Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 14, 2018 7:23:04 GMT -8
Unlike some we cannot afford a vehicle specifically for overlanding, if you can ... that's great more power to you. We were using 2 trucks depending on what we were hauling/pulling and neither did it very well, both were half tons, one auto, one manual, both small gas engines. So we went looking for a 3/4 ton, had to be a dodge for a solid front axle (ford is not even a consideration), we started looking at gas vehicles but then was noticing the Cummins were a lot cheaper than we thought and were on par with the gas trucks. We found a 2006 Dodge ram, 3500, 4x4, cummins 5.9, megacab (which the wife has wanted since they came out), they paid off our old truck, nothing down, didn't move any of the old truck to the new loan, and we drove off in our new (to us) truck.
Same day we got it the wind was blowing and I kept having to tell my 7yo "don't open the door, we will open it for you" cause if the wind caught that big back door it would be like a sail, and this thing is like parking a boat so cue the name "Land Yacht".
I am horrible at remembering to taking pictures, we have had it for 2 weeks now and have hauled a ton of wood pellets in the bed, a trailer full of IBC totes, and just shy of a ton of hay in the bed, getting 17 MPG with a ton in the bed.
Build List: muffler delete Tuner headache rack bumpers lights CB removable bed rack for our CVT RTT
at the dealer
you would think they would have changed the air filter, changing this gained me .5MPG
Post by warrpath4x4 on Mar 29, 2018 10:52:12 GMT -8
We do Easter at our house so my last 2-3 months have been nothing but a huge honey do list.
the rear driver door latch actuator messed up on this on our test drive lol, the sales man climbed in and couldn't get back out, but we bought it anyway and the lot threw in a new actuator. a couple weeks later i was able to get it open after pulling the door panel and it opened and closed a couple times..... then i really broke it. well yesterday i could here the actuator moving in there when i would hit the unlock button, so i messed with it and as long as i held the unlock button i could open the door. so i took the opportunity to just put the new actuator in. SUCCESS!!!!!!
its so nice having all doors open, now i just need to fix the passenger side rear seat so it will fold. once Easter is done maybe i can get some truck stuff done, the projects are backing up, 97 chevy, 85 4runner, 72 K5, 07 jeep liberty.
Post by warrpath4x4 on May 29, 2018 9:58:22 GMT -8
last weekend the back driver door started acting up, even when shut it would trip the alarm on the dash for a door being open and it would come and go. knowing these are notorious for broken wires in between the door and the body i new where to start looking. took the door panel off, disconnected the harness from the body (smart move on dodges part, making this a removable connector), pushed it all into the door and out through the speaker hole to have more room to work, and what do we see here with blurry pictures?
someone crappy previous repair, one wire was already pulled apart, i touched the black one and it gave up. every single wire had been butt spliced, all but 2 pulled apart with minimal effort. so far today the alarm has not dinged.
my wife drives it about 80 miles a day so i have no idea how many miles it has right now lol, over 200K.
no steering issues yet, but i am waiting for it, once i get the jeep back on the road i will start gathering parts for the front end. i need to fix the blend doors on it too, the A/C doesn't exactly do much and we have been in the 100's.
Post by warrpath4x4 on Sept 4, 2018 9:19:00 GMT -8
so i knew the trans cooler was slowly leaking and i bought a new cooler about 3 weeks ago and finally got around to doing it sunday.
no pics of the new one in, the cooler line connectors were a pain, i ended up having to cut the old cooler hard lines and then get the left over pieces out of the connectors, then i thought i had both seated right but one was not. i took it on a test drive up horse heaven hill which is about a 1200 foot elevation climb. no leaks but the one connector just didn't look right so Monday i tore it back apart and gave the hose a yank and it pulled right apart. glad i tore back into it.