Hey All! I have a single cab 2002 Dodge Dakota SXT with a mild 2/3" drop on the stock 16" wheels. This is my first dropped truck, so I'm not really sure if the ride is correct, as it rides more harsh than I expected. The setup consists of the following:
- Front - Belltech 2" Drop Springs (Part #4766
- Front - Belltech Street Performance Drop shocks (Part #101011
- Rear - Belltech 4" Hangar Kit (Part #6574
- Rear - Airbagit Lifting Shackles (Part #X2-SHA-DK9704
- Rear - Belltech Nitro Drop 2 Drop Shocks (Part #8006
Now before you rip me for putting Lifting Shackles on a drop, hear me out. After adding the Hangar kit with the stock shackles, there was roughly an inch of gap between the tire and wheel well, and roughly an inch between the bumpstop and frame. The ride was horrible, plus it was lower in the rear than in the front. So I added a lifting shackle to level the truck out. The truck is now level, but the ride is still harsh.
Now the issue as I mentioned, the rear is super harsh. There is pretty much no give in the rear suspension and any bumps or cracks in the road are felt big time. Plus there are now a lot of creaks and noises coming from the bed, as if everything is loose underneath. As this is my first lowered truck, is the ride supposed to be this harsh? Are all the noises coming from the bed normal? I went with the hangar kit and stock leafs because I read that it still gives you a descent ride. Could the leaf springs be going out?
The truck was purchased used a couple years ago, and I already knew it wasn't in the best shape. But the engine and transmission are good, and the rest I thought I could fix moving forward. In the rear, I also have a Gibson cat-back exhaust and have added Belltech Front and Rear anti-sway bars. Not sure if the bars effect the ride in the rear?
Any help is greatly appreciated as I'm getting tired of the harshness!