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Old 09-25-2016, 09:32 AM
DirtySouthDragger2011 DirtySouthDragger2011 is offline
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Question 2011 Lowrider Build Help Needed For the Noob

I have a 2011 Bighorn 2wd extended cab. I'm looking into lowering it, and doing a bunch of cosmetic work to my baby. My stepdad bought the truck in April of 2014 with 6,800 miles. In March of 2015 he suffered a stroke and is no longer able to drive it. In December of 2015, when my beloved 1995 F150 went to the big parking lot in the sky, my stepdad sold me the truck with 7,900 miles for payoff, $13,000. I have never been a fan of anything other than early 90's model F150s, and early 2000s model single cab Ram 1500s. After only 2 days of owning this marvelous piece of machinery, I fell in love with it and couldn't see myself driving anything else. I have put 22k miles on it since December, as I drive alot on the weekends to visit friends and family. This truck is by far my favorite vehicle I've owned so far. I'm looking into getting another F150 in the next month or so, for the simple reason of wanting to keep this one as long as possible. I work as a Machine Operator for a paper company. My work involves me getting covered in oil and grease daily and I don't want to ruin the interior of my baby. This will mean my Dakota will become a weekend/show truck. It currently has 5% tent all the way around, black bedcover, and a cat back clear exhaust (no muffler or resonator) dumping into a 7 inch tip(sounds amazing at 60 on the highway) and I've got plans for paint and interior work, as well as engine work and suspension work. I've got a few questions I was hoping yall might be able to shed some light on. My first one, what Springs can I use to lower the front end and what's the best way to lower the rear? I want to drop it just enough to notice it, and make it level. I haven't found any option for the front other than cutting the springs (not gunna happen) and a belltech universal under rear end flip kit that will drop it 5 inches, and I'm not looking to go that low. The next questions is about rims. My girlfriend has one of my dream trucks, 2005 ram 1500 with a 5.7 hemi. Her parents are getting her a lift kit and rims for Christmas and she is selling me her stock 20s, which are the rims I've been dying to get for my truck since I got it. My question is, will the offset and back spacing be correct without a spacer or any modification, and is there any rims that are the same as the stock 20s that will stick out of my fenders about 1.5-2 inches? I know absolutely nothing about rims and tires. Which tire size would I have to go with in order to avoid throwing off my speedometer? Does anyone know of a programmer for this truck? I want to be able to have an eco tune for long weekend trips (normally 500 miles a weekend) and a performance tune for showing off at truck shows. Any and all tips, tricks, and advice will be taken into consideration, and is greatly appreciated.
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I'm no expert on lowering, but some members have done it. Here is some info for you, all of these links have been posted by members that will work on our trucks. Remember, I have no first hand experience with these parts.

For the front:
Lowering the rear had a few options:
  • Removing a leaf, depending on which leaf removed will give a different drop.
  • Lowering shackles
  • Leaf spring perch relocation, some welding would be required.

Here are some shorter shocks:
Belltech Street Performance Shocks 2212DD
Pro Comp Toxic Shocks 419500

Check these out too:
Air Lift SlamAir Lowering System Kits 59209
Mopar Performance Rear Spring Mounting Seats P4120074

Hypertech was the only company to make a programmer for the 3.7 engine, not sure which model it was offhand.

Now on the wheels, yes, the Ram 1500 wheels fit our truck perfectly. The offset on the Ram 20's is 19.05 mm, and it's a 20 x 9 wheel. Our Dakota wheel stock offset is 25.44 mm on a 8" wide wheel. I had Ram 20's on a while back, before I went with 17's. I know one guy had 295/45/20 tires (In the rear only) on a lowered 07 Dakota, but not sure exactly how or when a tire will rub on a lowered truck. If you get a lower offset to push the wheel out, the tires will most likely rub due to the lowering.

My truck on the Ram 20's, the second picture shows how the tires sit.
The tires were 285/50/20.

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Old 01-20-2018, 09:09 PM
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RE; LOW-DOD-30-F 2005-up Dakota Lowboyz 1-3" Lower Than O.E. They use the stock springs uncut. I bought a set of these; figured they couldn't be as bad as everyone was saying. They were and then some. First, they're too long. At a 2.0" drop the shock travel is bottomed out. Second, the adjustment knobs are near frozen in place. I pulled one off and it was full of paint and rust. Last, near as I can tell there's no oil in either shock.

I did get a set of their rear lowering shackles and they were first rate.

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