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VIN decoding and plow prep springs

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Lifted4x4Astro, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    First question...can anyone here run my trucks VIN number and give a list of what equipment came on the truck? I am mostly interested in the snow plow prep info.

    Second...When I hook up my 8.5' EZ-V and raise it, the front end drops at least 2" until the bumpstops are basically touching the axle. From this info and what I found here searching, my truck probably has the standard rate springs. Does anyone have a part number for the plow prep springs or a heavy duty set?

    I know there are Timbrens I could buy, but if the upgrade coil springs are about the same money as the Timbrens or a little more, I would rather go that way.
     
  2. itr.#1446

    itr.#1446 Member
    Messages: 47

    i dont know how to do it i am sure if you called dodge they can run it for you , if you end up not having the plow package i have my stock springs from my truck that had the plow prep
     
  3. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Sounds good. I will have to head to the local dealer. I was just hoping I could save that step. I will let you know on your springs. Thanks.
     
  4. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    There was a thread about this somewhere, but if I remember correctly, the newer style dodges, like ours, with the cummins have the highest rate springs because of the diesel. If you go to the older style then I think there might have been two different spring rates for the diesel. But I am pretty sure that the 03 and newer diesel trucks have the highest factory springs.

    My .02, when I installed the plow with out my leveling kit and without any ballast, it dove quite a bit. But then when I added ballast behind the back axle( about 900lbs) it didn't dive much. Then I added a Hell Bent Steel leveling kit for about $100 shipped, and then it sits nice and level. Here is a thread with pictures. See what ya think, but it handles the weight just fine. Good Luck! http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=51526
     
  5. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    I know I need to add ballast. according to the Fisher website, I only need to add around 400#. Seems kind of light to me. I was thinking of going with a leveling kit but I don't want the truck sitting high in the front when I am towing the camper all summer. Right now the truck sits about level when we are loaded up for camping...wood, coolers, bikes, dog and camper. With a leveling kit it would be 2" high up front! Of course, maybe plow prep springs up front would raise it and make it high in the summer as well. I guess this is where the Timbrens would come in handy. I think either way I will be spending some cash this fall. ;)

    The truck is now only used for towing in the summer. I have a hot rod 92 Buick Century wagon I DD all spring, summer and fall.
     
  6. NLS1

    NLS1 Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    Yeah plenty of ballast and Timbrens would probably work out great for ya! Maybe a set for the back too, sounds like a lot of weight and a lot of fun with that camping setup! Good luck,
    Dan
     
  7. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    I will probably end up getting the Timbrens then...we'll see.

    As for ballast, how much should I add?
     
  8. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Just got the build sheet from my local dealer. Cool thing is my truck was built today, September 19th but in 2002! :D

    It does not have the plow prep package. It does have the 5200# front axle, heavy duty shocks, 136 amp alternator and 750 amp battery.

    Here are the spring numbers: front right - ZTEP, front left - ZEFP, rear left - ZGRP, rear right - ZVRP.

    Here are some weird items...

    172S - Zone 72-Portland
    602S - Alaska State Code
    902S - Alaska State Code
    I54S - Route 54 - UP, Kent WA

    And here are the build sheets:

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  9. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Anyone else have their build sheet with the plow prep package? I would like to know if the springs are different than what I have. :confused:
     
  10. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Well I bought a set of Timbrens and now the front only drops 5/8". :bluebounc This is with no ballast either.

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  11. TEX

    TEX Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    in case you still wanted to know there high rated springs even if you have the diesel the numbers are:
    52113988AA
    52113987AA