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Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Performance Traction Bars


Back to the garage to install and review the Tuff Country performance traction bars for the Dodge 2500 & 3500 Ram trucks and wow do these things work. We wanted some way to show the advantages of having these bars on the truck, so we hooked up a trailer and off we went. As shown in the side by side video the results are drastic. These Dodge Ram 2500/3500 performance traction bars virtually eliminate all spring wrap. These bars are fully adjustable so they can be used on any truck from stock to 6″ lifted models. They are a stout quality bar built to withstand the extreme torque of the diesel motors. Easily installed with only a few holes to drill makes installing these bars a quick and painless Saturday Project.

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Tuff Country EZ-Ride Suspension recently released a new 3″ lift kit for the Ford F-150 that has quickly become a big hit. We decided to get a first hand look of what was so attractive about this kit. This suspension lift is a great compromise between those who are looking for a little more than just a leveling kit but not looking to tackle all the modifications of a larger kit. It’s simple design includes a new set of control arms to keep the alignment geometry straight. A strut spacer as well as a pre-load spacer give the front end the lift followed by a 1″ block and longer u-bolts to finish out the rear end. The kit is designed to lift and level the truck so you will not have to purchase a separate leveling kit for this truck to sit level. It’s affordable cost is definitely a plus  and the ease of installation means you won’t have too much tied up in installation fees if you decide to have it professionally installed. This F150 lift kit recommends a 33 x 12.50 tire with a wheel that has a 5.5 or less backspacing (will fit up to 35″ tires with a little trimming). The stock tire and wheel combo will fit with this lift if desired, but it will not allow for a wider tire with the factory rims or contact with the upper control arm will occur. Before beginning, the Tuff techs took pre measurements from the center of the hub on the wheels to the fender at each wheel to obtain a starting reference. These numbers were recorded in the instructions for comparison later. Next they checked off all parts included with the kit to the bill of materials list provided on the front page of the instructions. Even though they are the manufacture of this kit and could have skipped this step they still checked every part to make sure that they did not get halfway into the installation process and find out that they were missing something that would cause the truck to not be able to be put back together. They put the Ford F-150 on the hoist and stripped the tires off. They started with the front end of the truck. The first step is unplugging the electronic rack and pinion harness. Continue Reading Article

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We recently had the chance to watch an install of a Tuff Country 52070 Tundra leveling kit and review the product. To my surprise this kit was very easy to install. As I watched the techs install this kit I thought to myself this looks like something even I could do without messing up.  Installing this front leveling required a strut compressor which I do not have, but I learned that many local shops will provide this service to you once you have the struts off the vehicle. This install was performed on a hoist but could be done in the driveway or on the garage floor with floor jacks and jack stands.  Starting this process the techs took before measurements as a reference of where the vehicles body sits to middle of the hub on the wheel. After those numbers were logged up on the hoist went the Toyota Tundra.

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Suspension Air Bags vs Overload Springs

by admin on January 10, 2013

Getting ready to tow a trailer or pull a heavy load?  Load support products help increase your trucks level load capacity as well as controlling heavier loads. We are going to compare two popular solution of load support and which one works best for you.

 Air bags:                                

  • Easy install
  • Bolt on designs
  • Many popular kits offer no drilling
  • Simple air adjustment for changes in weight
  • Offers up to 5000 lbs. of weight leveling ability
  • Vehicle can return to factory ride at the push of a button
  • Custom fit
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Require monitoring air pressure to avoid damage to air bags         

Overload springs:

  • Easy install
  • Bolt on designs
  • No drilling required
  • Progressive designs for no adjustment needed
  • Offers up to 5000 lbs.
  • Most install in less than one hour
  • No worry about leaks
  • No restrictions off road
  • Due to preloads, for quite no rattle performance, they can make for a firmer  ride
  • Often more noisy

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Metric Tire Sizes Conversion

by admin on December 24, 2012

One of the first things you look into after lifting a truck is upgrading to a larger tire.  When deciding on a larger tire there is many variables to look at. One of these is choosing metric or standard tire sizes?  All suspension lifts listings on the Suspension Connection web site will have a recommended tire size. We want to help you better understand and break down the side wall measurements for each. As well as provide the formula to convert metric to standard and vice versa.

  • Standard tire size:

 A standard tire size will be displayed as 35X1250 R 15 on the side wall of the tire.  The 35 depicts the height of the tire, 35” from top to bottom. The 1250 is the cross section or width of the tire12.5” wide.  The R displayed means it’s a Radial, and the 15 indicates a 15” rim diameter.

  • Metric tire size:

A metric tire size will be displayed as LT 315/70 R16 on the side wall of the tire. Lt Stands for light truck or if there was a P it stands for passenger car. The first three numbers represents the width of the tire (315 millimeters). The second two numbers 70, is Ratio of height to width (aspect ratio). The R shows that the tire is a Radial design. The 16 refers to rim diameter. Continue Reading Article

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Review & Install of Firestone R4 Tech Suspension System

December 20, 2012

We decided to install the R4 Tech Suspension on the popular Dodge Ram 2500 platform. This truck is a great choice for towing with the assistance of the Cummings motor, and also the rear leaf sprung suspension. The truck can handle heavy loads and does not lack on power to pull. The leaf sprung rear […]

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How to Properly Grease a Polyurethane Bushing?

December 10, 2012

Have you just purchased some new poly bushings to replace your old worn rubber bushings?  Polyurethane suspension bushings need to be greased before installing them to prolong life and keep it from squeaking. There is a right way and a wrong way to do this. The type of grease you use is crucial. A  Poly […]

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Tuff Country Dodge Ram 2500 Long Arm Review

October 8, 2011

“The Ultimate Dodge Ram Suspension Lift Kit” Without knowing much about exactly how this kit works, I’m on a mission to gain a better understanding of just what this suspension lift kit does and how. I called Tuff Country and talked to their R&D department that supplied me with the installation pictures for this product; […]

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