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Hey guys just wondering if any of you have installed a leveling kit on your truck. I've got an 07 Ram 4x4, quad cab, hemi. I've been thinking about putting a leveling kit on my truck, I'm guessing its pretty much the foundation for a lift further on down the road. I was just going to have a local offroad shop install it cause it will need an alignment as well. I was approached by a buddy of mine who wants to do the same to his Ford, he said he's got the space, tools, and figures we can knock both trucks out in a day. I'm fairly mechanically inclined, I just like to get as many details about whatever I'm going to attempt before I attempt it, don't really like surprises, especially on a weekend when no parts stores are open! Just wondering if its that simple to do, what I should be watching out for or what to expect when I'm doing it. Any tips or tricks? I've heard some guys get a death wobble, others have had issues with their 4wd due to the higher angle on the cv shafts. Is there one kit I should be looking for as opposed to another? Any input you guys could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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Check out bilstein 5100s. They are an adjustable SHOCK as opposed to a spacer type level kit. At autoanything you can get them for $84 each with free shipping with the memeber discount (contact AJ@autoanything here on the board).

Mine should be here today and I'm going to attempt to install them myself. I heard with two pairs of hands and a few beers it is just a few hours work. You will have to rent a spring compressor from your local autoshop.

part # for our 2007: 24-186988

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I personally haven't seen any NEGATIVE reviews regarded changing the suspension angles and all. It seems everyone is very satisfied with this method of leveling. Most level to the 2.1" setting, or you can max at 2.8". Although very few have reported the death wobble at 2.8".
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You can definately do it yourself. With a buddy it won't take anytime. I use the hobby shop on base and it takes just a few hours to adjust the bilstiens. I say take your friend up on that and knock it out!!
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Easier and cheaper to install a levelling spacer then bilstein struts since the spacer in a bolt in product and the bilsteins involve using a spring compressor to disassemble and reassemble old coils onto new struts
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Thanks guys for the input. I checked out the shocks you suggested and they seem pretty reasonable and comparable to what a leveling kit would cost. If I do Bilsteins in the front I'll likely swap out the rear for a set too. Are they very difficult to adjust? Are there settings already on the shocks? Wanna keep the right and left the same height, don't want any guess work. Will definitely look AJ up when I decide to go that way. Renting a spring compressor is no big deal, especially if we are doing two trucks, would be splitting the cost with my buddy anyways.
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Thanks guys for the input. I checked out the shocks you suggested and they seem pretty reasonable and comparable to what a leveling kit would cost. If I do Bilsteins in the front I'll likely swap out the rear for a set too. Are they very difficult to adjust? Are there settings already on the shocks? Wanna keep the right and left the same height, don't want any guess work. Will definitely look AJ up when I decide to go that way. Renting a spring compressor is no big deal, especially if we are doing two trucks, would be splitting the cost with my buddy anyways.
First off..when you rent a spring compressor I'm pretty sure you get your money back after you return it...so its free.

Also I just got mine in the mail..the settings are pre marked..it's hard to explain. But no guessing involved! If you ever do decide to CHANGE the height after they've been installed you do have to remove them again. you cannot adjust them while installed.
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Its good to know the settings are at least marked to take the guess work out of it. I don't really know about the spring compressor rental though, maybe down there in the states its different, you've got a lot more of the parts stores down there than we have up here in Canada. Though I'm sure getting a hold of one shouldn't be a problem, maybe if I talk to my mechanic real nice he'll even let me borrow his for the weekend. Probably not going to get into it until after christmas as I just had to replace the right front hub bearing, rear brakes and I think I'll be doing a new set of tires here shortly too, got a belt thats shifted in the front left, don't like the OE tires anyways so its a good excuse to get out of them.
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Its good to know the settings are at least marked to take the guess work out of it. I don't really know about the spring compressor rental though, maybe down there in the states its different, you've got a lot more of the parts stores down there than we have up here in Canada. Though I'm sure getting a hold of one shouldn't be a problem, maybe if I talk to my mechanic real nice he'll even let me borrow his for the weekend. Probably not going to get into it until after christmas as I just had to replace the right front hub bearing, rear brakes and I think I'll be doing a new set of tires here shortly too, got a belt thats shifted in the front left, don't like the OE tires anyways so its a good excuse to get out of them.
Yeah get rid of those crappy factory tires. Sounds like a good excuse to me! Hopefully you won't have trouble finding the compressor. That sucks you can't rent them like down here. Good luck! I'll hopefully be diving into installing mine this weekend but who knows
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Fickle,

Check out PartSource for tool lending, assuming you have a 'participating location' nearby. I believe C-Tire still runs a similar program, as does NAPA Autoparts.

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The Loan-A-Tool program at PartSource enables you to use the proper tools to tackle some of the more difficult or specialized repairs on your vehicle without having to purchase the tools, or pay for a garage to do the repair for you. It's a great way to save money.

How Does the Program Work?
The Loan-A-Tool program is absolutely free to customers. If you need a Loan-A-Tool, just stop by your local PartSource store, pick out the tool you need from our extensive line up, fill out some paperwork, put a deposit down for the tool, and you're all set.
The deposit required is equivalent to the cost of the tool, and is refunded in full, upon return of the tool in good condition. All tools are checked before leaving the store, and again when returned. Customers are not charged for normal wear on tools.
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I know we can rent or borrow tools here in Canada, the only thing I wasn't sure of was whether or not they give you your money back after you return it or if there was a rental fee. Just had rear brakes, front right hub bearing done, and because I got rammy with my frozen tailgate a new tailgate handle so I won't be doing a leveling kit yet, probably once the weather gets nicer anyways. That and I'm gonna get a new set of tires, just not sure what brand, or how big yet. I know I can go bigger with the leveling kit, but unfortunately the tires need to come first cause these ones suck in the snow and the snow is coming, I think?
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