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Thread: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

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    Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    I was wanting to get input from some people on if I can use a 2" leveling kit on my 2011 ram 3500 that already has a lift? It has aftermarket linkage arms and believe it is a 6" lift. I have been told I can and that I can not, but have not been provided any technical information on why either way...

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Can you stack lifts? Yes.
    Should you? No.

    Suspension geometry and wheel travel have a lot to do with why you shouldn't stack lifts. Generally speaking, people will do a 6" suspension, and then throw a 2" leveling spacer on the truck for an effective 8" lift; which it sounds like you are trying to do. I will link to a discussion -> https://www.ramforum.com/threads/lif...l-stack.96691/ that goes over the technicals about this.


    The question I have is, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you just simply looking to go from a 6" to a 8" lift? The general recommendation if you are just looking for extra height is to opt for a body lift vs. stacking suspension lifts.


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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by RamIt View Post
    Can you stack lifts? Yes.
    Should you? No.

    Suspension geometry and wheel travel have a lot to do with why you shouldn't stack lifts. Generally speaking, people will do a 6" suspension, and then throw a 2" leveling spacer on the truck for an effective 8" lift; which it sounds like you are trying to do. I will link to a discussion -> https://www.ramforum.com/threads/lif...l-stack.96691/ that goes over the technicals about this.


    The question I have is, what are you trying to accomplish? Are you just simply looking to go from a 6" to a 8" lift? The general recommendation if you are just looking for extra height is to opt for a body lift vs. stacking suspension lifts.
    Couldn't agree more.

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    I am just trying to get it to level out. The nose is about 2" lower that the back of the truck.

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth Scott View Post
    I am just trying to get it to level out. The nose is about 2" lower that the back of the truck.

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    Have you considered lowering the back of the truck vs raising the front?

    The rake is built into the suspension systems to maintain payload capacity with out bottoming the rear out. So keep in mind that removing that rake, will reduce your payload capacity.


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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dude's Diesel Performance View Post
    Couldn't agree more.
    When I jacked it up to check the ball joints, I noticed how much more level it sat. When I measured it, I found it to be about 2.5in difference in height from the axle to the ground.

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by RamIt View Post
    Have you considered lowering the back of the truck vs raising the front?

    The rake is built into the suspension systems to maintain payload capacity with out bottoming the rear out. So keep in mind that removing that rake, will reduce your payload capacity.
    If I remove any of the lift from the rear then it will squat in the rear. Right now, when I am towing my trailer fully loaded it sits level. That's with a 24' young hitch trailer and 4000lb+ car and misc items in the trailer.

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth Scott View Post
    If I remove any of the lift from the rear then it will squat in the rear. Right now, when I am towing my trailer fully loaded it sits level. That's with a 24' young hitch trailer and 4000lb+ car and misc items in the trailer.

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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenneth Scott View Post
    If I remove any of the lift from the rear then it will squat in the rear. Right now, when I am towing my trailer fully loaded it sits level. That's with a 24' young hitch trailer and 4000lb+ car and misc items in the trailer.

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    If you raise the front at all, you're going to squat in the rear too.

    I guess I don't understand your goal. You can't level the truck and not have squat while loaded with a static suspension setup. You need to be looking at air bags for the rear if you want to be level at all times.


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    Re: Can you use a leveling kit on an already lifted Ram 3500?

    Quote Originally Posted by RamIt View Post
    If you raise the front at all, you're going to squat in the rear too.

    I guess I don't understand your goal. You can't level the truck and not have squat while loaded with a static suspension setup. You need to be looking at air bags for the rear if you want to be level at all times.
    I just want to achieve a level ride height when not loaded. I can and will run bags if the need is there. Easiest way to explain it is that it seems that what ever lift kit was used to lift this truck, the springs have possibly been beaten on a bit to much and the nose end is now 2" lower than it would be if the ride height set the truck almost level. I say almost because it still will sit higher, but would not have the nose dive it currently has.

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