BDS Suspension takes our Ram to new heights
The Ram MegaCab has proven itself to be a beast of a truck. With the extra cab space, nearindestructible Cummins powerplant, and relative affordability of Ram trucks as compared to the other HD truck lines, Ram has firmly planted itself in the forefront of the custom lifted truck scene—and we have the backlog of potential Ram cover trucks to prove it. When longtime friend of the magazine, OG Negative Camber member, and all-around good guy Mike Sutton picked up a well-bought ’17 Ram 2500 recently, we knew we had a new testbed for some killer Ram tech for the magazine. At the point we got our hands on the truck, it was bone stock, save for the usual debadging and window tint. We decided that getting the truck sitting at a respectable—and level—height was at the top of our priorities. A 6-inch lift, 20-inch wheels, and 37-inch tires were on the agenda.
BDS Suspension offers a plethora of options for lifting your HD Ram. You can choose from leveling or a 4- to 6-inch kit, and there are several different versions of each, depending on your plans for the truck. From there, you have a ton of add-ons to choose from—and we wanted them all! Our order included the 6-inch four-link suspension system, along with the optional front adjustable track bar, dual steering stabilizer, and front dual shock hoop. Also included in our order were a total of eight shocks from Fox Racing. For wheels, we picked up a set of Center Line’s new 20x10 LT3 wheels in black with machined edges. For an aggressive look but still plenty of road manners, we chose 37x12.50R20 Trail Grappler M/Ts from Nitto. With this combo, we knew we’d have the looks and performance we were after.
This was a very involved install and is not for the faint of heart. There was a fair amount of trimming, drilling, and welding involved. Follow along below as we knock it out in a couple of days. And log onto BDS Suspension, Center Line, and Nitto’s websites to see what they offer for your truck.
BEFOREBefore: We started out with a brand-new, bone-stock ’17 Ram 2500 Cummins— debadged, of course.