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I've decided to go with the Skyjacker 5" replacing most components of the Offroad package. I need the extra height to avoid as much rubbing as possible.

I debated whether or not to wait for the new coil overs, but I think the ride I'll be getting with the 5" inch is all I need.
 

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Hey Pete, if/when you do that lift, I want your factory springs if your truck has the off-road package. If you are going to do your lift soon, let me know and what you want for your springs.
 

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Pete,

I have the 5" Skyjacker lift on my 98 Ram and I think it's the best upgrade modification I've done! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_biggrin.gif"> You will be really happy with this lift. <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/bigthumbup.gif">
 

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I have had the 5" skyjacker package for about 2 months now and LOVE IT! I have the 35x12.5 procomps and it was amazing what the truck will do now compared to stock. I would however recommend some softer shocks than what come in the package offered by 4wpw. The package says it comes with "soft ride" socks. I can promise you there is nothing soft about them! I'm going with RS9000 in the next week or so. I commute on the 101 and the road by the SJ airport beats me to death at 65-70 MPH.
The only rubbing I have had with this set up is if I have the wheel turned all the way in either direction and then stuff the tire in the well, and I mean really try to stuff it. Even then its very very little. I have thought about adding a 2" body lift as well but havn't really seen a need just yet.
I'm running my stock gears as well (3:55) but I have the manual 5 speed so I can get away with that ok. I went from 15/21 (city/highway MPG) to 12/18 after the lift.
 

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The manual I guess. I have the 5.2 gasser but the 5 speed manual. I was getting the 15/21 before I lifted. I did notice a BIG diff after I went with a K&N and flowmasters. Best proformance mods for the bucks I think. I have a buddy that just put in a "PowerAid" and he told me he had a very noticable power increase. Also said it has improved his milage a bunch. I have him tracking his MPG right now, and he is on his second tank. One I see the hard numbers I may get one for my truck. They are about $80 on the net. I will post my results on here when I hear back from him.
The 15/21 was going off the odomiter too. After I did the lift I installed a GPS so the "after" numbers are very accurate.
Some fun numbers off the top of my head...before the lift and tires: 75MPH=~2150RPM, after the lift, 81MPH=~2000RPM (GPS). I wrote down all of the RPM levels and speeds befor and after if your really interested in seeing them. I'm bogged down now in 5th, but it does fine.
 

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Hey Ruffram, The lift is going in next Wednesday. I do have an Offroad, hence my tag! Make me an offer I can't refuse!

Rampage, Thanks for the tip on the shocks. I may consider the 9000s before the install.

What's the performance like on the Softride shocks? I was told just a bit stiffer than stock, but you know how those sales guys can be. They also mentioned that the double flex duel system is much stiffer. I considered the df but didn't want to feel every pebble.
 

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Pete,

Let me know how it turns out. I am looking to put a Skyjacker Stage II single flex on my truck at some point. I was planning to run 36's with it.
 

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Shocks...

Skyjacker makes two types of their 'soft rides', a hydro and a nitro. The hydros are a softer shock than the nitro's. I currently have the Black Diamond XT shocks on my 1500 and they are also nitrogen charged so I can understand what you are going through - after about 3 years of the harsh ride I'm ready for a change. I do have a set of the Skyjacker Hydro's sitting on the floor ready to go in the truck if the weather clears up.

Nitros are generally a heavier duty shock, meant for trucks with heavy loads, a heavy truck or if you are gonna run in Baja. <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"> Hydros are more for the daily driver and trail off roader. I had a friend with a 2500 Cummins with the same Black Diamonds as I have and it road terrific comared to my 1500.

Just my 2 cents.
 
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