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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:29 PM   #1
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Default 88 Ramcharger. a.k.a. The B.U.T. (big ugly truck)

ok so everybody else puts there stuff on here. So i guess i will too. here is the back story. I wanted a off road vehicle. wanted a k5, but couldnt find one. found this 88 ramcharger for 700 bucks. put a 4 inch lift kit on it, and some used 35 swampers. threw a detroit in the rear and welded the frt 44. it was ok. but i cant leave my stuff o.k.
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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here it is lifted on 35'' tires
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #3
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Old December 12th, 2012, 09:46 PM   #4
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I dont like getting stuck so i made a mount and put a 11,500lb winch on it.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:47 AM   #5
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Took the rc to bundy hill in late summer. It did alright but found some things that needed improvement. The steering sucked, needs gears, departure angle with the factory bumper and reese hitch sucks, not enough ground clearance, and rear tires are hitting inner wheel wells when flexing, and front has zero flex. Gonna start addressing these issues. Some i already have. Just trying to bring this thread up to date.
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Old December 13th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #6
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shackle flip in the rear, chevy rear 52s in the front. works awesome. thats what ill be dont to my 88
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Old December 13th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #7
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When i put the lift on i used some shackle flip brackets. I want to modify them this winter to use a regular shackle. Not the tapered kind. 52" are planned for the front if i can get to it this winter. Boatsiding and cage are the project right now. I still have more pics to put up. I am trying to get caught up to where thevtruck is now. I started putting this together 10 months ago.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:06 AM   #8
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need to get rid of some sheet metal!
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I know. Definitely gonna narrow the frt this winter. I would like to narrow the rear and at least keep the bedsides. I just need to find the time, and figure out how to do it. I would make a full truggy, but i want to be able to put two people in the back. I have some ideas. Between family, and side work its hard to find time.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #10
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tubbed it this fall. just got bored and figured it would be a cheap thing to do, and keep the tires from rubbing inside the wheel wells.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:37 PM   #11
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also took a day off and installed some crossover steeing. made a frame stiffening plate form 1/4 inch. drilled the 1 inch holes and welded 1"" .250 wall dom to hold the steering box bolts. 2 inch drop pitman arm, made a s type drag link out of .250 wall dom with 3/4 inch heims. its day and night over the old steering. tires hit the leaf springs now.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #12
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Makes me miss my 86 I had =(
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Old December 14th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #13
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then i found some new tires on cl. 39.5x18x15 boggers. these things were like new.
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Nice Build !
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Old December 15th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #15
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Ok, almost there to make a long story short. I put a dana 60 with 4.10's in the frt. Changed the rears to 4.10. Cut up the frt fenders to make the tires fit. Been on 1 trip with it and it seemed to work pretty good. I ditched the factory rear bumper, and reese. Built my own rear bumper( i will post pics later). So now to get current. I am in the process of doing boat sides. ( pics later).
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Old December 15th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #16
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Nice rig !!
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Old December 15th, 2012, 10:32 PM   #17
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Here are some pics of the bumpers
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Old December 15th, 2012, 10:36 PM   #18
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Old December 15th, 2012, 10:42 PM   #19
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Sliders done for drivers boatsides
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Old December 15th, 2012, 11:03 PM   #20
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lookin good. ide love to start boat siding my explorer but I just got finished with 3 weeks of body work cutting the back off and moving everything forward. I dont want to do anymore body work for the next couple months
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