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MidOH

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Considering a pick-up and a four wheel camper. I see a lot of Tacoma’s and Tundra’s but rarely see domestic pick-ups. Curious as to why this is the case. Are domestic pick-ups not off-road/overland capable? Less after market parts/upgrades?


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If it fits, it ships.

I prefer olde school one ton solid axles and manual hubs. Only the Ford Super Duty remains that way. Dodge is close with a Yukon free spin kit. But that goof inter-axle disconnect is not my favorite Dodge idea.

I get good reliability in every new Ford/Dodge I buy. But never, ever, if I buy them used. And those two clear 35x12.5" MT tires box stock. 37" tires with any kind of lift. An FWC, Bundutec pop up camper is nothing to a 2500/250.

I break IFS, and GM and Toyota are a bit of work to get more suspension travel and larger tires onto.
 

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If it fits, it ships.

I prefer olde school one ton solid axles and manual hubs. Only the Ford Super Duty remains that way. Dodge is close with a Yukon free spin kit. But that goof inter-axle disconnect is not my favorite Dodge idea.

I get good reliability in every new Ford/Dodge I buy. But never, ever, if I buy them used. And those two clear 35x12.5" MT tires box stock. 37" tires with any kind of lift. An FWC, Bundutec pop up camper is nothing to a 2500/250.

I break IFS, and GM and Toyota are a bit of work to get more suspension travel and larger tires onto.
what would you suggest to get my 1984Dodge Ram 250 a couple of inches higher in the front. My 315 /70R/16 are fine until just before the tires clear the front edge of my fenders when turning, then they touch. 2" lift would be perfect but no one sells any kind of lift for the front, Just a 4" or 6" total lift kit. I don't need that.
 

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what would you suggest to get my 1984Dodge Ram 250 a couple of inches higher in the front. My 315 /70R/16 are fine until just before the tires clear the front edge of my fenders when turning, then they touch. 2" lift would be perfect but no one sells any kind of lift for the front, Just a 4" or 6" total lift kit. I don't need that.
Call CarlI Suspension direct. (1889carli) They do do Dodges and know there stuff.
 

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Call CarlI Suspension direct. (1889carli) They do do Dodges and know there stuff.
can you send that again in numbers. I couldn't get it to work. Didn't seem like enough numbers. Thanks
 

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Here you go:
They only deal in late model suspensions. I have tried them before two years ago and forgot. I think 199 and up is what they deal with. I just checked the site and they listed nothing for the older model trucks. Thanks MMC
 

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That truck is leaf springs front and rear. Just drive to a local spring shop and have some custom springs made.

Then measure the trucks ht. difference and give Filthymotorsports a call for longer King shocks.
 
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That truck is leaf springs front and rear. Just drive to a local spring shop and have some custom springs made.
Then measure the trucks ht. difference and give Filthymotorsports a call for longer King shocks.
The nearest spring shop is 160 miles away. I'm pretty resourceful but this one has beat me for two years now. I'll probably make a set of 2" longer shackles because I cant buy them or I may just try a rear spring overload leaf from the wrecking yard on the front . I also have a problem here where I live just finding a mechanic. I'm not going to pay them $100 an hour which is what they get here for their labor. There is not a local club of any sort within 110 miles or I could probably find a member who would do it for a reasonable fee. I'm 84 and cant do that kind of work any more for several reasons. It's crappy living in a community where horses are their thing. If you don't haul a 16" horse trailer around on the back of your rig here no one will even speak to you. It's a status symbol. That's not a joke !!
 

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That sucks. I've got three spring shops within an hour and a racecar axle guy 1.5 away. Maybe just email general spring or national spring. I'm sure they've made +2 Dodge springs before.

I'd just use a BDS 5" kit, if that was my truck. Theres a Ramcharger over here like that at it's perfect. A truck would be even easier.
 

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That sucks. I've got three spring shops within an hour and a racecar axle guy 1.5 away. Maybe just email general spring or national spring. I'm sure they've made +2 Dodge springs before.

I'd just use a BDS 5" kit, if that was my truck. Theres a Ramcharger over here like that at it's perfect. A truck would be even easier.
You know what's funny. I can buy off road fiberglass fenders cheaper than a lift kit for my truck. I considered it because I can do that myself easier than a lift kit. I have all the ground clearance I will ever need right now. I don't have to use those bigger tires, I just wanted them for appearance and a better tread design than what I have now.
Thanks for the ideas, all of which would be good if I lived in a bigger town.
 

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Yes sir I've got an 05, how high are you going on your lift? I'm new to all this but I'm think 4 inches should be plenty, do you have any recommendations?
At this point my truck is running a 2" level on the front and a Add a Leaf in the back with 33 inch tires on stock wheels, as I pull a 16.5 NoBo trailer to get out into the woods. I have in storage my old XJ which runs about 5 inches of custom lift and as much as I really wish the I had a solid front axle under my GMC it rides real nice to work and on the hiway and its decent on fire and logging roads. I am tempted to go 4 inches on the truck, but for 1300 CAD$ i dont see the pay off
 

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At this point my truck is running a 2" level on the front and a Add a Leaf in the back with 33 inch tires on stock wheels, as I pull a 16.5 NoBo trailer to get out into the woods. I have in storage my old XJ which runs about 5 inches of custom lift and as much as I really wish the I had a solid front axle under my GMC it rides real nice to work and on the hiway and its decent on fire and logging roads. I am tempted to go 4 inches on the truck, but for 1300 CAD$ i dont see the pay off
I'm thinking 4 inch lift is plenty for me so thank you for the advice, if I ever get the money I'd like to put some Dana axels, from all I've read those things can get you places and they seem durable
 
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