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Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:52 pm
by adeluca73
Reloaderguy wrote:
adeluca73 wrote:
olyelr wrote:Well hows the leveling kit look/ride!?
Installed the level kit, was a PIA. Didn't take any pics or post measurements yet. Now I'm waiting to get truck back from Don Boeke at his shop "the Egyptian" (nationally celebrated custom builder)-- having the bumpers/grill/fender flares Line-X & a few other tricks done. Should be done in a few days, been there 2 wks now.
Does it look like it skipped leg-day with those 33's? :lol:
Funny, but yeah a little. It's ok, 35's or 37's & new wheels are coming as soon as I can narrow down the choice ...

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2016 7:30 am
by olyelr
Hahahahahaah

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:51 pm
by adeluca73
Pick up tomorrow afternoon!! :rockon:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:53 pm
by Reloaderguy
:rockon:

:lockedandloaded:

Before and After

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:41 pm
by adeluca73
Got the wagon back from having the bumpers and a little more done to remove the chrome and go for the blacked-out look. Intent was just to reduce regular maintenance in keeping the chrome looking respectable, and from there my list expanded:

-Splash graphics removed (I did that a month ago)
-Blacked out badges
-Line-x Front and rear bumpers, head light trim, grill, bug deflector, and fender flares
-Custom painted Ram emblems
-Powder coated tow hooks red
-Added Laramie style POWER WAGON in black to tailgate
-Custom painted center wheel caps

Oh and I measured the post level kit front-rear difference, and it's about 1/2" on the pax side, and about 1/4" on the drivers side, which from my before measurements works out to about exactly 1.5" gained. No alignment needed. Drives same, no noticeable difference to me, but since I just got it back, haven't wheeled it yet, but will try to get out and test it all out before I depart for DC in a month.

Still deciding if I want to remove the side PW decal--I'm leaning towards removing it...thoughts????

Spacers

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 3:43 pm
by adeluca73
Here's a few shot of the spacers installed.

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 4:41 pm
by Colibri
Looking really good man, I especially like the tailgate! I'm inclined to say remove the side graphics completely. Your truck has class sir! :rockon:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:21 pm
by Reloaderguy
I'm a bit jealous, I have debated blacking out the chrome on my truck too but I have a lot more than you had. Since you're asking, I'm not a fan of the vinyl except for the center hood decal.

Your passenger side spring looks like a slinky. How have your tires worn? My factory alignment was off considerably to the point I could see strange wear patterns developing. The steering felt really tight and took some effort in hard fast turns.

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:20 pm
by black_hawk8888
If it was mine, I would lose all the graphics. I did the same with my SLT and added the laramie "power wagon" emblem to the tailgate and I like how it sets the truck off. Blacking out all the chrome emblems looks great!

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:45 pm
by Will
Tint the front windows and slap some 37's under it. :rockon:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:18 pm
by nts007
It's looking great adeluca. I enjoy how you plan your changes systematically. And execute them cleanly. I with the remove graphics. And time for man sized tires

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:50 pm
by adeluca73
nts007 wrote:It's looking great adeluca. I enjoy how you plan your changes systematically. And execute them cleanly. I with the remove graphics. And time for man sized tires
Copy--I'm leaning removing too, I just waited till it's all done first because once they're gone, they're gone, but just wanted to see it all together first. I'll remove this weekend.

I'm starting to get "little tire" insecurity... Didn't realize everyone noticed :chug:

35's and new wheels are next (either the new hybrid Nittos, Toyo R/T's, KO2, or Hankooks)

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:52 pm
by adeluca73
Reloaderguy wrote:I'm a bit jealous, I have debated blacking out the chrome on my truck too but I have a lot more than you had. Since you're asking, I'm not a fan of the vinyl except for the center hood decal.

Your passenger side spring looks like a slinky. How have your tires worn? My factory alignment was off considerably to the point I could see strange wear patterns developing. The steering felt really tight and took some effort in hard fast turns.
Really, no issues, I actually measured tread depth from in-out on all 4 today, & has less than 5% variation. I have rotated them just about every oil change, & I know that goes a long way to prolonging even tread life. The spacer kit actually removed a good bit of the spring bow I had before, there's still some, but not nearly as much before.

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:17 am
by Stickman
Looks awesome! That front end looks very familiar.... lol. I'm with everyone else on the side graphics, take them off, would look better that way. Also black the rims and bigger tires! Would look badass then!

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:34 am
by Colibri
Hutchinsons, that is all. If they're good enough for MRAP's they're good enough for you :cash:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:11 pm
by 14PowerWaggy
Looks great! I vote to remove the side decals as well... Quick question... Which LineX did you go with? It doesn't look as textured or shiny as some others that I have seen... Also, did you cut out the center caps of the wheels? Is that in preparation of a free spin kit? Now all you need is some 37's... :rockon:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:52 pm
by Reloaderguy
adeluca73 wrote:
nts007 wrote:It's looking great adeluca. I enjoy how you plan your changes systematically. And execute them cleanly. I with the remove graphics. And time for man sized tires
Copy--I'm leaning removing too, I just waited till it's all done first because once they're gone, they're gone, but just wanted to see it all together first. I'll remove this weekend.

I'm starting to get "little tire" insecurity... Didn't realize everyone noticed :chug:

35's and new wheels are next (either the new hybrid Nittos, Toyo R/T's, KO2, or Hankooks)
I think you mispelled 37's.

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 8:25 pm
by RamGentry
Reloaderguy wrote:I think you mispelled 37's.
Thought I read that wrong too

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:09 pm
by olyelr
Looking good adeluca! :rockon:


Reloaderguy wrote: ... My factory alignment was off considerably to the point I could see strange wear patterns developing. The steering felt really tight and took some effort in hard fast turns.
What was off on the alignment? What did you change it to? Did it help your driving experience? I have noticed what appears to be really tight steering as well as needing a bit of effort in hard turns. I dont notice it much until I drive my wifes Yukon... that freekin thing steers absolutely effortlessly compared to my truck.

Threadjack over :doh:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:16 am
by adeluca73
RamGentry wrote:
Reloaderguy wrote:I think you mispelled 37's.
Thought I read that wrong too
Damn spell check :doh:

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:20 am
by adeluca73
14PowerWaggy wrote:Looks great! I vote to remove the side decals as well... Quick question... Which LineX did you go with? It doesn't look as textured or shiny as some others that I have seen... Also, did you cut out the center caps of the wheels? Is that in preparation of a free spin kit? Now all you need is some 37's... :rockon:
Hey 14/15PWaggy--the Line-X was a custom blend they made up to match the Diamondback & WK sliders, I'll be back with the Egyptian this week to pick up my center caps & I'll find out what they used exactly. Don't think we can use free spin hubs with the CAD, unless There's something new out.

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:15 am
by 14PowerWaggy
adeluca73 wrote:
14PowerWaggy wrote:Looks great! I vote to remove the side decals as well... Quick question... Which LineX did you go with? It doesn't look as textured or shiny as some others that I have seen... Also, did you cut out the center caps of the wheels? Is that in preparation of a free spin kit? Now all you need is some 37's... :rockon:
Hey 14/15PWaggy--the Line-X was a custom blend they made up to match the Diamondback & WK sliders, I'll be back with the Egyptian this week to pick up my center caps & I'll find out what they used exactly. Don't think we can use free spin hubs with the CAD, unless There's something new out.
Got it! Thank you for the reply... Deleting all the chrome is next on my list as well... Truck is looking really good!

Re: TD's 2014 Red PW Build Thread

Posted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:20 am
by Reloaderguy
olyelr wrote:Looking good adeluca! :rockon:


Reloaderguy wrote: ... My factory alignment was off considerably to the point I could see strange wear patterns developing. The steering felt really tight and took some effort in hard fast turns.
What was off on the alignment? What did you change it to? Did it help your driving experience? I have noticed what appears to be really tight steering as well as needing a bit of effort in hard turns. I dont notice it much until I drive my wifes Yukon... that freekin thing steers absolutely effortlessly compared to my truck.

Threadjack over :doh:
Excessive toe-in. Don set it to zero and the truck easier to stear.

wheel caps

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 1:12 am
by adeluca73
Wheel caps painted & enameled. Side Power Wagon decals removed tonight. Looks better, agree with all your input!!! :rockon:

Side graphics removed

Posted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 11:47 pm
by adeluca73
Here's the finished pics with all decals removed & wheel center caps replaced & a pic of the Factor-55 HitchLink 2.5 I picked up a few months ago w/ 6.5 Ton shackle, it fits the class V receiver w/o the filler sleeve.