Fabtech Lift Kit On A 2001 Dodge Ram - Quick Six

'01 Fabtech Ram Kit

Gary Blount
Apr 1, 2005
Photographers: Joe Pettitt
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When you're looking for good parts for a truck, it's up to us to cover a diverse selection of products so you can see firsthand what your truck would look like with these components. After a quick review of our editorial lifts, we found that we missed coverage on the Dodge Ram. Even though you've seen how to remove a knuckle about a thousand times, the Dodge truck is substantially different than the Ford or Chevy truck.
We chose the Fabtech 6-inch lift to illustrate what a lifted '01 Ram looks like with such a lift. The kit went on with many of the same methods that most kits use to lift a truck, with a few differences. One of the major differences is that a new bumpstop will need to be welded to the frame. This is essential in making sure the new suspension doesn't cycle too far. For one, it would allow the tire to tear off the fender. Secondly, it would bind and snap the ball joints, letting your spindles and tires fly off.
The Fabtech lift uses a taller spring and offset spindle to increase the ride height. Therefore, it rides like a typical lifted truck. A 6-inch lift is relatively conservative, but your center gravity will increase, adding to the leverage placed on the antiroll bar. Fabtech address this issue by increasing the spring rate. Different shock valving provides a smooth ride with the increased spring rate. Here's how the kit goes on.
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3.Right behind the ball joint is a bumpstop that will prevent the truck's suspension from dropping too low and binding the ball joints. Install the bumpstop to the new arm, as it will be virtually impossible to install after the arm is on the truck. Applying some grease to the inside of the A-arm bushing hole will allow the urethane bushing to move, which will prevent the bushing from squeaking when the suspension moves under pressure. Some grease inside the A-arm bushing will allow the inner bolt sleeve to slide in with ease. It will also allow frictionless movement, dampening suspension noise. Make sure you only preassemble one side of the A-arms bushings to make room for the cross-shaft that will be installed later.

Sources

Fabtech
Chino, CA 91710
877-432-2832
www.fabtechmotorsports.com
Pro Comp
Compton, CA 90220
866-232-0665
www.procomptires.com
Aggressive Suspension
(714) 632-9001
www.aggressivesuspension.com

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