The day I drove my truck home from the dealer, I noticed a need for a
better suspension set up. I live where roads do nothing but snake
through the mountains, many switch back and a lot of hard 90 degree
The sideways roll the truck had was ridiculous going through these
turns. I even went over a couple dips in the road and the truck
bottomed out! I also noticed wheel hop as I drove back home on the
interstate. I was pretty disappointed after paying what I did for the
truck. You'd think as heavy as these trucks are and to have the pay
load capacity they do, the suspension would be built to match it.
So, after talking with Richard @ GDP, I decided to get a set of his
ladder bars. He was great in working with me to make sure they would
fit my truck and that I got what I wanted. Richard is able to have the
bars powder coated several different colors but, I wanted a OEM match.
He did what he could to do that and got them real close but, powder
coats usually comes in plain colors and the OEM Inferno red wasn't one.
Anyway, I received the bars and my first thought was they were very
impressive and very well built! The color was still a bit off though
so, I sent them out again for another powder coating. I sent them to PROFESSIONAL CRYOGENIC METALLURGY & COATINGS, LLC
who I can't say enough good about. They're a family run operation
in Atlsnta and their customer service was second to none. As I
mentioned, matching a OEM color with powder coating is very hard to do
( inferno red anyway ). To make sure they were working on the correct
color.... they went as far as going to the local Dodge dealership with
their color palette to compare it to a inferno red vehicle. They were
able to get the match then contact their PPG rep to have the color
made. I would recommend this company to anyone as they're top notch.
Now to installed them. There's nothing to it. Both front and back are
bolted directly to the axle and the frame. Because of the shape of the
bars that wrap the axle, all that needs to be done is hook the bar over
the rear axle to hold it in place. Then lift the front of the bar up to
the frame and using the supplied u-bolts, bolt it on. Once you make
sure the alignment is right, you didn't install over any lines ( brake
line on the axle and/or fuel lines on the frame ) tighten all the bolt
to speced torque and you're good to go.
Wheel hop is now completely eliminated, tire spin is gone ( unless I
really romp on it ) and then they'll only spin for about 5 to 10ft if
that. They made a world of difference in corner and handling in
general. My 10Klbs truck now handles like a sports car!