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Old 04-24-2017, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ranch Truck 1996 2nd Gen 2500 Cummins

So I'm so tired of CARB and issues getting our '03 Ranch Truck to pass smog we are building a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 for ranch duty. It's been about a 3 month process, but the build is coming to completion and I've finally got some time to put together a build thread. Specs are:

1996 Dodge Ram 2500
5.9 Cummins (Plans for mild modification but nothing crazy)
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Custom Satin White paint by Down to Earth Customs in Medford, OR
37" Maxxis
17" Methods
Thuren 3" Coils
Thuren Towers
Fox 2.5 12" Travel Resi
Fox 2.5 Piggybacks in the rear
Metal Cloak 4 Links
Poly Performance Drag Link & Drop Bracket
Poly Performance Steering Gear Brace
PSC Hydro Assist w/HD Box
Dodge Offroad HD Steering kit
Yukon Vaccum Delete
Yukon 35 Spline Inners
CTM U-joints
Auburn Ected Locker front
Air Lift Bags
B&W Hitch
Smittybilt 17.5k H2O Winch
Trail Ready Bumper
Highway Products Aluminum Flat Bed
Custom Fuel Cell from KSH Fuel Products & Marine out of Havasu
Buyers Products tool boxes
A slew of LED Lights
Rock Slider Steps
Hushpower Muffler
Spyder Headlights
And a couple other things






First thing that went on after paint was the 37" Trepadors!

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Old 04-24-2017, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Slider Steps

Nest I built the steps. So our ranch hand is 72 an only about 5'8" so I had to slope the sliders down for him to have easy ingress and egress.





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Old 04-24-2017, 11:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Trail Ready Bumper & Smittybilt 17.5 H2O Winch

As far as front bumper's go I've always liked the Trail Ready the best. The thicker gauge steel and 3" baja bull bar will really protect this heavy beast in the toughest conditions. We've lost a lost of body parts sliding off roads in our JK and other rigs and equipment on the ranch. Smittybilt winch went in seamlessly and I really love that it comes with the wireless remote and everything needed. Can't beat the price on these dependable tools.



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Thuren 3" Coils and Towers for resi's

Came out to about 1.5" with all of the weight added to the front. I was worried the 3" springs would be too high but it came out perfectly level.





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Old 04-24-2017, 11:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Metal Cloak High Clearance Links

I looked long and hard. By far the Metal Cloaks gave me the best clearance for the giant 37" Treps. I was really glad to find out they made these as I've always loved the quality of their product and run a lot of them on our Jeeps. I'm choosing not to run a large offset wheel as to keep the rotating mass directly over the unit bearing as they will be taking enough of a beating in the harsh conditions of Northern California.





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Highway Products Aluminum Flat Bed Install

As far as Aluminum Flat Beds there are a hand full of options out there. But the best products on available are Highway Products.





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Old 04-24-2017, 01:16 PM   #8 (permalink)
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KSH Fuel Cell w/Buyers Products tool box

KSH Fuel Products out of Havasu can make you any custom spec Aluminum Fuel Cell and tool boxes. I only went for the Buyers Product tool box cause I liked the layout and the size was just right. KSH is also making me some undermount boxes with barn doors that I just ordered today. Those will have folding steps on them to make access to the bed easier.





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Good lookin truck. Is that a diesel Scout Traveller in the background?
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Old 04-24-2017, 02:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Good lookin truck. Is that a diesel Scout Traveller in the background?
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Good eye. Yes sir. This took president to it, but will be going back on the lift to try and complete the VT275 V6 Powerstroke swap when this is done...as long as I don't have to do the Kelderman kit on my wife's truck before the summer.
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That's a nice looking truck. Does the tires rub on the back off the fenders? How much did you push the front end out?

I have a 01 with a Kore 3" lift. my 35 rubbed like crazy so I put long arms on and pushed the front end out around 1" to 1.5". All was good until a went to 37"Nittos and Method wheels. I don't think the Kore springs ever gave me 3" lift. I've been thinking about switching to the Thuren springs and pushing the front end out a little more.

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Old 04-25-2017, 11:44 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a nice looking truck. Does the tires rub on the back off the fenders? How much did you push the front end out?

I have a 01 with a Kore 3" lift. my 35 rubbed like crazy so I put long arms on and pushed the front end out around 1" to 1.5". All was good until a went to 37"Nittos and Method wheels. I don't think the Kore springs ever gave me 3" lift. I've been thinking about switching to the Thuren springs and pushing the front end out a little more.

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So I used to have a '99 as well and had to do far more fender modifications with a leveling kit as well. The '94-98's firewalls don't go all the way to the bottom of the pinch weld. I'll get a pic tonight. So we only had to shave a few inches up to clear. Metal Cloak's arms do push it forward roughly 1", but they rotate back inward with the lift. I noticed a lot of bind in the steering and links when I installed the springs. The Dodge Off Road steering linkage is on it's way and I am considering flipping the trac bar to the top much like the Ready Lift trac bar does for the Ford Superduties. Haven't checked yet to make sure there is nothing in the way on the top yet but it would also clear up room for the hyrdo assist, since the OE bracket is right in the way of where it need to be mounted. I've seen rams bend drag links when attached toward the middle of the drag link under binding.

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Old 04-27-2017, 04:57 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Great looking truck. It should ride awesome.
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That's a nice looking truck. Does the tires rub on the back off the fenders? How much did you push the front end out?

I have a 01 with a Kore 3" lift. my 35 rubbed like crazy so I put long arms on and pushed the front end out around 1" to 1.5". All was good until a went to 37"Nittos and Method wheels. I don't think the Kore springs ever gave me 3" lift. I've been thinking about switching to the Thuren springs and pushing the front end out a little more.

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Here is a picture of the factory inner fender. I don't remember my '99 only coming half way down like this. You can see the lower edge that we simply ground down to clear.



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Great looking truck. It should ride awesome.
Well today was the 1st drive on the freeway to work after alignment. DAMN, this thing rides and tracks nice. Still haven't added the hydro steer as just got the Dodge Offroad steering linkage on for alignment. Only thing left suspension wise is that I'm ordering up Skyjacker springs and looking at running longer bags. These Air Lift bags suck ass for travel. Not a spec of wonder or vibration what so ever though. Amazing to have a 20 year old rig drive this nice down the freeway at 70 mph.

Also got exhaust done this week and the Hushpower muffler really knocked the noise down quit nicely. Really would like it even more quit for on the ranch, but it's an industrial mill and will never be that quit anyways. lol









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damn thats a good looking truck
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Thanks for the pics. I don't remember what it looks like behind the plastic liners, but my tires don't rub on them. They only rub on the bottom corner of the pinch weld. I think I'm going to try push the front end forward a little more then buy the Thuren springs. Even if I only gain a 1/2" either way it should be enough.

One other question, does the Thuren shock towers interfere with the air box?
The Kore lift uses a spacer between the frame and shock tower and puts the top off the shock into the air box. Also looks like you need new sway bar end links.
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Thanks for the pics. I don't remember what it looks like behind the plastic liners, but my tires don't rub on them. They only rub on the bottom corner of the pinch weld. I think I'm going to try push the front end forward a little more then buy the Thuren springs. Even if I only gain a 1/2" either way it should be enough.

One other question, does the Thuren shock towers interfere with the air box?
The Kore lift uses a spacer between the frame and shock tower and puts the top off the shock into the air box. Also looks like you need new sway bar end links.
Ya this is the only pic I have of my old '99 and I had a body shop push the lower 6"s back about 1.5" to clear with a leveling kit.

Towers clear the 12V air box easily. Passenger side was way easier to get in. I just disassembled the air box and dropped it in then put everything back. The driver was a b*tch to get around the brake master.



Ya that sway bar is coming off as soon as it gets to the ranch if not before. lol
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Have you thought about using these?
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Yep ordered them last week.
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just curious, but what kinda ranch is this used on?
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just curious, but what kinda ranch is this used on?
Bunny Ranch.
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just curious, but what kinda ranch is this used on?
2500 ft elevation in the Shasta Ranges. Needs to be able to go anywhere the Jeep and equipment can go.
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Anymore updates since Airbag cradle purchase? Why were you not happy with the air lift?
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Anymore updates since Airbag cradle purchase? Why were you not happy with the air lift?
Nope. Took it up to Jefferson State Diesel to have them go through the motor and do a couple of the last installs for me after it went to Stereo Solutions to get all the electrical widgets done. They are 3 weeks out and hurried so have still got the Skyjacker springs to throw in and under body tool boxes to throw on.

Bags are okay for a 2WD but the setup extremely restricts travel on 4WD vehicles. They should honestly offer 3 or 4 level bags for 4WD. The way it was I was either restricting up travel or down travel. If I ran them for up travel it'd never be using the leaf springs. Setting it up for down travel it would be riding on the internal bump stops. And Carli Long Travel bags would have been way too long for a stock ride height.
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How long did it take to get the DOR parts? Any problems with it? Steering good? I've got some of their parts on my 01 and wanna get their steering linkage and long arms but don't wanna wait as long for the parts as I had to for my shackle flip.
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