Higher Standard: Improve Your Fourth-Gen Ram’s Quality of Life With Carli Suspension’s Backcountry 2.0 Lift

    Higher Standard

    Mike McGlothlinPhotographer, Writer

    There are aftermarket suspension systems that deliver all the goods (improved wheel travel, handling, and ride, for example), but come with a larger than average price tag. With a reputation that precedes it, Carli Suspension is one such company known for offering some of the best suspension lifts money can buy. We recently stopped by Flynn’s Shop in Alexander, Illinois, to get the lowdown on Carli’s Backcountry 2.0 system, which was being installed on a Cummins-powered ’12 Ram 2500.

    Advertised as a 3-inch lift kit with progressive-rate coil springs, an adjustable track bar, and front and rear Fox 2.0 remote-reservoir shocks, the Backcountry kit looks promising on paper. Out in the real world—and with the optional high-clearance control arms, torsion sway bar, dual steering stabilizers, and full Deaver spring pack on board—it’s damned impressive. Not only did the 3-inch Carli system produce one of the best riding, steering, and handling 3/4-ton Rams we’ve ever ridden in, it provided more than ample clearance for a set of 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grapplers mounted on 20x9-inch BMF Novakanes. Tag along for an in-depth look at the high-quality components that make up the Carli Backcountry 2.0 kit.

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