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timmac
07-23-2008, 03:07 PM
thinking about putting a 6 inch fabtech suspension on my 05 dodge ram 4x4. any pro/cons to this? would you go with a susp. lift or a body lift? thanks

TXNSLighting
07-23-2008, 07:11 PM
suspension only! not a fan of body lifts. fabtech is one of the best around. IMO

Hawg City Lawns
07-24-2008, 01:04 AM
well you going to be using this as a work truck also?

mag360
07-24-2008, 05:00 PM
If I was going for 5 inches of lift I'd split it between body and suspension. A 5inch suspension lift is potentially going to eat u-joints (especially in the front driveshaft of an '02-'08 dodge because it spins even in 2wd).

timmac
07-24-2008, 09:54 PM
6 inch suspension lift is 2200, 3 inch body lift is 850. you got to be nuts to go with both a sus. and body.

DoetschOutdoor
07-24-2008, 10:14 PM
Screw the body lift, I cant stand seeing trucks with them and seeing the gaps they make everywhere. Granted some people get new bumper brackets or whatever but I'd just skip the body lift. Not positive but is your trucks IFS? Do you have good support around you to where your sure you can get the truck aligned and what not?

South Florida Lawns
07-24-2008, 10:44 PM
My buddy just sold his 03' Dodge 1500. It was lifted on 37's. That truck sat broke almost every other month out of the year. I would not lift an ifs 4x4 ever, unless you only drive on the street. Or if plan on replacing a bunch of drive train components.

mag360
07-25-2008, 10:43 AM
6 inch suspension lift is 2200, 3 inch body lift is 850. you got to be nuts to go with both a sus. and body.

A 2-3inch suspension lift is $300-$1000 and won't wear driveline components as fast. You save money coming and going and wind up with the same tire clearance and body height. It all depends on what you want to do with the truck but I'm no stranger to lifted Dodges. (are you in a 1500 or 2500).

timmac
07-25-2008, 11:29 AM
1500 and I am mainly on the street. i dont plan to do any offroading. going mainly for the look. The prices I included earlier are for installation too. I want more than 3 inches. Is a 6 inch sus. lift too much? That is the one I am leaning toward. The place I'm getting it done is owned by a man that has been doing lifts for 40 years. He is supposed to be the best front end guy around. HIghly recommended by lots of guys around here. thanks

mag360
07-25-2008, 11:42 AM
$2200 including install is a pretty good price for a 6inch lift.

You may want to ask his opinion on going with 2.5-3inch suspension lift (this will save a ton of parts and $$$ on the torsion bar (chevy) front end) plus a 3inch body lift (done properly with bumper relocation brackets and gap guards) for a combined lift of 5.5-6inches. The only 1/2 ton dodge I own is an '08 and the front suspension is different than yours (no torsion bars), I've never owned one of the '02-'05 1500's but my understanding is that you can get a couple inches up front for free via the bars.

Good luck---it will look great either way I'm sure. What size rim and tire combo do you have planned?

KrayzKajun
07-25-2008, 12:35 PM
suspension only! not a fan of body lifts. fabtech is one of the best around. IMO

I have both lifts on my silverado. I prefer the suspension!
Fabtech is definitly the way to go.

wellbuilt
07-26-2008, 03:12 PM
Ive been lifting trucks since 79 and have done lots of lifts .6" is to hi for a work truck. 37" tires are big and wear funny . The only tire ive used since 89 was a bfg ta now i like the BFG MTs I think 35" tires are the best all round . I think you could fit 35 on your truck now, on your stock rims 8". You could get a steel 2.5 spring spacer on ebay for 90 bucks .your truck will look great And you wont have Any problems at all. I lifted a jeep last week in 3 hrs . I had a jeep CJ 7 with a amc 360cin 44" MT side bitters .This jeep was built in the 80s and is still on the road to day with 35s .I have a ford diesel PS with a 6" ilft and BFG At 315s (35s). I drove it home from the dealer and lifted it the same day . body lifts do suck!













35s

mag360
07-27-2008, 12:07 AM
You could get a steel 2.5 spring spacer on ebay for 90 bucks .your truck will look great And you wont have Any problems at all.
35s

Don't order that spacer on ebay---it won't work on an '05. You have torsion bars.

wellbuilt
07-27-2008, 12:24 AM
sorry about the bad imfo ive never seen a 05 TB set up.

timmac
07-27-2008, 08:31 AM
why does a body lift suck?

DoetschOutdoor
07-27-2008, 06:48 PM
Body lifts create gaps in your wheel wells, you have to get new brackets or adjust your bumpers to fit without big gaps, some trucks you have to do steering mods to (not too familiar with that part but I know on my small truck its required) and you really get no benefit of the body lift as your ground clearance is still the same. I'd just go with a small 2 or 3" lift and throw some 35s on there as previously recomended. I too think your truck can fit 35s stock so it would look really good with them and just a little lift. Plus working out of a 6" lifted truck would get old real fast.

KrayzKajun
07-27-2008, 07:18 PM
6 inch suspension lift is 2200, 3 inch body lift is 850. you got to be nuts to go with both a sus. and body.

Bodylift is only $300. where ever you saw $850 is crazy

DBFlawn
07-28-2008, 11:45 AM
Bodylift is only $300. where ever you saw $850 is crazy

1500 and I am mainly on the street. i dont plan to do any offroading. going mainly for the look. The prices I included earlier are for installation too. I want more than 3 inches. Is a 6 inch sus. lift too much? That is the one I am leaning toward. The place I'm getting it done is owned by a man that has been doing lifts for 40 years. He is supposed to be the best front end guy around. HIghly recommended by lots of guys around here. thanks

That price is installed.