This is a work in progress intended to gather up all the info on the front suspension and dump it in one spot. The goal is to answer any question that might come up for someone searching. Will be adding info on trucks that are stock or lifted
Starting a thread to consolidate all of the knowledge into one spot for the front suspension for 4WD trucks. This will include steering, ball joints, shocks, tracbar and control arms. The intent is to help anyone searching for info on steering issues, Death Wobble or any other front suspension issue to get info to be able to guide them in the right direction to resolve their problem.
There are 2 types of steering setups available for the 3rd gen truck, the 03-08 Y type of steering and the 08.5 and later. (you want the 08.5 & later steering!!!)
Y type (03-08)
T type (08.5 & up)
XRF : these pics indicate they are for the 2003-2008 ram
Two types of steering boxes are available for the 3rd gen Ram:
4 bolt: This can be identified by the 4 bolts that hold the top cover on. This box was the style that came with the truck starting back in 2003 and used thru 2013
6 bolt: This box is an upgraded box that can be installed. It is a beefier box that came in 2013-2018 (the input shaft looks wrong, pic is redhead box)
If it is worn, it can be a reason for a wandering truck as the axle will move with the worn bushings.
There are so many control arm options out there, tough to pick ones to mention... but
The tracbar is responsible for centering the axle. If it is worn, it can be a reason for a wandering truck as the axle will shift left & right thru the worn bushings.
(unknown manufacturer but an example of whats out there)
Death Wobble explained
Not sure why they cant get the video edited better but here is a good video showing the problem as it happens
These spirngs IMO will reduce the potential for ta DW event. I have hit an expansion joint doing 80 mph (Idaho) and took such a hit I was sure a DW event would have occured had these not been in place. Front shocks were weak, all other steering tight.
Excellent writeup on alignment