Levelling or 3” lift that rides as close to stock as possible

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I did Bilstein w/Eibach spring at stock setting . That gave me about 2" I did Eibach spring in the rear to maintain some rake being I have the performance hood which looks kind of backwards when the trucks are level . I then added a 1.5" body lift. I have had many rams with many different combos and other than my 03 that had torsion bar front end this combo rides the best . Staying away from heavy E rated tires helped also. I do believe if I put the Eibach springs on the OE struts it would be even better but have not tried that yet but probably will out of curiosity. Don't go by my avitar as thats not up to date
 
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I have a budget level on my 2018 CC. I went with the Bilstein 5100’s front and rear. The ride is a bit more firm than stock. To explain that a bit better, the ride over rougher terrain like railroad tracks, washboards and mildly rutted dirt roads is far better than stock. Seems to absorb the bumps better especially at higher speeds. The firmness is more noticeable over smaller road imperfections at slower speeds. Not harsh but more noticeable. I personally like the bit more firm ride especially on corners or twisting roads. I don’t tow or do actual off roading. My truck does see it’s fair share of gravel and dirt roads when I go hiking. Rutted washed out logging roads are common and the Bilsteins do a very good job on that terrain. You also won’t need new UCAs with the Bilsteins. I gained 2 inches in the front and have 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of rake on the 2.1 setting. I tried the 2.8 but was nose high probably because I have a V6 and it’s lighter than the hemi. The 5100’s can absolutely be installed by someone with modest mechanical ability. You will need to compress the springs and good luck saving the top mounts! With new top mounts and the Bils all around I have about $700 into it but that was April 2021 prices. Nick at gotehaust is a vendor on this form with great prices and fast service.
 

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A lot of good examples here. A summary is Bilstein 5100’s are not meant to be maxed out at its 2.8 setting. It drastically degrades the around town ride as mentioned. The Bilstein 6112’s are a completely different animal. Since they do not use the factory coils and big body dampeners are just better on heavy trucks
 
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Well, after a bunch of research and checking out specs, reviews, advice off here from various sources, I’ve made a decision on what I’m going to do.

Some might agree it’s a good idea, others will say I should have done this or that, but in the end it comes down to my decision, my wallet and what I’m willing to put the money out on, so I’m hoping I’m making a good decision with a kit that is affordable for my budget.

I am going for the ReadyLift 4” SST lift kit, with Bilstein rear shocks, 20x9 (+1) Fuel Assault wheels with a set of Toyo Open Country AT3 LT 35x12.5 tires. Seems to be a decent kit, cas the UCA, brackets to lower the front and rear sway bars to correct angles, parts are backed up by a pretty good warranty by ReadyLift, and wheels that should look pretty sweet.

I’ll probably make a separate post in the appropriate forum when it’s all said and done with a review on the kit, the wheels, figment, how it rides, road noise and all that stuff.

Wish me luck!?!?
 

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Well, after a bunch of research and checking out specs, reviews, advice off here from various sources, I’ve made a decision on what I’m going to do.

Some might agree it’s a good idea, others will say I should have done this or that, but in the end it comes down to my decision, my wallet and what I’m willing to put the money out on, so I’m hoping I’m making a good decision with a kit that is affordable for my budget.

I am going for the ReadyLift 4” SST lift kit, with Bilstein rear shocks, 20x9 (+1) Fuel Assault wheels with a set of Toyo Open Country AT3 LT 35x12.5 tires. Seems to be a decent kit, cas the UCA, brackets to lower the front and rear sway bars to correct angles, parts are backed up by a pretty good warranty by ReadyLift, and wheels that should look pretty sweet.

I’ll probably make a separate post in the appropriate forum when it’s all said and done with a review on the kit, the wheels, figment, how it rides, road noise and all that stuff.

Wish me luck!?!?
Sounds like it's gonna be an awesome ride!! Post pics when you're done please.

Oh, and good luck.
 
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Well, after a bunch of research and checking out specs, reviews, advice off here from various sources, I’ve made a decision on what I’m going to do.

Some might agree it’s a good idea, others will say I should have done this or that, but in the end it comes down to my decision, my wallet and what I’m willing to put the money out on, so I’m hoping I’m making a good decision with a kit that is affordable for my budget.

I am going for the ReadyLift 4” SST lift kit, with Bilstein rear shocks, 20x9 (+1) Fuel Assault wheels with a set of Toyo Open Country AT3 LT 35x12.5 tires. Seems to be a decent kit, cas the UCA, brackets to lower the front and rear sway bars to correct angles, parts are backed up by a pretty good warranty by ReadyLift, and wheels that should look pretty sweet.

I’ll probably make a separate post in the appropriate forum when it’s all said and done with a review on the kit, the wheels, figment, how it rides, road noise and all that stuff.

Wish me luck!?!?
I thought you had tight clearance fitting in your garage?
This kit is going to net your roof line 5+ inches
Factoring in the larger wheels

I do like the Readylift kit, the Fuel wheels and my all time favorite tire combo.
 

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Hello all,

I’ve seen a lot of posts that hit on this topic but often don’t 100% apply to what I’m looking for here, or go off onto a tangent that is completely off the trail of the info I’m looking for, so I’ll try to be as accurate and detailed in my question as I can be to avoid confusion or having this too closely related to previous posts.

I’m looking into a levelling kit or small 3” lift kit for my Ram 1500 Classic - 4x4 5.7L gas - crew cab 5’6” regular bed - stock 20” wheels with stock tire size.

After a level or small lift I MIGHT use some 1.5” to 2” max wheel spacers to get the wheels a little further out and aggressive looking, of course with quality hub-centric parts.

Specifically I want it to have as close to factory ride quality as possible, not rough, no issues over bumps on the highway/freeway etc. and I want to avoid ‘pucks” above the strut and more specifically, avoid the pre tension spacers that go between the spring and strut hat.

I’ve read good and terrible reviews of the Rough Country N3 drop in strut assembly with spring units and 3” lift kit (their sku #31231) and I’ve heard good things about the Bilstein 5100 and even better, 6112 complete strut assemblies. I’m not rich so I don’t want recommendations of $4000+ suspension kits, but I also know that you get what you pay for, and cheap kits or components often lack quality and result in a harsh ride, components failing and disappointment in the end.

Also I will be using changed out UCA’s (upper control arms with angle correct ball joints) whether with a kit or separately like the ‘Zone’ UCA’s for example.

So I’m curious who has used which kit or components together to achieve a levelled ride height, or even up to a 3” lift and level ride height (within 1/2” front to back - like 3” front and 1” rear lift) and which parts ride the smoothest and closest to factory feel when driving.

I absolutely do NOT want to end up with a harsh ride, noises, creaking or clicking, sketchy behaviour when hitting dips, bumps, uneven roads etc. if that’s the trade off, I won’t do anything at all and leave the truck stock, not worth all those issues for a better ‘look’ and slightly taller ride height.

(PS I cannot go any higher than a 3” lift or the truck won’t fit in my garage, which is a necessity for me/us since our outdoor parking spot is flanked by an old guy who cannot park straight or between two painted lines to save his life, and a big dually tow truck that hugs the line on the other side of our spot. That’s why our 2008 Dodge caravan is parked there lol, at least we can still get in and out no matter how the neighbours park, and I don’t care if their door hits the van lol!!!)

Thanks for any info, tips, reviews and pointing me in the right direction ahead of time.

Cheers all!
2015 Ram ecodiesel. 3" front heavy duty springs in back. 35 inch tires on 17" rims. I had a local tire and suspension shop install a readylift 3" coilovers with drop upper A arms. 1 inch spacer in back. Used HD rear springs to get rid of the spacers and keep the same height. Drives great. The difference in ride from stock is almost unnoticeable. They would not install the 4" readylift I bought from 4wheelparts.com. kinda glad they wouldn't. But the lift they sold with labor was around $1300. The lift I bought online was more expensive than that. And I didn't have to do the install. So I would suggest calling around to see who around you installs what if you are in a well populated area. Was way better than wasting my time and hairline installing myself.
 
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I thought you had tight clearance fitting in your garage?
This kit is going to net your roof line 5+ inches
Factoring in the larger wheels

I do like the Readylift kit, the Fuel wheels and my all time favorite tire combo.
I should be good with clearance, at least hoping so. The lift is 4” in front and 2” in back, the tires although 35’s only really measure 34.5” inflated I believe, and I have around 6.5” of clearance as of right now. So I am hoping it fits or barely sneaks under the garage door opening lol.

If it doesn’t we do have an outdoor spot, I just prefer to keep the truck parked away from prying eyes and careless people who park close to the line and probably don’t watch their doors when they open them. But if worst comes to worst, I can park outside.

I’ll post pics when it’s all done and especially how close the roof is when I test it out on return home with it lifted.
 

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I should be good with clearance, at least hoping so. The lift is 4” in front and 2” in back, the tires although 35’s only really measure 34.5” inflated I believe, and I have around 6.5” of clearance as of right now. So I am hoping it fits or barely sneaks under the garage door opening lol.

If it doesn’t we do have an outdoor spot, I just prefer to keep the truck parked away from prying eyes and careless people who park close to the line and probably don’t watch their doors when they open them. But if worst comes to worst, I can park outside.

I’ll post pics when it’s all done and especially how close the roof is when I test it out on return home with it lifted.
Awesome. Park under the door at the highest point and measure. I have done a few where we cheat the readylift kit to loose an inch. Better to be exact and do it once. If you’re a 1/2” from clearing you’re gonna be ******.
 
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