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2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:27 am

A little background on my PW adventure. Former Ram and Rubicon owner that always wanted the PW but couldn't find one that I could afford until this past fall. I'm a habitual CL lurker and found a former BP PW in Az for $15,945. Bought a one-way ticket, spent 7 hours negotiating, and drove in 1600 miles home to MN to the tune of $14,100. Mechanically its in excellent shape. The interior/exterior is rough around the edges but I'm slowly restoring her, giving her a 2nd chance! Heres my budget build:
Heres day one with my new PW, you can kind of see how the bumper is extended out from their goofy bracket.

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my old man admiring the flex (he came along for the ride, nice having him along)

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First mod, well actually delete, is to get rid of all the extra crap (this was actually a lot of work)...

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New taillights $70(one was cracked the other very scratched) and new tailgate $270. Ebay and CL are my friends Bumper is on temporarily as they cut the hitch mounting brackets

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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:37 am

Next up is to change some fluids...oil, coolant, diffs, and transfer case:

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And I couldnt resist putting new shoes on her. 4wheelparts had a smoking deal on 35x12.5x17 KO2s $993 and I found some H2 wheels for $220
My buddy helping me bore out the hubs:

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New Stance. KO2 > KM2 The ride is so much nicer and so much quieter!

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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:53 am

Fixing the bumper...This was also a lot of work. New hitch that actually has bumper brackets still attached $200 :doh: This required unbolting the bed, lifting it up, and sliding out the old hitch and replacing it with the new. Once everything was bolted back down we hammered out the dent in the bumper as much as possible and aligned it the best we could with a sledge hammer. :lol: I also cut my exhaust tip back so I cant pinch it. I will be replacing the spare with another H2 spare/KO take off

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Rear pic of the bumper now

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Now its onto the interior, total gut and replace. I found seats off ebay $free after a shipping and stain disaster. I recovered the seats with factory replacements $200, this was also a lot of work. Hog clips :angry: 'nuff said

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Interior is 90% done. I need to add seatbelt buckles to the rear and would like to buy some fold flat covers for the dog. Found out I need to swap my old front seat buckles onto the new seats for the electronics to work even though they have the same plugs :thppt: so the front seats have to come out one more time. Forgot to but the middle seat seat belt so i can do that when the fronts are out. Next up, slush mats and fold flats and the interior is done.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:59 am

First snow! Loving the new tires. Slush mats are on the way :rockon:

Hard to tell with the snow but I added a tonneau cover $120 on CL Tonnopro lo pro

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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby coder » Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:55 pm

Hello RamGentry, nice work it looks good so far, do those stock hubcaps fit with the H2 wheels I think they do? Was that vehicle in some deep water it looks very muddy inside? Do all the PW goodies still work lockers, sway-bar disconnect, winch, etc.?
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Performance: Magnaflow Muffler | Magnaflow Y-Pipe
Wheels/Tires: Toyo AT II's 35x12.5x17
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:58 pm

coder wrote:Hello RamGentry, nice work it looks good so far, do those stock hubcaps fit with the H2 wheels I think they do? Was that vehicle in some deep water it look very muddy inside? Do all the PW goodies still work lockers, sway-bar disconnect, winch, etc.?


Nope, stock ram hub caps will not fit without some modification. Since the H2 wheels are painted and my old wheels were chrome im looking for a painted set of ram caps to modify. If you are talking about H2 center caps I dont know becuase I dont like the look of them and didnt try.

Nope the vehicle was in the desert. No rust or mud just real fine reddish dust EVERYWHERE! It took a while to clean out but I didnt take an "after" pic. Underneath is just more reddish dirt, its not event that thick just need to get the quarter car wash power washer under it.

Yep, mechanically shes good including lockers, sway bar, and winch. Those were the first things i tested and then I drove her for almost 28 hours straight from AZ to MN w/out any hiccups.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby TwinStick » Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:12 pm

AWESOME deal !!! Great job. Looks great. :rockon:
2008 Red QC PW G56. No lift yet, stock size tires. It pulls a 2016 Starcraft AR One Extreme, 3500 lbs.
Load Pro 35 helper springs. 2015 A.R.E. MX Series custom cap. PCP front diff cover protector. Mag-Hytec 6 qt rear diff cover. K&N replacement air filter only. Dual grounded throttle body. Winch TPC bypass. Fab Four rear bumper. DURA BAK lined rocker protection. And a bunch of new front end stuff.

G-56 Gear ratios: 1st) 6.29:1 2nd) 3.48:1 3rd) 2.10:1 4th) 1.38:1 5th) 1.0:1 6th) 0.79:1 Rev 6.29:1 --- = 78.01613:1 Crawl Ratio
-------------------------5.94:1--------3.28:1-------1.98:1-------1.31:1-------1.0:1-------0.74:1-----5.42:1 ---- = 73.675:1
545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

2013+ 32.47 crawl ratio...............Can you see the trend ??????????????
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby Colibri » Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:34 pm

Great job, you've really put a lot of work into that truck! It's looking good!
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby 2011RPW » Tue Dec 01, 2015 6:44 pm

That's awesome! Looks great!
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby Graveltravels » Tue Dec 01, 2015 7:18 pm

That's a wicked deal!! Welcome to the nut house! ;)


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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:15 pm

Thanks guys, you all are probably as crazy about these trucks as I am and know what its like to put the work in. :mrgreen: She still has a long way to go but Im feeling good about the progress

I will make sure to update the thread as i continue to make progress :idea:
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby vanished » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:43 am

Looking great! Lot's of hard work so far but it will pay off!!
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby badash » Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:06 am

love seeing the truck getting whipped back into shape. Nothing more rewarding than taking something that is a little abused and making it nice again.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby 04Ram2500Hemi » Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:11 pm

Very cool to see this truck get all fixed up.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:48 pm

A couple of little updates

New antenna base...dropped the damn antenna inside the fender, that was real fun getting back out :roll:
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Did the cabin air filter mod
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Husky Liners front and rear (fold flat load floors on the way)
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Also cut the stock antenna down 6" cuz it got caught on everything and added some plates finally
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby Mr.Smith » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:16 pm

What kind of cabin filter mod?
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby gun45boat » Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:31 pm

Damn nice work man!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:49 am

Mr.Smith wrote:What kind of cabin filter mod?

I dont know what year you have but my 2010 didnt come with a cabin air filter. Turns out the cover and filter from a 2010 caliber with fit in place of a cut out. Heres a link to the video I used https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8GICHMBzSw
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Sat Dec 19, 2015 12:50 am

gun45boat wrote:Damn nice work man!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks! 8-)
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby gun45boat » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:16 pm

NICE>.. How do the new All Terrains ride/balance out/handle weight?? My 35" Pro Comp AT's on the diesel tow pig are needing replacement soon, and the new BFG AT's got some GREAT pricing right now..
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:03 pm

Been great tires so far. Really quite on the street and have been great in snow so far. Unfortunately I havent gotten off road and on rocks a lot but so far so good.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:39 pm

Auto start in the truck and it's awesome! Really helps in the winter time when i get a late night fire call. Didn't take any pics of the install but it was super easy. Went with the flashpack plug n play and factory remote.

Fold flat floors installed and already being put to use and full of dog hair!
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby Stickman » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:37 pm

How much did those load flat floors cost you? And where did you find them? I was wanting them on mine but didn't really know where to look for them. Do they just replace the lid that is normally there from the factory in the normal Rams without that option?
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby RamGentry » Sat Jan 02, 2016 8:07 am

Stickman wrote:How much did those load flat floors cost you? And where did you find them? I was wanting them on mine but didn't really know where to look for them. Do they just replace the lid that is normally there from the factory in the normal Rams without that option?


I paid $200 for a set of take-offs I found on ebay. It took a while for me to find a set at that price, including looking on different forums. I didnt have the lids but yes they will replace the underseat storage compartment lids. I dont think they started offering the flat floors in the 4G ram until 2013 but they bolt in just fine to my 2010. Be aware of the year and cab configuration that you buy as they were offered in the 3G rams (quad cab) and 4G quad cab and crew cab. The only difference is that the quad cab will be shorter, the ones I bought were out of a 2015 crew cab.
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Re: 2nd Chance PW

Postby w2dodge » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:43 am

nice skates
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