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Old 10-24-2011, 02:22 PM
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OK so heres the Scenario....

Ive always bought my trucks with lifts already done (second hand)

This year i needed something newer with more room and what not sooo i bought a:

2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab Outdoorsman (SLT).

I want to put some 35x12.5x20R. at the moment I only want to Level the front, because im going to be purchasing the rims, tires and kit all at once, so the 6" suspension is out of the question right now.

Also, i will add that i will not be able to do the job myself, im simply not home long enough to be messin with it. So of course im going to have to pay more than its actually worth for an offroad shop to do it. (i have 2 in mind, both quoted the same)

I dont want to do too much more on it at once because with the rims, tires and leveling kit, ill be pushing around 3k if not more.

My questions are:

Can I fit 35" on my truck with just a leveling kit? (the guy at the 4x4 shop said they can shave the bumper/fender if it rubs... which im not extremely comfortable with)

How would this effect my "ride"?

Any suggestions on alternate options?

I will stick with this lift for probably about a year or so before adding a 6" suspension lift, so its more or less a temporary lift so i can add my purdy tires.

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hello and welcome, any pics of the truck?
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Not sure with a 2011, but I know with the 2002 a leveling kit you can put a 35" tire on and there (as I am told) should be little to no rub, minor rub may come at full lock. Hope this helps or someone can correct me
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You should be able to fit those tires with a leveling kit with wheel spacers or if your wheels have an offset of around 0 to -25mm
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No pics of the truck... the rims will have an offset of 0 i am told.

So the leveling kit shouldnt mess with the comfort of the ride? i was reading some other threads and i believe i read something about lots of vibrations from the kits (not from mud tires)
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not too sure about a 2011 but my 95 dodge has a 3 inch level and no vibrations other than what i had before. (truck needs some tlc but still runs like a champ)
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There are a few here that have used the 2" spacer and run 35" I am sure they will chime in here really soon. I was going to run 35 at first like you were but instead decided to just wait to get it all together. I now have my 6" lift on, running 37s and getting gears done here really shortly... If you are planning on doing a 6" eventually, those 2" could wait, you will lose that 2" space anyway up front when you install the lift. Money that could be saved. To each his own though... Show some pics of the new Outdoorsman.. We love pic around here...
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From what I've seen, the outdoorsman is the same as the trx4 and has adiffent front suspension. The vibrations you hear of are absolutely true. The only way to level them with no issues is to upgrade the cv with a high angle one. Kore makes these for our 4th gens. Second step to the level would be bilstein 5100s in the front.

Been looking into this myself for a while, and this seems to be the only way to level our trucks safely. End cost will be around 1300 or so. I've been saving for mine...
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Some mixed comments already but heres my $0.02
If your planning a lift, definitely go with bilstien adjustables. They are pricey but they are the best adjustable shock and one of the best shocks you can install. You can also reuse them with your lift so your truck won't have a rake will lifted.
You can pick the height you want. The higher you go, the higher chance you have of getting vibrations. Some have installed them at 2.8" of lift without problems, some have reported a slight vibration at 10-15 mphwhile in 4x4. You can go with the 1.xx" setting if you don't want to risk vibrations.
As far as I know the outdoorsman doesnt have any suspension difference from other 1500. The trx4 had 1" taller springs. The 95 and 02 are entirely different suspension setups as well.
If I were you and planning a lift in the long run I would just go with a metric tire up to a 305 mm cross width to avoid rubbing(a 275/65/20 is theoretically 34" high)For now. Once you have the wheels and lift you will have now problems fitting a 12.5" wide tire
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