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Old 02-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #141
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We will be using a 67 1/2 ton Burb and a 63 1/2 lifted Chevy 4x4 truck to pull our 64 Overlander from time to time. Both of them could easily do that job.

What we use right now for towing is a 1985 diesel 3/4 ton Burb with lift and 4x4. It's rated to only do 8,000 lb or so and we've already put OVER 15,000 lb behind it and it pulled that without a problem. Lots of vehicles can pull more than they are rated for. It's not the issue of pulling said weight, it's the issue of stopping said weight. If you have trailer brakes, tranny cooler, and update your rig's brakes you could probably pull way more than it's rated for.

My boyfriend built my rig to pull as much or more than a 1 ton rig can pull from the factory. Next on it's list is a new motor with turbo and new rear and front end gears, then we are talking 1 1/2 ton rating. (insert evil laugh here)
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Old 03-13-2013, 05:35 PM   #142
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Just an update here on this Ram truck....replaced the front shocks and the steering damper today with Bilstein's. One of the harder shock replacement jobs I've done, but man-oh-man, what an improvement. Sooooo much better. Those stock shocks are junk.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:34 PM   #143
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SteveH,
How many miles were on the stock shocks? Your signature says you have a 2012 model.

How did the ride change?

I have 40k on my truck and I was thinking the current stock shocks have always been mediocre at best.
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Old 03-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #144
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SteveH,
How many miles were on the stock shocks? Your signature says you have a 2012 model.

How did the ride change?

I have 40k on my truck and I was thinking the current stock shocks have always been mediocre at best.
I just bought the truck a few months ago, but it was a "Demo" model, or something like that, and has about 22K miles.

I don't think the stock shocks had gone bad so to speak, but were inferior and not up to the job of stabilizing such a heavy truck with so much unsprung weight. Again, my opinion.

The only thing that I noticed about the ride was increased stability, steering stability, and response. I did not change the rear shocks as it has been my experience really stout shocks on the rear of the vehicle just increases ride harshness with little improvement in stability.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:39 PM   #145
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Steve,

Did you go with the yellow/blue or the 5100 series that silver/black? I put the yellow/blue on my '08 at around 50k miles but didn't change the steering damper and probably should have. I didn't see any increase in harshness from the new rear shocks.
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:57 PM   #146
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Rick, The Bilsteins I found available for are truck yellow/blue front shocks, but the steering damper is 5100 series silver/black.

The best price I found with free shipping was from Summitracing.com .
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:23 PM   #147
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Also check out Geno Garage for stuff for your ram/cummins Dodge Cummins Turbo Diesel Parts and Accessories - Geno's Garage

I see they only have the damper in the 5100 also.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #148
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The front shocks were replaced when the front airbags were installed as the mounting location was moved outside of the usual shock location inside the coil spring. The rear shocks were left stock.

There is not much one can do to make an over four ton empty weight four wheel drive truck handle like a sports car that weighs less than half that much.
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Old 03-15-2013, 03:55 PM   #149
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Reading this thread makes me feel much better about purchasing my new truck Now if only all the snow will melt so I can have the AS ready before our first (ever) rally in April!
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:03 PM   #150
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There is not much one can do to make an over four ton empty weight four wheel drive truck handle like a sports car that weighs less than half that much.
Switz, I'm not claiming sports car like handling, but I am claiming a MAJOR improvement. An improvement to the point of doing as well as my last truck, an '08 GMC 3/4 4X4 with independent front suspension.

Basically, I was unsatisfied, and now I'm happy.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:09 AM   #151
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The BILSTEIN is pretty well the strongest consensus choice on low cost replacement shocks for DODGE. One can go to the aftermarket for custom-valved KING or FOX shock absorbers (from CARLI or THUREN FABRICATION), but the cost rises to several hundred dollars apiece. I'd say that once one has the rig completely kitted out that this final step may be worthwhile (based on comments from other truck owners who'd narrowed down their truck spec & use to their ideal).

GENOS GARAGE is the default aftermarket supplier for all years of DODGE diesel trucks. Plenty of others out there, but this would be the best place to start any research.
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Old 03-22-2013, 02:28 PM   #152
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Just got thru installing this: BD-Power Performance Dodge Steering Stabilizer

And some urethane sway bar bushings.

It's even better.
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Old 03-26-2013, 01:45 PM   #153
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I went with the one from Hellbent steel more as a preventative maintenance measure for the steering box. I thought it was a worthwhile upgrade to tighten up the steering.
Dodge Ram Steering Stabilizer - Hell Bent Steel
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #154
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I went with the one from Hellbent steel more as a preventative maintenance measure for the steering box. I thought it was a worthwhile upgrade to tighten up the steering.
Dodge Ram Steering Stabilizer - Hell Bent Steel
Looks like the exact same product.
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