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Well, I blame you...and you...and especially you for this. When I joined I just wanted to lurk and glean some knowledge. But NOOOO, you had to show me all these cool things called "mods" and then it was all over except the buying.

I was seriously only going to level the truck. Then I figured I might as well ad Bilsteins instead. An upgrade AND it leveled the truck. Then I discovered PlastiDip. CRAP! And then, and then and then...

If you haven't figured it out yet this is where I plan on putting pics to all my mods. I will collect them from previous posts to place here.

Here is the not so blank canvas:







Shall we begin?

First mod I did was the adjustable Bilstein 5100s on the front:









This was done at a local shop. The owner ended up being the cousin of one of the guys who works for me. No, I didn't get a discount. It took about an hour and a half all total. They were set at 2.8"
 
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Well, I blame you...and you...and especially you for this. When I joined I just wanted to lurk and glean some knowledge. But NOOOO, you had to show me all these cool things called "mods" and then it was all over except the buying.

I was seriously only going to level the truck. Then I figured I might as well ad Bilsteins instead. An upgrade AND it leveled the truck. Then I discovered PlastiDip. CRAP! And then, and then and then...
Uh, you were on here before I was, so it is you that I should be blaming.:LOL: Gawd, I love this site! Reps for the good laugh!
 

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Uh, you were on here before I was, so it is you that I should be blaming.:LOL: Gawd, I love this site! Reps for the good laugh!
No. No definetly not me. Must have been the other guy. :banhim:

Seriously, thanks!
 

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My second mod was an easy one. A customer shifter from Billet Technology:



AFTER:



This is my GRRR! face:

 

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I finally took the plunge and dipped my badges. Oh, and I don't want to hear any crap about using shooting targets for the masking/over spray. They were defective anyway. They had some kind of bullet repellent sprayed on them. Unevenly too. It seemed to be heavier towards the middle.

Anyway, I sprayed the grill RAM and the tailgate RAM as well as the two HEMI badges. I took off the door badges as well as the 4x4 tailgate badge. I couldn't bring myself to take off the HEMI badges because HEMI means kickass!

I masked off the red 5.7 liter lettering because I liked the red/black contrast.

A few tips:

- Take your time. Mask well, spray well. It will make things easier.
- Have a small disposable paint brush on hand. I used paper towels but the brush would have made things easier.
- Start pulling masking tape CAREFULLY about 5 minutes after the last coat. This will make the de-masking an easier process. This will also pull up the edges of the Plasti Dip and will make final Plasti Dip removal easier.

Now, I didn't do some of the above steps because I always try to get shit done quickly. This is where the brush comes in. I masked the 5.7 liter lettering as I said above BUT I didn't realize the Plasti Dip wouldn't rip clean on the tape edge since it was completely covered. I scored it with a razor blade but I had some of the chrome get exposed.

Take a scrap piece of the masking paper. Spray the Plasti Dip in a large dot for a couple of seconds. Take the brush, dip it in the Plasti Dip and carefully "paint" the exposed chrome. You will need to do this in layers just like the original process. I did this right away so the Plasti Dip on the badge still wasn't 100% dry. Feather and/or blend the new stuff with the old. This may seem a little OCD but I hated the chrome showing through. To avoid this step: TAKE YOUR TIME.

Pics because it DID HAPPEN:





Tailgate:



The after:






The angle and light make the badges look grey but they are black. I also debadged a little:



 

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Truck looks awesome, i too have lurked for 3 years and now the mod bug got me

Any tips on the custom shifter?
 

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I finally took the plunge and dipped my badges. Oh, and I don't want to hear any crap about using shooting targets for the masking/over spray. They were defective anyway. They had some kind of bullet repellent sprayed on them. Unevenly too. It seemed to be heavier towards the middle.

Pics because it DID HAPPEN:

Oh, come on Dave, you know you're gonna catch some crap about the "used" targets. Well, at least you hit what you were aiming for... this time.

Hey, um, about the picture... is that a HEMI in your pocket or are you just happy?
 

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Oh, crap. I got so excited about giving you crap I forgot to say... Damn! That looks nice, bud!
 

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Thanks everyone. Especially Brandon for all the annoying wheel and tire questions I have asked him. I should have new to me wheels and tires (And pics!) next week.
 

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Oh, come on Dave, you know you're gonna catch some crap about the "used" targets. Well, at least you hit what you were aiming for... this time.

Hey, um, about the picture... is that a HEMI in your pocket or are you just happy?
I hit the target...just not the center. My mag holds 30 rounds. I use the spray and pray method.
 

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Thanks everyone. Especially Brandon for all the annoying wheel and tire questions I have asked him. I should have new to me wheels and tires (And pics!) next week.
Haha, no worries man! Glad I could help you out. Looking forward to seeing the pics with the new rims and tires. That should completely change the look of your truck. :smiley_thumbs_up:
 

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I purchased a used Vararam Air Grabber from member stryker291982 (Jason) last month and was finally able to install it today. Either I have been working or it has been 85+ degrees with 90% humidity. Not conducive to any kind of work in the sun on a black truck. Anyway...pics:





Thanks to Jason, who trimmed the Air Grabber already, install went pretty smooth.

Some tips from others on here and from personal experience:

  • Position the screws on the clamps to the right (Or left if you are left handed.) before you place Air Grabber on engine. This way they will be accessible when the Air Grabber is installed all the way.
  • Before tightening the clamps all the way for final install close the hood slowly to seat Air Grabber.
  • Be very careful inserting Air Temp Sensor in the Air Grabber tube. I snapped off the clip for the original intake. This has no bearing on the Air Grabber but if I ever want to return my truck to stock I will need to buy a new Air Temp Sensor.

Some observations I had right away:

  • This does have a "flimsy" feel but once installed you won't be feeling it anyway. The hood and clamps should hold it in place.
  • I wish Vararam would have added a OEM socket for the Air Temp Sensor. It is held in by pressure/friction.
  • A lot of people have said they really didn't use the 10mm socket mentioned in the directions. Well, I did on the negative battery cable.
  • Like most people have pointed out, I didn't need to move any of the harnesses.


Now the big one. Is there a difference?

Shit, I don't know. It sounds deeper by a couple of octaves. It feels a little more responsive. All this from the butt dyno of course. I am just glad I got a good price on a used one.
 

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Looks awesome, Dood! I'm sure you'll be grabbing air in no time.
 

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Since it was such a nice day yesterday I did another mod. I added a set of used Go Rhino! Dominator II SideSteps. I also bought these from stryker291982 (Jason). The cool thing about this set is he had them coated in bedliner so no matter where someone steps they will have some traction.

There is no other way of saying this. Installation was a pain in the ass. I could have used the car hoist and air tool method but since I had neither I went ahead and used the crawl underneath the truck and swear a lot method. I also had to pull my truck up on to the front sidewalk since I live on a busy street and didn't want to get run over.

So just so we are clear. I am obviously not a mechanic. I can do some basic stuff but leave the bigger things to the professionals. The first step took about an hour and a half. You can laugh now. The mounting hardware took some getting used to since it went in the existing factory holes. The issue was the mounting bolts had to be slipped in and held while you put the bracket on. You had to do this while maintaining pressure on the bolt so it wouldn't slip down in the rail. Once I got the system down the second step took 45 minutes.

I was surprised how easy placing the step, and holding it, on the brackets was. I thought this was going to be the worst part of the job, holding a heavy step up awkwardly while trying to slip the bolts in. It went pretty well since each bracket had a small ledge on it. One of the better designs for this system.

All in all it was just tedious. There are three brackets with five bolts apiece on each side. Having a hoist would have made things so much easier and faster but I don't know anyone who would let me use theirs.

Since I didn't want anyone to deny all my hard work:






 
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