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well this is gunna start out as a build 'story' before i get into it.

I started this awesome silver(ish) 2000 Dodge Ram 1500 in a trade. My first ram was a black 1500 Sport. While i was deployed, i loaned my black sport to a friend.... and he beat the living snot out of it. there was too much damage to list, but after a new front end and a new tranny, she just was not the same truck. There was just an overwhelming amount of repairs over the whole truck, and i was starting to tackle them one by one. Tires finally came up, and i found a guy on craigslist with some 33s. when i went to buy em, i saw a silver extended cab sitting on the side of his garage ( my soon to be tank). my thoughts were PART TRUCK! I asked a few general questions about it, and short of just over 200000 miles, she ran like a champ... so no part truck. he offered a straight trade, mine for his, because i had a new tranny, and there was a 5 inch fabtech sitting in the bed of his, new in the box. so i made the leap and so starts my project tank.

Since i joined the forum well after i started building the ram up, i dont have many pictures of what she started out as. I installed the lift shortly after getting it, got a cheap black roll bar, and a set of 16x8s wrapped in goodyear wrangler 35s. pretty sweet. oh and a black grille off ebay for dirt cheap. real tough for me. so heres where i start some pictures .



35s!!!!!!! ( the below picture was took much later from when the first one was, its just the best pic i have of the rims and tires)

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alright back to business. i did a half job on this one... one of this rams previous owners did alright by me, so i didnt have to debadge the truck. It looked alright like that... heres what i mean



i took it one step further and removed the black plastic molding along the doors



the slt badge... someone must have forgotten it...



i didnt!



and the tailgate, no badges...



but i hate plastic body molding



needless to say, my hands were rough after all that... be thankful if you have just emblems to strip off! i used the good ol fishing line to remove most of it, and thanks to brad12kx, i saw how easy some of this could be by using pro gaf tape. certainly helped out
 

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LEDS!!!!!!!!!



and that last picture of the tailgate leads into my taillights again. i put up a post about modding my taillight wiring, specifically if or how i could make a second bulb light up in the taillights. it was suggested to tap into the wiring near the brake pedal, but i cheated and made it easier on myself. A trip to the local junkyard yeilded a set of brake light sockets off a wrecked 97 ram, and then i tapped the corrisponding wires to my rams brake wiring behind the taillights, and vola! i have two bulbs per side that light up. since i loved those leds ive been using, i bought a second set to match, and plugged it into the reverse housing in the taillights. aside from the picture above which is the daytime, heres a couple other pictures, at night.



this ones a bit rough, but it shows just how bright these suckers are, and this is without the brake on...

 

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the light up hitch accessory is a chrome ram head logo close to the 4th gens logo. i lopped of the four prong wiring and wired it into my license plate wiring, and the left and right wires from the accessory to the power wire as well, this way the only way this lights up is when the lights are on, it doesnt get brighter when i brake and it doesnt flash with my turn signals, just the way i wanted it. its just a small little touch, but i like it.

 

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MORE LEDS! like i said, im in love with leds, and my obsession hasnt subsided. thanks to vleds again, i oreded a set of switchback turn signal bulbs. if you dont know what those are, ill explain. when i turn my parking lights on, the leds light up white, mine specifically close to the 6000k white to match my headlight hids. then when you hit your turn signal, they cut to amber leds. once the turn is complete, they cut back to white. vleds offers two types, type one your turn signal flashes white/amber/white/amber and so on. type two flashes amber only, which is what i wanted, and got.

leds off



running lights



turn signal



and a full view

 

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at this point i almost convinced myself my lighting was finished. well its not. over the past month ive been building sets of offroad hid driving and fog lights. i have completed set of hella 500 hid converts, 6000k of course, and i HAD a complete finished set of PIAA converts with, you guessed it... 6000k. at the time, the PIAAs had a colored lense that made the final output very yellow, and i liked that thought, using them for adverse weather. but South Dakota had other thoughts, and while test fitting them, a nice SD wind blew one off my bumper and smacked/smashed it all over the ground and shattered the glass. so PIAAs are out, and im in the market for more Hella 500s, specifically the fog lense. its up in the air yet if im going to run 3000k yellow hid bulbs or my favorite 6000ks.

heres my gathering of foglights, hid ballasts, and hid bulbs, pre-PIAA disaster



im calling this a test mount as the lights will never be mounted on this bumper, youll see where they go soon enough



all converts ive used a H3 hib bulb as its a very slim, slender base and glass, so it fits into those nice little pockets
 

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well for now... this is most of all my mods/creations. the trucks going to the shop for a few days for some bumper bracket fabrication. once thats complete, im mounting and wiring up the hellas. for now.... heres my teaser picture to ponder over



did i ever mention i love leds? ive got a few led mods in my head so stay tuned
 

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Thanks. Most of the work has been cosmetic so far. I'm not going to dump a lot of money in the engine with as many miles as she has. I'm definitely going to aim for 300000 miles then ill treat it to a powerplant under the hood.

In a couple days ill put up some more mods.
 

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Great truck man, you've definitely made that into a very unique 2nd gen. I gotta day I'm glad you removed the plastic trim off. I've never been a fan of it and it gives it a much cleaner look. Have you found out what you want to do for a rear bumper. I think there's a couple of companies who make roll pans that can be used with trailer hitches. Looking forward to seeing you fab up that 3rd gen bumper keep up the great work :smileup:
 

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Yes and no for the rear bumper. I have made a decision on doing a roll pan, the shop that's fabbing my bumpers had an idea that I loved. 1/4 inch plate with welded brackets to mount to the factory bumper location on the frame, which allows for it to be designed around my hitch. Its food for thought right now, but the thought spurs only more ideas. Tow hooks? Loops? Plus its plate... so not flexable like a basic roll pan.

As for the plastic, its certainly been inspired by my first ram being a sport.

AND tomorrow is the day ... I'm not sure if I'm more excited to get my truck back or for the bumper.
 

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Well that's cool they installed the hinges, the other pans I'd seen were kind of similar but they had hinges where the license plate was but the plastic ones always seem to fade and crack faster than the others. I had a metal one on my 3rd Gen and back into a concrete barrier with it on accident, only had a few scratches that were easy to take care of. can't say that about those fiberglass ones lol
 

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Agreed. Im not really a big fan of plastic anyways. Its just cheap to me. I'm building this truck to be solid so why go cheap? I want solid roll pan that I could rely on, say accidentally backing into a trailer when hitching up. Well more likely it would go under me with my lift....
 

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I really like your version of truck nuts. Way more original than the ones you buy at the auto part store...lol Great job on the truck so far.
There's a bit of a story to those...

I'm in the airforce, and the base has a law against anything profane, offensive, discriminatory etc from being displayed or produced from a vehicle. Truck nuts certainly fell under that law when an awesome military spouse called up about some 'monster truck displaying testicles on the back...'


This is my way around that
 

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Thats what I figured. I don't really know about the monster truck part, never really considered 5 inches and 35s close to that, but this was a military spouse complaining.....

Spose its a compliment either way ha.
 
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