brandonjansen - 2012 Ram 3500 Laramie Limited Build Thread

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  1. brandonjansen

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    Hey all! I figured it was about time I posted a build thread up on this forum. I've had one up on another forum since I bought the truck and will be posting all the relevant mod posts over to this thread from that so bear with me if some of them have a few irrelevant items in them. My original build thread started in August 2013 and has obviously gone on from there so I'm going to post the original post dates in the title of each post to give you an idea of the timeline of how the mods happened/progressed. There should be about 60 posts or so just to catch up to where I'm at now and from there I'll keep this thread updated as the build goes on.

    If you have any questions about the build or mods that I've done feel free to post them up. I'm always up for talking truck and answering questions/discussing ideas.

    Thanks for reading!

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    Purchase – 8-28-13

    Well the day finally came where I got my Cummins

    A bit of my story:
    I've wanted a Cummins ever since I was 14 or 15 years old (I’m 21 now); they were always just so cool and I got the bug that I needed to build one. So it essentially became my dream to do that one day. Obviously it's not something I could afford right out of high school, especially since I went to college right away, so that was put off. So that brings us to the point where I bought my 2012 Ram 1500 SXT. At the time when I bought it that was a huge purchase for me. I had just started a job with my new company so I didn't want to dig in too deep before everything was a little more routine and normal for me. Well since then I've been promoted and gotten a few raises so the Cummins bug was back at me again. I started looking on and off for the right deal to pop up. I wasn't overly serious about making a move but the option was definitely there. Well finally searching Craigslist one day this 3500 fully loaded Laramie Limited popped up and I knew I had to take a look. Well one thing led to another and bam! Now I own it.

    For me this is everything I wanted in the truck to start with. It has every option I could think of, the right colour, Laramie Limited, 2012 (no urea junk)... it is essentially the start of my dream truck. So I'm very stoked about it. I figured now was the time to get into a truck like this before I'm overwhelmed with other bills later in life and won't be able to afford this truck. At least now I have the truck and I can slowly mod it as money comes in.

    Numbers:(remember, I'm in Canada)
    Since I already know a bunch of you are going to ask what numbers I got in the deal I might as well post them now. I ended up negotiating with them on my truck as a trade in to what I consider a decent price considering what it was. I paid $25,500 10 months ago and have put about $10,000 into it since then. With the trade in value and tax savings because of it, it worked out to about $30,500 for my truck which I'm fairly happy with. Considering the depreciation of the truck I got a fair bit back for my mods.

    Now for the new truck. The window sticker on it was $76,000. They had it listed for $70,000 on the lot and I got them down to a final price of $60,000. Again, I'm fairly happy with that deal as well considering everything the truck has.

    Sponsorship:
    This truck and myself are now sponsored by Bully's Performance. The majority of the parts (everything possible) that I want to put on this truck will be supplied by Bully's. I can't say enough about both Andrew and Jeremiah. They are incredible guys to work with and provide exceptional customer service. If anyone needs anything for their truck (even if it's not listed on their website) give either Andrew or Jeremiah a shout at [email protected]. They will help you find what you're looking for and give you the best pricing possible. Very stoked to have these guys supporting me on this build!

    24hr Review:
    Well so far I've had this truck for about 18 hours and it has been amazing! HUGE step up from my base trim 1500. The ride is incredible, a lot smoother than I expected for a 3500. The interior is immaculate and so well done. The features that it have literally blow my mind. Last night my dad and I just sat in the truck for an hour or so messing around with things and finding out what they all do both amazed at some of the features. The Cummins is amazing, more power and torque than I know what to do with at the moment. But I have huge plans for it, so things will come.... Overall I am 100% satisfied with the purchase of this truck.

    Mod Plans:
    I definitely have tons planned for this truck in my head already. Overall this will be a much slower build than my 1500 just because of the cost of things and warranty issues. But here are some of my short term and long term mod plans.

    Short Term:
    Remove mud flaps - complete
    AntennaX 7" billet antenna - completed
    Remove running boards - within a few days
    Remove intake baffle - within a few days
    LED license plate, reverse, and cargo lights - within a few days
    Bakflip G2 Tonneau Cover - will be ordered right away
    Rough Country Leveling Kit - within a few months
    Boost and Pyro Gauges in A-pillar mount - within a few months
    S&B intake - within a few months

    Long Term: (at the moment)
    8" or 10" lift, not sure what brand yet
    22x11 Fuel Krank wheels
    40x15.5 Toyo MT's
    H&S Performance Tuner
    EGR delete
    DPF delete
    4" MBRP turbo back exhaust

    Obviously I will think of other mods as time goes on... there will be lots. Everything will be updated in this thread.

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    And finally the part everyone wants to see.... At the moment I only have a few iPhone pictures, but once I have some time I'll get some with my T3i

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    And a picture of me with my old 1500 SXT and my new 3500 Laramie Limited. The 1500 is quite a bit closer to the camera, that's why it looks so much bigger.... But for a brief period of time I owned both these trucks. Very happy to be driving away in the Cummins though ;)
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    Completely stock truck pictures – 8-29-13

    So the mistake I made with my last truck was not taking any good pictures of it 100% stock.... so with this one that was the first thing I did. Here are a bunch of pictures I took as soon as I got it home.

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    First Round of Little Mods – 8-29-14

    Here's the first round of mods that I've done to the truck so far.

    First thing was removing the mud flaps. Couldn't stand those.
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    Next was removing the intake baffle. With it installed you literally couldn't hear the turbo at all unless you were really listening for it. Plus something that big and chunky in the intake can't be good for airflow. Now with it removed you can definitely hear the turbo better. It still isn't too loud but there's at least some sound.
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    Not a mod, but here's a quick one I took of the engine.
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    Next was removing the running boards. I've never been a fan of those either, so they needed to come off!
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    I also put all the white LED lights in the license plate lights, reverse lights, and cargo lights but didn't take any pictures of it. I figure most guys know how that looks and it's hard to get a good picture of lights like that. If someone really wants to see them I'll try to snap a few pictures.

    My 7" billet stubby antenna was transferred from my old truck to this one as well. Forgot to take a picture of it though...

    As stated earlier, next mod will be the tonneau cover which should be arriving in the next few days. From there I haven't decided what mod to do next. Right now it's between an S&B intake, leveling kit (and how far I want to go with it), or A-pillar gauges (boost and pyro). Anybody have any suggestions?
     
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    B-Pillar Vinyl Removed and Bakflip G2 Tonneau Cover– 9-04-13

    Yesterday after work I had about an hour to kill so I started on a couple more mods to the truck. First I removed the center speaker from the dash. I didn't take any pictures as it's fairly straight forward and not really cosmetic at all. Then I took a bit of time to tune the stereo and get it all sounding nice. For a stock set up I'm actually very impressed with it. Typically I find the "high end" stereos put into stock vehicles such as the Alpine system overrated but this one actually performs very well. It could definitely use a better sub but the speakers themselves are fine by me for now.

    Next I started to remove the B-pillar vinyl off the drivers side. Once I figured out the best way to do it (pulling from the top door jam corner down at a 45 degree angle) it all came off fairly easily. It did leave a lot of glue behind that I didn't have time to take off yet. So far I've only done the drivers side but it definitely looks a lot better without it. I'm hoping to have time to tackle the passenger side today and then get all the glue removed.

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    My tonneau cover arrived at the shipping location this morning so I'm hoping to have time to go pick it up after work today. As long as I can get it and the weather holds up I'll be installing that tonight. Really looking forward to having it on the truck!

    Bakflip G2 Tonneau Cover Installed

    Got the Bakflip installed today. Install was really simple despite the fairly basic (unhelpful) instructions. They did say that I was supposed to install the shims on the bottom of the rail to put the rail at the correct angle. I found out pretty quick that there wasn't any need for them. Just install the rails straight to the bed rail with no shims.

    There is a small dent on the bottom of one of the panels (visible in the pictures) that I'm not too thrilled about. But it will rarely be seen so it's not the biggest deal. Overall I'm very happy with the cover; it looks and functions great!

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    Build Sheet – 9-09-14

    I finally got my build sheet emailed to me from Chrysler Canada. Here it is if anyone was interested in seeing it.

    Prem Leather Trimmed Bucket Seats
    Dark Slate
    Limited Decor Group
    Monotone Paint
    Single Rear Wheel Group
    160 Amp Alternator
    730 Amp Maintenance Free Battery
    Electronic Stability Control
    Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    Bucket Seats
    Ventilated Front Seats
    2nd Row In Floor Storage Bins
    Front Height Adjust Shoulder Belts
    Supplemental Side Air Bags
    Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags**
    Supplemental Frt Seat Side Air Bags
    Supp. Side Curtain Frt/Rr Air Bags
    Floor Covering Carpet
    Luxury Front & Rear Floor Mats
    Luxury Front & Rear Floor Mats
    Heated Front Seats
    Full Length Premium Floor Console
    Driver/Passenger Assist Handles
    Rear 60/40 Split Folding Seat
    Luxury Door Trim Panel
    Rear Underseat Compartment Storage
    Leather Wrapped Shift Knob
    Overhead Console w/Garage Dr Opener
    All Automatic Transmissions
    6-Spd Automatic 68RFE Transmission
    5,500# Front Axle
    Elec Shift-On-The-Fly Transfer Case
    3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
    11.50 Rear Axle
    Anti-Spin Differential Rear Axle
    Conventional Differential Frt Axle
    6.7L I6 Cummins Turbo Diesel Engine
    Tinted Glass Windows
    Rear Power Sliding Window
    Sun Visors w/Illum Vanity Mirrors
    Rear View Auto Dim Mirror
    Power Chrome Trailer Tow Mirrors
    All Vehicles W/Power Mirrors
    Power Sunroof
    Remote Keyless Entry
    Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System
    Air Cond ATC w/Dual Zone Control
    Dash Liner Insulation
    Floor Tunnel Insulation
    Instrument Cluster
    Instrument Panel Woodgrain Bezel
    Instrument Panel Black Bezel
    200 KPH Primary Speedometer
    Longhorn Interior Accents
    Temperature & Compass Gauge
    Var Intermittent Windshield Wipers
    Dual Note Electric Horns
    12V Auxiliary Power Outlet
    115V Auxiliary Power Outlet
    Power Accessory Delay
    Garmin Navigation System
    Power Locks
    Power Lumbar Adjust
    Heated Second Row Seats
    Pwr Front Windows, 1-Touch,Up & Down
    Pwr 10-Way Mem Drvr 6-Way Pass Seats
    Vehicle Information Center
    Glove Box Lamp
    LED Interior Lighting
    Underhood Lamp
    Ext. Mirrors w/Supplemental Signals
    Exterior Mirrors Courtesy Lamps
    Exterior Mirrors w/Memory
    Chrome Exterior Mirrors
    Traveler/Mini Trip Computer
    Radio/Drv Seat/Mirrors/Pedals Memory
    Rear Dome w/On/Off Switch Lamp
    Halogen Quad Headlamps
    Automatic Headlamps
    Daytime Running Headlamps, High Beam
    Fog Lamps
    Cargo and CHMSL Lamp
    Security Alarm
    Painted Front Bumper
    Painted Rear Bumper
    Body Color Headlamp Filler Panel
    Front License Plate Bracket
    MOPAR Bright Door Entry Guards
    Bright/Bright Grille
    Ram's Head Badge
    Body Color Fender Flares
    Body Color/Chrome Door Handles
    Cummins Turbo Diesel Badge
    Black-Out Tape
    Delete Wheel Spats
    Chrome Tubular Side Steps
    4X4 Badge
    Limited Badge
    Front Air Dam
    50 State Emissions
    Diesel Exhaust Brake
    34 Gallon Fuel Tank
    Transmission Oil Cooler
    Exterior Mirrors w/Heating Element
    Engine Block Heater
    Speed Control
    Electronically Controlled Throttle
    Heated Steering Wheel
    Dual Transmission Oil Cooler
    Heavy Duty Engine Cooling
    Current Generation Eng Controller
    Mineral Gray Met. Clear Coat
    Mineral Gray Met. Clear Coat
    All Radio Equipped Vehicles
    9 Amplified Speakers w/Subwoofer
    Fixed Long Mast Antenna
    Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Ctrls
    6.5" Touch Screen Display
    Uconnect 430N CD/DVD/MP3/HDD/NAV
    SIRIUS Satellite Radio
    Uconnect Voice Command w/Bluetooth
    Audio Jack Input for Mobile Devices
    Remote USB Port
    Power Steering
    Premium Leather Wrapped Steering Whl
    Front Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers
    Rear Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers
    Front Stabilizer Bar
    Tilt Steering Column
    Full Size Spare Tire
    Tire Carrier Winch
    LT265/70R17E OWL On/Off Rd Tires
    Firestone Brand Tires
    17X8.0 Aluminum Wheels
    17" Steel Spare Wheel
    All Aluminum Wheels
    Single Rear Wheels
    Center Hub
    ParkSense Rear Park Assist System
    ParkView(TM) Rear Back-up Camera
    Power Adjustable Pedals w/Memory
    Remote Start System
    Tip Start
    Pickup Box
    Vendor Painted Cargo Box
    Winter Front Grille Cover
    Tow Hooks
    Class IV Receiver Hitch
    7 Pin Wiring Harness
    Trailer Tow w/4-Pin Connector Wiring
    Universal Garage Door Opener
    Trailer Brake Control
    Locking Tailgate
    Body Color Fuel Filler Door
    English/USA Language
    Spray in Bedliner
    40GB Hard Drive w/28GB Available
    Seat Parts Module
    Instrument Panel Parts Module
    Door Parts Module
    Front End Parts Module
    For More Info, Call 888-539-7474
    1-Year SiriusXM Radio Service
    Build To Canada Mkt. Specifications
    5.5 Additional Gallons of Diesel
    Spring - Left Front
    Spring - Left Rear
    Spring - Right Front
    Spring - Right Rear
    GVW Rating - 10100#
    FAM: D2 TRACKING: 10721T05 MY:2012
    FAM: D2 TRACKING: 10727T10 MY:2012
    FAM: D2 TRACKING: 11020T04 MY:2012
    FAM: D2 TRACKING: 20514T24 MY:2012
    FAM: D2 TRACKING: 20716T22 MY:2012
    Canada Dealer Retail
    Zone 25-Canada-Alberta
    Customer Preferred Package 2FM
    Customer Preferred Package 2TM
    Schedule D To C Tracking
    Federal A/C Excise Tax
    Special Scheduling Condition II
    Special Scheduling Condition VII
    4X4 Tracking
    Vendor Painted Cargo Box Tracking
    Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant
    Crew Cab
    D2/6333 Vehicle Family
    Price Class R
    Four Wheel Drive (4WD)/(4X4)
    2012 Vehicle Specifications
    6 FT. Cargo Box
    3500 Series
    Vehicle Order Tracking
    Canada Specifications Label
    British Columbia Province Code
     
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    DeeZee Tailgate Assist – 9-28-14

    Well I was getting to the point where I needed to fill my mod addiction. So yesterday I went to a local custom truck shop and picked up a DeeZee tailgate assist. Nothing big, but at least it gave me something to do and it will be convenient to have.

    Install was simple, took about 10 minutes tops. Just follow the instructions and you won't have a problem.

    Here's a couple pictures I snapped with my phone quick:

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    And a link to a quick video I took of it (click the picture)

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    First Minor Towing Test – 10-07-13

    Since we finally had some good weather this weekend I took some time to fully clean up my truck and put a coat of wax on it. I used Meguairs Tech 2.0 wax and am actually fairly happy with it this time around. Before when I used it on my 1500 I machine applied it and I don't think it liked that very much, the results didn't impress me. So this time around I decided to hand apply it and that worked much better. It goes on and comes off very easy and leaves a very nice shine. One thing I really like about it is that it doesn't leave a white residue if you accidentally get it on any plastic or rubber (I still tape up the textured plastic). The only complaint I had about using it is that it's almost impossible to see where you've applied it on a mineral grey truck. It blends right in to the colour of the paint! :doh:

    The picture below shows the truck with a coat of wax on it. See what I mean about not being able to tell?

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    On Sunday I finally got to put the Cummins to a little bit of work hauling my Dad's trailer/car. Not a huge weight for it (my estimate is around 4500 pounds for the car and trailer) but the Cummins pulls it effortlessly. Power wise I barely feel that anything is back there. I notice it more in braking than pulling. The exhaust brake works awesome to hold back the load. There was actually a few times where it downshifted another gear and I actually had to give it a little fuel because it was holding back too well. Overall I'm very happy with how it performed.

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    The next test for it that will actually put it to some good work will be in a few months. My parents bought a new house so we'll be moving in mid January. The plan is that we're going to use my Uncles 28ft enclosed trailer towed by my truck. So with that thing all loaded up with our furniture and such it should be fairly heavy. I'm pretty excited for that tow already.

    And here's one more picture showing the truck a little better after I detailed it. Keep in mind all these pictures were taken with my iPhone. It looks quite a bit better in person.

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    Second Towing Test - 10-22-14

    Some updates and pictures:

    I went down to BD Diesels Dyno Days on Saturday (definitely something worth seeing) and they had a 68rfe transmission cut open to show the internals. I thought it was pretty interesting and thought some of you guys might want to see what the inside looks like. So here's a picture:

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    On Sunday I finally got to hook up to a decent sized trailer. As I've probably mentioned before my parents bought a new house so right now we're cleaning ours up and getting rid of a bunch of stuff while we list it to make it look bigger and less cluttered. So we started loading everything up in the trailer. We only loaded it up about half way for now.... but it had quite a bit of stuff in it.

    Once it was loaded I took it back down to another Uncles to store there for a while. I literally went up and over a mountain to get to his place. The truck pulled it no problem up, had tons of power to play with and didn't hesitate at all. I could have kept accelerating up the steepest hills pretty good if I wanted to. Then on the way back down the tow/haul nicely shifted it down and let the exhaust brake do the work; I barely had to touch the brakes. There were a few times where I actually had to give it a bit of fuel to get the exhaust brake to let go a bit because it was holding back too well.

    It also barely squatted even loaded with all the weight up in the front of the trailer. I didn't have the WD bars on either (too short of a ride to worry about them). Overall all it has 100% lived up to my towing expectations. I'm looking forward to when we actually move and load that trailer up to the max. Then it should be up to some pretty decent weight.

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    There were a few places that I had to drive were the road gets fairly narrow and when buses or trucks were coming up the other way I was definitely watching those mirrors closely to make sure they didn't hit anything.

    And then a quick night shot I took showing the lights before I backed the trailer into the shop:
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    My Sinister EGR/cooler delete kit arrived at the shipping office last Thursday and my H&S MiniMaxx is supposed to arrive today. So tonight I'll run down across the border to get fuel and pick both those packages up. Then it's just a matter of replenishing my mod fund to be able to order a full turbo back exhaust kit so I can run all those goodies. I think I might look at installing the tuner and deletes at the end of December or beginning of January so I can put the tow tune to use when we move in mid January.
     
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    H&S MiniMaxx and Sinister EGR Delete Arrived – 10-23-13

    Here are the goodies that I picked up last night

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    H&S Performance MiniMaxx with custom MCC tunes by Draconian Diesel

    Mileage - 40hp/116ft-lbs
    Tow - close to stock
    Street - 100hp/292ft-lbs
    Street Performance - 125hp/365ft-lbs

    And a Sinister EGR/cooler delete kit.

    I also have the overhead mount coming for the MiniMaxx to be able to install it nice and cleanly into the truck. Then it's just a matter of ordering up an exhaust system and then I'll have everything to be able to run the tuner and deletes.
     
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