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1999 Dodge Ram 4x4 - Twisted Battering Ram

Posted in Features on October 1, 2009
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Photographers: Courtesy Of James Lake

It's amazing what a few small hand tools can do to enhance the off-road capabilities of a rig. The owner of this Ram found out first hand how much articulation he could get out of the solid front axle of his 1999 Dodge Ram 4X4.

Jim started his suspension task by evicting the front sway bar from underneath his full size 'wheeler in search of more axle articulation. Amazed by the awesome results of his newfound suspension flex, Jim decided to step up the rest of the Ram's suspension department.

Since we last caught up with Jim, he's replaced the front coils with a set of Kore's VR Hemi race coils and a set of set of Bilstein shocks. Jim also fabricated a homemade dual shock bracket to run the new Bilstein's alongside the 7100s. Jim reports that the combination works very well together but admits the shocks need to be re-valved for the dual-shock application to soften up the ride a bit. Luckily, Jim's familiar with the fact that off-road trucks are never-ending projects, and a little valving work is just all part of the deal.

Vehicle: {{{1999 Dodge Ram 1500}}} Quad Cab 4x4
Owner: Jim Lake
Chassis: Stock OEM
Engine: 5.9L 360 ci w/ K&N filter, Hypertech programmer and throttle-body spacer
Drivetrain: 46RE automatic w/ shift kit, NP231HD w/ T-case saver, Dana 44 front,
{{{Chrysler}}} 9.25 rear w/ Detroit Locker and 4.56 gears
Suspension: {{{Ram 2500}}} coils w/ 2-inch poly spacers, removed sway bar, Renegade
20-inch limiting straps, 14-inch stroke Bilstein 7100s in front, 12-inch
stroke 7100s in rear w/ Deaver leaf pack
Steering: stock
Brakes: Cross-drilled and slotted brake rotors
Tires/wheels: 315/75R16 Hankook Dynapro MTs on stock aluminum rims
Interior: stock
Other Parts: Aftermarket trans. cooler and temp. gauge, homemade front & rear
bumpers, sliders, tire gate and front shock tower brace. Grote high
output LED off-road lights (two spots and one flood)
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