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Grit dog

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Posted: 02/03/21 11:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jnoflane2, nice work! I’m sure will be a Uuuuge improvement!

PS, don’t mind the haterz...
Interested to hear your take after loading it up on a trip.
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Question, since you’ve now used 2 different types of the inside the springs airbags.
How much actual load capacity do you think they provide?
Aka, were the old ones pumped up in the first pic?

I’ve now got a coil spring Ram 2500. Brodozer lookin thing. Don’t really need more suspension capacity for most of what I do but it’s got a 6”/4” lift. The rear coils are OE sitting on 4” spacers and truck is leveled. Being rather cushy for a 2500 it also gets a little Carolina squat just hooking my enclosed trailer. Handles great but looks ghey.

Don’t really want the expense of adding real bags and spacers for what little extra support I need. And these bags may be the ticket if they increase the initial spring rate enough

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In the first pic, I don't see a WD hitch. hopefully you just had it hooked up for the picture.

As far as 3/4, 1 tons riding rough. if you option a ram 2500 with rear air suspension it will ride nice. in fact most all 3/4 tons from the last 10 years ride nice!


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Posted: 02/03/21 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jnoflane2 wrote:

Everyone knows that the Ram 1500 has very low GVWR. Well I would go a step further after towing with it for four years, when close to the maximum, it is under-sprung and sometimes dangerous.

I did end up adding air bags, but simply wanted a more stable platform, and I am NOT buying a 3/4 or 1 ton that rides rough when empty. I should also say that I have no intentions to exceed the maximum allowed by Ram.... I just want more firmness and stability.

So...... I added HD Progressive Springs and the Air Lift 1000HD.

Here is what our rig normally looks like when leaving for a camping trip.


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Here are the pics of what I did.......

The pic of the truck is a little dark and hard to see, but the Billstein's up front raise the truck 1.8" and the TTC-1223VT Springs raise the rear 2". Those are 34's on those 20" rims.

Can't wait to hit the road on our next camping trip. Since I have added the necessary bits and pieces to our camper to make it "Four Seasons", we will take it up to the mountains a couple of times in February and March, as a base camp for a long weekend of skiing.


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Great job! Now it sits level when it's overloaded!


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Posted: 02/03/21 02:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Overloaded. Need a bigger truck to be safe and within numbers. No hate


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QCMan wrote:

I didn't see where you upgraded the parts that actually do the work, the axle shafts and bearings. Sorry but I cannot understand how adding more weight to the vehicle can increase the payload. All you are doing is compensating for the overload. Not any safer at all!
I don't think the parts that actually do the work are overloaded. Just the soft springs. That's the case for my similar setup anyhow.


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Posted: 02/03/21 02:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Curious how folks know the OP is not over/under his TV’s ratings...

Unless the OP posted actual weights from visiting a scale that I’ve missed.

OP...please post your TV’s GVWR and the RGAWR...then load up as if going camping with the trailer hooked up and weigh it, axle by axle. Then post those numbers.

Otherwise, everyone, including the OP is only guessing...


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Posted: 02/03/21 02:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How about drive it on a scale and post the numbers?


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Posted: 02/03/21 03:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Newer HD trucks will beat you up a little bit on rougher dirt roads, but for the most part they ride just fine and certainly not enough rougher than a half ton to cause any significant comfort difference. The main thing is to air down those rear tires a bit when you're not loaded up.


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Did you get rid of the squishey P tires?
Sorry I did not research.


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