A BDS Lift Improves Looks and Rides Great
The Dodge Ram name has been around since 1981 and has been redesigned several times over the years. The current body style is the Gen4, introduced for the 2009 model year. In 2009, the rear leaf springs were replaced with a multi-link coil-spring setup. This suspension is great at absorbing bumps and road impacts compared to the prior leaf sprung models; however, it it can be better and taller.
Typically, a lift for the Ram trucks with front coil-over strut suspension runs in the 4- to 6-inch range. This is true for both the early 2006-08 front-strut, rear-leaf trucks and the late model front-strut, rear-coil rigs. The common, cost-effective method is to just space down the front strut—BDS even offers kits that use this method. However, they also offer a better solution too.
BDS Suspension, in partnership with Fox Racing shocks, offers kits for Ram Trucks that replace the front strut and uses a Fox, long-travel, coil-over shock. There are many advantages to a coil-over shock: The first is that they provide more suspension travel, which takes advantage of the extra height to improve the ride on dirt and pavement. In addition, the Fox Racing shocks can be adjusted for ride stiffness, allowing fine-tuning to suit your needs. Also, the remote reservoir provides more fluid capacity to dissipate heat and keep your shocks running smooth over the rough stuff.
In addition to the front fox coil-over shocks, the BDS kit (seen here) includes rear “BDS by Fox, 2.0 series rear gas shocks” standard. These match the front 2.5″ Fox coil overs for superior ride. Of course, the lift also allows the user of larger tires and cool aftermarket wheels.
We went to SoCal Supertrucks and followed along as they installed a BDS lift on a 2015 Ram 1500. This truck was setup with the out-of-the-box, 6-inch suspension height—however, the same kit can be “adjusted down to 4-inches or fined tuned anywhere in between”. It’s your call on what your trucks stance will be, and you can change your mind later if you’d like.
Before lift installation began, the stock P275/60R20 (33×10.8) tires and wheels needed to be replaced. In addition to the BDS lift, a set of Dune wheels from Fuel Off-Road, size 20×9 were fitted with 35×12.5 Nitto Terra Grappler G2 tires. The Dune wheels have an inner mounting hole for the TPS (tire pressure sensor) to keep them out of harm’s way. An outer mounting hole makes the fill stem a standard, easy-to-reach and cheap-to-replace item.
The wider Nitto tires were covered with a set of aftermarket flares that were paint matched to the body. Of course, with taller tires, the ECM needs to be recalibrated, and a speedometer calibrator from Hypertech made this a simple task—installation of the suspension was done in just under a day. Afterwards, as with any front-end alignment, the truck needed an alignment after the kit was installed.
If you’re looking for a top-shelf upgrade for your Ram truck, BDS suspension offers one of the best in the business. DW
The BDS kit does not work on the 2013 and up trucks fitted with the self-leveling air suspension.
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