Hello fellow Ram owners. I have been enjoying this forum, drooling over members rides and learning from excellent mod and how to write-ups for several weeks. Just wanted to introduce myself and thank you all for the knowledge and inspiration providedin this great forum.
On October 8th my wife and I were involved in a rear end collision that total lossed 4 vehicles including my beloved low miles 2002 white Ram 2wd SLT.(Begin sad violin music)
My wife is still recovering from non-life threatening injuries. Luckily I was relatively unscathed. And there is a silver
lining to this cloud of misfortune...(End sad violin music)I had just paid off my truck in August but still carried
Comp/Collision insurance and I used the settlement money with a little extra to get myself a Single Owner,low miles 2004 Ram
1500 Mineral Gray, 4x4 Quad Cab SLT Hemi. I present to you my "new" baby.(Begin Top Gun Theme Music)
She is a 1 owner with a few minor bruises that are well hidden by the Gray paint but is in overall great condition. The
previous owner had 1 into 2 Flowmaster50 HD turned down exhaust, Line-X spray on beliner,color matched hard toneau cover and
window tint installed. I like the extended, blind spot equipped and swivelable(?) mirrors that came with the towing package.
I have owned a '91 Ranger, a '70 F-100 and a '98 F150 NASCAR Special and my 2002 RAM 1500SLT (May she rest in peace) This is
my first 4x4. The black '98 Ford NASCAR Special was pretty sweet with the Rousch Racing exhaust, black rims and low profile
but was not practical for family hauling. I loved my white '02 Ram QC SLT more than any vehicle since my 1970 Mustang 351 C
coupe that I had when I was 18 and when the SLT was totalled I didn't even consider any vehicle other than a Dodge truck as a
replacement. I have already joined the Mineral Gray Metallic Ramz sub-forum. (End Top Gun Theme Music)
The only mods I have done so far are:
Smoked Vent Visors
Ram License plate frame
Replaced the Factory Stereo with an Alpine CDA-9884 (Sounds great butwill be replacing it next week)
Replaced Front door Standard Speakers with Sony Xplod XS-GTX6931 6"x9" 3-ways
Replaced Factory rear door speakers with Pioneer TS-G1343R 5-1/4" 2-ways
I am replacing the Alpine with a Kenwood KVT-516 single din (Thanks to Bruno72 for showing that it does fit despite
Crutchfield's saying it doesn't), Sirius SCC1 Sat Radio tuner,KNA-G610 GPS Navigation System and Audiovox ACA200W Backup
Camera.(went cheap with the camera because the Kenwood unit was priced way out of my budget). I will be water-proofing the
Audiovox backup camera since I read that this unit tends to take on water and condensation. Any suggestions for some kind of
spray on or similar solution would be appreciated.
Future Mods that I would like to do when the money tree blooms:
Subwoofer and Amp
Extend the turned down Flowmaster 50 HD series to the rear or side ( Too much cab noise with them turned down)
Carbon Fiber Dash Kit
Custom Grille and lower Valance.
Maybe some wheels.
I know you guys and gals are always screaming for pics but I hope I didn't go overboard for my first post. I'll post some more pics when the KVT-516 is installed. I feel REAL GOOD about my "new" Hemi RAM and look forward to learning from and sharing my RAM ownership experiences with you all.