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#1 daytime dave OFFLINE  

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:52 AM

I found a great deal on a Ram 1500.  2003 SLT model with 71,000 miles, chromed(steel) wheels.  I couldn't do better than that.  I traded my 2005 with 102,000 miles.  I picked up a snap down toneau cover from a fellow at work for a hundred.  

 

Here's a shot of my "new" ride.  Thanks to all who gave advice on previous posts.

 

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Here is my former favorite vehicle.  I'm glad I scanned the picture, the Polaroid was starting to fade.

 

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I'm getting decent mileage and love the return to a full size vehicle.

 

 


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:54 AM

Looks good...even though its a Dodge. What does it have for an engine?


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 11:59 AM

It has the 4.7L engine.  I test drove one with the 360, 5.9L that was a GAS HOG.  This one seems ok, but no fire ball.  I'd like to get a new Ram in about three or four years with the 6 cylinder.


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Nice looking Truck Dave.  You should get quite a few good years out of it. 

 

I think I have most of the problems fixed on the Dakota except for one fog light and the dome light. Which aren't to big a deal,  I'll need parts for both of them.  I did have a problem with the vents shifting to defrost when I put the engine under a load but I got that fixed so now I have A/C all the time. :thumbs:   Hope you enjoy your new (to you) Truck.


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 12:50 PM

What a beauty! Nice color!!! I had the 318. It wasn't great on gas millage, either.


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 01:32 PM

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Posted August 01, 2013 - 02:45 PM

Nice ride!  The 4.7 is a good motor if it is NOT overheated.  There are a few mods that the 4.7 responds to very well that add to drivability:

- H.O. cams (no longer available but found most commonly in the '02-04 Jeep Grand Cherokee

- 68mm throttle body

- replace junction in y-pipe with Magnaflow piece

- Magnaflow muffler

- performance tune (if available)

 

Here are some pics of the Ram I had before the Grand Cherokee.  There is mod info too.

http://www.cardomain...up-4d-6-1-4-ft/

 

BTW - The 17 aluminum wheels are the lightest and will improve fuel economy.  The 17" steelies are next and the 20" aluminum wheels are over 55 lbs for the wheel/tire combo.  


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 02:53 PM

Congrats on new ride. Not a Dodge guy myself, but as long as your happy and it's not bad looking.

my BIL had a garage and told me there are issues with the 3.7 and 4.7's breaking valve springs and rocker arms coming off so if she starts making upper valve train noise, get it checked out.


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 05:43 PM

Nice truck, thanks for sharing.  Now you need to go on a road trip to pickup a GT


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 05:51 PM

Nice ride!  The 4.7 is a good motor if it is NOT overheated.  There are a few mods that the 4.7 responds to very well that add to drivability.....

 

What will this gain you in hp and mpg???


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Posted August 01, 2013 - 06:25 PM

Well, driven responsibly I gained a solid 2 MPG but the added power was so tempting.  Of all the mods, the Magnaflow muffler in place of the stock muffler with the rest of the factory exhaust system was by far the best and most noticeable.  Better throttle response and less back pressure really let the 4.7 run.  Plus the Magnaflow 12589  gave it a great rumble that sounded awesome at WOT.  :rolling:

 

Here is a thread about my old Ram if you want to check it out:

http://www.bionicdod...p?topic=11093.0


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 01:16 PM

Trav1s, thanks for the advice about the steel vs aluminum rims.  I don't like the aluminum as they tend to leak when they get older.  I may consider a set.  I usually put steel and snow tires on in the winter.  I suppose I could get a set of aluminum's for summer.


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Posted August 02, 2013 - 07:44 PM

Looks good...even though its a Dodge. What does it have for an engine?

 

It has the 4.7L engine.  I test drove one with the 360, 5.9L that was a GAS HOG.  This one seems ok, but no fire ball.  I'd like to get a new Ram in about three or four years with the 6 cylinder.

Nice truck, I have a Dakota v-6 that I use for work, great tool but as with most Dodges the gas mileage sucks, 17 mpg no matter what, or how it's driven.  :thumbs: 

P.S. my E-350 diesel gets the same 17 mpg :smilewink:



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Posted August 03, 2013 - 03:49 PM

Dave, often those 17's show up on CL cheap because everyone goes for the 20's or larger.  Keep your eyes open and jump when the price is right (as long a Drew Carey is not part of the deal).  :smilewink:



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Posted August 03, 2013 - 08:38 PM

Congrats on the new truck! Hope it serves you as well as the ramcharger did. :thumbs:






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