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Thread: New Guy here with a fullsize..

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    Default New Guy here with a fullsize..

    Thanks to my good buddy Dave (www.theadventureduo.com), I have gotten the expo fever. I was a rockcrawling guy, with a jeep on 35's. I sold it, but have a 2004 Dodge Ram CTD quad cab long bed 4x4. I am seriously considering working on adding some goodies to turn it into an expedition ready vehicle. I don't want to do TOO tight of trails, since its a LONG vehicle, but I would love to do some overland exploring. Any ideas on what are some good starting mods I can do for fairly cheap? Its already got a Kilby Enterprises engine driven compressor on it (just needs plumbed). Here are some pictures of how it currently stands. Its got 35x12.50x17 Pro Comp Extreme All Terrains on it now, but I am going down a size to 285x70x17's for my next tire, simply because I want load range E capabilities for a slide in camper I plan on carrying part time when I am not offroading or exploring. Any advice is appreciated, and I already know I am going to enjoy it here.




    Scott
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    Welcome to Expo!
    Chris Steuber
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    Thanks Chris!
    Scott
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    nice rig...

    little fyi

    if you like the 35 you can stay with them. I'm not a fan of procomp tires and have had some poor exp along with some friends of mine. (wear, weak etc)

    a quick look at tire specs will show that even thou the 35" tire is a "d" rating , it still carries the same load weight as a "e" smaller tire.

    toyo mt in a Lt 285/75/17 is rated for 3195# @ 80 psi

    toyo mt in 35 12.50/17 is rated for 3640# @ 65 psi

    BFG AT in 315/75/17 " " 3195# @ 50 psi

    I'M A huge fan of the toyo MT and AT tires

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    Another Dodge guy! Yeah, I would look at what the tires are rated to carry vs just looking at the letter designation. You would be supprised what you find out. As far as where to start, I would suggest just spending some time reading what other people on here have done, or are doing. That is what I am doing, and if there is something specific you want to know do a search or post your question. You also have to figure out what type of overlanding you want to do, as this has a different meaning to each person.....I hope this helps,

    regards,

    Scott
    2003 F-350 7.3 powerstroke CC dually the "Mule"
    1982 Chevy 3/4 ton 4x4 adventure rig in progress

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    I would check out 1speeds build. best dodge on the forum that I have seen!
    have fun!

    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgovski View Post
    I would check out 1speeds build. best dodge on the forum that I have seen!
    have fun!

    Chris
    I already went through all the pages on 1speed's build. It is a TRICK build for sure. I'd love to do a flatbed, but this vehicle will be a multipurpose vehicle.. My goal is for it to explore the desert and be comfortable enough for short weekend trips, while still being able to load up my fullsize slide in camper and hit a campground if I want to.
    Scott
    2004.5 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins, Long Bed, 4x4, NV5600
    1988 Lance LC980 - A work in progress - Dubbed "Problem Child"

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    I have a cab camper with slide out on my dodge too...and i am starting a flat bed soon. I think it will make the truck more useful and add outside storage! I will have to figure out another way to carry my spare tires...but I think I have an idea.
    keep us posted...
    2106 Ford Tansit 150 quad van
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    Thumbs up Thuren Fabrication

    Contact this guy at www.thurenfabrication.com. He'll engineer a suspension upgrade to enable you to carry your slide-in offroad or onroad safely. The slide-in's going to alter your handling for the worse(except for a lightly equipped FWC). Thuren can minimize that while still delivering a nice ride. High wind stability will be especially enhanced. These Dodges have a lot of articulation in them for a Beast.
    2007 Dodge 2500 Regcab 4wd 5.9 CTD. G-56 , TC800 Northstar popup 24/7. Suspension mutt. Kore,Thuren & Carli. Anarchy EFI Live.

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    I've been using an E rated Toyo Open Country AT 285x75x17 (33.8") tire. 2nd pair and plan to continue unless I can find a cheaper E rated in the same size.
    truck: 2005 3/4 ton, Dodge Cummins Quadcab, shortbed, 6speed, 5.9L
    camper: Callen built custom design
    off road package: air dam removed, xfer case & fuel tank skid plates, Line-X rockers, Warn 4x fender flares, Toyo A/T 285/75R17 E rated
    build thread: http://expeditionportal.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=28099

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