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Old 01-10-2011, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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03 3500 tow pig/ trail clog

Iv had this truck for a few years and Iv slowly been building on it. It starded out as a dually with a leveling kit on 35s. Then I put some 19.5 alcoas under it and primarily used it to haul my welder.



I got tired of rolling in the dirt, workin in the hot and cold, getting berned up, and arguing with truckers. Plus the economy took a shit so I pulled the welder out.Three years of working out of the bed really took a tole on it and it was as floppy as a wet cord bord box. No longer hauling all the tools and shit I didnt need the duals, so I slaped on an old flat bed I had and cobled together a 4" lift and put some 37s on it. First time I drove through a rut the front passenger tire came up and tocoed the fender so I cut 4" out of them addaed some rubber flares and had my friend line-x them along with my floor.


Now I have a verry heavy truck with big tires and crapy sterring. I rebuild the front end three times and made a steering box sector shaft brace, but the stock steering components just wouldnt hold up. This last time was the finnal straw. i was out wheelin gold MT


and the drag link pushed in my diff cover, the ring gear chewed a hole in it the TRE crecked and the coupler snaped in half. I hade a spare copler so I put it on and siliconed the diff cover but only wnt a few feet befer the TRE let loose.

and thats how it became a trail clog.
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Heres some of the parts I broke that day.

So I called up West Texas Offroad and order there redneck ram hydro assist and started building a new diff cover. I cut the flange out of 1/2" plate.


Then I made the cover out of 3/8" wall 10" pipe.


I inset the filler plug.

I counter sunk the flange boltsand built a mount for my ram
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Awesome, the front fenders look good!
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Right on! I am interested to see what you do for your steering links. I have a 1997 Cummins with a 1979 Ford Dana 60 up front on leafs and 37" MTRs. My boss has a 1998 12 valve that is stock, but he drilled his knuckles and installed a Thurnen steering kit with hiems. The hiems do not seem to be holding up on a street driven truck in a Montana winter. My factory steering box is shot and I would love to go hydro assist but don't see it in the financial future anytime soon. I am interested to see how yours works out.
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I thought I recognized that rock then when I saw "spelling is for douches" I knew for sure. Cool dodge but whatever happened to the chevy?
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I like the looks of this please keep it going!! Oh and glad i didn't do Gold MT w/ my 06 on 35's lol..
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I thought I recognized that rock then when I saw "spelling is for douches" I knew for sure. Cool dodge but whatever happened to the chevy?
This is my DD so a had to move the monster to fix it.
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what did you have to do to run those 16.5 wheels?
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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what did you have to do to run those 16.5 wheels?
Amercian Force adapters.
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I wasnt quite sure what I was going to do about my linkage, I got some 1-1/2" .250" wall DOM and ordered some 3/4" heat treated chromoly heims from ruff stuff (Dan is awsome). I didnt know if I was going to put the drag link on top or bottom, conect the pitman arm into the knuckle or drag link, whar to mount the ram, I had two difrent pitman arms to chose from. So I studied a shit load of pics. Pulled my sprins out and cycled my suspention sevral hundred times and pulled string lines for days. after all that I still didnt have a definet plan. So I just started makeing parts. I had a couple old drag links that already had the right bent to get around the spring mounts and a hole for possible mounting so i choped them up and took them to my friends laith and terned them down to .98" to fit in the tube.

Once I got rollin I forgot to take pics so Ill giv you the run down. I used the stock pitman arm and made it doublr sheer with the heim on top. I put the drag link on bottom to get it out of the way of the track bar. I made tabs and bolted them into the holes in the drag link and weldedthem to it. I TIG welded all the tubing and inserts and I made the knuckles double sheer.




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I ended up hving to get taller bump stops.

All said and done I ended up with less than 1/8" of bump steer through the entire travel. I took the opportunity to install an Eton limeted slip wile I had it open. Ive been driveing it for about a week and a half and I love it. Parked in 4lo on assphalt I can turn the wheels lock to lock with one finger. I can feel the LSD a little with the full time axle but verry little. Heres some posser pics.


I guss this is what I get for fuckin around. Too short for too long.
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That ram and hoses don't look like their going to last very long hanging that low Aside from that, the work looks real good.
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That ram and hoses don't look like their going to last very long hanging that low Aside from that, the work looks real good.
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I agree. I don't understand why you put that ram in that location.
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That was the only possible location. I tried for weeks to get it up higher but couldnt. I had to loose 2 icnhes of up travel putting it thair as it is. The track bar mount at the fram dictated that spot. Its alot higher than the stock stabilizer was. As for the hoses, thouse are the ones that come with the kit and Ill be haveing propper lenght ones with 90* swoops made. Besides its not a rock crawler and only my stupid pride put it down that trail becase some one said it will naver fit.
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That was the only possible location. I tried for weeks to get it up higher but couldnt. I had to loose 2 icnhes of up travel putting it thair as it is. The track bar mount at the fram dictated that spot. Its alot higher than the stock stabilizer was. As for the hoses, thouse are the ones that come with the kit and Ill be haveing propper lenght ones with 90* swoops made. Besides its not a rock crawler and only my stupid pride put it down that trail becase some one said it will naver fit.
I'm sure with the amount of fabrication you put into that cover and the steering you could have found a way. I'm not trying to tell you how to build your own truck. But I'm confused what it is that caused you to lose the 2 inches right there. I suppose if you aren't going to "rock crawl" it the placement may not matter. But holy crap, it is low.
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I dont have a big enough lift to get it any higher. The trak bar would smash into the ram before I limeted the up travel. I think the pic might a bad angle the ram is not lower than the axle tube.Ill have to take some full compresion pics . The link from the pitman arm will lay flat on the drag link and the track bar will touch the ram mount.
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I got my new springs in and istalled them the day befor KOH.

Im verry happy with the ride. I was able to keep a pretty good pace on moderatly whooped roads and even pass slower rigs out side in the rough. Im not saying its a prerunner but for a 1ton its awsome.


I rerouted my hydro lines and added 14" limit straps.

Here you can see why the ram is where it is. its barely kissing the bump stop so theres still 1 1/2" of up travel, It gets tight in there. The mess is from over filling the resivor and blowing the cap off.



Ill leave you with a few more posser pics.
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Bringin the pane

I just paid $4.21-9/10 a gallon for fuel. with prices on the rise Iv started putting together a propane fumeigation kit. I mounted a 21 gallon tank under my bed.

i put the filler between the back of the bed and the bumper.

I got an 65hp evaporator from an old forklift that works off vacume so the more vacume on the - side of the turbo the more vapore it puts into the intake tube. I got a hobbs presure switch that goes on the + side of the turbo and opens the solinoid valve up at 10# of boost. Some people are claiming to get 40MPG with simeler setups. Ill be happy with any improvement. right now Im around 20 MPG mostly stock and an extra 65 horse wouldnt hert either. Hopefully Ill get it all done this weekend and be able to report the results.
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You get that propane buttoned up over the weekend ?
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I got the vaporizor in and plumbed and wired. I tested it a little yesterday. I think I need to cut a couple coils off the spring in the diaphragm so it opens sooner. I only feel it when Im boostin 20# and Im not getting any better MPGs yet. I have a light that comes on when the solinoid opens at 10# so I know that part of the systems working. Just gotta fine tune it now.
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I installed a Quadzilla mileage max and now Im getting 21/22ish even with a little city driving. My wifes been in the hospital about 70 miles away and Iv been driving my truck down there every day to see her. The steering is great I dont wory about DW any more, its nice and tight with just enough road feel. The pane makes pulling the hills a blast. Ill have it at about 1/8 throtle and as I come onto the hill the boost will start to build kicking on the pane making me pick up speed without any more throtle.
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What are the specifics on the front springs?

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Well its time for an update. I love the propane! Mix that with my father-n-laws tractor and I nedded a new clutch.


So I orderd up a Valair double disk good for 500 horse for towing.

Big heavy parts.
Once I got it back together we took the beater to Mamoth. My wife has some family up there we stayed with. From Bishop the mamoth there is a verry steep verry long gread and My shit ripped right up it. 2 days before we went through bishop they had a truck pull, Wish I could have played.

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you trucks like a swiss army knife i love it.nv5600 right? them things are heavy.
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