September 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm #7438
My truck started out going one direction, then some things changed and now going a completely different way with it. A little history, a few years ago I bought my first diesel. A dang near new 1997 F250 Crew Cab…. I loved that truck. It had gone from 100% stock to 100% OMFG in the 10 years I had it. Along the way found a bunch of other like minded Ford owners, which progressed to diesel truck guys, which progressed to getting on a diesel drag truck team, which led me to the National Hot Rod Diesel Assoc, where I eventually became race director. Ultimately that truck was cursed with electrical problems and would just shut down where ever it wanted to, every sensor replaced ect ect and I traded it in on a 2006 Dodge Ram. I was REALLY sad to see it go. Then life got in the way and started though a divorce, too many hours at work and couldn’t keep doing the racing thing, but the truck was originally going to be BUILT for drag racing and truck pulling. Fast forward a couple years…. A buddy I met through some other diesel junkies started working for Carli Suspension. Then was posting pictures on his blog ect ect, he moved to Baja and spent almost every day in the dirt traveling all over the peninsula logging thousands of miles. That just sparked something inside me and right then and there I knew what I was going to do with my truck.
So some information on the truck….
2006 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 3500
Cummins engine, “mostly” stock (injectors and headstuds)
48RE Auntomatic transmission, stock for now except for Mag Hytec deep pan, it will be built this year or early next.
Stock transfer case and drive lines
Fully trussed AAM 9.25 with 3.73’s, dynatrack ball joints and ’08 steering upgrade, and Thuren TRE replacement, Thuren lower steering stabilizer, and Carli upper stabilizer, Red Head steering box, Next additions Carli diff cover with lower stabilizer mount (so stabilizers oppose each other), high angle mount for upper stabilizer, and plate in the C’s to keep things from bending. (hopefully ARB’s within the year)
Rear axle stock for now with factory limited slip and 3.73’s (hopefully ARB’s within the year)
Thuren Alien long arms, Thuren shock towers, Thuren torsion bar and links, Carli limit straps, Thuren tuned Stage 6+ 2.5″ King remote resi shocks.
Thuren Long travel leafs, Thuren long travel shackles, Thuren tuned Stage 6+ 2.5″ King bypass shocks with piggybacks. Will be adding Carli rear shocks mounts, the factory ones are known to tear off.
General Grabber 37″ tires (Now 37×12.5×17 Maxxis Trepadors)
Power Wagon OEM wheels (VERY strong and cheap)
AirDog 100 fuel/water filtration system
PCI 2M Race Radio
Uniden pro xl 520
Patton Fabrication 3 tab light bar (fits behind factory tow hooks)
Lifetime LED 22.5″ Cree LED light
CJC Offroad spare tire hold down (37″ will not fit between frame rails)
Protech aluminum tool box (with spare axles, oil, water, and enough tools to disassemble your truck)
Will add pix as I dig them out of my lap top lol….
The truck pretty much rides like a truck on the street, though handling is amazing compared to what it was. Off road the truck just floats, it will cruise nicely in the dirt, but also get up to speed and handle it with no issues. I’ve hit 1-2′ bumps at 75+ mph and you don’t really notice them. And before anyone asks yes it will be getting a roll cage, as well as suspension seats ect. But it is being built go from point A to point B no matter what the terrain is between (to a certain extent).September 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm #78790
Gabe EnglerParticipantPremium Member
Very nice. Ive been wanting a big diesel for a while, but its just not practical for me. What kind of mileage do you get?September 5, 2013 at 7:14 pm #78798
Right now I average about 13.5mpg… But with stock gearing and 37’s I don’t expect much more… Though longer trips it does get better…. When I had 33’s the best I got was 24mpg on my trip the SLC….September 6, 2013 at 10:21 am #78809
Grant MossmenParticipantBasic Member
Man, this thing is such a beast! It’d sure be nice to blow along those crappy “death by 1000 bumps” roads in the quilomeneSeptember 6, 2013 at 12:08 pm #78817
Gabe EnglerParticipantPremium Member
Posted By Grant Mossmen on 06 Sep 2013 10:21 AM
Man, this thing is such a beast! It’d sure be nice to blow along those crappy “death by 1000 bumps” roads in the quilomene
yeah thats my thinking. LT diesel, yum….September 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm #78842
I’d love to see some more photos – especially of the suspension components.September 7, 2013 at 11:26 am #78852
Gonna try and upload them now…. I got some up there, I will get some more posted. I have some better shots of the suspension, those are horrible. I lost a bunch when my phone died…September 7, 2013 at 12:29 pm #78853
Awesome. Excuse me as I wipe the drool from my face…January 7, 2014 at 7:04 pm #81456
J.B. BuntingParticipantBasic Member
Posted By Patrick Tingley on 05 Sep 2013 07:14 PM
Right now I average about 13.5mpg… But with stock gearing and 37’s I don’t expect much more… Though longer trips it does get better…. When I had 33’s the best I got was 24mpg on my trip the SLC….
Say what?! Man Pat, time for some gears buddy!
I average 18-19mpg and got 22mpg last summer out to Montana…
4.10s on 37s is what I’m running, of course the 6spd and free-spin hubs help too.
I think I’m going to follow your lead on those centramtic balancers, I have had nothing but trouble with keeping any tires balanced, even before the lift, the 19.5s and several different sets of 37s…
When your ready for gears let me know… I know a guy, or two…January 7, 2014 at 9:57 pm #81458
Dale AveryParticipantBasic Member
Totally out of my league.
I feel old now……January 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm #81505
I think I am going to stick with the 3.73’s, I talked with the guys at Firepunk and they said it won’t be an issue, some builders say no bueno with that combination. Also it allows for higher top end mph. BUT I do want to get some lockers…. YUP….
Dale I bought almost all of my suspension used from a tear down truck, and it happened to be a right place at the right time kinda thing, and my buddy gave me a better price because instead of shipping parts all over the place I just bought it all.January 28, 2014 at 10:34 am #82078January 28, 2014 at 10:41 am #82079
I’ll be stoked to see the photos during and after the install. Do you have images of your front end as it is now? I see the side angle but would love to see your current light bar and lights.January 28, 2014 at 10:53 am #82081January 28, 2014 at 11:11 am #82082
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