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Old 03-18-2015, 02:06 AM
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Default So how hard is it to install a lift?

I have to get my roof done and some backyard landscaping done so I may have to be my own shop...haha

Springs, uca's and bils look pretty straight forward, but suspension lifts where you pop out cv shafts and drop diffs sound a little scary

And what about body lifts?
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My buddy and I will be doing my 4" Zone lift w/ coils and Bilsteins soon. It doesnt look to hard from what I've seen and read. All depends on the lift and brand as well. The higher up the more to do.

I've lowered many of trucks back in the day so have some mechanical experience lol
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:18 AM
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The Superlift instructions look really good. I guess no turning back once you start trimming frame...lol
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On my 14 reg cab, it took me 16hrs to install the 6" Zone with bilsteins, zone UCA's, and new longer front brake lines by myself taking my time. I had the use of a vehicle lift and every tool imaginable (thanks to my gf's father). I am by no means a mechanic, actually a chemist. I just love working on my truck and feel if something should go wrong I should only have myself to blame since I was the only one who touched it. This was my 2nd lift and first on a rear coil suspension. The front is essentially the same on most IFS trucks. For the Ram, it was identical to when I did my 06 F150. However, the rear is a whole diff ballgame because it's not leaf springs. The f150 was just slip a 5" block where the stock one was and add a leaf to the leaf pack. With the ram, you have to mount brackets for the control arms and drill holes. It was definitely the more time consuming part for me (other than the brake lines, but that's a diff story)

I think if you have the tools (you don't need a lift but it helps tremendously), the time, and the ability to figure out puzzles you would be able to do it. I read and reread the instructions 10-15 times. I printed out the instructions for Zone, Rough Country (they give you the bolt/wrench sizes for each step where the others don't), and BDS. They are all very similar but the more times you read them the better.
I think this is a tough task to do purely on recommendations from others as everyone has different skill sets but if you watch videos online and read the directions and feel you could save yourself the 1000 bucks on the install (just throwing out a number but that's what it would cost at the minimum here in New England), I would say give it a go. Put aside at least a weekend, another vehicle for side trips, and a 30 rack. Also your knuckles/hands will take a beating trying to get the front diff out but that will heal in a few days so no worries. Haha.

The 4" kits and 6" kits are essentially the exact same installs but with different height spacers and rear coils. You really won't see a difference in time between the two.

Sorry for the novel everyone, but I don't feel like going to bed and decided to share my experiences. Good luck to the OP, and I hope you know your limits and if this seems within it, then give its go and post pictures!
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Great novel and bit of information!! I'll be doing the Zone 4" hopefully soon!!
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Great novel and bit of information!! I'll be doing the Zone 4" hopefully soon!!
Good luck!!! You'll be fine and if you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Thank ya Sir! I'll be doing it Good Friday.
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Between 3-4 guys, should take a case of beer and a Saturday. If its just yourself, probably plan on the whole weekend.
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