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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-03-2006, 03:49 PM
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Hi everyone. I'm brand new here and have a few questions for ya'all. I have a 97 ram 1500 4x4 ext cab. I just put a Tuff Country 5" sus. lift on it and am thinking about a 3 inch body lift as well. One question is, is it going to tear anything up to put the body lift in aswell. Is it too much? Also susp. lift says good for 35x12.5 tires. Do I need new rims for the bigger tires if I go with the 315x75x16 (35x12.5)? Can I fit the 15's on this truck? Do I need to redue the rear and front end gear ratio's also to keep the tranny from burning out or will it be ok?
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Re: lift questions

Your rims are probaly the 6.5" width, check your new tire recommendations on rim widths. Tranny could die with big tires, 4:56 gearing should be done, but if you drive like a grandma then it ok. If you 4 wheel alot use the low range at low speeds to help your tranny, heat is its enemy, a big cooler is recommended and a tranny pan with cooling fins and extra capacity are good...
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I see no need for the extra 3 inch body lift to fit the 35s, they should fit fien with just the 5 inch suspension.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-05-2006, 06:27 PM
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Thanks guys for the input. I'll probably only ever drive this truck on the road. Any idea the best place to get the gears?
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Motive Gear, Randy's Ring and Pinion...the list goes on and on. Either search on the internet or go through the ads in any 4x4 magazine. Tons of vendors run adds in there.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 09:43 AM
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Ok, I looked into the gears and asked a bunch of questions. It sounds like it might be over my head to install them. I'm sure I can get them in but not sure about all the alignment. The front one sounds really involved. They said probably between $1500-$2000 installed. Sounds a little steep. Do I realy need to do that to run the 35's or if I take it easy on the road will I be ok. Stock tire is a 29 with option of going up to 32 which is what I have on now.
Please help! I don't want to cook the tranny but also dont want to spend several thousand extra if I dont have too.
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