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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:12 pm

ghaugo wrote:
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Hey Damage, what tires are you running now?
Toyo MT’s 285/75R17 (basically 34”x11.5”)

Rocking tires. Only had one flat and that was when I broke a wheel. I’ll be getting 37’s within a few weeks, either the new Yokohama MT’s or the Toyo RT’s.

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by Colibri » Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:29 pm

The rt’s kick ass for mixed use on/off road with occasional towing
Central Texas and Houston area
2009 5.7 auto quadcab
Carli 3” coils deaver leafs 3” kings with 4 tube bypass rear and fr/rr hydro bumps
Howe steering pump and gear with hydraulic ram assist
Custom tube bumpers and white knuckle sliders
Creative fab trussed axle. rem polished and cryoed 5.13 gears with arb lockers fr/rr
Sharadon stage 2 545rfe with 3000 stall edge converter
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:38 am

Colibri wrote:
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The rt’s kick ass for mixed use on/off road with occasional towing
Everyone has nice things to say about the RTs better wet weather traction, longer treadlife and the same carcass as the MT while being between a MT and an AT all add up really nicely for my uses.

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by PWJouster » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:57 am

i absolutely love my 35/17 RTs. great tire to run low PSI with no load. helped out the stock ride substantially which is all the proof i need. perfect tread contact patch at 45 front and 35 rear. stock weight
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:40 am

Ok finally got all the PSC stuff hooked up! Just swapping in the PSC box was a little disappointing because it didn’t take any play out of my system and it turns a little slower than my previous box, but it does turn easier so I’m guessing that’s the difference with the bigger PSC piston. I got the assist cylinder installed this weekend using the factory axle hole drilled to 9/16” with an M14 bolt and some shock spacers, and welded the PSC tabs to the stock tie rod damper bracket for a single-shear mount. I had tried to use an M14 bolt there too but couldn’t get the distances right and then could not get a double-shear mount made with the bolt spring on the bracket so I just welded some love into it.

Hoooly crap, 100% this is the best steering setup I’ve ever felt on this truck. It is the quickest and most responsive, and strongest, and easiest turning all in one setup. Very light and fast steering on the street and freeway, and still self-centers just like stock. Easy turning but a touch slower when stopped or at a crawl.

I routed my hoses a little different, keeping them low and leaving slack just under the box. I had originally bent the 45 fitting more but I didn’t like having two 90’s at the box because of the layout so I switched the fittings and like how it turned out. One thing I’m not stoked about is how low the ram sits - I dropped the frame side of the trackbar to test travel and at full bump (when the shocks are bottomed) there is almost ZERO room between the cylinder and the trackbar bend, even when the cylinder is mounted as low as I can get it. CHECK YOUR CLEARANCES if you run a ram in the stock spot, just like a stabilizer.
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by olyelr » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:32 pm

Looking good!
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by Colibri » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:35 pm

Welcome to the “I can turn the wheels whenever I damn well please” club lol. Looking good man!
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Carli 3” coils deaver leafs 3” kings with 4 tube bypass rear and fr/rr hydro bumps
Howe steering pump and gear with hydraulic ram assist
Custom tube bumpers and white knuckle sliders
Creative fab trussed axle. rem polished and cryoed 5.13 gears with arb lockers fr/rr
Sharadon stage 2 545rfe with 3000 stall edge converter
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by nts007 » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:37 pm

Yea baby yea!!!!!!!!! Told you so haha
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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:16 pm

The hydro assist steering is 100% awesome. I love it. The combo of Thuren trackbar, Thuren drag link, stock tie rod, PSC gearbox and hydro assist is for sure the best steering setup I have ever felt in a Dodge. Every part in my front end is new and it’s awesome. Albeit I have like $3000 into my front axle :rofl: :rofl: :rockon:

As punishment for my success one of my u-joints decided it was time to retire at the same exact time I was on my test drive, so now I have a pretty pronounced POP when changing directions sometimes, so now in addition to rebuilding my transfer case I’m also rebuilding my axle shafts and might as well do the driveshaft!

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by Colibri » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:07 am

it’s kind of obscene price wise, but if you can swing it, rcv axles will make your truck turn smooth as glass. Especially in 4lo and even with the front locked.
Central Texas and Houston area
2009 5.7 auto quadcab
Carli 3” coils deaver leafs 3” kings with 4 tube bypass rear and fr/rr hydro bumps
Howe steering pump and gear with hydraulic ram assist
Custom tube bumpers and white knuckle sliders
Creative fab trussed axle. rem polished and cryoed 5.13 gears with arb lockers fr/rr
Sharadon stage 2 545rfe with 3000 stall edge converter
Lots of other stuff lol

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:25 am

Colibri wrote:
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it’s kind of obscene price wise, but if you can swing it, rcv axles will make your truck turn smooth as glass. Especially in 4lo and even with the front locked.
If I knew I’d spend $3000 on just the front end I would have bought the best shit out there right off the bar. The font shafts in these trucks are very strong. I have hydro so I don’t need to worry with turning so much haha. Birfield joints are equally strong in all axes but it requires an increased load to propel them at a turned angle so they are technically right in their claims but in truth they still suffer similar weakness to u joints, but in a different and better fashion.

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by Colibri » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:03 am

All very true, but I’ll let you drive my truck and I bet you’ll want them afterwards lol. I’m going to be in the Seattle area for a week in April I think
Central Texas and Houston area
2009 5.7 auto quadcab
Carli 3” coils deaver leafs 3” kings with 4 tube bypass rear and fr/rr hydro bumps
Howe steering pump and gear with hydraulic ram assist
Custom tube bumpers and white knuckle sliders
Creative fab trussed axle. rem polished and cryoed 5.13 gears with arb lockers fr/rr
Sharadon stage 2 545rfe with 3000 stall edge converter
Lots of other stuff lol

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:58 am

Come down to Portland if you have time! They aren’t that close but it’s a lot better than getting to Texas. I’ll be jamming to get things out before I leave for Moab.

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by TwinStick » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:02 pm

Did something happen to your t-case that you have to rebuild it ? Or are you upgrading parts ? How many miles are on it ? Just curious. :popcorn:
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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
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545RFE----------------3.0:1---------1.67:1--------1.0:1--------0.75:1-------0.67:1------------------3.0:1 -------=37.21:1

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:19 pm

TwinStick wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:02 pm
Did something happen to your t-case that you have to rebuild it ? Or are you upgrading parts ? How many miles are on it ? Just curious. :popcorn:
I can grab the cardan joint and wobble it around, the bearings in the case must be toast. It’s got 80,000 miles on it, the previous case exploded when the driveshaft went haha. I also have a bad u joint on an axle shaft so I’m doing both front shafts and the front driveshaft while I’m at it.

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by gun45boat » Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:16 pm

Colibri wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:07 am
it’s kind of obscene price wise, but if you can swing it, rcv axles will make your truck turn smooth as glass. Especially in 4lo and even with the front locked.
Agreed... Worth the money and piece of mind

Awesome welds on the hook man... Great job

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:34 pm

This weekend turned into truck maintenance hell. I pulled the accessory drive, timing cover, oil pan (full of oil, I’m gonna give myself props for that!) and replaced the windage tray, timing chain/tensioner/guide, oil pump, and water pump. The fan clutch nut was installed by a gorilla! I ended up pulling the whole assembly and benching it and welding a piece of tubing to the pulley to get a 24” wrench on it to break it free! Removing the crank pulley/balancer and reinstalling it was a bitch. The special Chrysler puller tool I got didn’t reach deep enough to grab the flats on the backside of the pulley so I ended up sitting between the radiator and the pulley and used a die grinder to open up the necessary areas on the pulley. Then the spacers with the tool weren’t deep enough so I had to run the tool against the head of the bolt instead of bottomed in the bore. A regular three jaw puller might have worked perfect. Then reinstalling it, the install tool wouldn’t fit inside the bore so I ended up impacting the pulley on with the bolt that fastens it which worked great. :angry: :box: :angry: I primed the oil pump by removing the lower pipe plug on the oil filter housing and threading a barbed fitting in, and used an oil suction gun and hose to supply oil trough that fitting which feeds directly to the pump and

I noticed quite a bit of corrosion pitting along the path of the seal of the water pump on the timing cover but everything else was immaculate.

After I finished at 6am on the third day my brand new water pump temp sensor would not read temp and my old one that broke during removal of the fan clutch did work. Then after a while the old one stopped working and then the new one worked again....

The biggest point of all of this was to replace the oil pump because I had symptoms of low oil pressure after running the truck hard Offroad, and the symptoms pointed towards a bad pressure regulator in the pump. I also wanted to change the timing change since I was in there. The old timing chain showed zero wear or stretch and the flimsy tensioner/guide were both in great shape for 180,000 miles! Upon startup the oil pressure went right back to where it always does as a low 36psi :angry:

I pulled the oil pressure sending unit and played with it with a pin inside and found that the sensor would reset based on where you pushed the pin and would then react around that baseline, so it went from pressure around 36psi to pressure around 72psi to pressure around 61psi, while showing 22psi with the engine off... so the sensor is toast though I would never expect to se signs like that because usually on a sensor of that type of it hangs up on a wear ridge it will always bottom at a certain number and will go up to the true value as it leaves the ridge.

Otherwise she runs great, cylinder wear is ok with a lot of the crosshatch missing but the cylinders are definitely not polished, and the camshaft shows very little wear.

Next weekend it’s axle shaft u-joints, axle and pinion seals, and transfer case rebuild :cash:
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Post by BoldAdventure » Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:43 pm

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Re: DamageWagon's AdventureWagon

Post by DamageWagon » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:45 am

Briefly started on the transfer case rebuild. Pulled the front driveshaft and started pulling the transfer case. Whoever put the transfer case hardware and transmission crossmember in the same place is an asshole. I don’t think the one lowest bolt on the case can be removed without dropping the whole crossmember, while everything else can. Otherwise it looks really straightforward to remove the case.

Rebuild kit looks all good, for being only $75 on Amazon it’s got SKF bearings and all new seals. I did buy a new rear output shaft bushing to hold the driveshaft but it’s a steel bushing so I see why it wasn’t included in the kit.

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Re: DamageWagon's Build - 2011 "AdventureWagon"

Post by DamageWagon » Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:47 pm

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this! So many changes! I’ll start with the imminent changes at hand:

I’ve been working with Chrysler on a new product to retrofit the 5.7’s to gain comparable reliability to the 6.4’s. I’m goin got call this a resounding success! I have one kit in stock if anyone needs!

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Re: DamageWagon's Build - 2011 "AdventureWagon"

Post by RustyPW » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:34 pm

Is that from the new super high flow heads?

What does the top of the piston look like?
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Re: DamageWagon's Build - 2011 "AdventureWagon"

Post by DamageWagon » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:13 am

RustyPW wrote:Is that from the new super high flow heads?

What does the top of the piston look like?
Yeah dude more power if you leave one valve open a little!

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Post by RustyPW » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:20 am

What's the game plan? Replace one piston or replace all?
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Re: DamageWagon's Build - 2011 "AdventureWagon"

Post by DamageWagon » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:56 am

Plan right now is to not replace any pistons. The contact was very minimal and I think just smoothing down the surface will be enough. I’ll check out the edge of it and see how it looks by the cylinder wall.

So far it’s looking like one valve, guide, seal, spring, retainer and pushrod is it. The lifter and cam seem good.

I’m going to see what I can do for a valve compressing tool. Anyone know if a standard compressor works? It sounds like the Hemis need a special tool? I’m thinking I’ll replace all valve springs while I’m in there so this doesn’t happen again.

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