Mas­sive Me­gaCab

BDS Sus­pen­sion takes our Ram to new heights

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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.

AF­TER

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