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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Figure I upload all the pictures of my ORV truck on the process this year before it goes under the knife again this winter...


Picture of it after lift kit and new front suspension(left)...


Truck on the right has a 3in lift and 35's... Mine is on the left...

For the lift I used 95 Dodge Ram 2500 V-10 Springs to lift it 3-4inches and then I stacked a 2 1/2in spacer on top a long with Top Gun Short Control Arms for now...


Tires are Hankook Dynapro MT's on 16in Mickey Thompson MT-88s


Steering is all 1 ton Dodge with 1 ton gear box and power steering cooler...

For the Dana 44 up front ended up putting 4:56 gear in it with a True Trac Diff. Then I ended up putting a Rancho diff cover with skid plate... Double Steering Stabilizers that I modified to accept 1 ton steering... Used a Skyjacker Adjustable Trac Bar... Pads are Power Stop Extremes with Power Stop Cross Drilled and slotted rotors...


Front Bumper on the left and Rear bumper on the right... Craiglist specials...


Picked up a front brush guard with winch holder off here...


Going to take the front bumper and brush guard and weld them together to make a custom front bumper...


Rear bumper install...


Now mounting the front main bumper...


Cut up the brush guard and welded it to the main bumper...


Reason the bumper is right inline with the frame is cause we boxed the end of the frame in and re-enforced with two sections of 6x6 tubing that is 5/8's thick... Just incase I'll have to run over some zombies one day...

Now on to mounting the Mile Maker 15k Winch...


Mounting the 200w cree led spot light bar...


Couldn't finish the rest before Labor Day weekend so I took it up north to have some fun... Did already except me and a tree didn't see the same path as I did...


And neither did his boy...



All in all I was happy... Had no problems and was able to go through almost everything until I hit a huge water pit and started having a misfire from me not weather proofing my connections in the engine bay... Oh well...


Then a month later went to the mounds for the first time with a few buddies... Pretty fun place except the one pit I tried that I didn't know a truck with 44's got stuck before me... And my friends forgot to tell me...





Buddy with his Jeep had to anchor to a tree and hook up the winch while another buddy in a jeep started using my bubba robes to try and yank me out before we used the winch...
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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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After the trip to the mounds and realizing I really had no good hook points, I ordered up some from one of my suppliers to weld to the front and back bumpers...


Got them nice and hot to weld up and re-enforce them...


Welded two on the back and two on the front....

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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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why is your front bumper so low?

looks nice otherwise
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Old September 13th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #4
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why is your front bumper so low?

looks nice otherwise
It's direct inline with the frame of the truck... Frame of the truck was re-enforced for when it get's the bigger lift and bigger tires down the road... Still 3-4 inches shorter then the stock bumper....
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Installed one of the custom switch plates...



Had the part of my exo-skelton installed on the truck... Will be going back shortly to finish the rest...


Installed a second loop on the top to make a roof rack and to mount the other 4 light bars....
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Got rid of the sway bar links and installed front axle limiter straps...
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Labor Day weekend was kinda rough but it made it through...


Was going through the trail and the back of the truck slide out and tried to take out a tree... I lost...

You can also see the spare tire rack that was made and the hi-lift jack holder built into it, in the pictures...
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Also on Labor Day weekend I broke the front axle (I think) and the rear I welded up myself but didn't weld it up good enough and that broke...

Luckily me the ring and pinion didn't get taken out... Just the spider gears...


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So I got a Dana 60/80 combo getting ready to put in... 5:13 gears... Detroit Locker up front... And going to weld up the back really good this time...
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Front axle turns out the Posi-Lok cable broke and disengaged the 4wd...
So I installed the permanent 4x4 lock housing and was done with it... All fixed...



Then I went to Bundy Hill for the first time this pass weekend with my buddy to check it out... Ended up breaking driver side axle...


Now just trying to find a stocker till the 60/80 swap


Thanks to Ruff Stuff Specialties for an awesome product...
Dana 60 cover...
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fix that shit and come out saturday !
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fix that shit and come out saturday !
Gotta work Saturday... Best bet I have are Sundays but I can't go this weekend either...
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Did you happen to take this truck to a shop to get the gears done? On 9 mile?
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Did you happen to take this truck to a shop to get the gears done? On 9 mile?
Gearz your dad? Yes he did... Taking apart the 60/80 now so he can do those before he leaves...
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Yessir, I remember working on this truck. The front Rancho diff cover is what caught my
Eye lol. Yea it sucks to leave, but it'll be nice to explore alittle bit haha
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Yessir, I remember working on this truck. The front Rancho diff cover is what caught my
Eye lol. Yea it sucks to leave, but it'll be nice to explore alittle bit haha
She ain't pretty but she gets the job done till the Big Block goes in...

The 80 is almost apart and I'll start on the 60 soon... Then I will be taking it to sandblasters to clean up the housings... Once I get the new perches welded on and all the trusses welded on it will be on the way to you guys...
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Time to bring this back up and get going on it... Recently picked up a Dynasty 350 welder and a Miller SX60 table to weld on...


Truck is getting axle swap next week or so... Going with Dana 60/80 like said before... It will also get lifted higher with 44s put on... Going to need to make custom long arms for this kit front and back... Rest of EXO cage should also get done along... CB wire up... Rest of the light bars mounted and wired up... And new taillights...
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Sweet!

Its too bad we have not wheeled together, it looks like you know how to treat a wheelermobile.

And probably entertaining to watch.
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Sweet!

Its too bad we have not wheeled together, it looks like you know how to treat a wheelermobile.

And probably entertaining to watch.
Thanks... I'll be ready for Memorial day weekend I hope... My one employee who helps me out a lot on the truck is out for awhile with a busted knee...

He told me there is anything mechanically that I can break that he can't fix... Been trying to live up to that so far... No dice...
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Maybe I missed it, but where are those custom dash switches from?
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