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MudRaider

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The Ram - 1989 Raider
« on: April 27, 2017, 03:59:16 AM »
I had built an 88 Montero, took about a year to get it together. After getting it running and using it regularly to play, I was getting restless for a new project. At the time I was living in a subdivision that had about 700 houses in it. The main road was a big circle, with roads going off in different directions. I lived in the back of the subdivision,  and it was 2.1 miles from the front off the neighborhood. One day, I come around a turn, and bam, im passed by a black Raider. I was busy, couldn't chase him down. It was like that for 6+ months. Then i didn't see it for a long time, probly 7-8 months. Then leaving one day, i see it in a back yard. Wrecked.  :'( to be continued

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2017, 03:21:19 PM »
Love it Frank! Waiting for the next episode...

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2017, 07:05:17 PM »
 Sad!

MudRaider

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 12:41:18 AM »

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2017, 03:37:09 PM »
Right when it was getting good!
91 LWB Montero, 97 GSX, 96 TSi AWD, 91 GVR4 926, 89 Colt, 73 Colt, Problems

MudRaider

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2017, 04:37:17 AM »

The front passenger side took the brunt of the damage. The PO had a blowout and played pinball on some guard rails at highway speeds.

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 04:43:20 AM »
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/a5sTN1
Pretty much every single panel on the front needed replacing. The tie rod looked like a "c"

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 04:54:11 AM »

https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/L78Ti2
I had an early pic of the damage to the radiator support, lost it somehow. Anyways, when I was installing the 50" light bar later down the road, I snapped this pic with the square showing the twist in the truck. Even a bigger loss was the video of trying to pull the frame a bit. Chain wrapped around concrete abutment, then another on the frame. Couple quick reverses, a spilled soda and a snapped neck later, and that was all I was gonna try on redneck frame straightening. Let that video image play in your head.

MudRaider

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2017, 05:39:10 AM »
So I knew I wasn't keeping it stock with it all tweaked,  and was busy on CL looking for wheels.
Came across these 33's with some aluminum rims for a couple hundred bucks.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/RWQyZT

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2017, 05:43:28 AM »
I knew I wanted a body lift after having done it to my other 3, so I made up my own lift kit for less than $50,  and had my little helper show the difference. Before

https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/0x3828

After
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/Y80e93

MudRaider

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2017, 05:49:09 AM »
One of my boys is artistic, and is infatuated with glass etching. He wanted to engrave the Dodge Ram into the back window, so I let him. When it was done, the two youngest started referring to the truck as "The Ram", and that's how it was named.


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MudRaider

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2017, 05:57:29 AM »
I had a scoop off an old V8 S10 build I had done, thought it would look good, be different, and let some heat out for practicality while driving around in 4LO.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/82KZ30
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/9aFUt0
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/96Rh62
 I like how it turned out. I'm the only non-jeep member of the Matanzas Jeep Club, and wanted to get that banner going, just for fun on the Raider.

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2017, 06:11:17 AM »
I was working hard to get it ready for an outing with the Jeep Club, I wanted bumpers and sliders before we went. I had a hitch set up I had found on a LWB , decided to use that as a basis for A rear bumper. It worked out pretty well.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/91EYSZ
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/AepA4A I originally ran some Tractor Supply lites to replace the mediocre stock lites in the tail light assembly.
After a while I upgraded to 4"LED lamps. Huge improvement, can't recommend it enough. So much easier to see with these.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/q50175


Having only had a few 2.6 powered Gen 1's,  I was REALLY impressed with the power of the 6G72. I was impressed enough to add a little.....adornment to the reciever. 8)
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Re: The Ram
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 06:19:25 AM »
I thought I'd taken more pics as I went along. :-\ I didn't tale any pics of the SR axle, but I did snap a pic of the stock springs (the tall ones] versus the shorter SR springs, which raised the truck up a couple inches.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/bN4FD7
It turned out pretty well.

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Re: The Ram
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 06:25:39 AM »
I ran out of time (That damn J.O.B. thing >:( ) and wasn't able to get a front bumper or sliders done. But it performed great. I really missed my locker. But had a great time doing some posing.
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/qnKz0C
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/y9A9Pw
https://www.flickr.com/gp/150166400@N07/y9A9Pw
Lots of fun that weekend, and the truck performed flawlessly.