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2012 Ram 1500 - Coilover And Shock Replacement

King Shocks Upgrade Factory Suspension Performance

Kevin McNultyPhotographer, Writer

Millions of dollars go into the engineering and manufacturing of the factory shocks and struts that are bolted under trucks as they roll along the assembly lines. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a million dollars’ worth of shock and suspension performance under these vehicles! The factory shocks and struts are built for economy and corporate profits, not high-end on-and-off-road performance.

In the last few years, King Off-Road Racing Shocks has taken all their professional real-world off-road experience and rolled it into their line of OEM replacement shocks and coilovers. The line of bolt-in replacements is perfect for truck owners wanting a high-quality performance ride without major suspension modifications.

We have found the King damping components to be some of the best-performing and toughest shocks out there. The company’s OEM replacement coilovers and shocks are available for Ford, GM, Jeep, Nissan, Toyota, and a recently released system for the late-model Ram trucks. The shock systems are available for lifted trucks, stock height, and high-performance leveling kits.

We just happened to have a 2012 Ram truck we’ve been driving around and looked forward to replacing the factory equipment with King coilovers. Off-road performance was lacking, the truck porpoised on the uneven stuff, and hitting the transition line between an asphalt highway and a concrete bridge was almost scary. The coilover system for the Ram, like other applications, is completely bolt-on and the installation of the components can be completed in a couple hours. Although this installation is relatively easy, sometimes IFS coilovers (struts) can be a bear without an extra set of helping hands, so we headed over our friends at Off-Road Evolution in Fullerton, California. After modifying the front coilovers on any suspension, we highly recommend having the truck aligned because the caster, chamber, and toe will be off -- tires are expensive.