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Sitting low in front 2004 Ram 1500

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by CJPlow, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    Last year we put on a western ultra mount plow with the poly blade. When plowing i noticed the front bracket is very close to the ground and bottomed out a few times. What have you guys done to help adjust for this cause it is hard with some of the drives we have to do. I have already turned up the torsion bars on it to gain another inch but i know that is all i can do before really putting the strain on them. A set of air shocks would be awesome for this but i cant seem to find then anywhere. I did notice firestone came out with a set but its for the chevy trucks only.
    Any info would be great on this! I really dont want to go another season like this and risk screwing up the plow mount.
     
  2. Leisure Time LC

    Leisure Time LC Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    did you put any weight in the back, I put around 400# in the back of my 1500 and it balances out pretty good
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Throw some weight in the back, and add a set of timbrens.
     
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,468

    :rolleyes: .I agree................
    or sell it and get one with coil springs that can be easily up graded.
     
  5. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    we had almost 500 lbs in the back, it helped a little but not what we were expecting.
     
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Did you have it behind the rear axle? The ballast must be at the rearmost point in the bed up front by the bulkhead isn't effective.

    That truck has a soft front end. it wasn't designed to be a work truck so the suspension's tuned a little different then a work truck. lots of travel in the early stages, for a smoother ride, even the current 2500 trucks are riding softer.
     
  7. harleyrider67

    harleyrider67 Member
    Messages: 36

    I have a Boss 7-6 standard duty on my 2004 Ram QC 4x4 and have not experieced the bottoming out.

    I have the 20" wheels with BFG 285/65/20's on them and that makes the truck set about
    2" higher as well as installing the Timbrens. They are a MUST, especially on the 1500's.

    Cranked the torsion bars so there is about 1" clearance between the Timbren and the lower A arm. It plows like a beast.

    Finally like Basher said get that ballast behind the rear axle close to the tailgate, I use 500-600 of ballast on my truck.

    Hope this helps, and have fun in the white stuff purplebou

    Curtie Man
     
  8. IDOCTORTREES

    IDOCTORTREES Senior Member
    from MONTANA
    Messages: 792

    go to any lift shop they will have a 2 inch spacer will go above the spring
     
  9. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    What are the timbrens?
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

  11. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I just put timbrens on my '04 when I had it. It had a blizzard 760lt on it with no problems. You'll hardly have any sag with timbrens on.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,468

    That year did not use coil springs.
    They use torsion bars like on chevs.
     
  13. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    I told my buddy about them im going to push hard for him to buy them. Thanks a lot for the great info.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 28, 2007
  14. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    adjust torsion bars ,timbrens make the ride pretty hard.

    JR
     
  15. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    I have adjusted them up. You go to tight they will snap. Ever seen a Asto van driving with a tire in a fender? I have and also have fixed them as well nothing is harder than fixing a broken torsion bar especially if it were to happen in 6" of snow with a plow on in someones driveway. LOL im trying to prevent this now cause I will be the one doing it not my buddy who is an electrician.