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I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts.
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Looks good, those Coopers have a nice sidewall that give the truck a bit of aggressiveness on a reasonable tire for a DD. Nice pic of the tires with you and the little guy in the bumper reflection.
On my last two trucks, which were both 1500's, I had the Bilstein's at 2.1" and I really liked the look but it was tough not to look overloaded while towing my camper, even with Airlift 1000's. Even so, it was a "must have" mod. Now I'm in the same position with my 2500- trying to find the right height for a little better stance without sacrificing towing.
 
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I‘ve never seen those coopers before, didn’t know they had an A/T tire with that aggressive of a sidewall.

You have some rake left which is what I want. My current rake at stock is exactly 2” so I’m going with an 1.5” level. We’ll see how it turns out
 

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Good choices that turned out perfect. Looks nice. Cooper AT/3 have always rated very high.
 
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I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts. View attachment 132467 View attachment 132468 View attachment 132469 View attachment 132470 View attachment 132471 View attachment 132472 View attachment 132473 View attachment 132474
Any way you can send a link to the Bilsteins? Just bought my first truck, same as yours in white, and want to level the front end with the rear. Seems like Bilsteins are the preferred method to the puck level attached to the top of the springs.
 

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Looks good, those Coopers have a nice sidewall that give the truck a bit of aggressiveness on a reasonable tire for a DD. Nice pic of the tires with you and the little guy in the bumper reflection.
On my last two trucks, which were both 1500's, I had the Bilstein's at 2.1" and I really liked the look but it was tough not to look overloaded while towing my camper, even with Airlift 1000's. Even so, it was a "must have" mod. Now I'm in the same position with my 2500- trying to find the right height for a little better stance without sacrificing towing.
Ha! Didn’t realize you could see my son in the reflection. But yeah I don’t do much towing. Sold the boat before the kid was born. Mostly commute to work and the “off-roading” I do is just at the deer lease. So these simple setups are perfect for my use.
 

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Thanks for this! I have the same truck except 2016 in Black. What are the settings options on the Bilsteins? Can you set them for 2.5 or 2.7? I want to eliminate as much rake as possible without ending up nose high.
 

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Thanks for sharing! This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about. I did the Bilstiens at 2.1 also and it leveled out the truck nicely. I’m waiting for my stock tires to wear out before I go bigger. I was really trying to figure out what size to get. Now I know. Yours looks perfect!

I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts. View attachment 132467 View attachment 132468 View attachment 132469 View attachment 132470 View attachment 132471 View attachment 132472 View attachment 132473 View attachment 132474
 

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I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts. View attachment 132467 View attachment 132468 View attachment 132469 View attachment 132470 View attachment 132471 View attachment 132472 View attachment 132473 View attachment 132474
Looks really good. I have a 2016 Ram with the Bilsteins also set at 2.1 and have had zero issues. Rides great and mine sits perfectly level. I kept the factory 20 inch wheels for awhile and put on Nitto Ridge Grapplers in 35x11.5R20. I love love love these tires. My dad always buys the same Coopers you got and he swears by them though. I had no rubbing issues with the factory wheels but when I put on some aftermarket wheels with a -19 offset I had to heat up and reform the plastic in the wheel wells and beat in some metal behind it. No problems now. Only reason I went with the Nittos is because I wanted a non-metric size printed on the side. I love seeing 35 printed on the side. LOL
 

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Thanks for this! I have the same truck except 2016 in Black. What are the settings options on the Bilsteins? Can you set them for 2.5 or 2.7? I want to eliminate as much rake as possible without ending up nose high.
Mick G,
The Bilstein settings are 0.0 (stock), 0.7, 1.4, 2.1, and 2.8 inches. Some people say 2.1 is level, some say 2.8. I also have a 2016, it is the Lonestar edition, it is set at 2.1, and I think it is perfectly level. If anything it is still slightly raked, definitely not nose high. My buddy has his at 2.8 and it looks a little nose high to me and he also blew out a ball joint and had to upgrade his UCA to keep that from happening. I say 2.1 is perfect.
 

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Thanks for sharing! This is exactly what I’ve been thinking about. I did the Bilstiens at 2.1 also and it leveled out the truck nicely. I’m waiting for my stock tires to wear out before I go bigger. I was really trying to figure out what size to get. Now I know. Yours looks perfect!
Thanks! I read somewhere this was the largest tire you could fit without rubbing issues. I was skeptical of the 12.5” wide. I’ve had this size twice and no issues either time.
 

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I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts. View attachment 132467 View attachment 132468 View attachment 132469 View attachment 132470 View attachment 132471 View attachment 132472 View attachment 132473 View attachment 132474
I have a 2017 Ram 1500 4x4, Laramie. Wanted to share pics and dimensions of before, during and after.
First I got tires (no Bilsteins). I only drove it less than 100 miles before getting the Bilsteins put on. Tires are 285/65/R20 Cooper Discoverer AT3 XLT on stock Laramie rims. (No rubbing with or without Bilsteins). I’ve had this setup before on my 2014 Ram but with Nitto Terra Grapler G2s. LINK. Those tires were WAY louder than these Coopers. I’m really impressed with them.

I then got the Bilsteins put on and set at 2.1. Alignment came out really well and in spec with no additional parts. View attachment 132467 View attachment 132468 View attachment 132469 View attachment 132470 View attachment 132471 View attachment 132472 View attachment 132473 View attachment 132474
Did you loose MPG??
 

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I put Cooper AT3 4S P275 60R20 tires on last fall and they never missed a beat all winter. They are not a low rolling resistance tire like the original Goodyears and I have lost 1-2 mpg. The tread seems to be more self-cleaning so I have to clean the wheel wells and body sides a little more often. For those who have leveled their trucks, have you also re-aimed your headlights?
 

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Did you loose MPG??
2 things to consider here. #1 I’ve been in quarantine for COVID and working from home. So I haven’t burned a tank of fuel in over a month. #2 The circumference of the tire is larger. So I’ll have to calculate what my odometer says and multiple by the delta to get the correct mileage to divide by. I’ll report back in a month or so when hopefully we are back at work and I’m burning fuel again. #3 (bonus) it’s a truck...MPG doesn’t matter!
 
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