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Dodge 1500 front springs/airbags

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by wfduggan, Sep 7, 2015.

  1. wfduggan

    wfduggan Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    96 Dodge 1500 with 360 motor. With meyer 7.5' blade.

    Looking at upgrading the front suspension.

    Would you suggest air bags, v-10 springs or Timbrens?

    What would be best till I can upgrade to a 3/4 or 1 ton?
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Changing The Front Coil Springs.

    I changed my #38-#39 springs on my 08 2500
    (Your 1500 shouldn't be much different)

    to #46-#47 combo.

    This is easier than you may think.
    1. loosen the sway bar but do not remove the nuts leave them at the end of the bolt.
    2. Remove the bolt at the bottom of the shock.
    3. Jack up your truck so the wheels are off of the ground.
    put jack stands under your frame. remove the wheels.

    4. At this point you can push up on the shock and compress it all of the way up.
    5. While trying to hold the shock up grab onto the lower front of the spring and pull it forward. It should come out with a little wiggling or try rotating it.
    remove both springs and install the new springs at this point.

    To install the new spring compress the shock and slide the new spring up into place. Use a floor jack to raise the axle (make sure the top of the spring is in the rubber spring perch) until you can get the lower shock bolt to slide back in and tighten then tighten the sway bar back up.

    Now maybe a good time to rotate your tires.

    This will take you about an hr with hand tools.
    Remember to have your favorite beverage handy.

    Difficulty rating, 2 beers

    spring rate chart

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2015
  3. wfduggan

    wfduggan Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    are those dodge numbers?
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    yes, those are/were Dodge numbers I use to get my new springs from napa.
    they now have some new # but those # will cover your year for cross reference/.

    I guess someone at Ram need some job security so new #'s were issued

    on my newer 2500 diesel burner, the passenger spring tag. #71765 #985AA or (p)passenger side)521113985AA...

    It could or might be easier to go look at the tag on a new truck that has the springs you want and copy the #, or maybe someone has the new # for us.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2015