2013 Ram 1500 MaxTrac 7-Inch Lift System Installation Photo Gallery
Above The Crowd: Lifting a Ram With MaxTrac’s Latest 2WD Suspension System
Harley Camilleri –
Apr 23, 2014
Photo 1/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 In Motion Front Three Quarter | Thanks to MaxTrac’s new 7-inch lift kit, this Ram 2WD cleared 37-inch tires with no rubbing and looked good doing it.
Photo 2/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 001 | 1. Since we were replacing the factory spindles, it was necessary to remove everything attached to them. First thing on the list was unbolting the tie rod to make access behind the spindle less cumbersome.
Photo 3/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 002 | 2. The brake caliper was hung out of the way and the rotor removed to allow the unit bearing to be removed. The hardware was accessed from the rear of the spindle.
Photo 4/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 003 | 3. With the bolts removed, the unit bearing and brake dust shield were pulled from the spindle and set aside for later.
Photo 5/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 004 | 4. Once the upper and lower ball joint nuts were removed, the factory spindle was freed from the ball joints.
Photo 6/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 005 | 5. To allow the lower controls to drop far enough to free the stock coil springs, both front sway bar endlinks had to be removed.
Photo 7/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 006 | 6. LGE-CTS used a floor jack to hold up the lower control arm and keep tension on the coil spring as the front shock was unbolted and removed from the truck.
Photo 8/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 007 | 7. Slowly lowering the floor jack allowed the tension to be carefully released so the coil could be taken off the Ram.
Photo 9/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 008 | 8. MaxTrac’s new 7-inch lift kit for 2WD ’09-’13 Ram trucks comes with everything needed to clear up to 37-inch tires. The kit includes lift spindles, lift coils, longer stainless braided brake lines, lift blocks, U-bolts, and new front and rear shocks.
Photo 10/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 009 | 9. Installing MaxTrac’s single rate, 21⁄2-inch lift coil was accomplished by reversing the process and using the floor jack to lift the lower control back into position with the coil in place.
Photo 11/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 010 | 10. Although a Bilstein option was available, we didn’t want to blow the budget. Instead, we chose MaxTrac’s twin-tube nitrogen shock with speed-sensitive valving as a compromise.
Photo 12/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 011 | 11. Before the new 41⁄2-inch lift spindles could be placed on the truck, we had to install the unit bearings without the brake dust shields.
Photo 13/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 012 | 12. Bolting on the spindle required nothing more than the factory hardware and a little muscle to heft the ductile steel into position.
Photo 14/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 013 | 13. Longer and stronger braided steel brake lines were included as part of the spindle kit. The brake lines mounted to the original frame tab for a factory-like install.
Photo 15/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 014 | 14. Lifting the rear suspension to equal the front was a much simpler affair. It began by unbolting sway bar endlinks from the frame.
Photo 16/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 015 | 15. Next up, we unbolted the track bar from the frame side only.
Photo 17/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 016 | 16. MaxTrac designed its rear lift to be a simplified process, but one hole did have to be drilled to accommodate the track bar relocating bracket.
Photo 18/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 017 | 17. Swapping the 4-inch lift coils required lowering the axle to permit the stock coils to fall free, and then lowering it more to get the taller coils in position.
Photo 19/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 018 | 18. New brackets relocated the rear sway bar endlinks, brake line, and ABS wires.
Photo 20/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 019 | 19. Completing the rear lift was another pair of MaxTrac’s speed-sensitive, nitrogen-charged shock absorbers.
Photo 21/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 020 | 20. The Ram’s large fender openings cleared 20x9-inch BMF F.I.T.E. wheels and 37x12.50R20LT Dick Cepek Fun Country tires with ease. The combo looks tough, matches the black exterior, and the tires are smoother and quieter than many all-terrain tires.
Photo 22/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 Side View 021 | 21. Before: Our two-wheel testbed happened to be about as bone stock as possible. The only modification to the truck was dark window tint to ward off effects of the glaring Southern California sun.
Photo 23/23 | 2013 Ram 1500 Side View | 22. After: Talk about a difference! You decide which ride you’d rather be behind the wheel of, but that decision is easy for us. Let’s go have some fun.