4x4 thanks for the info I just want to make sure I can fit 35's on my stock wheels with no rubbing and only a leveling kit. Right now I only have the factory 17's but been looking for factory 20's.
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A 35x12.5 will have a little bit of rubbing, a 295 probably won't and a 285 won't have any problems, usually the height of the tire isn't a problem it's the width.
There are other option for leveling your truck as well as the spacer such as a leveling spring or a ride heigt adjustable shock like bilstien 5100.
For 4 wd your typical leveling kit is 2" or 2.5". To decide I recommend measuring from the center of your axle to your wheel lip in the front and back and take the difference. The 5100s are nice because they have 4 height settings including stock height.
If you go with a spacer I recommend he'll bent steel! I have a one of there kits on a 2500 and am very happy with it
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Wouldn't measuring from the center of my axle to my wheel lip be the same both front and rear? Do you mean from center of axle to edge of fender?
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Wouldn't measuring from the center of my axle to my wheel lip be the same both front and rear? Do you mean from center of axle to edge of fender?
I think he meant wheel well (aka fender)

edit: I also think he's saying measure because every truck is different and the springs may/will have settled at different rates from one truck to another. So a 2" on one truck might be perfect, but on another it might be too much.
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I think he meant wheel well (aka fender)

edit: I also think he's saying measure because every truck is different and the springs may/will have settled at different rates from one truck to another. So a 2" on one truck might be perfect, but on another it might be too much.
Yeah I meant the lip of the wheel well. I make alot of mistakes when I try to post replies from my phone lol
I have a 2" spacer and it actually sits a little high in the front. A +3/4" would make it sit level
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