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Old Yesterday, 11:27 PM
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So I have been on this site for a month or so and figured I throw up some pics and tell my story.

So 3 months ago I had no intention of getting a new car. I had an old ford truck that I had modded pretty extensively and was happy driving it till it fell apart. So I was out with the gf at a nice place for dinner with the truck parked outside. A guy comes up to me during dinner and asked if the blue truck was mine. I said yes and he told me he just hit it and "rubbed off some paint". We go out to look at it.

Now the poor kid is maybe 17 and shaking he is so nervous. We go look at it and the whole rear quarter panel is f'ed up. Insurance info is exchanged. Later that night he emails me and says he is going to pay cash to have it fixed. I get the quote from my mechanic and send it to the dude. He cuts a check for it plus money for the rental car. About $5k. Now I think to myself, self, I wonder what this old truck is worth as is and if I fix it.

I get a couple quotes and its worth $7k as is and $8 if I fix it. No brainer not to fix it. Just for shits and giggles I go to the Ram dealership and look around. I see this guy


Now I had seen the Rams on the road and I love the aggressive front end and it is easily the best looking truck out there. So I start looking around thinking its the end of the year and maybe they are looking to get rid of the 2014's and maybe I can get a good deal.

I had heard of incredibly pushy salesmen but never experienced it. Holy crap I wanted to punch this guy in the freaking neck. How many times did I have to say "I dont want to talk about monthly payments, just give me a final number". 7. 7 times. And he didnt even know what he was selling. I asked question I knew the answer to and he got them wrong. Such as "is it a true dual exhaust?"
"Yes"
"Really? Are you sure"
"Positive"
"If you can show me the two mufflers I will pay you full price"

So enough venting, long story short is I ended up getting a stupid good price since they were desperate to get rid of it.

2014 Black Express Crew Cab, 5.7L Hemi, 8 Speed trans

Now on to the mods!!
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Old Yesterday, 11:37 PM
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So when I first started looking, the first thing I did was join the forumz and start planning mods. I knew there were a couple of things I wanted. The first was purely cosmetic. I have dogs and didnt want fur everywhere in the new truck. This thing works like a champ.

Now before we go on, let me tell you something about myself. I am WONDERFUL at justifying things. My current favorite is "well if I increase the HP, and drive like a grandma, the MPGs will go up too! So these mods will pay for themselves!" So in that vein, I started researching CAIs. Now these have been argued to death, but I went with Vararam. So as I am about to pull the trigger on that, I think, "well, if I have the air intake off, I will have direct access to the throttle body. Might as well swap that too!"

Not a huge noticable difference from the stock visually. 87mm from Moe's
But on closer inspection you can tell the difference

Installed and tube for vararam attached.

Now the sensor seemed a bit loose when I inserted it so I put a bit of adhesive on it. Figured if I return to stock, Ill just buy another. Rather have the piece of mind it wont fall out.
Now Im not super concerned about under hood appearance as long as it works. But this looks damn good
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Absolutely beautiful truck, thanks for sharing those pics and congrats.
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So I started thinking, if I have the active grill shutters (I do) wont that limit airflow and negate the ram air effect of the vararam when they close? I wonder...

Yup, the shutters pop right out!

Initially took out the top two on each side but reinstalled on of the top ones since it keeps the vertical piece attached and it will throw a code if it falls off.

Next its time for exhaust!
So Ill see if I can get some pics up, but I went with the Borla XR-1. Love the sound and the straight through flow helps out with power. I was going to swap out the horrible stock y pipe before the muffler but I didnt for reasons to come
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Old Yesterday, 11:59 PM
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Couple of other quick ones. Debated on floor mats over and over. Keeping the originals was not going to work. Way too much dirt and crap where I work and they would be destroyed quick. Went with Aries 3D

Already doing their job!! I like that they are molded perfectly and the black texture just looks cool


This one isnt really a mod, but I found a hiding place for my M&P Shield

There is a piece of molded plastic in the door that holds it in place. Not a permanent solution but works for the time.

Now to further the blacked out look. Muffler tips were easy to paint with high temp paint.

At night

Daytime

Also went ahead and VHT'd the tail lights

Wasnt happy with the first attempt. Didnt get them as dark as I wanted and definitely didnt get them sanded and polished enough. Going to have to redo those sometime this week


After her first bath
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