In our last issue of Truckin', we visited L&G Enterprises to give the '09 Dodge Ram a cool custom paint scheme using House of Kolor pigments. The next step of the Truckin' '09 Dodge Ram project was to install an adjustable air suspension for the ultimate in looks and improved handling. Custom air suspension has been around for decades, but Ride Tech (formerly Air Ride Technologies) specializes in bolt-on applications that instantly transform your truck from dealer lot to show-circuit. For our '09 Ram, we ordered their Level 1 kit, consisting of two ShockWaves, two sleevex airbags, compressor, air tank, and high-tech Level PRO E3 system.
Ride Tech's Level PRO E3 has taken the world of pneumatic suspension leveling systems to the next level. The Level PRO E3 monitors and controls both air pressure and ride height to determine the correct level while eliminating cross loading. The precise Level PRO E3 system is maintained by four ride height sensors located at each wheel. Each ride height sensor delivers pressure readings to the electronic control unit (ECU), which interfaces with the digital control unit. The new Level PRO E3 will give us three ride-height presets. You can program ride-height on startup, which features calibration for weight changes, a setting for maximum lift, and one for slammed. To set the newly slammed '09 Ram off, we teamed up with MHT Wheels and Nitto Tires. Gorgeous 26x10-inch MHT Illusion wheels were mounted inside Nitto 305/30R26 NT420S tires and instantly gave our Ram the street cred we desired.
Before we could begin the install on our '09 Dodge Ram, we contacted The Custom Truck Shop in San Dimas, California, to handle the installation while we snapped the photos. The kit simply bolted on, and owner Louie Morosan and Luis Figueroa only had to fabricate brackets and a component sub-frame to mount the air tanks, compressors, and valves. With the new suspension in place, we quickly hit the streets and the track to test it out.