Photo 1/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Three Quarters In Motion Front View | With our new Ride Tech/Fox Racing RQ shocks in place, much of the common freeway bounce was removed, and as a bonus, the upgraded shocks supported the weight of truck with less PSI in the ’bags, so we were actually able to turn with less air without rubbing the fenders.
Photo 2/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Airbagged Removed | 1. Our airbagged ’09 Ram was a joy to drive, but like always, we knew there was room to improve overall ride quality and handling. The cheap Gabriel shocks fit the unique suspension’s dimensions, but they weren’t engineered to support the weight of a crew cab fullsize truck and their limited travel actually reduced the full suspension travel at max airbag PSI.
Photo 3/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Lower Control Arm | 2. One nut held the lower shock bolt to the lower control arm, and the top nut was easily removed with a 13mm socket.
Photo 4/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Racing Shocks | 3. Ride Tech partnered with a leader in the shock world—Fox Racing Shocks, and with the two engineering companies working together, a new line of shocks for custom trucks, muscle cars, and hot rods was created. Once we measured our old shocks, we ordered the corresponding Ride Tech RQ shocks that matched.
Photo 5/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Lower Shock View | 4. We used this opportunity to replace the lower shock bolt with a massive 5/8-inch bolt and nut. It really was just a matter of unbolting the old shock and bolting in the new Ride Tech units.
Photo 6/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Torxbit | 5. The only part that required more than basic handtools was the upper nut, which needed a Torx bit to keep the 1/2-inch hardened shaft from spinning when tightening the nut.
Photo 7/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Ride Tech Rq Shock View | 6. With the Ride Tech RQ shock in place, we installed the wheel and tire and cycled the air suspension to ensure we had proper suspension travel at 0 psi, ride height (75 psi) and maximum height (155 psi).
Photo 8/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Shock Replacement | 7. Out back, it was clear we needed a shock replacement as the cheap rear shock lower mount had literally broken apart. Because of the rear airbags, it was hard to notice when driving straight, but the handling was definitely negatively impacted.
Photo 9/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Rq View | 8. Side by side, the smooth-body RQ shocks looked great, and with technologies such as large monotube design, billet endcaps, Teflon wiper, and an anodized outer coating, we plan on enjoying a better ride for many miles to come. The Ride Tech shocks also feature a million-mile warranty.
Photo 10/10 | 1401 2009 Dodge Ram Rq Shocks Instaled | 9. Using the original hardware, the new RQ shocks were bolted in place. The Ram not only rode better, but it also handled better when driving low entering on-ramps. A big perk was being able to drive the truck lower with less PSI in the ’bags because the shocks actually supported the weight of the 1/2-ton. Quit compromising and get your ’bagged truck riding the best it can with better shocks.