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Old 01-15-2015, 02:57 AM
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So I thought I'd add some information on the Maxtrac suspension lift since i got so much from the site. Installed a 4.5" front spindle lift and a 3" rear spring/ shock lift on a 2014 ram 1500 2wd cc sport. Went back and forth on having a shop install vs doing in my back yard. Finally decided to dedicate a weekend and do all the prep necessary. Was a few tricky parts, like the rear shock install which was much more difficult than anticipated, with the extremely tight upper bolts and needing to cut off the handle of a wrench to get it properly placed. But overall was a fairly straight forward install. And the parts are quality.
The main reason I write this post is to get some information out there about the drive shaft vibration. I spoke with Sean and JJ at Maxtrac and they were very helpful troubleshooting this vibration. Suggested a few things and tried them. It ended up being that I have a 2 piece drive shaft with a bearing and universal in the center. This was causing the angle to be out some how. So the fix was fairly easy. I purchased 4 new 3/4" longer bolts for the bearing plate and a box of washers. JJ suggested I start with dropping the plate down 1/2" to start with. I have done that. And it has helped significantly. I may still add another 1/4".
So maybe the drive shaft has changed in 2014? Or maybe its just my configuration, but I never heard anything about this before. And Maxtrac seems to not have know about this before I called them.
I want to reiterate that they were great and I am very happy with the lift, but I also wanted to get this information out there to potentially save someone some effort and worry. So check your driveshaft before starting this install.
Some pics attached. Driveshaft is before adding washers to plate. I still need to get some 35's. Will update when I get some tires.
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I have never seen a 4th gen 1500 with a 2 piece drive shaft and carrier bearing. I have no idea why Ram would do that.... Your best option would be to get rid of that 2 piece shaft and put in a good 1 piece.

The truck looks good though! Looking forward to seeing it with some bigger meat on. Are you getting aftermarket wheels as well or putting 35's on the stock wheels?
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How much does that cost. For a new drive shaft?
Just ordered some 35's. And will use stock wheels for now. Ordered some 295/65r20s in toyo at2.
Cant wait to get em.
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I have that same kit on my 14 black edition express RC. No issues aside from a little rear lean with a full tank of gas. Driver side site 1/2-3/4" lower. Other than that I haven't had any issues. I also used a Spohn adj. panhars or track bar as they seem to call them on trucks. Helped get a nice center on the rear. Had the kits for over 6 months so far without issue.
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How much does that cost. For a new drive shaft?
Just ordered some 35's. And will use stock wheels for now. Ordered some 295/65r20s in toyo at2.
Cant wait to get em.
Depends on where you get it from. I'd recommend getting a driveline shop to build you a custom one suited to your truck. That way you know its the right length. You're probably looking at the $500 - $600 range since you will need new U-joints, yoke, etc.
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I've also got the 4.5"/3" setup...I haven't had any issues either.
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nice work man..looks great
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I've also got the 4.5"/3" setup...I haven't had any issues either.
Got a lot of info from your posts. I think you have the same cc short bed sport as me. Dont understand why the drive shaft is different.
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What MPG you seeing?
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I ran into the two piece driveshaft also. Only 1500 rams with two piece driveshaft are the crew cab with the 6'4 bed. the crew cabs with the standard 5'7ft bed use a one piece driveshaft. the cc with 6'4 beds are 149 inch wb, and the cc w/ 5'7 bed are 140 inch wb.
I'm looking at the CSt 7 inch lift and they were not aware of the two piece driveshaft. so i'm a little leary of that. that and the fact they use rear 4 inch coil spacers rather and lifting coil.
Anyone with the maxtrac rear 3 inch coils have any issues with a full load on the bed or towing. does it squat easily?
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