Selecting the best lift kit for a 2nd gen dodge 2500 could be overwhelming, to say the least. I have outlined the best lift kits in this guide based on your goals and budget. Below answer A, B, C, or D for each question. Then use the answer key to find which section to visit.
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It is important to set goals and a budget for your build so you can properly narrow down the best option. Each lift kit will also have a corresponding $ money symbol to represent how expensive the kit is. Here is a key to understanding pricing.
The guide will cover both 2 wheel drive lift kits and 4 wheel drive lift kits. Here is a key to distinguish 2 wheel drive from 4 wheel drive.
2WD vs 4WD Key
Cheap vs Expensive Lift Kits:
Choosing a lift kit for a Dodge Ram 2500/3500 could be a difficult decision. It is important to find a lift kit that fits your needs. If you plan to tow, you should stay away from extremely tall lift kits due to a negative performance impact. Instead, grab a leveling kit or a quality 3-inch lift kit. For a leveling kit, I am really not too concerned about the price. I have never had even the cheapest leveling kit fail on any of my vehicles. However, I do always pair a cheap leveling kit with extremely great quality shocks.
For a truck, I do not plan to tow with, maybe some light offroading. I would choose a middle of the roads lift kit. Event the Rough Country lift could be a great start if this is your first lift kit. If I plan to daily drive a truck with a tall lift kit (5″-7″) I would opt for an all-inclusive turnkey quality lift kit. While these come in at a much higher price, it’s always better to buy once – cry once.
Section 1: Leveling Kit
Rough Country Leveling Kit
Rough Country Leveling Kit
Hard to go wrong with a rough country leveling kit. These types of kits are extremely simple and do not require much time to install. It is important to understand that factory ride quality will suffer even with a leveling kit. The differences are small but can be noticeable. The main problem is this kit does not come with replacement shocks.
Why should I use new shocks with a leveling kit?
Factory shocks and shocks in general are designed specifically for the ride height of the vehicle. If you go up in ride height you are now limiting the articulation of the suspension system. If you decide to go down in ride height you are now riding on a different shock compression ratio; which can affect ride quality greatly.
Fat Bobs Dodge Ram 1500/2500/3500 2″ Front Lift w/ Shocks 2WD 1994-2012
Fat Bobs Dodge Ram 2500 3500 2.5″ Leveling Kit w/(2) Nitro Shocks 4WD 1994-2012
At a slightly higher price, you can get the Fat Bobs leveling kit with nitrogen shocks to help the ride quality after your leveling kit installation. Alternatively, you could pair the Rough Country leveling kit with shocks of your choice.
Section 2: 3″-4″ Lift Kit
There is currently no manufacture support for 1994-2002 Ram 2500 2WD lift kits past this point.
Rough Country 3 INCH LIFT KIT | DODGE 2500 4WD (1994-2002)
A respectable lift at a reasonable price. Price = Performance (most of the time). Rough Country will always get the job done. Sometimes at a cost to ride quality!
BDS Suspension 4.5″ Lift Kit 211H
Price: $1601.00-$1751.16 (Depending on options)
BDS Suspension is an industry leader for high-quality capable lift kits for many makes and models of vehicles. Overall their kits are user-friendly and will last a lifetime.
Section 3: 5″-8″ Lift Kit
Rough Country 5 INCH LIFT KIT | DODGE 2500 4WD (1994-1999)
6″ 1994-1999 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD Lift Kit by Revtek
7″ 1994-2002 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD Premium Lift Kit by Jack-It
Jack-it offers extremely well-built and high-quality lift kits for the price you spend. Every part and component is thought about in this kit. Also, it is the largest lift kit for a 2nd gen Dodge Ram 2500 on the market!
Section 4: 9″+ Lift Kit
There is currently no manufacture support for any lift larger than the Jack-it 7″ lift kit.
Section 5: Custom Lift Kit
List of custom suspension builders:
Oklahoma City, OK
Plant City, FL
Should I use a body lift for Ram 2500?
Body lifts within reason are okay for very specific solutions to very specific problems. For example, I would never suggest a 3″ body lift for any vehicle including a Ram 2500. I would however recommend a 1″ body lift to help you clear the 40×13.50×20 tires you want to run or other reasons that are similar. Example: Manual transmission swap and the trans tunnel is just a tad too small
What is wrong with a body lift?
A body lift will quite literally raise the body above the frame. Dodge Ram spent millions on engineering to make a truck that is safe, reliable, and capable. Adding a 3″ body lift to a heavy-duty truck will not only increase your center of gravity, and increase body roll, but it can also be unsafe for passengers in the vehicle if in a wreck.