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Hi guys I know there are alot of forums about these lifts maybe my question is different. My wife owns a 2013 ram express crew 1500 4x4 and she seen pics of lifted ones and fell in love. My question strictly for the people that own the rough country 6" lift your overall impression on them pros and cons. I've never owned a lifted vehicle so im no help besides reading forums. Im curious is the ride going to be signifigantly rougher or sloppier no pun intended? I can only assume it will be nothing like stock. she is also putting on 22" rims and either 35 or 37 mt tires on as well. I love my wife and the look of lifted trucks just want her to know the upsides and downsides to changing up the truck. Any help will be greatly appreciated before I spend big $$$$$$$. Thank to all in advance with this.
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I was happy with the 6" RCX lift I had on my 1500, granted I only ran it for about a month before I traded the truck in. But I know there are a lot of members on the forum running it who have no issues at all.

I would definitely recommend running Bilstein front struts with the kit to level it out. That will also give you a nicer ride than stock. Overall I thought my truck rode better with the 6" lift than it did stock and I'm sure the Bilsteins were the biggest contributing factor to that. Obviously you need to take it a little easier around corners because of the increased height but that's with any lifted truck.

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- The kit is a good price for what you're getting.
- Provides everything you need to lift the truck

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- The entire kit is painted rather than powder coated so it does chip and flake off easier.
- The steering knuckles come up painted - you'll definitely want to throw a coat of paint on them to avoid them getting covered in surface rust.
- Double check the parts that come with the truck to make sure they are correct for your year. Then once it's installed I would have some knowledge of how to check pinion angles to make sure they aren't out to lunch.
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I appreciate you getting back to me I was reading up on the Bilstien 5100 series shocks in place of the rcx ones supplied are those the ones you were referring to? Also not that it matters all that much but how was your fuel mileage affected I know it will go down with the lift and rim and tire combo but curious by how much im leaning towards having her do 35x12.50x22 trail grapplers. Damn now im realizing my wife has more expensive taste than I do haha.
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The RCX kit doesn't supply front struts, only a strut spacer to go on top of the factory struts. With the Bilsteins you will still use the RCX spacer but you have the option of setting the Bilsteins for additional lift height to level the truck. And as I said, the Bilsteins will also give you a better ride over the stock struts.

You can check out my lift thread HERE. It has a bunch of information on my exact set up.

You won't see much of a drop in mpg from the lift, mainly from the wheels and tires. Most guys typically lose about 2 mpg with 35's. But it largely depends on your driving habits as well. With my 1500 I was averaging about 15.5 mpg with the lift and 35's.
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I just purchased a dodge and I'm about to put an RCX lift on it. I'm not sure about RCX, but I have owned a chevy silverado 2500 for 11 years with a 6 inch RCD lift and 35 inch tires and will tell you that the lift kit improved the ride and the feel of the whole suspension tremendously. The tires however make the truck ride a little bumpier than the factory street tires and the larger tires are harder to keep balanced so in my opinion it's more in the tires than the lift. I have drove my lifted truck for 11 years and now I'm about to lift a dodge the same way with an RCX lift because I never had any problems with my lifted Chevy.
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Thank You for the responses I will check out your build thread for sure.
If any one else can throw in their two cents it will also be greatly appreciated. I forgot to mention the truck will overall be for street use and light off roading when we go camping and such. I am also going to ask peoples opinions on tires in here as well. Im leaning towards nitto trail grapplers 35x12.50x22 but im also seeing FUEL, AMP and DAKAR?at lower price points and I know sometimes you get what you pay for but im curious if anyone have driven these other tires by chance and their take on them. Without this sounding dumb I do like that they say with the trail grapplers for road noise is not as bad as other tires out there. Once again just looking out for my wife because if I get this all done and she hates it I can see an early divorce hahaha.
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The Fuel tires have been out for at least a year now and honestly I haven't seen a single truck using them.... the tread pattern looks identical to a Toyo MT. But I'm not sure how the compound compares. Amp tires are just a knock off Toyo MT as well. There's been a few guys running them recently, but definitely not many. I've never heard of Dakar so I can't comment on those... must not be very popular at all.

You definitely can't go wrong with Nitto Trail Grapplers or Toyo MT's. Both are great tires and you won't be disappointed. They're definitely quite for a mud tire as well. I was very surprised with the Toyo's I had on my 1500... There was a bit of a hum from them, but nothing to loud that you couldn't talk over it easily or need to crank up your stereo.
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I haven't personally ran any of the tires you mentioned but can tell you this, every truck I have ever owned has been lifted and I have used several different tires, and once I bought my first set of BFG All terrains I haven't bought anything else since. I usually get about 75-80K from a set and they are not that noisy, have a good ride and have never got me stuck or failed to get traction. I use my truck the same way you described, a little off roading to get firewood or go fishing, but mostly hwy.
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I haven't personally ran any of the tires you mentioned but can tell you this, every truck I have ever owned has been lifted and I have used several different tires, and once I bought my first set of BFG All terrains I haven't bought anything else since. I usually get about 75-80K from a set and they are not that noisy, have a good ride and have never got me stuck or failed to get traction. I use my truck the same way you described, a little off roading to get firewood or go fishing, but mostly hwy.
My bud had the BFG A/T and he couldn't keep up with me in the mud. They are a great all around tire, but if you wanna be able to play the Toyo M/T are amazing.
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Ok so heres what my list is looking like

rcx 6" lift
bilstien 5100
already have 22 rims
35" nitto trail grapplers
is there any other factors to consider or additional costs so i can fully budget for this endeavor.

on a side note even though I have these 22s im really considering 18's or 20's now that everything has taken off in this direction. At the start it was going to just be 22s with 285/55/22 trail grapplers and a daystar front leveling kit. WOW this escalated fast HAHA

ALSO do you guys reccomend 35s or 37s with a 6" lift.

AND last who has the best prices on my list? always looking for the best deal
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