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Old October 13th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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im looking for a cheap way to lift my 99 dodge ram 1500 sport i want to clear 35s maybe 36s. and i dont want a body lift
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Old October 13th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #2
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Skyjacker has a 2" kit with front coils and rear add a leaves for less than $250. They also have a 3" kit for about $450 that is similar. Other companies have coil spacer lifts too. Depends on what is cheap to you. I don't know how much lift you need either.
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Old October 15th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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or just bolt them on. i did that and only rubbed at full turn. 315/75r16 tires. after about a year of that, i found 3/4 ton springs and installed, gained 5" in the front. Need to do the rear yet. might check to see if you can find some sport model springs, they are taller but yet 1/2 ton.
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Are you saying you gained 5" of lift installing 3/4 ton springs?
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Old October 16th, 2007, 11:41 AM   #5
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I know of people that used 3/4 ton Diesel springs and made plenty of room for 33's and probably clear 35's with little or no rubbing. They still ride pretty well with the stiffer spring rate to.
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Are you saying you gained 5" of lift installing 3/4 ton springs?
He must have had some seriously saggy-ass springs, because that sounds ridiculous. I rubbed the inner fenders and control arms with 315/75's on stock rims on my 98 2500HD. I would also rub 35's with a 2" leveling kit, but 315's would probably fit nicely with the leveling kit and also look proportional.

People forget that rubbing when turning during normal driving = bashing shit when flexing, especially when turning. Just because you can install them, doesn't mean they "fit".

You need a 7" kit to truly wheel 37's without rubbing or damaging anything on a BR. This is my truck back when it was on 37" Nittos and with Skyjacker's 7" Doubleflex kit.



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ok, i had my stock 1500 truck. put 315/75r16 on from a friend, ran them for a weekend at silver lake only with rubbing at full lock. and that was bashing it around, no rubbing otherwise.

and yes i measured the truck before hand and i gained over 5" of lift. why is that so hard to comprehend? the front end did not sag at all. i went from 1500 springs to 2500 diesle springs. the front end is probley over 1500-2000 lb lighter over the diesle engine/tranny.

ive got pictures of it stock and afterwards if you would like.

i did not measure what the rake of the truck was but it looked like every other dodge's rake. if you go to any lift kit site it says you atleast need a 3-4 in to fit 35's, most likely a 5". i just had a friend that had a dodge , with 3/4 ton springs and the 315/75's so i tried them on my truck and they worked. then i went out and bought a set.






thoes are all before. i can get after the spring change if you want.

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and that was bashing it around, no rubbing otherwise.
What brand discos did you have on the truck?
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What brand discos did you have on the truck?
if its a mud truck flex is over rated.
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Old October 16th, 2007, 08:36 PM   #10
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no discos, i took the swaybar off. and its not just a mud truck
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no discos, i took the swaybar off. and its not just a mud truck
Those pics are with no sway bar?
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2.5" will allow you to clear 35's with the right amount of backspacing.
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Hmm everyone else seems to get about 1-2" of lift max when they switch to diesel springs... since they are just slightly longer then stock but a stiffer rate...
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Hmm everyone else seems to get about 1-2" of lift max when they switch to diesel springs... since they are just slightly longer then stock but a stiffer rate...
Yes, that would explain the lack of flex even without the front swaybar, but the height gain just didn't sound right to me.


Pavementsucks.com is a good place to get more opinions on things like this. There's a higher concentration of Ram owners over there.
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Old October 17th, 2007, 10:16 AM   #15
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i have 8 inch of lift adn 3 inch body with 37 adn they still rub when ya jump it.

just a thought if u drive as hard as i do.
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im just telling you what ive done to my truck. maybe its not normal and i lucked out, but i gained 5" of lift. btw. the jack in the pic is maxed out.
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thanks for the advice
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not a problem.
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well the trucks getting ready to no longer be the daily driver. so i want to make it as big as i can the cheapest i can and im gonna beat the hell out of it for the fun of it.
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well the trucks getting ready to no longer be the daily driver. so i want to make it as big as i can the cheapest i can and im gonna beat the hell out of it for the fun of it.

Keep in mind those three things may not go together well.
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