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Lowering 1995 Ram van #754981
December 17th 2019 12:23 pm
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Hi everyone,

I'm planning on lowering my 1995 Ram van. I have done plenty of research and still have two major questions. When doing the axle flip, which car/truck kit do you guys purchase? For the front ill be using the dakota drop spindles. Do i have to use Dakota calipers? The rotors will be the factory van brake rotors. Any input from the people who have done this will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: aftermath1312] #754982
December 17th 2019 1:42 pm
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How much are you trying to lower it? There have been a few folks on here that have lowered their Ram Vans, here's one that does neither what you're doing for the front and rear but lowered none the less.

https://www.vanning.com/threads/ubbthreads.php/topics/754894/1.html

I can't find the other thread I was looking for but there was another member who was actually going to be raising their ram van back up after it being too low and had terrible bump steer.


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Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: Deathorvictory] #754985
December 17th 2019 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Deathorvictory
How much are you trying to lower it? There have been a few folks on here that have lowered their Ram Vans, here's one that does neither what you're doing for the front and rear but lowered none the less.

https://www.vanning.com/threads/ubbthreads.php/topics/754894/1.html

I can't find the other thread I was looking for but there was another member who was actually going to be raising their ram van back up after it being too low and had terrible bump steer.



I havent found out exactly how much i need to go lower, but i would guess it will be around 5". I have a set of 15x8.5 wheels with 215-60r15 tires. I will be installing them this weekend and ill have a better measurement of how much i need to go low. My plans are to have the fenders/quarters sit 1" off the top of the tire.

Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: aftermath1312] #755002
December 18th 2019 10:05 am
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I used the Dakota 2" drop spindles on my '95. I had to ditch the backing plate. I was able to use my rotors and caliper mounts and calipers with it. I did have to clearance a little on the caliper mount as the rotor was dragging on it. With these spindle the arm on them is a bit shorter than the factory spindles so input is really twitchy as a mentioned above there is some bump steer. I have been contemplating trying to find another way to lower it to help maintain factory steering geometry.

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Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: aftermath1312] #755065
December 21st 2019 12:09 am
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Here is a photo of how the van looks with the wheels.

[Linked Image]Dajiban by aftermath1312, on Flickr

[Linked Image]Dajiban by aftermath1312, on Flickr

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Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: Dajivan] #755137
December 23rd 2019 6:23 pm
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Originally Posted by Dajivan
I used the Dakota 2" drop spindles on my '95. I had to ditch the backing plate. I was able to use my rotors and caliper mounts and calipers with it. I did have to clearance a little on the caliper mount as the rotor was dragging on it. With these spindle the arm on them is a bit shorter than the factory spindles so input is really twitchy as a mentioned above there is some bump steer. I have been contemplating trying to find another way to lower it to help maintain factory steering geometry.

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I beleive getting longer tie rods can eliminate the bump steer. Also raising or lowering the position of the tie rod can help too.

Re: Lowering 1995 Ram van [Re: Deathorvictory] #755683
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Originally Posted by Deathorvictory


I can't find the other thread I was looking for but there was another member who was actually going to be raising their ram van back up after it being too low and had terrible bump steer.


That would probably be me- I did raise it back up because of the bump steer. It was scary in the rain and I didn't think the steering was worth the sacrifice. I have actually gone the other direction and went up now. Moog 7272 springs with the Gabriel coil over shocks, air shocks in the back and 31" tires. What a different ride.
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