Originally Posted by vortex911
Trail Whale, I looked on the Carli website researching the kit you spoke of previously. It seemed extremly expensive at $4500. Do you mind if I ask What it cost you putting it together the way you did? Do the shocks have to be changed or will the stock ones work with that set up? Dont really want to drop that much ching???
You can go a LOT cheaper, don't worry!!!! I went bling ($5200, OUCH!!!) but, you don't have to do 2.5" Kings and fabricated towers in order to see an advantage! I was talking with a Carli rep, and they said you can run their springs, arms, and trackbar to level the frontend and get good geometry, and still run stock shocks (Power Wagon stock shocks are Bilstein 5100s), you'll just lose a bit of droop travel since the stock shocks will be a bit too short. Or you can sell your stock shocks and go with one of Carli's more basic shock packages so you don't miss out on any travel!
Originally Posted by BgDannyP
The coils in the leveling kit and all the other 3" kits give the same lift as far as I know. I had their starter sytem on my last dodge, I removed two of the factory dodge spacers between the axle and leaf springs in the rear end, and ended up with no rear lift. I gaind just under 3" in the front. The ride and handleing change is drastic, it won't be long till my 2013 gets some Carli parts as well. Mild steel arms, track bar, limit straps, coils / bilstien 5100's and BJ's. I would go for some of the higher end packages, but the price goes up fast, and I don't jump my truck or pretend to be a desert racer. I will add the poly bumpstops from KORE, really the only thing they make that I liked.
I would love to go woth the radius arm 6" and piece together a kit, but thats serious $$$. The Thuren cantilever shock setup would be awesome as well.
Hopefully you get your parts in soon, I would love to see it before mine are in!
Sounds like you've got a GREAT plan!!!
About the KORE progressive bumpstops- I was looking at them and seriously considering them. When you get them, please post up how you like them! The only thing that held me off from getting them was that they are more for high speed stuff (rapid suspension compression) so they may actually hinder some upward travel in low speed wheeling since there isn't a sudden jarring force to compress them. They are (from my understanding) a progressive bumpstop designed to prevent harsh bottoming out. If I start doing more high speed, I may go to them. (or if your review of them is glowing and makes them impossible for me to resist!)
From what I have been reading, it looks like the front lift will be just under 2" (since the Power Wagon sits taller than a standard 2500) and the rear springs will be pretty much the same height as stock (but ditch the spacers), I bought Thuren shackles so I can adjust the rearend height to my liking.
I really REALLY wanted the 6" radius arm Carli setup but, there was no way I could afford it. Not only are the radius arms $$$$ but, you also have to get new wheels (with less backspacing than stock), get new extended brakelines, get the front driveshaft lengthened, modify the rear most skidplate crossmember for driveshaft clearance, and I would guess likely have to modify the exhaust Y pipe for clearance too. I just don't have the $$$! But DANG that is a SICK setup!
The Thuren cantilever setup? I assume you mean for the rear shocks? Allowing you to run big long travel shocks but not have to chop up the bed and run them through? I have heard rumors of it but, I've never even seen any pics, would you happen to have a link to some pics? Thanks!
I got an email saying my Carli stuff shipped on the 24th so, hopefully it will be here soon!!!! Can't wait!
I can't wait to get my 37s on for real!!! This is a pic from when I was just checking 37" tire clearance up front with the truck stock. (there wasn't enough, I wouldn't even try street driving it (and yeah, I know the pic looks Photoshopped but it's not, LOL!)):