Australian 4th Generation modifications

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Not sure if this is in the right section. Mods please move if not!

I thought I'd start a thread I can add to as I do more to it to help out Australians with 4th Generation Ram 1500. My Ram is coming in January and I've been buying up bits to fit it.

Vehicle:

My Ram as ordered is a 1500 Classic Express Quad Cab 4x4 in Bright White. Optioned (in US terms but they all are like this over here) with 5.7 Hemi, 8HP70 auto, 3.92 rear axle, 32 gallon fuel tank, Express Value Package (20x8 silver wheels, floor carpet, remote keyless entry, cloth 40/20/40 front seat, dual exhaust), Trailer Tow Group (minus the power mirrors). I believe it is a 2021 build, it was converted to RHD on 6th December and will be delivered in the first week of January. Hopefully it is not a 2022 as these don't come with dual exhaust as part of the Express Value package.

So far I have bought for it:

Tough Dog 2" suspension lift with rear air bags.
American Outlaw Legacy wheels in 18x9.
295/70/18 AT tyres.
uConnect 8.4 screen for an Australian vehicle and dual zone bezel.
Harnesses and parts from M2mods (thanks Mike!) for the screen and single zone ATC conversion.
Alfa OBD and MX+ OBDlink plus security bypass cable (again from M2mods).
Steering wheel volume control parts.
AMP research powered steps (hardwired versions, PnP won't work on RHD vehicles).
AMP research dual exhaust bed step.
Genuine front mudflaps.
Genuine rubber slush mats.
Genuine door weathershields.
Snugtop Rebel canopy (on the way) with lift up side and front windows, central locking and heavy duty roof.

I also plan to get a dual zone HVAC box out of a wrecked Australian DS Laramie, Warlock or Express Crew Cab and do that conversion. Mike already put the extra connector on my harness for the second blend door.

As I add mods that are specifically different to LHD vehicles I'll take photos and add info/hassles.

Also getting some sheepskin seat covers made, fitting a GME UHF with remote head, stainless dual battery tray in teh engine bay (for a compressor rather than a battery (see link)), dual 150Ah AGM slim batteries at the front of the tray so I can run 24Vdc for a 2000W Inverter, mount my Engel 40L fridge in the back and fit a higher voltage solar panel to the roof of the canopy. Plus ePower dcdc converter and inverter.

 

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. . . it was converted to RHD . . .
Curious if you know anything about this conversion - is it a big job? Seems like it would be. Also, how much does it add to the price of the truck? One other question while I'm here, how can you not be certain what year you're receiving?
I don't know what I'd do if I didn't have a door for my left arm to rest on :p
 
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There is some words here about it and also a video of the process. They are done very well, in the same facility that converts Silverado for sale by HSV.



The video is a conversion of a 2500 but the 1500 is very similar, only it has a flipped steering rack instead of a box.

Most of the US style trucks we got here after the 80's were factory LHD then converted to RHD. The F250's sold new here between 2002-2007 were converted to RHD in Brazil. The GMC Suburbans were converted to RHD Holden Suburbans in Mexico. The GMC standard cabs were converted locally for Ambulance duty. These Rams and the new Silverados are proper remanufacture rather than conversion. Walkinshaw (part owners of ASV) are also doing Camaro and I have heard they have done deals to do conversions for the middle east.

I priced up the identical spec 1500 to how mine is to be for Califonia delivery. It was about $US43,000 plus on roads, which right now is about $AU60,000. Mine delivered, registered including local taxes is $AUD79,995.

The reason I don't know what it is, is I ordered it in May 2021 and it was converted on December 6th 2021. They take about 3 months to get here so I don't know if its a July 2021 build (which is a 2021 model) or an August-Sept 2021 build which is normally a 2022 model but given all the semi-conductor delays they had a lot of 2021 semi-completed and this might be one of them or it may be a 2022. The US Ram website still has specs on it for both 2021 and 2022 models when you go through the "build" process.
 

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Thank you @HK1837. This was all very informative, and I appreciate the time you have taken to let me know. Here's hoping your truck's a 2022 at the 2021 price :cool:.
 
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I have a feeling it will be a 2021 model build that was completed after August 2021. It will be complianced in Australia in 12/2021 and won't wear any US identification anyway. The only thing that bothers me is Stellantis/Ram dropped the dual exhaust off the Express Value Package for 2022 model year.

Here are some more stuff. The first photo is the identical Ram to what I'll be getting delivered, that has been lifted 2-3", fitted with the same American Outlaw Legacy 18x9 wheels and what are I believe 295/70/18 tyres.

Second photo and the link below is the front winch bar I have ordered. Takes a 12500lb winch, rego plate has a hinged bracket to hide the rope and head. It looks ugly in black in teh link but looks far nicer in white as per the Crew Cab photo.

Quad cab with Legacy wheels.jpg

Rhino bar.jpg

 
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My new Ram is in the showroom. Picking it up on Friday, straight to get 2" suspension upgrade with rear airbags and the 18x9 American Outlaw rims and tyres fitted. So these are the "before" photos.

Ram in showroom 1.JPGRam in showroom 2.JPGRam in showroom 3.JPGRam in showroom 4.JPG
 
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Here it is getting picked up last Friday:

Delivery.JPG

Dropped off for suspension and tyres/wheels 10 minutes away:

Before.JPG

Same afternoon:
After.JPG

The new wheels are the same offset as the originals (18P) but are 18x9 rather than the original 20x8. New tyres are 295/70/18, originals are 275/60/20.

Supposed to be a 2" lift, although the front has come up 3" as it has springs to suit a lightweight bar and winch.

In theory new tyres are 38mm in OD larger. I put it on a chassis dyno today to check the speedo, it is dead spot on at 60, 80, 100 and 110km/h, took a video of the dyno readout at the same time the km/h were displayed on the dash.

Only problem now is calcs say that the wheels are only 1/2" either side of centre wider than the originals (same 18P offset), and the tyres are 10mm wider either side of centre (295 vs 275). However the passenger (LHS) front tyre tread is dead flush with the guard/fender. The driver side (RHS), the tyre tread sticks out about 10mm (3/8"). Not sure why, going to check to make sure I don't have a different offset wheel on it somehow.

However, standard Laramie wheel arch flares will fix it and I'm happy just to run them on the front. Does anyone know if those in the attached link (Ebay auction is only for one corner, however it shows the pictures of the whole lot), do they attach using the screws under the lip with some tape around the perimeter? I don't want to drill holes.

 

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Thanks Mike. Coming along slowly.

I had these made and fitted a few days ago, full Sheepskin covers:
Seat covers.JPG

I've also started working on the AMP Research power steps installation. For an Australian install on a 4th gen 1500/2500/3500 you have to buy the hardwired versions (part number 75138-01A REV B) as the Plug and Play version won't work properly on a RHD vehicle.
So I have been doing the bits that I can do a bit at a time without committing to a full install on the day. The front mount already has a strengthening plate, the rear I had to remove the factory riv-nuts and install the supplied strengthening plates and new riv-nuts. Wasn't too careful with the zinc-rich paint I used to cover the hole I had to drill (for the rivet) or where I'd chipped the paint removing the factory riv-nuts.
Front (you can see the welded nuts and plate there already, I still have to remove the tie-down point you can see in the image):
Front support.JPG

Rear, strengthening plate behind (rivet in centre holds it in place) plus the new riv-nuts:
Rear support.JPG

I didn't take photos of the relocated handbrake cable or the underbody plug on the LH side of the vehicle, but here are shots from the installation manual:
plug.jpg
handbrake.jpg

Plan to do the other bits where I can do and stop, like run the harness, mount the control module, attach to the battery, splice to the cabin harness door-open wires and install the under-sill step lights. Plus cut the steps down to the right length for the Quad cab. Then when I get a clear, cool day I can mount the motors and fit the steps in a short period.
 
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One the steps are done Mike, it will be time for the steering wheel volume controls and fitting the Aussie UAS with your harnesses and equipment, so I can at least get Carplay working for navigation off my iPhone.
 
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