SKU #: CS-DPT25-03-main Carli 3" Pin-Top 2.5 Suspension System 03-09 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500

Purchase Carli 3" Pin-Top 2.5 Suspension System 03-09 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500
    • 2003-2009 Dodge Ram 2500 / 3500 4x4
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    Sway Bar Options
    Leaf Spring Options


The Pin-Top 2.5 is hands down, the most popular suspension system produced by Carli. The reasoning is simple, it delivers the best ride and overall suspension performance for how the majority of Ram o ... read more

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The Pin-Top 2.5 is hands down, the most popular suspension system produced by Carli. The reasoning is simple, it delivers the best ride and overall suspension performance for how the majority of Ram owners use their trucks. It soaks up potholes for your daily commute like they didn't exist, but it can still work hard on the trails on the weekends. Featuring hardcore components and 2.5" diameter shocks for leveled perfection that will allow you to clear 37" tires, it doesn't get any better than this!


The Pin-Top 2.5 is the most economical way to run a King Off Road Racing Shock package on your Dodge Ram. Carli's most popular system, the Pintop kit boasts 2.5", Remote Reservoir King Shocks. Designed and tuned in house for the customer looking for substantial on-road and off-road performance improvement. You can expect a softer ride with more control and bottom-out resistance than the Backcountry.

The Pintop is the Backcountry on steroids, take the description for the Backcountry and throw an exponent on it. This system is Carli's most popular, all around suspension system. It was tuned and rides best with the Full Progressive Leaf Springs. The Pintop is a Jack-of-all-trades system from which every Ram owner would benefit. Raising the Ram platform then adding the 2.5" diameter shocks will support the argument that these trucks should come equipped with 2.5" shocks from the factory. The higher end systems will get you more off-road capability, yes, and even a bit more on-road. The premium paid for these systems, however, doesn't compare to the on and off-road ride quality per dollar spent on the Pintop. For these reasons, it will likely remain our best seller for years to come.


The Details: This system boasts Carli specific, blueprinted, King 2.5" shocks on all four corners. In an effort to provide you with the best product, Carli designed a custom piston to determine proper base flow rates to ensure the shock works well in the heavy duty truck platform; they then tuned the shocks around the custom pistons based on the only thing that really matters, seat-of-the-pants feel. The shocks are then treated with shafts machined and polished from a solid piece of 17-4 Stainless. Unlike King's standard shafts, there is no coating to wear off, weather is far less likely to hurt them and if there is a small chip, you can round the edges with emery cloth to ensure the seal housing isn't damaged as they're not brittle like the stock, hardened shafts. The shocks are finished with King oil good to -55* F. Note that all King shocks are built with a plated steel body. If subjected to inclement weather for extended periods, we recommend wrapping your shocks in 3M to provide a replaceable moisture barrier.


Your truck will sit 2.5"-3" higher in the front with 50% more suspension travel than the factory platform thanks to the taller, lighter rate coil springs. The rear is lifted 1"-2" via your choice of either a Progressive Add-A-Pack or Full Progressive Leaf Pack. The Progressive Add-A-Pack replaces the factory overload with a 5-Leaf, progressive pack that changes the final rate of the spring pack keeping the rear planted while increasing traction and predictability. The optional Full Progressive Leaf Pack replaces the entire factory leaf spring assembly increasing travel and drastically increasing comfort throughout the entire usable travel stroke at the cost of a 15% payload reduction from a standard 2500. This payload reduction can be supplemented back to factory 3500 SRW capacity with the addition of the Long Travel Airbags for the best of both worlds; ride quality and payload capacity/load control.

  • Replaces lower overload spring
  • More predictability and spring progression keep tires planted
  • 1" lift matches Carli's 3" front systems
  • Includes u-bolts and center pins
  • 2" rear lift maintains slight rear-high stance with Carli 3" systems
  • Softens initial spring rate at ride height
  • Minimizes axle wrap / wheel hop
  • Reduces payload to light 3/4 ton capacity
  • Capable of 15" of suspension travel with factory shackle
  • Fits 4" axle tube
  • 2" rear lift maintains a slight rear-high stance with Carli 3" systems
  • Softensinitial spring rate at ride height
  • Mnimizes axle wrap / wheel hop
  • Designed for those with 1,500lbs in bed at all times
  • Capable of 15" of suspension travel with factory shackle 
  • Fits 4.0" axle tube


When pairing added down-travel with the taller ride height, the position of the factory, front sway bar will need to be altered as well. For this, we offer two options; extended, Sway Bar End Links or the replacement Torsion Sway Bar. The End links are equipped with 1/2" FK Rod-Ends and in-house machined 17-4 stainless bodies that are extended over stock to reset the sway bar engagement points. Factory pillow-bushings are re-used to assemble the sway bar to the lengthened link. Carli's optional Torsion sway bar removes the entire factory sway bar assembly replacing it with a torsion bar supported by fabricated drop brackets and delrin bushings. Fabricated sway bar arms and dual 5/8" FK heim end links round off the package. This is the single best bang for the buck, ride-quality upgrade offered by Carli Suspension (in close competition with the full progressive leaf spring upgrade).

  • In-house machined 17-4 stainless steel
  • 1/2" FK chromoly rod-end
  • For trucks with 0-3" of front lift
  • Easily the best bang for the buck upgrade for ride quality
  • Allows front suspension to move freely without giving up control
  • For trucks with 0-3" of front lift
  • Requires removal of electronic sway bar on Power Wagons
  • Torsion Bar may be black or silver zinc; depends on supply chain availability. NOT requestable.


When lifting the front end of a straight axle truck, the front axle is pulled off-center unless the proper linkages are addressed. Three inches of front lift equates to an axle shifted toward the driver's side 3/4" and back toward the cab 1/2". This system includes an Adjustable Track Bar to push the axle back toward the passenger side and provide a ber link with less deflection for the lifted application. We also recommend the purchase of a set of extended control arms to shift the axle forward to its new center of travel.


This system will fit up to a 37" tire with Carli High Clearance Control Arms and Full Progressive Leaf Springs on wheels no more than 9" wide with 5.75" of backspacing. If running factory control arms or wheels; we recommend an All Terrain 35" tire. The more rubber, the better the small bump compliance will be at proper inflation pressures. The ride will firm up as you go larger in wheel diameter.


  • WHEELS: Carli Recommends a 17"-18" Wheel, no more than 9" wide with 5.75" of Backspacing on Leveling Systems
  • TIRES: 35", E-Rated Tire Fitment is Recommended. Recommended unloaded Tire Pressure 45F/40R
  • RECOMMENDED CONFIGURATION: Carli Leveling Systems are Designed and Tested on Vehicles with 17"-18" Wheels with 37", E-Rated Tires. Stock wheels and tires or running a larger wheel diameter will result in a stiffer ride.
  • FITTING 37" TIRES: 37" Tires will fit with the above wheel specifications if the system is equipped with Full Replacement Leaf Springs and Control Arms.


  • ManufacturerCarli Suspension
  • MPNCS-DPT25-03 | CS-DPT25-03-D | CS-DPT25-03-H | CS-DPT25-03-PW
  • Shock Diameter:  2.5"
  • Front Lift Height:  3"
  • Rear Lift Height:  1"
  • Tire Size:  Up to 37"
  • Front Travel:  10"
  • Rear Travel:  12"
  • King 2.5" Piggy Back Reservoir Rear Shocks
  • King 2.5" Remote Reservoir Front Shocks
  • Corrosion Resistant Stainless Steel Shock Shafts
  • Your Choice of 5 Leaf Add-A-Packs or Full Replacement Progressive Leaf Springs
  • Multi-Rate Coil Springs
  • Zinc Plated U-Bolts
  • Your Choice of Extended Sway Bar End Links or Torsion Sway Bar
  • Limit Straps
  • Adjustable Track Bar
  • Reservoir Mounts
  • High Misalignment Spacers
  • Greatly Improved Handling
  • Much Improved Control
  • Very Comfortable On-Road Ride
  • Vastly Improved Off-Road Capability


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