Raising The Front Of A 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty With Epiq’s 2-Inch Leveling KitPosted in How To: Suspension Brakes on December 16, 2016
When Ram Truck started converting its Heavy Duty pickups to a three-link tapered-coil front suspension with the ’14 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty, the ride and handling took a significant step forward without compromising load and towing capabilities. However, some owners still dislike the truck’s nose-low attitude.
An easy fix for that is moving the front coils down 2 inches with a leveling kit, which gives a more eye-pleasing symmetry to the tires in the wheel arches. The downside is the stock shocks don’t have enough travel to compensate for the longer suspension travel under full droop.
An Epiq Fox ComboEpiq Suspension takes that into consideration with its ’14-current Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty 2-inch leveling kit that incorporates custom-tuned Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP (internal floating piston) shocks, which are ideal for any four-wheeler who is using their big 4x4 Ram for towing, hauling, or off-pavement travel.
Epiq offers three Ram 2500/3500 Heavy Duty leveling kits: the basic pair of TIG welded, CNC-machined, triple-baked powdercoated steel spacers for $99; the same spacers with Bilstein 5100 shocks, which add $175; or the aforementioned Fox 2.0 Performance Series IFP shocks, a $260 upgrade.
The latter works best for those who run their truck on backroads or off-pavement because Fox’s IFP monotube truck shocks, with 6061-T6 aluminum bodies and race-developed internals, are valved specifically for heavy-duty pickups in those driving conditions.
Easy Install, Nicer RideEpiq Suspensions’ Casey Castle leveled up the front of a ’16 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 at Dunks Performance in Springfield, Oregon. The installation is very straightforward, takes about two hours, and doesn’t require any special handtools, which is cool if you are a backyard DIYer.
A floor jack and jackstands are a must if doing this outside of a shop, and it’s good to have the frontend realigned afterwards just to make sure it stays within factory specs as there will be a very minor change to toe-in.
The difference in handling and ride after the Epiq/Fox upgrade is quite apparent over stock: there’s less shudder over sharp bumps, rocks, ruts, potholes and railroad crossings; the truck feels softer and more controlled going through dips and over crests at speed; and it feels way more controlled when towing a big trailer.
The other advantages of giving the Ram Heavy Duty’s nose a minor uplift is it improves the approach angle by about 8 degrees over stock, while making way to run 35s, should those be your tire of choice. We had the OEM LT275/70R18 Firestone Transforce HTs swapped out for a set of LT295/60R20 Pro Comp A/T Sports, which added an extra 1/2-inch of ground clearance and better off-road traction for this Ram.
If you want to level out the stance of your big Ram while improving its ride, both unloaded and loaded, Epiq Suspension’s 2-inch front leveling kit is an option worth considering.
Before/After SpecsHeight at wheelwell arch
Stock (f/r, in): 40.75/43. 25
After (f/r, in): 43.13/43.25
Stock (app/dep, deg): 43/32
After (app/dep, deg): 51/32.7
Stock: Firestone Transforce HT
Size: LT275/70R18 (33.2-inch diameter)
After: Pro Comp A/T Sport
Size: LT295/60R20 (33.9-inch diameter)