New Product Release
5.5″ Radius Arm Lift Kit
5.5″ 4-Link Conversion Lift Kit
#55427 (5500- single stab)
#95427 (9500- single stab)
#55370 (dual stab bracket)
#55422 (5500-dual stab ea)
#95422 (9500-dual stab ea)
#98524063 (Fox dual stab ea)
#122615 (dual shock hoop)
#55759 (dual 5500 shock ea)
#98224759 (Fox dual shock ea)
#122813 (8-bolt tranny crossmember/t-case index kit)
#122314 (adjust track bar)
#122618 (traction bars)
13-14 Dodge Ram 3500 4WD – Gas
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BDS 5.5″ Lift Kits & Accessories
2013-2014 Dodge Ram 1-ton 4WD – GAS
Coldwater, MI—May 28, 2014— BDS Suspension adds to its current RAM HD lineup with 5.5″ lift options for 2013-2014 RAM 3500 4wd gas engine trucks. Available and shipping out now, BDS offers both standard radius arm and 4-link conversion kits to improve the ride, performance and styling of your late model 1-ton RAM and with plenty of clearance for 37″ tires.
Up front, both the radius arm and 4-link systems utilize a pair of 5.5″ progressive rate ProRide coil springs for a great ride and improved performance across all terrains. Due to the unique design of the front spring mounts the coils are left/right side specific. A heavy duty track bar relocation bracket is used to recenter the front axle once lifted as well as a forged drop pitman arm to correct steering angles. Sway bar relocation brackets are used to reposition the front sway bar assembly and the supplied brake line brackets allow for the easy adjustment for the stock lines to be reused with the lift kit. The front driveline angle at 5.5″ of lift causes issues so the kit includes a new transmission crossmember, transfer case indexing ring and billet aluminum front driveshaft spacer to allow the use of the factory drivelines. Out back, the kits include a rear 4.5″ rear block and u-bolt kit for a level to slightly tail high stance along your choice of BDS-5500 or Fox 2.0 performance shocks at all four corners.
The similarities between the radius arm and 4-link conversion systems ends there. The radius arm kit uses a pair of 1/4″ thick steel radius arm relocation brackets to reposition the factory radius arms and correct suspension geometry and caster at 5.5″ of lift. These brackets key off the factory radius arm mount in addition to the frame rail for a stout mounting location for the radius arms.
The 4-link conversion upgrades the factory radius arms to a 4-link design. Benefits include improved stability, increased wheel travel, and better handling across all terrains. The 4-link design limits caster change to less than 1-degree of change throughout wheel travel for better handling, steering control, and overall driveability. Included are a pair of massive frame-mounted brackets precision welded and engineered to locate the new upper and lower control arms to create the optimal suspension geometry for late model RAM trucks. The 4-link brackets are fabricated from 1/4″ thick steel and wrap around the frame as well as the factory radius arm brackets to create an extremely sturdy mount for the new arms. Removal of the factory radius arm brackets is not required allow the brackets to stay intact to speed up the installation time and make these kits reversible. The upper and lower control arms are built from 2″ OD x 3/16″ wall DOM tubing for the strength to take any abuse you can throw at them. They utilize large 2.5″ OD polyurethane bushings to isolate road vibrations and are formed inward to allow for extra tire clearance while repositioning the front axle slightly forward for increase tire clearance to the backside of the front fenders. These arms are finished in a durable textured black powder coating and use grease fittings for easy servicing.
As with all BDS products these 2 new systems are backed by the comprehensive Factory Protection Plus Plan. For more info on these new kits and available accessories, visit BDS Suspension or call (517) 279-2135.
BDS has a number of accessories available to fit the new 2013-2014 RAM 3500 trucks. Both single and dual steering stabilizer kit are available to meet your on-road and off-road performance needs. Available in 5500-series (white body), 9500-series (brushed stainless body) and Fox 2.0-series, the stabilizers improve drivability by reducing front end shimmy caused by oversized tires and mount above the tie-rod for extra protection when offroad. Stabilizers are available as both an OE replacement single stabilizer and dual kit mounting end-to-end.
BDS also offers a dual front shock hoop kit for a great look and increased dampening capablities. These hoops are fabricated from 1.75″ x.188″ DOM tubing and reinforced to mount 2 shock (5500-series or Fox 2.0).
BDS offers a heavy duty adjustable front track bar to allow you to dial in the the front axle positioning. Constructed from 1-3/8″ solid steel stock this new adjustable track bar is built to handle on and off-road abuse and uses a 1-3/8″-12 fine threaded pinch bolt design turnbuckle to allow easy tuning to properly recenter the front axle for a range of lift heights. The track bar is formed for proper clearance around critical front end components and features gusseted ends for additional rigidity. The ends utilize high-durometer polyurethane bushings with thick-walled steel sleeves for strength and reliability.
Lastly, BDS offers rear traction bar kits to fit the 2013-2014 Ram 3500 trucks. Designed to eliminate axle wrap and keep the rear axle planted during hard acceleration, BDS traction bars are constructed from 1-1/4″ OD tubing and are 100% bolt-on.