The 1994-2012 Ram 2500/3500 utilizes a 5-Link front suspension. Comprising this link system are upper and lower control arms to hold the axle fore/aft while the track bar serves as the lateral link to minimize lateral shift.
When lifting the front end of a straight axle truck, you’re essentially pushing the axle further away from the frame at ride-height. As the travel is not perfectly linear, the new ride height will set the front axle off-center unless the proper linkages are addressed.
The systems we design for these trucks range from 2.5″-3″ of front lift. Three inches of front lift equates to an axle shifted toward the driver’s side ¾” and back toward the cab ½”. Although this is perfectly operable when the factory control arms and track bar are in good condition, we recommend the purchase of an adjustable track bar to shift the axle back toward the passenger side and provide a stronger link with less deflection for the lifted application, and a set of extended control arms to shift the axle forward to its new center of travel.
The construction of these arms starts with 0.120″ Box Steel mated to in-house machined joint-cups. The mild-steel center sections are welded inboard of center to offset the link as far from the tire as possible for optimal tire clearance.