Let's Talk About Building Your Suspension And Answer Some Questions

Most people contact us and say they want a suspension setup that "levels" the truck. The reality of Level is tricky because when you line up 10 trucks with a different front to rear height bias, most of the people that want a level truck would choose the trucks that are about 1/2" to 1" taller in the rear. Here's why.... (timestamp 0:32)

If you were looking at a measured Dead Level truck from the front corner, this angle will give the illusion that the front is higher than the rear. Most people don’t like this look because the idea of dead level actually measures out to be a truck that looks a bit high in the rear. We suggest measuring your truck's front to rear bias at the fender openings (see video for full explanation). Each truck will measure out a bit differently that's why it's important to measure out your truck before you purchase any suspension components.

How To Measure Your Truck's Ride Height

The stock look of the factory setup tends to leave the truck looking severely nose down or as if the front of the truck is weighed down. Even if you like this look, dialing in the suspension should be a priority.

The key to upgrading your suspension is that of having options, not only the ride quality but the look as well. (timestamp 2:09)

*Raising the front suspension height will transfer some weight to the rear resulting in the rear dropping roughly 1/4 inch.

Finding the front to rear bias measurement:

  • Park on the most level ground you can find (tip: most smart phones have a level app)
  • Measure the front from center of hub to highest point of fender opening
  • Record measurement
  • Measure the rear from center of hub to highest point of fender opening
  • Record measurement

Using the measurement information you gathered, apply the lift you would like to the stock measurements. This will give you an accurate idea of what to order when upgrading your suspension components.

*for future reference: we are developing a lift/height result list so you will know exactly what lift you will get, depending on your platform, without accessories, in stock form, when installing our coils. Stay tuned!

Considering additional weight

Because most of us utilize our trucks for their intended purposes, towing or loading the bed might be a concern all while maintaining a level suspension. To compensate for more weight in the bed simply do just that, load the bed with your usual weight i.e. motorcycles, sod, gravel, wood etc. Park on level ground and take the same measurements as stated above, order your suspension components accordingly.

Another thing to consider is the added accessories you've installed or plan on installing in the future. Our posted lift heights are based on the most common Quad-Cab trucks without accessories installed. Naturally it should be understood that installing accessories will affect the lift height. Anticipate roughly 1/4 inch difference from our advertised lift height.

With or without accessories, the Dodge platforms are not created equally. Mega-Cabs run heavy in stock form therefore 1/4 inch subtracted from the advertised lift height should be considered. If you own a Regular-Cab truck, it will sit much higher after our coil spring install (approx. 1/2 inch higher). Also, trucks with the RamBox installed weigh approximately 200 Lbs (empty) more than standard bed trucks.

How it all adds up

All things considered, truck configurations in their various forms reflect weight and affect your suspension kit options. Trim packages, accessories, base models vs Longhorn/Laramie editions all have different weights and should be taken into account when buying Thuren Fabrication Suspension components. (timestamp 3:30)