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My front passenger door b-pillar vinyl started to crinkle a while back. Well, actually it started at about 35,500 miles and I wasn't able to get the dealer before 36,000 to get it replaced under warranty (which is what my dad did when it happened on his Ram). So I removed it.

I did like how it was protective and gave me a place put my hand so I could close the door with dirty fingers, and keep my wedding ring from scratching the paint; but I also heard it will eventually crack, and quite frankly the crinkling looked like buttcrack. Also I realized I would eventually end up removing it and I didn't want the paint to fade before I did; or at least not too bad since the truck is 2 and a half years old.

Actually, that's kind of a lie; I misjudged how much time and elbow grease it would take to goo gone all the leftover adhesive off after removing the tape. This left me with a choice (bubba's going to enjoy this):

A) Finish in the dark
B) Remove the vinyl on both sides and have adhesive residue left on my paint while I'm driving around tomorrow
C) Do the other side tomorrow

I chose option C because I had already got the back driver's side door done, and I'd rather not have the residue harden and get who knows what stuck to it while I'm driving to and from work tomorrow. Also if I did it in the dark then it would probably look pretty bad and I'd have to go back and touch it up anyway. I figure nobody will really notice unless they are walking around it when I'm parked; I sent dad pics of each side and it took him like 20 minutes to spot the difference.

Oh and I forgot to take before pics of the driver's side so this let me do before/after pics.

Here's what the crinkling looked like:



There is a Youtube video on how to do it; its pretty simple. Just search "ram b-pillar removal" and it'll be one of the first options.

Before (really the current passenger's side):



After (i.e. driver's side):



What do y'all think?
 

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Damn that was the best looking color on that truck.:smileup::LOL:
 

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Odd, I had my 2010 5 years and that never happened. I actually really like the blackout between the windows. If mine didn't have it I'd probably be adding it.
 

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I think the pillar tape would look better with tinted fronts. That's something I'd like to do-35% on the front side windows
 

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I'm pretty happy with it, but it'll take a bit of getting used to. You know how you can walk out into a parking lot and still be able to discern your truck from others, even those that have all the same exterior options, based on the small subtleties but without really looking at your truck? It'll take a few days to get to that point again.
 

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Since you are asking...

I like the look of the blacked out b-pillar better. But that is me what do i know....lol
 

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My front passenger door b-pillar vinyl started to crinkle a while back. Well, actually it started at about 35,500 miles and I wasn't able to get the dealer before 36,000 to get it replaced under warranty (which is what my dad did when it happened on his Ram). So I removed it.

I did like how it was protective and gave me a place put my hand so I could close the door with dirty fingers, and keep my wedding ring from scratching the paint; but I also heard it will eventually crack, and quite frankly the crinkling looked like buttcrack. Also I realized I would eventually end up removing it and I didn't want the paint to fade before I did; or at least not too bad since the truck is 2 and a half years old.

Actually, that's kind of a lie; I misjudged how much time and elbow grease it would take to goo gone all the leftover adhesive off after removing the tape. This left me with a choice (bubba's going to enjoy this):

A) Finish in the dark
B) Remove the vinyl on both sides and have adhesive residue left on my paint while I'm driving around tomorrow
C) Do the other side tomorrow

I chose option C because I had already got the back driver's side door done, and I'd rather not have the residue harden and get who knows what stuck to it while I'm driving to and from work tomorrow. Also if I did it in the dark then it would probably look pretty bad and I'd have to go back and touch it up anyway. I figure nobody will really notice unless they are walking around it when I'm parked; I sent dad pics of each side and it took him like 20 minutes to spot the difference.

Oh and I forgot to take before pics of the driver's side so this let me do before/after pics.

Here's what the crinkling looked like:



There is a Youtube video on how to do it; its pretty simple. Just search "ram b-pillar removal" and it'll be one of the first options.

Before (really the current passenger's side):



After (i.e. driver's side):



What do y'all think?
Looks good. My Laramie came without that tape. I like the painted look much better.
 

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Thanks for all the responses guys. This is a discussion board so by all means feel free to say so if you like it better with the tape. I'm not really sure which I prefer yet, but I do like the paint more than the crinkled tape for sure. If that hadn't happened it would still be on there.

I need to see what tinting the fronts would run me
 

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One of the things I liked about my sport was the look with the black b-pillars. As my side windows are all tinted, if/when mine do the same thing, I'll spray the pillars a satin black to replicate the look.

I think the black results in a better look and takes away with some of the bulk of the top. Smooths out the look of the whole truck.

Jmho but I prefer the black-out look.

 

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Once you go black........
 

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I'm pretty happy with it, but it'll take a bit of getting used to. You know how you can walk out into a parking lot and still be able to discern your truck from others, even those that have all the same exterior options, based on the small subtleties but without really looking at your truck? It'll take a few days to get to that point again.
I absolutely love the look, makes it look more like a proper 3rd gen!

On the topic of being able to discern ones car I have never once seen any truck that looks even close to mine. There are simply not many early 3rd gen loaded Laramie rams with the Mopar tonneau cover running around!
 

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JOB WELL DONE :smileup:

My preference is the white, it to me seems to define the structure
of the door and lines better.
 

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