New Coilovers with 6 Inch BDS lift

Disclaimer: Links on this page pointing to Amazon, eBay and other sites may include affiliate code. If you click them and make a purchase, we may earn a small commission.

OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
Just an fyi to anybody in the future, according to BDS, they have redesigned the tie rod ends to be pregreased and non servicable. Feeling the boot, there doesn't seem to be much grease in there. I'd probably rather it be greasable.
 
Last edited:

crazykid1994

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2013
Posts
5,040
Reaction score
4,962
Location
Florida
Ram Year
2017
Engine
Hemi 5.7
Thanks for the info fellas. My original inent was not to level it. I just thought I could with what I bought, so I jacked the truck up 2 inches in the front and checked the clearance. Looks like I should have the clearance and I actually quite liked the look leveled out at that height. From what I was able to measure of the spacer, while on the truck, it looks like it is a little over 4 inches, but I suppose that could be deceiving and I won't know 100% until I take it off.

Since im not seeing anything frim fox for the rams at 6 to 8 inches, it sounds like I should order some 2 inch leveling spacers doe the front just in case. Any recommendations?
No. You cannot stack a 2” leveling spacer above those. Your 6” lift uses a 5” spacer above the current strut. You would have been better off with leveling coilovers like mine. That would have put you at 7-7.5” of front lift. You cannot gain that much lift with those 4-6” lift coilovers. You are already at 6” front lift
 
OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
No. You cannot stack a 2” leveling spacer above those. Your 6” lift uses a 5” spacer above the current strut. You would have been better off with leveling coilovers like mine. That would have put you at 7-7.5” of front lift. You cannot gain that much lift with those 4-6” lift coilovers. You are already at 6” front lift
Sorry, I'm still a bit confused. I just remeasured and the current oem strut in there and it is 19.5" and 24.5" with the 5" spacer. The 883-06-073 CO's I have are 26.5". So that should raise my front 2", correct? That may not quite be level, but close. With the 883-06-080 that you have, they're 22.5", which would be 27.5" with the 5" spacer.

I'm really just looking for 2 more inches upfront as a possibility. The option to adjust the coilovers 2 inches down, back to my current height, would be ideal.

Why would a 2 inch spacer ontop of the 883-06-073 not work?

Sorry if I'm being dense, something just isn't clicking for me.

My current height from ground to bottom of my bushwhacker fender flares is about 43" in front
 
Last edited:

crazykid1994

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2013
Posts
5,040
Reaction score
4,962
Location
Florida
Ram Year
2017
Engine
Hemi 5.7
The stock front struts are 22.5” long. My coilovers are stock length at 22.5” but preload for ride height adjustment let’s me go up 2”. Yours are 26.5” so only 4” longer than mine but you can preload them up for 2” more just like I can but your base length is 4” taller than mine. Overall length only tells you where the wheel travel ends. Not actual ride height. Preload adds the 2” more for ride height.
 
OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
The stock front struts are 22.5” long. My coilovers are stock length at 22.5” but preload for ride height adjustment let’s me go up 2”. Yours are 26.5” so only 4” longer than mine but you can preload them up for 2” more just like I can but your base length is 4” taller than mine. Overall length only tells you where the wheel travel ends. Not actual ride height. Preload adds the 2” more for ride height.
Ok so the ones you have give overall ride height adjustment options of 5.5" to 7.5" when the 5" spacer is included then, correct? Again just want to make sure I can keep the height where it is and use the preload to increase 2" from where it is.

I can spend $100 to send back what I have with no restocking fee and get the 883-06-080. Just want to make sure I don't go to install and am screwed lol.

Still not sure why I can't remove the 5" spacer and use a 2" spacer ontop of the 4" longer coilovers.
 

crazykid1994

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 21, 2013
Posts
5,040
Reaction score
4,962
Location
Florida
Ram Year
2017
Engine
Hemi 5.7
Ok so the ones you have give overall ride height adjustment options of 5.5" to 7.5" when the 5" spacer is included then, correct? Again just want to make sure I can keep the height where it is and use the preload to increase 2" from where it is.

I can spend $100 to send back what I have with no restocking fee and get the 883-06-080. Just want to make sure I don't go to install and am screwed lol.

Still not sure why I can't remove the 5" spacer and use a 2" spacer ontop of the 4" longer coilovers.
6” extra is to much added down travel and will blow out the CV axles and without the right upper control arms can damage the upper ball joint as well. The coilovers only allow for 4” extra of down travel to maintain stock geometry. You can run 5” extra which is the included spacer in your kit. You could run a small sandwich spacer like I have. Mine is 1/4” thick which gives me about 1/2” extra lift. The diff drop is 4.5”. It’s all in the geometry. Trying to keep everything within stock geometry. That’s the reason bds sells the 4-6” coilovers that you purchased as replacements for the 5” spacer included in the 6” lift. They don’t offer spacers otherwise it pushes the suspension outside of stock geometry s d can cause damage. You can install yours and set them up to 6.5 or 7” but you are beyond the recommended preload. I’m at 2.5” on mine which is actually .5” above recommended.
 
OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
6” extra is to much added down travel and will blow out the CV axles and without the right upper control arms can damage the upper ball joint as well. The coilovers only allow for 4” extra of down travel to maintain stock geometry. You can run 5” extra which is the included spacer in your kit. You could run a small sandwich spacer like I have. Mine is 1/4” thick which gives me about 1/2” extra lift. The diff drop is 4.5”. It’s all in the geometry. Trying to keep everything within stock geometry. That’s the reason bds sells the 4-6” coilovers that you purchased as replacements for the 5” spacer included in the 6” lift. They don’t offer spacers otherwise it pushes the suspension outside of stock geometry s d can cause damage. You can install yours and set them up to 6.5 or 7” but you are beyond the recommended preload. I’m at 2.5” on mine which is actually .5” above recommended.
Ok, so it sounds like the difference is the 5" spacer being 1" taller than the height difference between 883-06-073 and 883-06-080, which will give 7" of ride height with the 5" lift spacer keeping geometry in spec vs. 6". Sounds like that's the easiest way to keep things uncomplicated. I do have the core 4x4 6+" ucas on the way.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. I'll get these sent back and order the same that you've got. Sounds like 2 inches taller is a pipe dream, but I'll take an inch lol.
 
OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
You can adjust them up higher than 2” but it’s “not recommended”. Like I said though mine are up at 2.5” you could also add something like these. https://motofablifts.com/i-30558239...eqxUm2bouOCBMu8HT0LhBeIkHCWSypxAaAvp_EALw_wcB
I assume you feel ok about all your angles and what not?

Could i just add a one inch spacer with the taller 883-06-073?

I don't fully understand why I can add more spacers with the 883-06-80 but can't add anything with 073.
 
OP
OP
Jwithing

Jwithing

Senior Member
Joined
Mar 27, 2017
Posts
2,330
Reaction score
1,590
Location
STL
Ram Year
2015
Engine
5.7
Wouldn't the 080 with the BDS 5" spacer and the 073 with a 1" spacer be the same ride height?
 
Top