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Suspension Lift Kit 1995 2WD 1500

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Old 07-02-2010, 05:56 AM
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Default Suspension Lift Kit 1995 2WD 1500

Hey. I am looking to get a suspension lift for my 2wd '95 1500 ram. I know very little when it comes to lifts kits or anything regarding working on my truck. It is stock at the moment and I have only done things to the exhaust, as well as a few other minor additions.

If anybody knows any good suspension kits I could look into I'd really appreciate it. I am also going for the flared fender (trophy truck) look, if anybody knows anything about that as well. Also, I'd like the front to sit maybe a LITTLE higher than the back.

Again any ideas / details / info is greatly appreciated. thanks
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Old 07-02-2010, 06:44 AM
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are you looking to level it? or lift it? because its a 2wd. id advise agains lifting a 2wd. now if your lookin to level it, thats a nother thing
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:25 AM
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yea lifts are not meant to be on 2wd but i mean doesnt mean u cant. just if ur gonna lift it, i imagine ur wantin bigger tires? and on a 2wd thats alot of weight for those gears and axles to turn. its totally up to you. you can get a 3" body lift, or u could just do a coil spacers on the front and a add-a-leaf on the back to get like 2-3" out of it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:03 AM
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like he said, if your gonna do it you might wanna upgrade to like 4:11's. depends on what size tires you plan to run
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:14 AM
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Ok here is what I did, I lifted my truck 2.5 in the front with new springs, and the rear 1.75 with new shackles, it sits almost exactly an inch higher in the back than the front which in turn makes the truck look perfectly level.

Now my suggestion to you if your looking for the front to look higher and have that cali lean going on, go with either a spacer from daystar or with lift springs depending on how much sag you have now it would be smarter to go with the coils. If you go with 2.5 over stock you can keep the rest stock minus the shocks once you hit 3 inches you need to get some upper control arms, or you can pick up some 3inch lift spindles and keep your stock geometry. Problem with upgrading spindles is that you need different rims

My mechanic had no problems with my alignment with my coils and right now im still riding on stock shocks, Im running 285/75/16 Definity dakota M/t's with no rub at all and I think they look good on the truck, I did upgrade rims but they still have the factory 5in bs but are 8in wide vs 7in so they stick out an inch farther than stock.

I installed my lift myself and was really easy, if you can change your brakes most likely you can accomplish the front end with ease and if your a little bit worried pick up a haynes manual and call it a day.

If you want to lift it higher look around I think fabtech makes a kit and just found out rancho makes a 4inch kit but I think its a little too much money and work for it, do a search because someone just installed it on here maybe a week ago
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:36 AM
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yea lifts are not meant to be on 2wd
My Expedition has a "lift", is 2WD, and it would fly on by anyone here off road..

OP, as far as 2WD check out AIM industries.(If you can even find them anymore) They had a midtravel front kit for our Rams. It was uppers and lowers, not sure what spindle it used.
Whatever you do don't do spacers. If you are on a budget and just want look but not functionality, go with Doetsch lift spindles. They are in the shop down the street from me and they make good stuff. Pretty good prices also.
Don't let these 4wd fanboys ride your nuts, most of em' have no idea what a properly equipped truck with longtravel can do!
Hit me up if you have any questions, I build suspension for a living and can lend you more info.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:40 AM
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Oh, and if you want Fiberglass Check out Glassworks unlimited for their glass. They make a 3" flare set of fenders that would go perfectly with the doetsch spindles.
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Old 07-02-2010, 10:54 AM
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ha u just cant let it go can you Big Red? its ok. i let you have ur time to shine. im sure u could fly on by, but only when were going across the desert, now put ur 2wd in a mud pit then lets see. thats what 99% of us here do, so yea, u have ur style we have ours, dont hate.
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Old 07-02-2010, 11:12 AM
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I'm not hating on anyone. This thread is about a 2WD truck, You started it. GTFover it. I've had plenty of fun in the mud. Here's some high suction dezert mud. About a billion% glay, its like clue. I flew right on through with my bald procomp's. There's something about hitting mud at 60mph that makes it so awesome!

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I've got a great picture of my friend mobbin his 2WD Taco on Jeep trails. His solution for no 4WD? Just go faster! Life's nice when you have over 2 feet of wheel travel.

I build trucks for a living. 2WD, 4WD, even the occasional 6wd setup. All have their strengths and weaknesses. However 4WD is useless at speed, and it's just so satisfying seeing a "lowly" 2WD vehicle blast by a 4x4 redneckwagon.
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And for the record, I don't dislike 4WD trucks at all. Before my Expy, my project was an 86 Bronkydonks. 35's on a bone stock truck, wish my Ram could do that!


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Old 07-02-2010, 12:45 PM
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Yes, I agree, there isn't anything wrong with lifting a 2WD. If your going with the Prerunner look, spindles would most likely be your best bet IMO. They do keep your original geometry, and they also widen your front wheel stance 2-3". But from what I remember seeing, Doetsch spindles allow stock rims? Check their website and verfiy. www.doetsch-shocks.com. Fabtech also makes a very large or mildly large lift kit. You can get a total of 6.5" of lift with one of their lift kits. The mild kits give you 3", consisting of either Upper Arms and Springs, or Spindles. Combine the two, and you get the 6.5" Ultimate Lift. Keep in mind these are not "race" ready suspension lifts. A little offroad fun wouldn't hurt, but an all out desert run might not be a good idea. IF your looking for looks and some functionality, look up those two companys, if your looking for a real longtravel kit, something like KORE would be your answer.

Rancho no longer makes that lift kit BigRed had mentioned earr. The last person to post that he had just installed that same kit, purchased it back in 07. I had been looking for the same kit, but Rancho claimed it is no more.

There are plenty of us 2WD's that have a perfectly fine time playing in the sand and mud. If you can get through mud and crap without needing 4WD, you know your good
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Please don't buy Fabtech. They are the ****'s of the offroad world. And I never mentioned Rancho..

Otherwise, lots of good info in your post!
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My Expedition has a "lift", is 2WD, and it would fly on by anyone here off road..

OP, as far as 2WD check out AIM industries.(If you can even find them anymore) They had a midtravel front kit for our Rams. It was uppers and lowers, not sure what spindle it used.
Whatever you do don't do spacers. If you are on a budget and just want look but not functionality, go with Doetsch lift spindles. They are in the shop down the street from me and they make good stuff. Pretty good prices also.
Don't let these 4wd fanboys ride your nuts, most of em' have no idea what a properly equipped truck with longtravel can do!
Hit me up if you have any questions, I build suspension for a living and can lend you more info.

I have Doetsch tech spindles..I love em. They work great offroad and you only have to trim your lower control arms a little around the ball joint end.
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Please don't buy Fabtech. They are the ****'s of the offroad world. And I never mentioned Rancho..

Otherwise, lots of good info in your post!
My bad. I got mixed up with redhead lol.
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That's ok. I've got a thing for Redheads anyways..
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Yea I said something about the rancho and just looked at the site I saw it on before and it looks like they discountinued it

Yea both 2wd and 4x4 have their advantages the biggest difference I have noticed is getting out of a hole that you have to climb out of is were the 4x4 trucks show what there made of, as long as it slopes out slowly us 2wd do ok and its hard to get up speed going through a trail with trees on both sides then you end up like my friends bronco with busted up doors and panels
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Just bumping up a great thread....does anyone have anything else to add. Im considering a 3" front lift with spindles and 2.5" for the rear.

Information is greatly appreciated.
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Im about to add that to mine... I have 3" spacers in the coils and a 3" body lift. So with that I'll have 9" in the front and 7" in the back to sit level and prolly clear 36"s..
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With nine inches of lift, you could prolly clear 38's without too much trouble.....
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I heard there quick and easy to install however in wondering what else you have to modify to install em, and if my 15" rims will work...
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