2020 Ram Rebel 4X4
Thanks for such a detailed write up. So much good information. I’m coming from a 4Runner with King coil-overs, so I’m very accustomed to that type of ride. I also had Cooper Stt Pros and I’m not going back down that route again as it really made the ride a lot more rough on the highway.Thanks!
After trying out (2) different aftermarket systems on the Rebel, I will attest to the fact that nothing beats the factory Bilstein setup in terms of ride quality. If In fact, if ride quality is the #1 consideration, I would leave the truck alone including the original Duratrac tires which are perfectly sized for the Bilstein-tuned system.
Regarding the Falcon system, I was initially not happy with the ride quality but after a couple days the shocks really settled in and the ride quality became very, very good, almost matching the factory setup but with even better on-road feel and performance over larger impacts. The disappointment for me was that the system only netted just over an inch of actual lift for the Rebel and so I could not get the stance and clearance/off-road performance I really wanted.
I feel that the Fabtech/Dirt Logic ride quality is just as good as my previous King, Icon, or Fox coil-over setups as all of those provided very nice ride comfort and control but none as good as the Falcon system (but they are all close). Despite having a more robust off-road package with the Dirt Logics, I still get comments about how smooth the truck rides and for sure when I tackle larger obstacles.
If I had to rate the different systems I had on the Rebel, and generally with other systems, I would do so as:
Ride Quality: #1 - Factory Bilstein; #2 - Falcon; #3 - Fabtech/Dirt Logic (along with other coil-over systems such as King, Fox, Icon); and all other systems such as leveling systems and drop bracket lifts far below these top 3 ratings.
On-Road Performance: #1 - Falcon (improved on-road control and higher speed rebound performance over bumps/ruts); #2 Factory Bilstein; #3 - Fabtech/Dirt Logic (actually, have improved turn-in feel/control than factory but the larger tire's reduced grip detract on higher speed curves, even better performance over rough roads, but slightly less smooth than the Falcon system); and then followed by leveling kits (reduced undulation), followed way behind by drop bracket lifts (due to increased center of gravity).
Off-road Performance: #1 - Fabtech/Dirt Logic (along with other coil-over systems such as King, Fox, Icon); #2 - Falcon; #3 Factory Bilstein; followed by drop bracket lifts due to increased center of gravity and more stress on components, and then followed by leveling kits (which actually reduce factory shock performance).
Modification/Stance Potential: #1 - Drop bracket kits (up to 4-inches IMHO for above reasons); #2 Fabtech/Dirt Logic (along with other coil-over systems such as King, Fox, Icon); #3 - Falcon; followed by leveling systems and then the factory setup.
If you are planning on keeping your tires under 34-inches and don't want too aggressive of a wheel offset, but want slightly more road control and off-road performance, I would opt for the Falcon system as that also provides close to factory ride comfort. In addition, if you only want a slight lift, the better value is also the Falcon system. (If your Rebel is a total street queen, then the better value for obtaining a small lift would actually be a quality leveling system but your on-road ride quality will suffer some).
If you want better off-road performance and potential for a slightly more aggressive stance but still great on-road control/comfort, then the Fabtech/Dirt Logic system or other quality coil-over system is the way to go (with the Fabtech/Dirt Logic setup providing the most lift potential of all of them).
Thanks for such a detailed write up. So much good information. I’m coming from a 4Runner with King coil-overs, so I’m very accustomed to that type of ride. I also had Cooper Stt Pros and I’m not going back down that route again as it really made the ride a lot more rough on the highway.
I’m definitely wanting a more aggressive stance, so I’ll probably go with either the Fabtech setup or I may wait for Carli to release their performance setup sometime at the end of the year.
Yeah, it is a great place to go for a quick romp and to test out the setup. Based on how it performed, I am anxious to dial in the front with a better front UCA and redo the entire rear setup, but overall the current Fabtech/Dirt Logic system did really well.Looks like a fun outing.