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Bruno72 07-26-2011 09:29 PM

The Beast
My kids named my truck 'The Beast' after naming my wife's 2007 Aspen 'Beauty'. Might be a slow go, but I thought I would document my mods as I do them here and will definately be open to suggestions as I go. So first, The Beast as it looked the day I picked it up. It is a 2003 2500 Laramie with the Hemi. Heat was blowing only out defrost so it had to have the doors under the dash replaced and that was a little expensive. Then the trailer hitch had the receiver stuck in it. I sprayed it with wd-40 and punded on it for a week, tried heating it up with a torch and couldn't get it to budge. Finally took it to a hitch shop and they cut it out and mounted a class 5 in its place. So here she was to start:

Bruno72 07-26-2011 09:31 PM

First mod was the mirrors. I liked the look of the towing ones, and I planned on towing so it seemed like a logical place to start. Ordered them direct from Mopar so it was an easy install and I got the keep my power and heat in them:

GTyankee 07-26-2011 09:36 PM

Nice looking ride
keep us updated as it evolves

GeauxHunting 07-26-2011 09:41 PM

Nice start man! Nice color truck too haha.

Bruno72 07-26-2011 09:44 PM

Stereo was the next mod. I put in a Kenwood KVT-516 and the Bluetooth and Nav modules. Also added a Kenwood CMOS 300 backup camera. Here was the factory head unit:

The new head unit closed:

And some of the screens:

Next on the list is a CAI, a cat back exhaust and a tuner. Still researching but looking at the Magnaflow single in dual out, the DiabloSport Trinity and undecided on the CAI as of yet. Hopefully those will happen in the next 2 - 3 weeks.

Bruno72 07-26-2011 10:09 PM

Forgot one mod - right after the mirrors I added Bushwacker Pocket Style flares (see pics above) painted to match the body color.

MADDOG 07-26-2011 10:11 PM

Very nice. Glad to see another evolution thread!

pkr11 07-26-2011 10:33 PM

Trucks looking good. Keep us all updated with your progress.

CajunDodge 07-27-2011 04:57 PM

Very nice looking truck and some cool mods so far, keep us posted! :smileup:

- Cajun

rarichard 07-27-2011 10:32 PM

I've gotten a stuck trailer hitch off by lubing the heck out of it, and then attaching a chain or rope around a tree and giving a little slack to about 5 MPH and just letting the hitch stop you if it's going to or break it free. I did this on a dakota and it came loose on the third pop. letting someone else deal with it is always better on something like that if you can.

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