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Old 09-19-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default DP rammit

2001 dodge ram 2500, ext. cab, short bed
5.9 v8
d60 f/r (for now), 4:10 gears

Here is what I have done on my build already:

-new spicer u joints and Center Axle Disengage drive axle shaft eliminator kit (one shaft now)
-Spyntech lock out hub conversion with 35 spline chromoly outer stub shafts, -milemarker lockout hubs.
-THUREN heim joint crossover steering.
-D I C K cepik 6 inch lift.- modified
-ram assist ported PSC gear box, no RAM yet. +steering box brace kit.
-front spring mounts relocated
-rear shackle mounts- fabricated
-14 bolt rear axle. spiders welded.
-front axle (D60) with ARB air locker

just going to post up some pics of the build. questions, comments, complaints, compliments welcomed.
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:49 AM   #2
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started out as a stock ram with a 6 inch lift.

first mod was a rear bumper and then front.




Rear bumper was actually on a chevy i picked up in anchorage. parted out etc.
came up with this:
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Old 09-19-2011, 10:57 AM   #3
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then the spyntech free spin hubs


don thuren steering arms:
Close enough to crossover steering.


Carli suspension track bar:


One of the many attempts at the track bar mount:


Axle mounts FORWARD:



top of axle trussing pics:




track bar mount finally made. doesnt bind now. the new location was pretty far from the original design, so i added as much support/reinforecment as possible.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:02 AM   #4
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The rear springs are the BDS 6 inch springs. well they expect you to use the OEM block in the rear still. pfffft... so i only got 4 inches. I flipped the shackle with my own brand (1/4 and 3/8 steel plate) and some other parts from the original hangar.



Making room in the back!


I also turned the springs around to give myself more room in the back.
WheelBASE: 145 inches.. wait.. 154 maybe,.,, **** dyslexia! ill have to take measurement again when I am out there

my first attempt at ugly diff armor. it looks horrible, but it works and holds oil. im not complaining. i will fix it with a better design later on.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:05 AM   #5
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how it sat then:


14 bolt insides. rear shoes are pretty warn but will work. I want disc brakes later on. the pads should hold up until then.





not done with the rear diff yet, but it will do for now. I just dont want a rock piercing through the cover. murphy's law says it will hit the soft spot though. I will cut and drill a ring and plate the rest next year.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:11 AM   #6
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this should be familiar to most of you.
whoever guesses right first, wins a beer!









I think a certain someone wants to see rocks under it. haha
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:13 AM   #7
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built myself a little utility box from a bed container:


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Old 09-19-2011, 11:15 AM   #8
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The pump creates pressure for my ARB air locker in front, and supplies air for air tools and such. .. on a 5 gallon tank.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:29 PM   #9
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thats kodiak dodge's old bumper, nice build so far
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:34 PM   #10
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That bumper looks awesome!
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:24 AM   #11
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1984 ford wins the beer! what kind do you like? I might be headed up to anchorage here soon for a parts run.
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ha its cool, i still got a 15 pack of nasty ice in the garage
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Old 09-27-2011, 10:45 PM   #13
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42" Iroks are on their way to fairbanks this week. My rear driveline short shaft kit should be here very soon as well. I will be back to wheeling sometime in october. Just in the Fairbanks area. Cant go too far from home. Ill try to hit up as many trails with as many clubs while its warm!
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42x14 -16 iroks





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Old 09-30-2011, 11:26 PM   #15
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Looks tough!
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Old 11-04-2011, 12:00 AM   #16
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a small update.
The short shaft kit was not available until the end of Dec.. and Jesse said he was one of very few who could get his hands on one. So we renegotiated and came up with a 2 piece driveline setup. it was actually a little cheaper than originally planned. (about $350)
So I ended up building an "extension" off of my crossmember to support the bearing on the 2 piece driveline. The extension is 3/8" plate, it sticks out about 6" from the original crossmember, which I welded it to. drilled some holes and mounted it up. It has a small amount of flex due to the leverage, which I am not too certain about leaving it that way, probably would not hurt to fab up some other kind of crossmember from the frame rails to the bearing bolt mount later on.

After mounting it all up I ended up drilling and tapping a hole for the front diff vent. .. seems I welded over it with the axle truss instal. :homer:





I spun the tires in the fresh snow a little bit and did not notice any vibrations. I HIGHLY doubt this truck will see anything over 50mph in the future.
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42" Iroks are on their way to fairbanks this week. My rear driveline short shaft kit should be here very soon as well. I will be back to wheeling sometime in october. Just in the Fairbanks area. Cant go too far from home. Ill try to hit up as many trails with as many clubs while its warm!
so much for "warm". it was -10 yesterday already. and winter finally poked its cold nose around the corner.
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Old 11-26-2011, 12:43 AM   #18
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braced the driveline bearing mount, and reinstalled my inner coil shock absorber today. I had to make a mount for the shock absorber and weld it on, the bearing crossmember brace took a while because my drill bits are not as sharp as they used to be.





I took the dodge out for a spin and it seemed to work just right. Except for speeds over 30mph. It definitely needs an alignment. I do need some new bushings for my control arms too.
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Thats one hardcore build, at least from my perspective. Looks like you do pretty good work.
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:48 PM   #20
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its been a long build and pretty stressful with the time I have to work on it. I didnt get to wheel at all last summer. life has been hectic.

I currently have it up for sale but not cheap ($11k). It will be one of those "I plan on keeping it, but it is for sale if the price is right " vehicles.
I took it through some light powder snow that was plowed up at my dad's place and it seemed to punch through decently
I would like to move the tank to the bed or put a tank in the bed as it is taking up a lot of room down below. The crossmember is hanging a little low at the bearing mount, which it would have been nice to have it tucked up into the frame, but the tank was in the way. its a 35 gal. tank!!
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Update:
so my control arm bushings came in from polyperformance the other day. yay!
however the bushing inner diameter hole was TOO big. I went down to sentry hardware and got a pipe nipple. I cut them down to length so I could make a bushing center sleeve. The inner diameter if the pipe was different too. ugh.. So I had to purchase some new bolts. I upgraded to grade8 5/8" bolts. This meant I had to drill out the existing mount bracket holes on the truck.
Its ready to roll!
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:27 AM   #22
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Added a mudflap or two to keep it street legal:


made up some new adjustable control arms. 1/2" wall tubing with johnny joints on the uppers (left and right hand threads), and rubicon express joints on the bottom with bushings at the axle end. The uppers are 49.5 inches, the uppers are 50.5 inches.


Spent new years eve finishing these up, got the uppers in, and the lowers will go in soon and I will do a garage alignment. I re-did my control arms because the caster was off. I now have the ability to adjust if needed.
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oh, I removed the driveline brace. it was hitting my flange slightly and making a horibble noise. It is stable without the brace for now, I am comfortable without it. I may come back and spend more time on this later if it proves to be a problem.
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just a little update:
I have been waiting for some caster alignment bolts from the dodge dealer, well- they came in. I will put them in when I receive some Thuren 3-4 inch lift soft springs. The current **** cepek springs are 5.5 inches of lift so...the front sits about 1 inch higher than the rear now. The soft ride springs should drop the front of the truck down to about 1"-2" lower than the rear where it sits currently. This should give me a near perfect driveline angle.

I decided to go with the caster bolts for the lower control arms (even though the control arms are adjustable) because I will still like to adjust it if needed without removing the lower arms.

After that it is back to school for another semester and the upcoming summer and I will get to finally wheel it. there is talk already about a spring break wheeling trip!


The **** cepek coils will probably be put away for a while for my k5 454 buggy I am going to work on this year. plans for that is to 4 link the front, and rear. but that is a ways away.
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first off, I was pulling on a truck during winter time and at about 30' F outside.
It was pretty slippery but I had a buyer for this 1 ton Ford I was getting rid of. I had to pull the truck uphill and the mix of deep wet snow and uphill; it was a battle my rear bumper lost.:shaking:
my welds held up though!



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