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After taking a ride in Mike's 2.65 ram I knew It wouldnt be long before I would have to upgrade my chase/tow truck a full play rig. I decided to do the full 2.65 kit with chromoly arms, 7100 steering stabilizer and ball joints. I went with Mike's offroad valving so I can continue to upgrade my rig for off roading as funds allow.

I've only had this kit on for a couple days now but it's truly AWESOME!!! The ride is so controlled off road and the truck tracks bumps so much better. Cant wait to get this thing out in the desert. :party018:

here are some pics for you to enjoy.





My carli 2.0 stuff is listed in the For Sale section if anyone is interested. :thumbsup:

http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/g...ize-2-spacers-mag-hytec-front-cover-more.html
 

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Did you have to open up the coil bucket to make room for the 2.65's? Nice setup!

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Nope. Bolted right up. Hardest part was pulling the back section of the exhaust and wrapping it in header wrap to protect the back shock from heat.
 

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My Fox 2.5's just barely make contact.. I'm going to open it up and reinforce it.

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My Fox 2.5's just barely make contact.. I'm going to open it up and reinforce it.

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With the Carli shock towers, this really isn't necessary. The 2.65s fit like a glove. Even with hard use and getting air, mine have yet to rub anywhere! The Carli towers come with a much upgraded 3-bolt ring for strength as well.

However, if you wanna reinforce the bucket, go for it!

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Lookin sharp :thumbsup:

Does that beat stock ride?? In my 2500 I love the way it rides right now, I got RS9000 shocks on it though.
 

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I have had a pretty good comparison with this truck since I was stock for a couple thousand miles, had the procomp 5'' lift with just spacers/factory springs and mx-6 shocks, then i had carli coils and mini packs with procomp mx-6 shocks, then bilstein 7100s kit and now the bilstein 9100s.

While the mx-6 shocks were moderatly better than the factory shocks the real improvement came with the Carli progressive coils and mini packs. They made a huge difference even with the procomp mx-6 shocks.

The bilstein 7100s made and even bigger difference especially on the bumpy freeways of southern california and gave great off road ability.

I've only had the 9100s on for a few days now but there is a considerable difference between these and the 7100s. Freeway expansion joints are almost eliminated and some of the larger bumps/ditches in a dirt field around my house are drastically reduced even and much greater speeds. The truck doesnt fight the road/terrain now it just soaks up everything. Overall the truck has a much greater feeling of control.

I also decided that i would run without a swaybar until the end of April when the new carli one is released. I much prefer the ride w/o one. there still isnt much body roll and the front end travels much smoother. especially on uneven terraign. I'm actually debating spending the money on the carli one now.

The best part about these shocks is the new piston design with variable bleed shims. Mike has two valving profiles for these shocks. Their custom street ride and his offroad ride (i have the offroad). Mine still allow for a plush street ride but at the same time wont bottom easily. Bilstein has really taken a step ahead of the crowd with this design. I've been a King fan for years and have run there 2.5 coilovers and bypasses on my class 7 ranger and sand rail but I am really impressed with the performance of these shocks.
 

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Sure sounds like you know your stuff! Sounds like something I want to do when my shocks finally go out (6 years old).

I am suprised to know that you don't get too much body roll or road wondering without your front sway bar? In the jeeps it drives horrible without it. Might be something to do with my truck also.

Sweet, thanks for the info! Only thing that makes my cringe is the price for the whole kit, shocks, coils, and the rest of the things needed.
 

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I would take the swaybar off and give it a try. You might really like it.

Yeah I really didnt go the most cost effective route doing multiple lifts/suspension systems on the same truck but I did learn a lot from the process and got to see exactly how each part changed the performance of the truck. If I had to do it over I would have went with this kit from the get go. Its not cheap but Carli designs their stuff to last the life of the truck...and then some. They have the buy the quality stuff once, use it hard and never have to worry about it mentality. Hold their stuff up against stock components or even competitors' and you will see where the extra money spent is well worth it.
 

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Carli makes it so you can upgrade components at any time. You do have to run shock towers with the 2.5, 2.65 and 3.0 kits (2.0 uses stem to eye clevis conversion) so to upgrade from the 2.0 to 2.65 would consist of new shocks and towers. You can do the King 2.5 upgrade with the pin-top if you dont want to buy towers.

I also did the chromoly control arm upgrade, 7100 steering stabilzer and lower ball joints. Next is full leaf springs, hydro bump stops and then an axle truss/diff guard...when funds allow which could be a little while.
 

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I also did the chromoly control arm upgrade, 7100 steering stabilzer and lower ball joints.
What lower ball joints did you use?

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He probably meant uppers even though they (Carli) are working on the lowers.

All you need now are 17" Walker Evans!!!
 

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correct. I got their uppers and they are currently working on the lowers.

Walker beadlocks are on the list as soon as these toyo MTs wear out. I'm not the biggest fan of 20''s for offroading but the tires were almost new and just couldnt afford new walkers and tires with all the suspension stuff.
 

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now you can come play with us out in Glamis...Oh and be able to keep up. well maybe after bumps and an axle truss
 

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now you can come play with us out in Glamis...Oh and be able to keep up. well maybe after bumps and an axle truss
Maybe that Chromoly truss will hold up on that trip :lol4:
 

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I probably wont make it out to glamis again till next season but trying to get to Ocotillo next weekend for a little testing.

That leaves plenty of time to save up for bumpstops and a truss...and probably some 17'' wheels and tires. I'm going to be blingin in the dunes with these 20''s :hehe:
 

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Did you get their awesome upper ball joints! great systems by Carli, Have fun!:flag1::flag::flag::usa:
 

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Nice meeting you at the shop last week Ban. I knew you would love those 2.65's :thumbsup:

Bob
 
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