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To Lift or not to Lift? 04 dodge ram 1500 SLT


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04dodgeram1500
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Apr 21, 2017, 3:50 PM

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Asking advice on lifting my truck.

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4.7L (four door)

Looking at the rough Country 6" lift kit and still doing research. I know the factory rims will need spacers or aftermarket wheels. My question is for any mechanics to weigh in on proper alignment after the fact.

If I do in fact lift my truck, Will I have problems with the alignment after I have it properly aligned at a shop?
What other problems, if any, should I expect to have?
Also, does anyone know what size spacers I should purchase temporarily for my factory wheels?
I read somewhere my factory rims are 5.5" backspacing (20" factory rims). The kit requires 4.5" of backspacing.
Seems like I need 1" spacers, Should I go 2 inch? will I have problems with 2"?

This is the kit I am looking at.
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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Apr 21, 2017, 8:14 PM)


Hammer Time
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Apr 21, 2017, 8:20 PM

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I wouldn't modify the suspension in any way. Engineers are paid a lot of money to design a system that all works in harmony. All you will have is problems with a lift kit.

The driveshaft angles will cause U-joint problems
The alignment cannot be set correctly.
The original geometry is gone forever
You will constantly see very excessive wear in all suspension and steering components.
Putting spacers in you wheels will destroy the wheel bearing
Brake lines and hoses will constantly be stressed and stretched
Numerous unforeseen issues.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Apr 21, 2017, 8:22 PM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Apr 22, 2017, 2:18 AM

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Just don't. Ditto w HT - mega millions goes into the design and geometry and still trucks handle like crap. Mopars meaning Chrysler put a lot into chassis design to finally compete with GM and Ford and went bankrupt over it! Note the first name is now FIAT.


If you want this type toy go for a GM as IMO the most junk to do so is already out there but go back pre smog years and start with only a frame and bottomless wallet to do this and constant headaches if you use it more than just fun and spare time, shows etc.


This renders the truck illegal to use on public roads where I live without insane documentation that it's safe for newer model years including all emission controls.


Basically if you have to ask at all this isn't for you,


T



kev2
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Apr 22, 2017, 6:22 AM

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NO - keep it stock.






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