I have a 1999 dodge ram 1500 5.9 sport that is going to be due for tires within the next several months (More on why this is relevant later). I currently have a 3 inch lift with stock length monroe shocks. I was wondering if I could do a few things...
1: Install 2500 shocks in the front. Ive read that they increase height 1.5-2.0 inches. They also will reduce the amount of blocks, etc and therefore are somewhat more stable IMHO. Cost 50$ compared to 150$ for spacers.
2. Install rough country add-a-leaf in rear. Estimated lift is 1.5-2.0 inches so itll be about right. I may, depending on how much increase I get, have to fabricate a small metal spacer to even up the heights.
3. Add "shock extensions" to increase length of shocks. I don't do anything heavy on my truck as far as extending suspension and doing mud runs, so shock extensions will be ok for my purposes. I will have to remount bump stop to prevent bottoming out the shock. The other way already happens as the solid axle design uses shocks to hold the axle from falling off (I assume anyways, nothing else does except hoses and stuff.
4. Move bump stops in rear as well as fabricating bracket extension for shocks.
5. Check all break lines, electrical wires, and vacuum hose for front axle for length issues.
6. Install a nice set of 18inch rims with 35 inch tires. This basically is the whole reason for lifting truck...to run 35s. I know you can run 35 in a 3 inch lift, but I've heard its asking for trouble.
7. Figure out differential swap. Currently running 3.53 gears I think. Probably should swap out for a 3.73 at least.
What you all think? Is it doable? I think I feel safer with spring swaps as opposed to block additions. I can get a superlift 5inch block lift for rear with u bolts for 75$, but I don't want 5inch blocks. I wouldnt feel safe even with bars to support the axle because of side to side movement. Spring lift will also only cost me around 200$. Not much considering a good 4 or 5 inch lift is much more. Not looking foward to the upcoming 1400$ bill on MT Bajas and probably 600$ on wheels. Friggin' money pit...