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I just wanted someone with a similar setup to check my plans and make sure I'm on the right track before I pull the trigger.

2011 Ram 1500 4X4 LH: 6" BDS Suspension lift with Dual front stabilizers and Fox 3" rear shock. I plan on installing my adjustable bilsteins up front. My installer says I dont need to jack up the Bilsteins since the BDS kit comes with front blocks.

Do I skip the blocks and use the adjustability on the Bilsteins or go the way the installer reccomends? And should I go with the reccomended 3" rear shock or go to the 5"? I have a top-gun customz leveling kit on it now that pushes it 2 3/4" up in the front and 3/4 in the rear but the shocks are starting to sag and I cant get an accurate OE height estimate.
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If your truck is a 1500 then you dont have steering stabilizers, only solid axle 2500/3500's can add dual steering stabilizers. As for the front lift, you have to use the strut spacers provided in the BDS kit in order to achieve the lift in the front end. You can install the Bilsteins and use them to add additional lift in the front to level the truck out. Im not 100% certain if the BDS kit claims to level the truck with the lift kit or if additional leveling is needed in the front.

I would leave your rear spacer in when you install the lift as well. As for the setting on the Bilsteins, 2.1 is usually a good setting for leveling the truck after a 6" lift kit especially with the 3/4" rear spacer.
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Thanks for the input. I now my truck doesn't have front stabilizers stock but the BDS kit comes with an option for dual front stabilizers. From what I've read, its well worth the money/insurance against wobble or an unsettled feeling.
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someone as an alternative to adjustable bilsteins? im running them now maxed out but wouldnt mine running just a shock. any taughts on this?
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Thanks for the input. I now my truck doesn't have front stabilizers stock but the BDS kit comes with an option for dual front stabilizers. From what I've read, its well worth the money/insurance against wobble or an unsettled feeling.

I bought it and it dindt work for shit, do some research on the dual steering stabilizer. My buddy at dodge laughed at me when I told im I bought that.
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run the bilsteins for sure... those bds lifts have a nasty rake on them.... also i would grab the 5'' rear coils and get rid of your coil spacers... better ride And you have the option to go higher later if you want too
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Some good info from capser and chadster above.

First off, ditch the steering stabilizer. It won't make any difference on your IFS truck. As casper said, they are for 2500/3500's with solid front axles. It's literally a waste of money on your truck.

Go with the 5" rear coils for sure. If you're going to buy a lift kit you might as well go as big as you can. You'll need to run the front lift spacers that come with the BDS kit and then set the Bilsteins up a bit to get rid of the rake. If you're just using the 5" coils (no coil spacer) then you'll most likely want to set the Bilsteins at 1.4". If you do use the spacers you'll want the Bilsteins at 2.1".
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I just wanted someone with a similar setup to check my plans and make sure I'm on the right track before I pull the trigger.

2011 Ram 1500 4X4 LH: 6" BDS Suspension lift with Dual front stabilizers and Fox 3" rear shock. I plan on installing my adjustable bilsteins up front. My installer says I dont need to jack up the Bilsteins since the BDS kit comes with front blocks.

Do I skip the blocks and use the adjustability on the Bilsteins or go the way the installer reccomends? And should I go with the reccomended 3" rear shock or go to the 5"? I have a top-gun customz leveling kit on it now that pushes it 2 3/4" up in the front and 3/4 in the rear but the shocks are starting to sag and I cant get an accurate OE height estimate.
If you run the 3" rear, your truck will be level right from the get go
Maybe requiring Bilateins at 0.7 to fully level it.
5" rear and you'll practically have to max those Bilsteins to be close to level
But this is all dependent on your current rake

As for the strut spacer, that stays on.
The Pre load is what has to be removed and that's only 5/8"

Did you ever find that email you spoke of?
Either way, let me know

As for going big? Determine your tire size you want to run.
There is no point going so huge if you're only going to run 35's
If you decide of 37's you'll need to factor in your gearing.
3.55 + 37's = shoot yourself, as its a dog

I know. I ran that way for 1 week before I dropped it off to get gears done....lol
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I have the BDS 6" lift on mine with the 5" rear coil and the Fox shocks. As Brandon said, don't get the steering stabilizers, they're not needed on the 1500's IFS. Bilsteins are set at 1.4 and the truck is level
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