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I bought my first diesel.

Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:06 pm

I sold my gas burner Dodge and found this ugly thing in Laurens, SC. Went with a friend to pick it up Saturday. Previous owner had owned it for about a decade and would pull a jeep, hot rod or camper with it occasionally. Seemed to be well maintained with a bunch of new parts. (million mile engine in a 50k mile truck).

I drive 80 miles to work and back so I wanted something that got decent fuel mileage, a truck bed for truck stuff, and being able to pull a gooseneck is a plus for riding trips and such. Oh and 4wd was a necessity. The previous Dodge was 2wd and would get stuck on a wet leaf.


So here's the run down:

1995 Dodge Ram Lariat 4x4

12 valve Cummins (P7100 IP) stock turbo and injectors
16 degrees timing
4k governor spring kit
34psi boost
AFC full forward, washer mod, lever machined, fuel plate MIA
KDP tapped with billet tab
Fresh lift pump
4" down pipe
5" MBRP muffled exhaust
6" tip of course

Steagall's built 47RH trans with billet triple disc converter, shift kit, billet band strut, billet anchor, HD bands etc.
NP241DHD transfer case, manual shift

New heater core and complete AC system
New dash
Seat heater for driver. Jessica wasn't amused. I'll install one for her as well.
Some Auto Meters for EGT, boost, and trans temp in the A pillar
New headliner
3rd gen mirrors w/ running lights
99-01 Sport headlight conversion (high, low and fogs stay on at same time. Takes load off switch)

Leveling kit with ProComp ES9000 shocks
Dana 60 all fresh with Yukon 4.10's
Ceramic pads
Optional Dana 80 rear, fresh with Powertraxx locker and Yukon 4.10's
Upgraded to 1 ton Chevy wheel cylinders
3rd gen face lift wheels with 35" Kenda tires
98-99 T-style steering conversion (eliminates the inverted Y link that varies toe-in during suspension cycling)
Backwood's Bumper up front
35 gallon fuel tank

The only complaint I have so far is I wish it had the factory 3.55 gears. Might be a future upgrade. Otherwise, seems to run excellent and will pull 20mpg if you want it to.

The friend that went with is a nut and it was probably one of the best trips I've made to get a vehicle lol. Stopped in Chattanooga at about midnight on the way back and celebrated. Renting the city bikes while shit housed is hilarious.

All in all I am very pleased with it and hope to keep it for a long time.

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Post by Nemo » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:31 pm

WHY AREN'T THE TOW MIRRORS FOLDED OUT?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!!?!?
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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:34 pm

Nemo wrote:WHY AREN'T THE TOW MIRRORS FOLDED OUT?!?!?!!?!??!?!?!!?!?
Cause I ain't picked up yo Mama yet :)

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Post by Tackleberry » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:37 pm

Damn that's sharp!

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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:39 pm

Tackleberry wrote:Damn that's sharp!
Thanks bud. The paint probably looks a lot better in pics than person. It has the ole Dodge flake and oxidation. But had it been perfect paint I would not have been able to afford it haha

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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 12:40 pm

Nah, the pics are actually pretty spot on now that I look hahah

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Post by mastawyrm » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:16 pm

Paint might not be great but that interior looks decent. I don't hate that front bumper either. Looks like the body is in good shape too, I don't notice any dings there.

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Post by mittens » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:24 pm

will pull shit and has AC ! ha
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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:26 pm

mastawyrm wrote:Paint might not be great but that interior looks decent. I don't hate that front bumper either. Looks like the body is in good shape too, I don't notice any dings there.
Yea man other than the rockers, the body is extremely straight. The crusty paint will serve me well for where I live and what I do. Nice paint causes anxiety haha

The guy cracked me up as the only excitement he ever had in his voice was when he spoke of the new dash he installed and it eventually developed a small crack. I am glad that the interior is decent though. Some that I looked at were just horrible.

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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:27 pm

mittens wrote:will pull shit and has AC ! ha
Yea man. And no more getting stuck in grass! haha

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Post by Tackleberry » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:27 pm

Bateman wrote:
Tackleberry wrote:Damn that's sharp!
Thanks bud. The paint probably looks a lot better in pics than person. It has the ole Dodge flake and oxidation. But had it been perfect paint I would not have been able to afford it haha
It looks to be a solid, cancer free body though. AND, the interior is in impeccable shape for a truck of it's age. I've always like the look and stance of an RCLB Dodge 2500 4x4. The only thing that would make it better would be a built manual trans.

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Post by 93redgt » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:39 pm

i dont like the look of an 8ft bed but they are amazing to use.....when we going to ride some arab

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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:42 pm

You ain't lying on the trans. I would love to have a good ole NV4500, but that is another thing that would have put it over my budget. I did run across one m5 for the money I had to spend and after talking with the guy it ended up being a v10 truck that was Cummins swapped, had some pretty ugly damage to passenger fender and door, and some synchros were going out so the trans needed a rebuild. I gave up on 3 pedals after that haha

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Post by Bateman » Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:45 pm

93redgt wrote:i dont like the look of an 8ft bed but they are amazing to use.....when we going to ride some arab
Man you gonna kill me.. we did ride the valley this weekend. I left my phone and could not call you. That's my bad, BUT we had an absolute riot of a time and I suspect we will be back with a quickness haha. You will get a call next time for sure.

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Post by MarkuzLS1 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:08 pm

I dig the front bumper.
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