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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the MotoFab 1.5-inch Rear Leveling Kit. This is available for the '09 and newer Ram 1500 without air ride. Now, you might be thinking to yourself what is a rear leveling kit? Most of the time you hear leveling kit and it applies to a spacer that goes on top of your front strut at the front end of your Ram. Well, a rear leveling kit comes into play when you have some added weight at the rear end that might be sagging it down. And that logic can apply to a bone stock Ram suspension or it can apply to a truck that may already have a leveling kit on the front end as well. Anytime that you have added cargo in your bed, maybe you're using your truck for utility applications, maybe you have tools in your bed, you might even be towing something that would sag down the rear of your truck, adding these spacers to the top end of your rear coil springs can bring the rear end back up and counteract the added weight and remove that sag leveling your truck back out.Now, the good thing about this kit is it doesn't actually have any effect on any suspension geometry because it's not a front leveling kit, so you don't have to worry about excess wear and tear and you don't have to worry about fitting any bigger wheels and tires because that's not a concern for the rear of your truck. You can fit up the 35s naturally. So, really no discussion there. This is simply just to counteract added weight at the rear. This kit from MotoFab is made from a laser-cut steel. It sits right on the top of your factory coil springs because these Rams do not have leaf springs, they have coils. So, it'll sit right at the top of that spring perch and it has hardware included in the kit.This kit here is gonna run you right around 75 bucks. So, it makes it really affordable mod to your rear end and the install is gonna get two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home. You just wanna make sure you have the right hand tools. You're just gonna be disconnecting a couple of factory components like your Panhard bar, you'll be disconnecting your bottom of the shock going to the axle as well as your sway bar, and then you'll just lower the axle down, slip these guys in, bolt it up and reconnect your components. Now, I'll take you through the entire process from start to finish. It'll take you about two hours from start to finish, maybe even a little less depending on your experience. So, what do you say we get started?All right. Tools used in this install include an air impact gun, regular impact gun or a ratchet work just as well, 1/4-inch ratchet, 8-millimeter, and 21-millimeter deep sockets, 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench is recommended, 21-millimeter wrench, and a hammer.All right. To kick off the uninstall in the rear, we've got our Ram up in the air and I have two pole jacks supporting our rear axle. Now, if you're working on the ground, you'll want a hydraulic jack under the pumpkin or the differential or you can put two hydraulic jacks, one on both sides of the differential. Now, that's gonna help support the weight. As we disconnect some suspension components, that's gonna hold that up and then we'll slowly lower both sides down to release the tension on the spring in order to insert our leveling kit. Now, with that out of the way, I have an 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench, which is gonna go a long way to help us get this off and I also have a 1/4-inch ratchet with an 8-millimeter socket. I'm gonna first focus on disconnecting our sway bar end link. Now, I'm not gonna disconnect the side connecting it to the frame, I'm gonna disconnect the sway bar from the end link. That's an 8-millimeter nut. Now, the reason I have both of these in my hand is because once I start loosening this up, the entire stud likes to spin. To get around that, I'm gonna put my 18-millimeter ratcheting wrench on our nut here and I'm gonna put the 8-millimeter socket on the end to hold the stud steady and then I'm gonna loosen this guy up, that way stud stays still and we can get the nut off. For the rear with a solid rear axle, you're gonna do both sides at the same time. Take it off by hand. Now, what I like to do is once that's disconnected, hold the end link out. What I like to do is just put the nut on the end just so we don't lose it. So, now we're gonna do this on the other side.All right. With that other side out of the way, the sway bar is free, you can swing that down. Next up, we're gonna disconnect our Panhard bar. Now, the Panhard bar connects the axle to the frame. So, it's connected to the axle on our driver's side and the frame on the passenger's. So, we only have to do one side. Just got to get it disconnected from one or the other. So, I'm gonna start here. Now, this bolt is all the way through and has a nut on the other side with a tab. So, because of that tab, we're not gonna need to hold the nut side. That'll hit the frame and hold itself. So, I'm gonna use a 21-millimeter socket to get this guy off. So, the nut came off. There we go, and that's free. All right. Now, on the opposite side of our coil spring is our shock. We need to disconnect the shock from the bottom here where the 21-millimeter bolt goes through. Now, I've got a 21-millimeter wrench holding on our nut and my 21 socket on the bolt head side. All right. So, now we can just repeat that on the other side and tackle the shock bolt.All right. At this point, the only thing keeping this axle up right now are these two pole jacks. Now, again, if you're working on the ground, you'll have a hydraulic jack most likely. If that is the case, this is the part we're gonna start decompressing, so we're gonna slowly lower these pole jacks down one by one to evenly bring this down and decompress our spring. Now, again, if you're using that hydraulic jack, don't send it, you wanna make sure you're going very slowly decompressing it. Otherwise, these things can get a little violent shooting out of their spot. So, slowly decompress and then we'll pop this spring off. So, I do a couple of turns on one side because now this is uneven, I'll do the other side and bring it down incrementally. All right. Once it starts decompressing, you'll start to hear a little bit of creaking coming from the coils. That's letting you know it's close to fully decompress and you just saw it fall out. So, this guy is completely loose and we're good to bring her down. Same thing on the other side. Once you can twist it, there's no more pressure or tension on it. Now, at this point, we're just bringing it down low enough that we can get the spring actually out in order to insert the spacer. All right. There you have it.All right. Next step here, we're gonna get our spring out of place, set our leveling kit on top of our lower coil bucket, and then we'll put our spring back on top of that. So, let's first off lift this spring up, slide this guy out. Now, when you take the spring out, make sure the isolator from the top is coming with it. And that rubber isolator at the top looks like this. Just wanna make sure that's still here. Now, your spacer is gonna seat right there at the bottom and then you can put your spring right on top of that. Now, in order to do that, you wanna put the top in first at the top of the coil seat and you may need to pull down on the entire diff or axle assembly in order to get this to seat. All right. So, make sure the top is seated perfectly in that coil bucket as well. And then repeat this on the other side.So, at this point, we're gonna slowly start jacking up the rear axle in order to reconnect our shock. Now, when you do this, you wanna make sure you're taking extreme caution. You don't wanna just send it all the way up really quickly, just take it slow because we're gonna start compressing our spring. But one thing you do wanna make sure is that the spring is properly seated top and bottom before beginning. All right. So, you're basically jacking this all the way up until the bolt hole lines up for the shock in that shock mount. Ours are looking pretty good. So, let's grab our bolt and put it through. All right. Now, before I tighten this guy down, I wanna do the same thing on the other side. All right. So, now we can grab our 21-millimeter socket and our 21 wrench and tighten these two down.All right. So, next, we're gonna do our Panhard bar. Now, at this point, it may be slightly off track. Sometimes your entire axle assembly moves more to one side than the other, in which case it can be pretty difficult to do. Some guys use ratchet straps to help guide it back into place. Others will actually put the weight of the vehicle back on the ground to help center it. Ours isn't too far off, so I'm just gonna use this bolt to pull it back a little bit to where it needs to be. And with the bolt in, as much as I can go by hand, you can grab our hammer and tap it through the rest of the way just like that. Now, we can grab the nut with a tab, put it on the other side. Thread it on a couple of threads and then gun it on with our 21 socketAll right. Last steps here is to reconnect our sway bar end links. Take this nut off here, rotate the sway bar up and you may need to move the other one, which it looks like that's preventing us here. So, then put your end link through the sway bar, nut back on and tighten them down. Now, for this, if you remember, we used our 18 ratcheting wrench on the nut and the 8-millimeter socket on the hex end of the stud. All right. Repeat on the other side. Now, you can take your pole jacks out and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the MotoFab 1.5-inch Rear Leveling Kit. This is available for the '09 and newer Ram 1500 without air ride. You can pick this up for your Ram right here at americantrucks.com.
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Enhance Your Off-Road Performance. Add this MotoFab 1.5 Inch Rear Leveling Kit to your RAM 1500 to increase the height of its rear end by 1.5 inches. Not only does this impart a tough look to your truck, but it also protects against debris from off-roading.
Strong and Sturdy. The spacers in this kit are crafted from billet aluminum, so you can trust that they’ll withstand any terrain and weather conditions. Thanks to the black anodized finish, this rear leveling kit also resists corrosion, rust, and damage from UV rays.
Easy Installation. It’s simple to install this rear leveling kit on your truck. You don’t need power tools - simply bolt this kit on using basic hand tools and the included installation hardware.
Comes With a Warranty. MotoFab ensures the workmanship and performance of this rear leveling kit with a lifetime warranty. The manufacturer’s warranty documentation contains all details regarding coverage inclusions and how to file a claim.
Application. This MotoFab 1.5 Inch Rear Leveling Kit fits all 2009-2022 RAM 1500 models.
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