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Posted: 02/24/19 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone know of an easy way to take 2" out of the bed height on my 2006 Ram dually? Would it create a domino effect to other suspension system changes?


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I removed the aux spring hangers so the springs wouldn't hit them w/ the 5er attached. Tho the truck may squat some, I don't get whammed when the truck goes over a bump and susp is trying to go back down if that makes sense. The suggestion came from posters on here.


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ACZL wrote:

I removed the aux spring hangers so the springs wouldn't hit them w/ the 5er attached. Tho the truck may squat some, I don't get whammed when the truck goes over a bump and susp is trying to go back down if that makes sense. The suggestion came from posters on here.

Would you mind posting a picture of what that looks like?

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ACZL wrote:

I removed the aux spring hangers so the springs wouldn't hit them w/ the 5er attached. Tho the truck may squat some, I don't get whammed when the truck goes over a bump and susp is trying to go back down if that makes sense. The suggestion came from posters on here.


That might make it lower if you are on the overloads when it is hooked up, since as you said it will squat more.

But it won't change the unloaded bed height.


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I can’t find a picture of the stock suspension but some trucks came from the factory with blocks between the springs and axle. Easiest way to lower a truck is to remove the blocks. If you don’t have blocks you can buy lowering kits for it online. They are usually new shackles for the leaf springs. Pretty easy job to change out.


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My fifth wheel has only 54" of overhang with a non-adjustable pin box. I took off the 1 ton overload springs and bump stops and installed air bags which are at the minimum 6 psi when towing. I needed two inches of squat to bring my trailer to level. The truck has some rake when empty and actually sits level when towing. I have been towing set up like this for four years with no adverse effects. About 2,300# in the bed. 2WD though. 04.5 Ram 3500 dually, also quad cab in silver.

You could put extra weight in your bed such as a large aux tank with fuel,

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Are the 3 spacers under the spring pack what can be removed?

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^ Yup. Those are them. That'll do a decnwt reverse level like you're looking for without sacrificing any capacity.
Don't remove the upper overload contacts. That's not a good idea for your application.
(Nor does it provide any change in ride height until the truck is sacked out, but if it's sacked out, you'd want the extra springs)


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Super_Dave wrote:

Are the 3 spacers under the spring pack what can be removed?

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You do not remove them you move them to the top of the spring. Down side it is the caliaper bolt can not be removed.


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parker.rowe wrote:

ACZL wrote:

I removed the aux spring hangers so the springs wouldn't hit them w/ the 5er attached. Tho the truck may squat some, I don't get whammed when the truck goes over a bump and susp is trying to go back down if that makes sense. The suggestion came from posters on here.


That might make it lower if you are on the overloads when it is hooked up, since as you said it will squat more.

But it won't change the unloaded bed height.


Your right. I was under the impression Dave wanted his towing height lower.

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