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Driving A Lifted 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

Posted in Features on March 1, 2009
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Photographers: Kevin Dill

Though there are a few spacer kits out there already floating around, to our knowledge this is the first complete suspension system out and available for the new 2009 Dodge Ram 1500. And unfortunately for everyone else, it seems that Superlift put the bar high right from the get-go, and it is going to be tough for the other suspension companies to up the ante.

No, this isn't some full-race suspension; in fact this is a more basic version of the kit that still uses a stock-style strut, but the engineering work and shock valving that went into the design of this kit made this test truck impressive to drive.

In our January 2009 issue, we had our first drive impressions in the new Ram 1500, and before we could blink twice Superlift had a truck lifted up on 37-inch BFG All Terrains and available for us to take out and romp on for a bit.

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Driving Impressions
We'll tell you right now that the phrase "overly abusive" has been used to describe us once or twice in the past. That being said, the truck survived us beautifully. We like to try to find any potential clunks in the suspension or weak parts in the kit when we go out and test drive new parts, and besides one giant clunk that sounded like it came from the transfer case (this truck had already been put through the wringer before us), there were no scary suspension noises or bangs that we heard from under the truck.

We couldn't believe that the truck was sitting on 37-inch BFG tires. The 20-inch Pro Comp wheels and large body of the truck made them look like 33s, and that feeling was further supported with the way the truck handled.

The rear end worked beautifully and the complete lack of axle wrap in the rear was a nice change from typical lifted 1/2-ton trucks we usually drive.

The new suspension had very little roll to it and did a wonderful job of picking up the bumps and really absorbing whatever we threw at it. In fact, it took some real work to try and get this truck airborne for a cover shot. Action shots are a lot easier to get when the vehicle rides like a dump truck, and unfortunately for our camera this suspension worked way too well.

Our one complaint was the lack of power in the dirt. And this is not really the fault of the suspension nor the engine of the truck, but instead the fault of the pesky traction-control system put in all new vehicles. It kept cutting out power when we were trying to get wheel spin. This can be very annoying off-road, but good for the average driver on the street.

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