(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today we're taking a closer look at and installing the Supreme Suspensions 2-1/2 inch Pro Billett front strut spacers or leveling kit, available for the '06 to '18 Ram 1500 excluding the Air Ride models and the Mega Cab. So, if you're the owner of a Ram 1500, you might be in the market for something that gets rid of that factory rake that comes on your truck off of that factory line. A lot of guys aren't a fan of that, including myself. So, if you want a different appearance, a more leveled stance evening out the front and rear height of your suspension, this is the perfect way to go. Really, there are two big benefits to a leveling kit like this one. One of which I just mentioned, it gets rid of that factory rake and evens out your suspension height for the front and rear. But the other one is to allow for a larger set of wheels and tires. On your factory suspension of your Ram, you can't really fit anything larger than those factory tires. If you're looking a throw on a set of 33s, one of the more popular sizes, you're gonna need to raise up that front end. If you don't, you're gonna be left with some clearance issues and have to do some cutting to your interior wheel liner and really, some of that plastic of the trim. Now, that's not something a lot of guys wanna do. I know if I was the owner of a Ram 1500, I wouldn't wanna be cutting up a brand new truck I just bought. With that in mind, a set of 2-1/2 inch leveling kit spacers like these from Supreme Suspensions allows for the clearance needed to fit a set of 33-inch tires comfortably with the right offset. Now, of course, if you're going with an extreme offset on one side of the spectrum or the other, you might need to make a little bit of modifications. But the right offset and the 33-inch tire with a 2-1/2 inch leveling kit like this will fit nice and comfortable. If you're looking to bump up the 35s on the other hand, you will have to make some modifications because that is not going to fit just bolting it right up. You'll be cutting, you'll be doing a little bit of trimming to fit 35s with the 2-1/2 inch leveling kit. I'd recommend going with a full lift kit if that's the route you're trying to take. A leveling kit like this does give you a little bit more ground clearance at the front end as well. Two and a half inches is not a ton, but it does allow you to get over slightly bigger obstacles than you would have on your factory suspension. You're not gonna have as much ground clearance issues at the front end, especially with that front bumper and lip. So, if you add this to that front end, you can expect to be getting over a little bit more and with bigger wheels and tires like a set of 33s, you can expect a better approach angle.Now, again, these were made with an anodized black billet aluminum spacer. So, it's really high quality. It comes with all new hardware willing to take the beating at the front end. So, this is some good stuff, all for about 90 bucks. A leveling kit for 90 bucks is a really good deal. Lift kits go for a couple hundred, sometimes into the thousands depending on how inclusive they are. So, if you're not really interested in lifting the whole truck, you just want bigger wheels and tires, you wanna get rid of that factory rake, and you want a little bit more ground clearance at the front end, this is your absolute best bet. I'm gonna show you guys how this gets installed. It's a two out of three wrench process simply because you're not cutting, you're not drilling, no modifications are being made. You're just unbolting that factory suspension. You're gonna start with tie rod ends, going to the sway bar end links, disconnect the knuckle from the upper control arms, and unbolt your strut. From there, these will bolt on with the hardware you see on the table with me today. It's nothing more than exactly this. You'll need a Torx bit set. You'll need a simple socket set. Air tools do make the difference. They make life a little easier. But, of course, an impact gun does the trick as well or a simple ratchet. You wanna have a jack and jack stands on deck as well as a hydraulic lift if you're working on the ground. If you're working on a lift like me today, have pole jacks on deck to support that front suspension as you're unbolting stuff. All right. Now, I do wanna show you guys step by step how this gets done. So, we're gonna start by uninstalling our factory front suspension, then we're gonna come back to the table to assemble our spacers onto our factory struts. So, let's get to it. Tools used for this install were a 3/8 impact gun, 3/8 ratchet, quarter-inch ratchet, quarter-inch extension, 15-millimeter ratcheting wrench or a regular wrench, 15-millimeter, 17-millimeter, 21-millimeter, and 15/16 deep sockets, 5/16 Allen socket, universal swivel joint, blue Loctite, hammer, pry bar, torque wrench.Step number one for the uninstall, obviously, we've got to get the front wheels out of the way. Since it's only a leveling kit, we don't have to worry about the rear wheels. So, I got my air tools here. We're gonna bang off all these lug nuts and get the front tires out of the way. All right. Step number one here now that we got the truck back up in the air, you wanna let the suspension hang free. You don't wanna support this just yet but we will in the future. First things first, we're gonna disconnect our tie rod end here from our spindle or the knuckle here. We're gonna use our 21-millimeter deep socket to remove the nut here. Now, that probably won't disconnect the knuckle from the tie rod end. So, once we have the nut fully backed off, we'll thread it on one thread by hand and then knock it loose with a mallet or a hammer. All right. See that's still attached. So, we're just gonna thread that on once. You don't wanna go too far or it'll be hard to get the nut back off. So, just hold it right there so it doesn't completely drop out, grab a hammer, and bang this loose. Now, you wanna make sure that you're hitting the knuckle and not the tie rod end. You can do some damage to the tie rod end if you start hitting here so make sure you're hitting the knuckle. Here we go. Now, I like to thread the nut back on the tie rod end just so we don't lose our hardware.Next up is our sway bar end link. Now, it's a 16-millimeter deep socket for the top nut. If it starts spinning the whole thing, we might need to hold on to the bottom nut from the other end, but we're gonna see. We're using air tools so there might be enough torque. All right. Next up, we're gonna disconnect the three bolts holding the top of your strut in. Now, there's three 15-millimeter nuts. I've got a ratcheting wrench here to make life a little easier since we are a little spatially challenged up here. So, the next step is to disconnect your upper control arm from the knuckle. Now, that's gonna be a 21-millimeter nut. I'm using my air gun and a universal swivel socket just to get up in there a little bit more. You wanna make sure before you start doing that, you're supporting the suspension on the side you're working on with a pole jack or a jack stand or a hydraulic jack works even better so you can start lowering it. Now, if you disconnect this without supporting it, the whole suspension here is gonna drop and that's no good. So, we've got our pole jack under it. I got my swivel ready. We're gonna disconnect that nut.When it comes to assembling your strut spacers, you wanna make sure you're working on the appropriate side. So, if I lay these side by side, you can see that one side has really large holes and the small threaded holes. The other side has just open holes and smaller holes. So, again, if you flip it over, you'll see they're the same. Now they're smaller. The smaller holes are going to be for the new studs that are included in your hardware kit. You're gonna put the bolt head through the open side here and it will thread up through that threaded hole. So, you're gonna do just like this. These are gonna become your new studs that you attach when you mount this in the vehicle. Thread this all the way down by hand. Grab your 5/16 Allen key or Allen socket and tighten this down. Get them nice and tight. Now, we're gonna do the same thing for the other two. Now, your spacer is gonna sit just like this on the top of the strut and your factory nuts are gonna thread through the top. The factory studs on the strut will go through the other holes and with the bigger gap on this side, you're gonna put your lock washer, flat washer, and your new nut to tighten this down to the strut assembly.So, let's assemble this hardware on the opposite end and then we'll get to assembling them on our struts. All right. Now, assembling your spacer to your strut, they're not side-specific, but they do go on a certain way. So, because there's only three studs, you have to orient this to make sure that they go in properly. If they're off centered, you'll realize it. They're not going to install. They only go on one way. All right. Once you have the spacer in place and it's not moving around, you can drop your flat washer on to the stud, then your lock washer, and then the 17-millimeter nut. Grab you socket, tighten it down. Do the same thing for the rest of them. All right. Now, repeat the same process for the other strut. All right. Step number one here, we're gonna throw our new strut assembly into place and bolt it up from the top just to hold it in place. We're gonna line up those bolt holes in your new studs and pop it in. It might take a little hammering to get the bolt through. A pry bar is definitely gonna be useful to pry that up into place. But once it's through, just thread on that factory nut. Now, we're gonna bolt that down. All right. Grab your 15/16 sockets for the nut and 21 socket for the bolt head and tighten them down. Grab your torque wrench, set it to 100 foot-pounds, and torque down the bottom strut bolt. At this point, we can start using our pole jack to raise up the whole knuckle and put it into place on the upper control arm.All right. Next up, we're gonna tighten down the factory bushing, spacer, and nut on our sway bar end link. Now, we're gonna grab our socket and tighten it down. Next up is our tie rod end. As you remember, we put that factory nut back on so we're gonna take it off. And, of course, you can always move this around if you need to. You can turn the spindle as well. Line that up, thread in from the bottom, and tighten it down through your 21 deep socket. Next up, grab your 15-millimeter wrench and tighten down the three nuts at the top of your strut tower. All right. We've wrapped everything up on our passenger's side here. So, now we're gonna do the same exact process for our driver's side. Once you have everything done on both sides of your front end suspension, throw your wheels back on and you're good to go. We got our factory wheels back on our Ram 1500 and I gotta say, it looks a lot better with the leveling kit getting rid of that factory rake and evening out the stance between the front and the rear. Now, you're also picking up a little bit more ground clearance in the front and accommodating up to a 33-inch tire very comfortably. Now if you wanna pick up the Supreme Suspensions 2-1/2 inch leveling kit for your '06 to '18 Ram 1500 without Air Ride or the Mega Cab trim, you can do so right here at americantrucks.com.
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Gain an Improved Driving Experience. Your rig is a beast. It has a powerful stance and the ability to handle all sorts of tough tasks and challenges. Give it what it needs to do more. Install this Supreme Suspensions 2.5 in. Pro Billet Strut Spacer Leveling Kit. The Kit makes a difference, correcting factory rake stance on the front end and offering a number of improvements.
Fit for Off-Roading. Many of the improvements this kit makes are ideal for off-roading. The 2.5 inches of lift improve ground clearance, for instance, making it easier to forge new trails. You can accommodate larger tires with this kit as well. A major benefit is that this kit enhances handling power, even improving your ability to hold up in corners.
Relies on High-Quality Strut Spacers. The strut spacers in this kit are what give your rig a lift. They are built to endure pressure and withstand harsh conditions. Each spacer is made out of aluminum for durability. They are also anodized to protect against corrosion.
Installation is Straightforward. The process does not require welding or cutting as they mount to your strut simply.
Warranty is Included. Supreme Suspensions offers a limited lifetime warranty with this lift and leveling kit. See the manufacturer information for details.
Application. This Supreme Suspensions 2.5 in. Pro Billet Strut Spacer Leveling Kit can play a part in equipping your 2006 to 2018 4WD Dodge RAM 1500 for off-roading and other adventures. It is not compatible with air ride or mega cabs.
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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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