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2014 RAM 1500 Express Crew Cab

Discussion in 'Member Trucks' started by ram1500rsm, Aug 13, 2018.

  1. ram1500rsm

    ram1500rsm Senior Member

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    Got the Wagner severe duty brake pads installed today. They feel outstanding so far, to heck with the ceramic pads bs. You either have clean wheels or pads that stop . I got the Powerstop rotors for the wife Durango with Ceramic Z36 and it's ok, but my Oreally Rotors with this Wagner semi-metallic pads on the RAM will mop the floor with Ceramics and i have 37's in the truck :)
    Time will tell but so far they're not making noises so will see.

    I had the Premium Oreally's OE pads before and they only lasted 30k miles, at least on the back, Gotta love BLD. Same experience with my Jeep and rear pads, it seems my RAM is no different. I used to go through rear pads faster than the fronts in my JKU.

    This are the pads

    [​IMG]2020-03-21_07-03-36 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    Old rears with about 30k miles
    [​IMG]2020-03-21_07-03-59 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    Fronts with about the same mileage, they still had more meat but they were noisy as hell.
    [​IMG]2020-03-21_07-04-45 by RAM RSM, on Flickr
     
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    ram1500rsm Senior Member

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    Looks damn good. To hell with MPGs

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    ram1500rsm Senior Member

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    Ty bro i'll be keeping them for a while, they ride really nice and now given the new braking power i'm happy again :)
     
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    Got the Clayton arms delivered just now. The lowers are a lot beefier than the uppers which is good in terms of supporting abuse on rocks and what not. Not that i'm expecting to do King of the hammers with this truck but the extra beef is more than welcome :)

    This are originally made for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator (JT) which our 4th gen RAM 1500 shares rear control arms and rear trackbar with.

    Lowers are 2x2 1/4" squared wall tubing.
    Uppers are 1.5x1.5 1/8" squared wall tubing,
    Bushings are Clayton Giiro DDB on both sides, 26.6* of movement per bushing, 50* combined per arm, self centered, self lubricated and maintenance free, 5/16's thick welded lower control arm housing with forged adjusters.

    I did set them at factory length:
    Uppers: 16 3/8"
    Lowers: 23 3/4"

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_01-42-51 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    In terms of weight
    The uppers are 6.6lbs
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_01-43-02 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    The lowers are 14.8lbs
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_01-43-12 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    I'll have some side by side pics comparing them to the Mevotech and the Freedom offroad ones later once i get them installed.
     
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    Bushing view
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-22-51 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-23-05 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    Comparing the upper with the Mevotech. Sorry was too lazy to take it of the package.
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-23-22 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    Lower Clayton vs Freedom Offroad
    The FO's are beefier than Mevo, Claytons are beefier than the FO's
    The Lowers are 2x2 1/4" wall squared tubing
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-23-59 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-24-10 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    Upper Clayton vs Freedom Offroad, they're similarly sized in terms of frame beefiness
    , FO's are tubular, Clayon are squared
    Clayton uppers are 1.5x1.5 1/8" squared wall tubing
    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-24-25 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-24-37 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-24-46 by RAM RSM, on Flickr
     
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    Definitely getting a lifetime link with the Clayton’s, they’re stout. The Johnny joint must be a tight fit inside the u-bracket so the link frame can’t pivot.
     
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    And they're in, I'm in love with the massive lowers.
    I think i'll take the opportunity to drill a little hole and tap it to mount the parking brake bracket. The arms are squared so that really makes the job a breeze. I was going to do it today but then it started raining so i'll leave for a 15 min fix tomorrow :)

    [​IMG]2020-03-25_07-25-00 by RAM RSM, on Flickr

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    I went with their Overland kit so these are actually their Giiro DDB Joints. They have another kit above this one where they give you one side with the JJ and Giiro DDB on the other but that one is $700 and change. They're were not joking when they said you can clamp down on them just like stockers. The fit was tight and sweet and they can take all the torque you can give them. I cranked hard on the suckers like i did with the Mevo and the Freedom ones so i like that.

     
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    The factory gladiator arms aren’t a bad option either
     
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