Road Test: Ram 1500 Tradesman Diesel
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by Bruce W. Smith
Dodge Ram 2500/3500 Cummins 4x4s take the abuse of off-pavement travel with relative ease.
But in severe-service uses, such as oil and gas field work, road building, surveying, powerline maintenance and other jobs where the terrain is both undulating and rugged, the 2000-2009 HDs have a weak spot: the sway-bar end-links.
The links carry the full weight of the front suspension. When one wheel drops into a rut or rolls up over a rock, there’s a lot of pressure exerted on the front sway bar.
That pressure puts catastrophic wear and tear on the end-links, and over a short time they come apart.
A broken sway-bar end-link is a safety issue because it compromises handling–especially on pickups carrying a load or towing a trailer.
The easy fix: Replace the OE sway-bar end-links with BD Diesel Performance’s heavy-duty versions.
Installation takes less than 20 minutes on a hoist–and it should be a one-time job that lasts the life of the truck.
The photo above is from a recent Truck Supply & Outfitter’s BD sway-bar end-link upgrade a customer’s 2004 2500 Crew Cab Ram. (The customer had replaced the OE links with aftermarket ones a year earlier, but they, too, failed and bent.)