For the 5.7 HEMI RAM 1500 (2WD)
By Mark Simonds (MrHemi)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ever since I lowered my 2003 Dodge Ram (utilizing 2” lowering shackles and double spring clamps), I have been experiencing a less than smooth ride. The stock shocks weren’t all that great to begin with, and now that the suspension has been modified, the truck is bouncier than Pamela Anderson riding a horse! So it was time to replace the shocks… and it wasn’t too hard to decide which shocks to go with.
Bilstein has been manufacturing shock absorbers since 1954… and their shocks are standard equipment on all Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Proven design technology, a superior manufacturing process, and a commitment to quality control make the Bilstein shock absorber number one in my book.
The installation was very easy… basically a “take off old, put on new” procedure. The Bilstein shocks fit perfectly utilizing the stock hardware. New bushings are provided for the front shock mounts as well. The whole installation took a little over one hour… of course that was using a vehicle lift and axle supports. This installation can be done in the driveway, but you will need to have an additional floor jack to adjust the axle height slightly. This will ensure the shocks go in the way they’re supposed to.
The results were felt immediately… absolutely zero body roll around the corners, and no more bouncy ride! The ride is firm and steady – you have the feeling that you’re in complete control of the truck. This install is an absolute must if you desire performance handling. These shocks will work on a stock Dodge Ram 1500 (no suspension modifications) as well as on a lowered suspension. If you have a 2/4 drop suspension, Bilstein makes shocks for that application as well. There are also shock options for 4X4 models. For more information on Bilstein shocks, visit their website at www.bilstein.com.