Any other way to lift my Durango?

Discussion in 'Dodge 4x4' started by lifted-d, May 11, 2004.

  1. lifted-d

    lifted-d New Member

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    I've got a 98 Durango and already have the body lift but I want more lift to fit 35s. Any other way to do it besides adding the Rancho 3" suspension lift? I'm not mechanically inclined and the $700 installation fee is gonna kill me on top of the Rancho kit and my new gears (about $1500) :wall:
     
  2. AUdakota

    AUdakota New Member

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    You could go with the 5.5 tuff country. But other than expensive kits theres not much else you could do.



    You could just crank the torsion bars and put a rear block on there but i dont think you could get 35's on there with just that.
     

  3. 4wDakota

    4wDakota New Member

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    You can squeze 35's on it with cranking the torsion bars. You'll have to run 15 x 8's with 3.75" backspacing and make light trims to the front fashia



    For the rear do an add-a-leaf and a longer shackle (if necessary) to level it out. Can't use blocks, rear is spring under



    Dakota on 35's with 3" body, t-bars cranked and 8" rims

    [img=500x375]http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/2/web/362000-362999/362113_22_full.jpg[/img]



    [img=500x375]http://images.cardomain.com/member_images/2/web/362000-362999/362113_19_full.jpg[/img]



    You can also run 34 x 12.50 Trxus MT's
     
  4. DakotaClark

    DakotaClark New Member

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    I have a Dakota and that one right there is amazing... mine is stock planning on a 3" suspension lift...
     
  5. fuel583

    fuel583 New Member

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    We put a 3" body lift on my girls 99 durango and to fit the 33" swamper sts's i had to do some minor trimming. Seems like the 35s would be kinda tight. Any pics of ur durango?
     
  6. lifted-d

    lifted-d New Member

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    No pics of my Durango, need a digital camera but my Durango must come first money wise. I have the Eagle 589 rims with 3.25 backspacing now and I rub with my 33x12.5s on sharp turns so I think 35s would be very hard with just a torsion and shackle lift. Cutting the bumper is no problem but I also rub the front wheel well and thats metal. 4x4 shop wants $700 to install the Rancho kit. But, I need gears too and installation for gears is $400 an axle here in Louisville. The parts are easy for me to spend the money on but the installation would be about $1600 for lift and gears and thats tough to take. Making that a grand total of $3600+tax and the money to swap my 33s for 35s. :wall:
     
  7. 4wDakota

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    35's are pretty hard on the IFS front of Durangos, they are just undersized. 35's wo't get you too much more on the trail. Stick with the 33's or crank the t-bars a little and run 34 x 12.50s



    The rancho lift isn't that hard to install, it just takes a while. You can do it yourself and save some $$$
     
  8. Adam

    Adam New Member

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    do a sas man :bigthumb:
     
  9. lifted-d

    lifted-d New Member

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    If I stay with my 33s should I get the 4.10 or 4.56 gears? I was thinking 4.56 but it would drive better with some 35s.
     
  10. 4wDakota

    4wDakota New Member

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    4:10s with 33s

    4.56s with 35s



    Corey
     
  11. lifted-d

    lifted-d New Member

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    To install that Rancho lift, is it just bolt on or is there cutting and welding involved? I want more lift so bad I can taste it put money always has to get in the way of things. :wall:
     
  12. 4wDakota

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    Heree's a write up on it by foreXFour



    http://claycdbj.com/page5.html





    The instructions for the kit can be downloaded off the rancho site. For a 98 its not hard, its just time cunsuming. No welding required

    :bigthumb:
     
  13. fuel583

    fuel583 New Member

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    Hey lifted-d... I have a few questions for you about the lift.. How come u went with the rancho as opposed to the tuff country. Im looking to lift my girlfriends durango a little more after the body lift and we're trying to decide on either the rancho kit or the TC kit. How do you like the rancho kit and did u end up doing the install yourself? Do you have any pics of how much you had to trim the front fenders? Thanks man , Your truck loooks killer..
     
  14. 96REDRAM

    96REDRAM New Member

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    hey all, sori to just chime in here, but depending on how you plan on using your truck, i have 9.5 in suspension lift on my 98 durango, i have 3.92 gears, and a 318 with a few bolt ons,. its an awesome truck, not too great for hard trail riding, but its fun to play with. i'll put ups some pictures when i get off work today. FYI!!! its a pavement pounder 99% of the time, so dont get your panties in a bunch when you see it. i have had the lift on for a few months now, and no problems. and yes i'm running 35" Pro Comp X-terrains. i love these tires. oh yeah, i go to the river quite often with it, and i drive about 6 hundred miles with it, round trip and it honestly ride very well!!!!!
     
  15. lifted-d

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    The reason I went with the Rancho kit is that I had heard stories about things breaking on the Tuff Country lifts if you actually used it off-road. I wanted to actually use mine so I went with the Rancho. Only problem I've had is trying to find good enough brakes to stop the 35" tires, but Durango brakes suck anyway.
     
  16. hawaii98dak

    hawaii98dak Well-Known Member

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    i have a dakota with a 5.5 TC lift its a not bad lift some of the brackets need to be beafed up alittle to handle being abused when you buy the kit you'll know what i mean like the rear crossmember is made out of thin wall box i just mad mine out of a bigger peice and the lower bump stops cut them off and use limit straps the tend to get hung up on everything and theres a few outher stuff i did to the lift

    as for power it shoud have more than enough power if you got at least a 318 or 360 and 3:92 gears to run 35's mines a daily driver and i have a 318 and 3:92's and i still spank some imports at the stop lights

    hope this helps :bigthumb:
     
  17. 96REDRAM

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    [img=250x143]http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/2/web/710000-710999/710974_2.jpg[/img]



    here's my durango, finally finished.
     
  18. Rawkon

    Rawkon New Member

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    same durango stock

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  19. 96REDRAM

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    Same Durango playin in the mud! :naughty: :naughty:





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  20. krweby

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