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Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:46 pm

Hello all, after much deliberation and research I'll be scooping up my first PW this weekend.

2017 model with 70k on it, lux pkg (heated seats, steering wheel, and leather)

Not new to dodge, but this will be my first HD gasser. Already found some very useful information here and looking forward to running this thing in the Rockies!

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Re: Noob in CO

Post by Mule007 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:44 pm

Welcome to the forum, Enjoy 🌞👍!!
2005 Mineral Gray PW; #0666; Laramie interior scheme extras & finishes.
Additions: Frame mounted .188 DOM 3" steel rock rails w/low profile steps; 1.5” Skyjacker suspension leveling kit; Bully Dog GT Platinum SRT-10 A-pillar pod mount programmable performance chip, monitor, tuner; Linex Platinum black armor truck bed & lower rock panel armor coating; Range Rider cab high fiberglass canopy; 2” Linex brush guard light bar w/ 4-KC Rally 400 Series 4” Halogen off road lights; S&B CAI; Flowmaster American Thunder cat back dual exhaust to rear; Remote start; Hopkins Trailer Mate trailer brake controller; Bearcat Pro 68XL CB radio; Mopar black accent fender flares; power wagon winch kit & remote control; 60” Extreme High Lift; hand tools, tow straps, shackles, chains, cables, off road rigging, 4 wheel bad weather tire chains, spare water & 2 each extra 5 gallon narrow military jerry cans.
Updates from original :Open Range All Terrain 35 x 12.5 x 17 MP3 10 ply E tires; 60,000 mi. warranty; McQuay-Norris Extreme ball joints (upper & lower); 1 ton HEMI transmission cooler; new OEM radiator; front & drive U-joints; 180 amp alternator, Interstate Mega-tron 850 CCA HD battery; new water pump & serpentine belt; new Bilstein 5100 shocks & steering damper.

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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:16 pm

Thank you.

With the mileage and what I've read around here, I'm already counting on installing a few items:
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by Bill2014 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:20 pm

Welcome to the Group! :cheers:
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by OffroadTreks » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:25 pm

BydandPW wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:16 pm
Thank you.

With the mileage and what I've read around here, I'm already counting on installing a few items:

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Welcome, first...

Ugh, get off CJC's website :thppt:

Why are you buying a Carli front end upgrade kit?

Why do you think you want 2.0 IFP's?

What are your goals for the truck?
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by Oilbrnr » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:41 pm

OffroadTreks wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:25 pm
What are your goals for the truck?
To spend money. :lol:
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by ghaugo » Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:13 pm

Welcome aboard. I am up in Loveland
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by RustyPW » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:45 pm

Welcome to the forum. :mrgreen:

Pay no attention to ORT. He can be a bit of a butt hole. :lol: I have the Carli ball joints, control arms, and 2G Carli track bar. It's holding up the longest so far. Everything else is Thuren.

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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:36 am

Oilbrnr wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:41 pm
OffroadTreks wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:25 pm
What are your goals for the truck?
To spend money. :lol:
Spend money... check!

OffroadTreks wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:25 pm

Welcome, first...

Ugh, get off CJC's website :thppt:

Why are you buying a Carli front end upgrade kit?

Why do you think you want 2.0 IFP's?

What are your goals for the truck?
My use for the truck will be daily driver for awhile plus our weekend adventure rig. Camping in the mountains, going to the lake, doing some trails with my uncles Jeep club, etc;

Front end upgrade kit because... it’s a dodge? I’ll know more once I get a few miles on it but I’m counting on having to address the front as I’ve had to with every dodge with a few miles on it.

2.0’s because I’ll need new shocks with the leveling coils and will replace the rears at the same time. For the money they seem like a decent all around use.
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Welcome aboard. I am up in Loveland
We’re looking at houses between Mead and Firestone, I’ll be working in Denver and my wife will work in Fort Collins.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:40 am

RustyPW wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:45 pm
Welcome to the forum. :mrgreen:

Pay no attention to ORT. He can be a bit of a butt hole. :lol: I have the Carli ball joints, control arms, and 2G Carli track bar. It's holding up the longest so far. Everything else is Thuren.

:winchmob:
New to this forum, but definitely not forums in general and all the... characters :cheers:

Glad to hear you like the setup.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by OffroadTreks » Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:29 am

RustyPW wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:45 pm
Welcome to the forum. :mrgreen:

Pay no attention to ORT. He can be a bit of a butt hole. :lol: I have the Carli ball joints, control arms, and 2G Carli track bar. It's holding up the longest so far. Everything else is Thuren.

:winchmob:
You shut your pie hole Yankee. :thppt:
BydandPW wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:36 am

OffroadTreks wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:25 pm

Welcome, first...

Ugh, get off CJC's website :thppt:

Why are you buying a Carli front end upgrade kit?

Why do you think you want 2.0 IFP's?

What are your goals for the truck?
My use for the truck will be daily driver for awhile plus our weekend adventure rig. Camping in the mountains, going to the lake, doing some trails with my uncles Jeep club, etc;

Front end upgrade kit because... it’s a dodge? I’ll know more once I get a few miles on it but I’m counting on having to address the front as I’ve had to with every dodge with a few miles on it.

2.0’s because I’ll need new shocks with the leveling coils and will replace the rears at the same time. For the money they seem like a decent all around use.
You'll find that the front ends on the newer trucks hold up a lot better especially in terms of longevity than the turd gens. And usually don't have problems. Especially with death wobble. That usually is only a result of worn-out track bar on the radius arm trucks. But the front track bar is a wear item and a bunch of us have worn them out, especially pounding sand in Moab.

One of the biggest areas of improvement us guys see is that rear track bar. I'd seriously consider doing the Turen Rear track bar before bothering with the front. I'm at 97k now on 39's and beat the hell out of my truck and all my ball joints are still good.

We're all pretty passionate about steering people right around here. Just go find a discussion post about cough cough "AEV suspension"; lololol :lol:

I only knock the 2.0's because everyone seems to regret not having just gone with the 2.5's from the start. I can count several friends around these parts who have those sentiments. You're not completely there in terms of cost, but you've made a pretty significant investment.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by RustyPW » Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:28 pm

Hey ORT! Here! :rofl:
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Post by OffroadTreks » Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:06 pm

RustyPW wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:28 pm
Hey ORT! Here! :rofl:
:rofl: :rofl:
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:31 pm

OffroadTreks wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:29 am

You'll find that the front ends on the newer trucks hold up a lot better especially in terms of longevity than the turd gens. And usually don't have problems. Especially with death wobble. That usually is only a result of worn-out track bar on the radius arm trucks. But the front track bar is a wear item and a bunch of us have worn them out, especially pounding sand in Moab.

One of the biggest areas of improvement us guys see is that rear track bar. I'd seriously consider doing the Turen Rear track bar before bothering with the front. I'm at 97k now on 39's and beat the hell out of my truck and all my ball joints are still good.

We're all pretty passionate about steering people right around here. Just go find a discussion post about cough cough "AEV suspension"; lololol :lol:

I only knock the 2.0's because everyone seems to regret not having just gone with the 2.5's from the start. I can count several friends around these parts who have those sentiments. You're not completely there in terms of cost, but you've made a pretty significant investment.
Oh I had a good laugh when I came across AEV’s PW suspension upgrade... and the price...

Definitely can appreciate the passion of wanting to help people make the best choices for their rigs and I’m all ears for those with practical experience.

If that’s the case I’ll check out the 2.5’s so it’s ready for whatever down the road when it’s no longer my daily.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by RustyPW » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:09 pm

OffroadTreks wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:06 pm
RustyPW wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:28 pm
Hey ORT! Here! :rofl:
:rofl: :rofl:
Hugs and kisses to you too. :lol:
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Post by olyelr » Sat Feb 15, 2020 3:58 pm

Yea Im no expert, but I think I would either just use thurens white body shocks, or pony up for 2.5’s. Its not all that much more $ from the smaller non reservoir shocks, and Im sure the improvement is tenfold.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:53 pm

Yeah, after doing some more reading and seeing the "if I had to do it over again" posts I think I'll start with:
  • 2.5's
  • steering box brace
  • thuren front coils
  • thuren rear track bar

I've had a chance to put a few miles on it now and it cruises pretty well down the highway, slight play but I think it just needs an alignment. Down the road I'll be doing the PSC kit when I move up to 37's or larger. 35" Toyo's have plenty of life left in them for now while I do the suspension work.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by Oilbrnr » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:12 pm

If there is slight play and you feel a slight click in the steering wheel, look at your upper intermediated shaft coupling above your feet. EMF makes bushings for it.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by Oilbrnr » Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:13 pm

Oilbrnr wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:12 pm
If there is slight play and you feel a slight click in the steering wheel, look at your upper intermediated shaft coupling above your feet. EMF makes bushings for it.

I've got the bushings, just haven't put them in yet.
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Re: Noob in CO

Post by BydandPW » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:33 pm

Didn’t notice the clicking, but wasn’t listening for it. fits the symptom of slight dead spot from 11-1 though
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