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Discussion in 'Viper Truck Builds - Project Logs/Recent Mods' started by autorodtechnologies, May 27, 2014.

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    autorodtechnologies Full Access Member

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    I picked up a 04 ram last summer with about 9000 miles on it, it had been previously repaired and lowered and I wasn't happy with the work that had been done so I had a decision to make. I tend to like my vehicles more on the custom side and i didn't want to spend a small fortune to re-lower it properly.
    The coils were cut with a torch and the rear bottomed out on anything bigger than a pebble. If a bump was hit at any speed over 50 it would bump steer really bad and shoot you into the next lane.

    The paint job had some issues as well, what was still factory was decent but what was painted was pretty rough.

    I couldn't live with either of the issues and didn't want to spend a small fortune to basically re-build the same truck so I decided to take it in a different direction.

    I've been working on it for a few months and haven't posted any project pictures until this weekend and decided I should post some pics in here.

    I've been occasionally browsing but haven't posted much.

    Anyways, I'll post some pictures up, let me know what you think.
     
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    Here is how the truck looked when I originally picked it up.
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    Trying to post pictures but it's not letting me.
     
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    way not enough posts
     
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    Can't post if it won't let me though.
     
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    ya got to have 50+ posts to post photos

    ya got 47 more to go
     
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    ok,, I guess this one will be empty for a while then. I don't want to just randomly start posting. Been browsing for a while just haven't been posting.
     
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    Go to photo bucket and make an account and post the links. Simple
     
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    That's what I did, but it still didn't let me post it.
     
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    I can see them....


    and there is no post count criteria for pics that are hosted and the img tags are used
     
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    Sweet, not sure why they didn't come up at first. To bad there are all the extra posts now..
     
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    Now on to some of the modifications..

    In this first pic you can see the damaged rail from before, discovered in the tear down. I ended up ordering a new rail and putting it in.
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    I stripped the hood and doors, ordered new OE fenders to replace the aftermarket ones, as you can see in this pic most of the parts had little to no damage but wanted to get their bad paint job off so I could start from scratch and know what I really had.
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    On to some color

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    Making room for the axle

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    Nice work, what's next?
     
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    New frame rail
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    Doing a little sheet metal work for under the hood.
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    Some of the work to the bed, i was working on this to keep busy while waiting for suspension parts.
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    I have a few more to post yet,, didn't see any other builds like this on here so not sure if you guys will like it or not but we will see.
     
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    Was glad when this arrived.
    Had all of this made by a company called Michigan Metal Works, he made them with a narrower track width to clear the fenders and this allowed me to keep the factory wheels. And now with the parts I was really able to get some stuff done.

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    Originally mounted the rear bars on the outside of the axle but I didn't have enough room because I am going to narrow the axle a bit.. So we moved them to the inside of the frame rails.
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    Also made new mounts for the Watts link.
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    Worked pretty much straight through the holiday weekend to get this suspension mocked up, So i'm glad we got it this far.

    There is a lot of fine tuning to get it finished but I feel I'm off to a good start now.

    Here are some pictures of it outside, I needed to see it from a little farther away.
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    Awesome build