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Posted: 02/22/12 03:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone successfully lowered a Dodge 4x4 dually? I tow a 43' TH and have sufficient bed clearance EXCEPT when the truck is angled nose down - at that point I'm within 1 inch of the underside of the TH. I've already cracked the cargo light mounted next to the pinbox. I know I can lower the pinbox and gain about 3 inches; however, the TH tows level and I don't want to lose that. I'm not looking to turn the truck into a "lowrider" just maybe the height of a 2WD without compromising the undercarriage of the truck.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts...


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Save the money and spend some time getting the pin/hitch setup just right. Tons of folks are towing very similar setups without clearance issues.

Throw a picture up and see if we can help.

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You can have the blocks taken out from between the springs and rear axle that will drop the rear down about 2+", but that makes it hard to change the rear brake pads when it's time.

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Can you raise the trailer some more? That was what I had to do to get more room.


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Posted: 02/23/12 05:54am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

johntank wrote:

You can have the blocks taken out from between the springs and rear axle that will drop the rear down about 2+", but that makes it hard to change the rear brake pads when it's time.


How about dropping the blocks, and installing airbags? That way you can bring it back up when if needed and you'll have a better ride?


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Posted: 02/22/12 04:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I drove around a couple of years with 4" of clearance. Never did make contact but I got tired of checking the mirror every time I entered a driveway. Finally changed my pin box to get a extra couple of inches.


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Posted: 02/23/12 06:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would ditch the pickup bed and install a flat bed with under bed boxes or a hauler bed. No more bed rail height issues and you have a much more useful cargo bed with a lot more secure storage capacity too.


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What size wheels and tires you have on it? Smaller wheels Might be an option but it would also shrink your ground clearance.

I've get 20"ers on mine, tire shop says I can go as small as 17"s. Was considering putting 'take off' tires off my MH on it to use them up, before they 'rot', but 16's won't fit the brakes. I'm looking for higher profile, better sidewalls, and easier in and out, w/o nerf bars or boards.

I've always thought the only trucks that should need steps are Monsters and Class 7 and 8s.

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whisperide wrote:

Drop it at least 4" all around. This will noticeably improve MPG and handling, without hurting anything. Also helps getting in and out of the cab, and reaching over the sides of the box. Best way to lower the front is shorter springs. Start with removing blocks in the rear, then if that's only 2", get some Bell Tech 2" shackles. I love mine! Excellent return on investment.


Looks like it's doable even with the stock 20"s on. Did you have to change shocks?

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Drop it at least 4" all around. This will noticeably improve MPG and handling, without hurting anything. Also helps getting in and out of the cab, and reaching over the sides of the box. Best way to lower the front is shorter springs. Start with removing blocks in the rear, then if that's only 2", get some Bell Tech 2" shackles. I love mine! Excellent return on investment.


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