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2013 Ram 3500/4500/5500 Front Suspension

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Interested to hear Mr. Sheaves' comments on the new radius arm front end.
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We now know why Mr. S couldn't comment, as the '13 2500s were, I guess, using up remaining components until the new 5-link rear was introduced.

That seems to be a clear improvement, but what about the front?

I found it interesting that the '14 PW has to use "high movement" links; doesn't this indicate that the three-link in front is restrictive?

Anyone knowledgeable care to speculate if the 3-link will hinder or improve the Power Wagon?
 

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It's actually a radius-arm system, not a traditional 3-link like many off-roaders use. One of the characteristics of radius arm suspension, is that they tend to bind. The articulation mainly comes from bushings used. I'm not sure what exactly "high movement" links are, but if I had to guess, it would be that they are equipped with much softer bushings.
 

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It's actually a radius-arm system, not a traditional 3-link like many off-roaders use. One of the characteristics of radius arm suspension, is that they tend to bind. The articulation mainly comes from bushings used. I'm not sure what exactly "high movement" links are, but if I had to guess, it would be that they are equipped with much softer bushings.
Actually they are more of a Heim-joint type link end, in lieu of the typical OEM bushings. That is what allows the articulation, be it 3, 4, or 5 link.
 
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