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Old 02-20-2012, 09:16 AM
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^cover the bottom of your truck with that black felt stuff they put on the bottom of couches...
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Stop crawling under your truck to stare at it?
That's like saying "Don't touch that button!"
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I would think that you could just use some POR 15
http://www.por15.com/
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That strange looking thing is a vibration dampner, i have seen them on some exhaust systems, usually near the Y pipe
they weigh about 8 to 10 pounds

Here is one description

Dodge calls them Mass Dampners and they are there to reduce/absorb movement of the frame. They are part number 55366973AB for the left side and 55398148AA for the right side. They run about $52 a piece.
I should have read my window sticker more carefully, it was option #62c for $91 - Vibration Free Ram Pkg.

another explanation, taken from another forum site

Here is the TSB for the vibration dampeners for the exhaust so you can see what it looks like:

Date: September 17, 2005

Models: 2005 (DR/DH) Ram Truck

NOTE: This bulletin applies to vehicles equipped with 5.7L engines, sales code EZA
and automatic transmissions.

Overview:
This bulletin involves installing a vibration damper on the exhaust system.

Symptom/Condition:
The vehicle may exhibit a vibration at idle, in gear. The vibration can be felt in the seat and the
steering wheel.

Diagnosis:
If the vehicle exhibits the condition, perform the Repair Procedure.

Parts Required:
Qty. Part No. Description
1 52103612AA Damper
1 52019397 Clamp

Repair Procedure:

Allow the vehicle to sit long enough for the exhaust system to cool to a safe temperature to
work on. Raise the vehicle on a hoist and install the damper on the front Y pipe as shown.
Position the damper to provide adequate clearance to any nearby components. (Fig. 1).
Tighten the clamp nuts to 42 Nm (31 ft. lbs.).

http://dodgeram.info/tsb/2005/figures/11-002-05-f1.gif

Policy: Reimbursable within the provisions of the warranty.

Time Allowance:
Labor Operation No: Description Amount
11-20-01-96 Install Damper 0.2 Hrs.

Failure Code:
ZZ Service Bulletin
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Great info GT but the thing in the pic is connected to the frame, not the exhaust...?
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The first part of my post explained that, i should have seperated the 2 types, they sort of run together in my post
notice the different part #s for the ones for the frame & the ones for the exhaust

Dodge calls them Mass Dampners and they are there to reduce/absorb movement of the frame. They are part number 55366973AB for the left side and 55398148AA for the right side. They run about $52 a piece.
I should have read my window sticker more carefully, it was option #62c for $91 - Vibration Free Ram Pkg.

Diesels have several of them mounted all over the frame & exhaust
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Strange I saw this thread tonight! I was cleaning/protecting my side steps this evening as we had a pretty decent day. I looked under the vehicle for the first time and could not believe my drive shaft was completely rusted. The Yoke was also rusted. This is a 2012 I bought the end of Nov with 7 miles on it. We have not even had a bad winter in Ohio this year! The more and more I find out about this the vehicle the poorer the workmenship. Man I wished Honda produced a full size pickup......................!
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The rust spots bothered me enough that I slid under the truck with a can of black Rustoleum and sprayed over the rusty spots on the rear axle. Didn't even sand the rusty spots beforehand. Looks good now.

Crawl under any Chevy or Ford truck, you'll see rust on the driveshaft as well. Surface rust like that is really not an issue.

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Does anyone have any insights to dkerr's idea? I'm thinking about doing this the next time its over 50 degrees out here. I know not sanding anything down can be kinda tricky.
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