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I was wondering, does anyone know of a place where I can buy coil springs for my 97 Dodge? I'm looking for a set that is made to lift the truck up 5".
 

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you can get a set of skyjacker coils 5.5" for about 150 dollars. 4 wheel parts wholesalers.
 

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While you can just go with long coils like the skyjacker coils, you also need to consider what that much lift does to the rest of the suspension geometry.

You'll need new shocks (without a doubt), and definitely should consider a drop pitman arm, and a track-bar relcation bracket to correct the steering, because you're going to get some nasty bump-steer.

Also, with Skyjacker's 5.5" kit, they relocate the upper control arms, and extend the lower control arms so that the suspension is operating at better angles than the stock geometry would be, once you put that much lift in.

There's a reason why Skyjacker sells it as a kit...
 

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Woody is right on the money, without the trackbar bracket the axle will sit out on the drivers side about 2 or 3 inches further than the pass.side also without the drop pitman arm you will most likely find out the meaning of "Bump Steer" and you need the sway-bar drop brackets or you'll have to remove your sway bar. The front skyjacker box kit, is around 700 bucks, i think i got mine for 550 without springs and the springs usually run about 150 a pair.
 

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Hey, thanks for all the advice. I have the drop pitman arm and the shocks. I'm getting custom ladder bars for the back and having the same guy fabricate new brackets for the upper control arms. I never thought about relocating the trac-bar. Is it possible to make one of these fairly easy? I don't know much about them.
 

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For the track-bar either buy Skyjacker's bracket, or buy a DT Fabrication track-bar for trucks with 3-6" of lift.

$330 or so, depends on where you are at. That was the 3" lift model shipped to Northern CA.

http://www.dodgeram.org/tech/mods/steering/trackbar/dt_install.html

DT PRoduct's and Fabrication
484 EZ Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
PH#(520)776-4129
Fax#(520)776-2405
Toll Free 1-888-776-2403
 

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Again, good call Woody, get the DT trakbar bracket its 300-350 now or 100 or so for the skyjacker, but in 6 or 8 months, the new trackbar from dodge is 300.00 save your money and buy the DT now. Has anyone heard of being able to break the DT bar???
 

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Nope, I haven't heard about any breaking the DT bars.

And I found out what dies on the mopar ones when I talked to Linstead and ordered one of their track-bars.

The ball-joint at the frame-end of the bar sits in a PLASTIC socket... If you off-road much, or really put heavy loads on the front axle (I get some killer lateral loading when crossing up the axles), the cup deforms permanently.

Linstead replaces it with a metal one.

DT replaces the whole bar, and uses a heim-joint at both ends, and those are rated for A LOT of weight. I've seen similar size joints that were rated for 45,000#...
 
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