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There are more components to the rear end the just your coil springs. You have a sway bar that that stops the axle from walking left to right. I'm gonna have to go down and look at my dads truck, do they have a 4 link in the back like 2500s do in the front?
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There are more components to the rear end the just your coil springs. You have a sway bar that that stops the axle from walking left to right. I'm gonna have to go down and look at my dads truck, do they have a 4 link in the back like 2500s do in the front?
The ram 1500 stock rear suspension uses a 4 link, AND a panhard bar, that's why I say it will located better than the leaf setup. Not much else out there will keep the axle in place better than a panhard (although there is slight movement through travel, but it is under control). I don't know how much a sway bar helps with axle movement but definitely helps sway control, and would be beneficial when towing.

Here's a link to a picture of the rear suspension:
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There is a youtube video - I don't have a link (at work) search for "coil spring verses leaf springs". Comments anyone - is this just the "otherguys" propaganda?
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Found the link on my phone....youtube...."new dodge ram w/rear coil springs? not ram tough"
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lol, I wonder who that guy works for.....

First of all the ram coil springs ARE progressive rate springs. Also, if they would have showed the same exact "test" in the ford that they did with the ram with a massive load and swerving all over the road, the ford would have done the exact same thing, probably even worse actually (as the leaf spring suspension will not handle as well). It is purely false that coil springs can't handle a heavy load. As any of the guys on here that tow with their trucks, they will tell you from experience. I also know that my father in law with his F150 towed a 8,000 lb pull behind up to Arkansas and he said shortly after leaving he had to crank the sway control bar on the hitch ALL THE WAY down to get it to feel stable. Shouldn't have to max it out....the ram would do a better job if you really look at the geometry of the suspension it's clear as day.
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Oh and the coil setup certainly isn't a cheap cost cutting thing that they tried to turn into a gimic. This rear suspension definitely costs more to manufacture (more components) and certainly to research and develop...
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The ram 1500 stock rear suspension uses a 4 link, AND a panhard bar, that's why I say it will located better than the leaf setup. Not much else out there will keep the axle in place better than a panhard (although there is slight movement through travel, but it is under control). I don't know how much a sway bar helps with axle movement but definitely helps sway control, and would be beneficial when towing.

Here's a link to a picture of the rear suspension:
http://trucks.about.com/od/2007dodge...Suspension.htm
Sorry I didn't refresh the page before I posted so didn't see your first post haha

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Snusnak your youtube explanation was just the thing I needed to see. The diagram of the rear wheel suspension removed any doubt I had for the coil spring setup. I now have no concerns and can confidently pursue the purchase of a RAM Hemi crew cab.

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LOL just to be clear that was not actually me in the video...just the first one I found when a searched youtube. You'll enjoy your ram

My father in law bought his F150 about 3 months ago, and was comparing it to the hemi ram, and he said he chose the ford because he thought that the ram being faster meant it'd use more fuel. He told me this past sunday that he really regrets his decision as he gets about 12-13 mpg average with his truck, and it does not pull his trailer as well as he'd like(5.4L motor is weak). I tried to tell him that most hemi owners get much better than 12-13mpg but he didn't want to listen .
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