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Old 11-10-2011, 07:55 PM
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It seems like the majority of people have a leveling kit on their new Rams. And after a lot of research I came to the conclusion that they are mostly the same design. Thus I purchased a leveling kit from Top Gun Customz and installed it on my 11' Ram 4x4 QC. The level was perfect. The stance is exactly what I wanted.

Problem: The truck is damn near undrivable now. At low speeds <45mph if I hit a bump or off axis dip in the road one side of the front will become uncontrollable. The front tire(s) will feel like it is bouncing non stop. Matter of fact once the bounce begins I could concievably drive straight down the road with the front bouncing non stop. There is a clunking sound associated with it in the right and left front sides depending on how severe the bounce is.

At first I was sure something was loose or the lug nuts needed to be torqued. Everything is 100% tight and a laser alignment was done by an excellent shop.

I'm at a loss now since Top Gun Customz does not respond to my emails and they either dont answer the phone or dont call back.

A friend of mine commented that the geometry of the suspension was altered enough with the 2.5" leveling kit that I am now experiencing bump steer. This would make sense except that the bump does not resolve after the suspension dip.

I'd really appreciate some input or help on this one. I'd be willing to try another kit or new struts, whatever is needed but I cant drive the truck like it is now.

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Old 11-10-2011, 09:11 PM
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That is a classic "death wobble" if I ever heard it. I would advise to get an alignment done and see if that doesn't fix it for you.
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I'm interested to hear more on this even though there's a lot of threads all over. I just ordered a rough country 2.5" leveling kit last week. 2.5" in the front and 1.75" rear. I won't even bother installing it if there's definitely going to be problems in drivability.
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Troy, have your dealer install and warranty it. Worth the few bucks it costs and they cover it under the factory warranty if they install it.
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I have a rough country 2" leveling kit on my truck. I've had my truck since may of this year and the kit went on in june. I have no problems what so ever whether im on road or off. 2 wd or 4 wd. No wobbles, nothing. I had it installed at a reputable 4 x4 shop in NJ and they even aligned it. Its definately a hit or miss upgrade to these trucks.
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i have my truck done at the dealer and my truck drive ok and it still have the same waranty that i had before the leveling kit
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I have the Bilstein adjustable 5100's installed and have No wobble at all in 2wd or 4wd at any speed. I have heard far less issue with people installing the 5100's as opposed to the spacers.
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That is a classic "death wobble" if I ever heard it. I would advise to get an alignment done and see if that doesn't fix it for you.
I was under the impression that the death wobble was only in 4wheel drive.

This happens on dry pavement and whenever I hit a tiny bump in the road. I dont see any difference in the rough country kit and the top gun customz. I guess I'll have to rip the leveling kit out and go talk to the dealer. I'm sure the dealer will tell me to pound sand when the same issue arises though.....
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Have you had the truck aligned?
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He said he had a laser alignment done (not that I know what a laser alignment is...) but anyway it is not bump steer, the suspension is perfectly symmetrical so it is impossible to get bumps steer on these trucks and just about any modern vehicle.
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