the life of Raiden (ramportin1's truck)

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  1. ramportin1

    ramportin1 Sickest member here

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    He was born (purchased) on 4th of july 2008. My very first NEW vehicle, a bright white RAM 1500 4X4 QCRB Big horn edition, 3.92LSD 5.7 HEMI and i waited and sacrificed a lot to get him! I started with a used 92 power ram 250 4X4, then a used 04 ram 1500 and finally was able to buy a new one. For the first couple years i didnt do anything to it, he was under warranty and i wanted to keep it that way. Unfortunately i dont have any pics of him 100% stock as i only have pics on phones and well, my phone from 2008 is long gone HOWEVER i do have a few pics of him 99% stock lol so close enough.

    My first "mod" was in 2011 and it was a DIY roll bar that i made out of actual food grade SS (my old work had strict regulations so any used metal could not be reused and i bought the used tubing for scrap cost.) This isnt something i wanted for actual roll protection rather just for looks. spent a few days measuring and cutting and using the bender at my buddies shop, welded it together, welded some light mounting tabs ontop, drilled out a few holes for lighting wires to route through the inside, primered it flat black, drilled the holes in my bed and bolted it in. To this day ive never installed lights on it lol probably never will but who knows.

    Actually i guess technically my first "mod" was AVS window visors which i did right after purchasing the truck. so heres the few pictures i have of it in this form, even still got the factory tires on. 20171206_084218.jpg 20171206_084323.jpg 20171206_084348.jpg sorry for the crappy pics but its my phone taking a picture of a 2011 phones screen :anitoof:
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    ramportin1 Sickest member here

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    The next couple things i did was install a Hell bent steel 2.5" level kit and 35x12.50 NITTO trail grappler tires. This resulted in some SERIOUS rubbing issues lol so i got some 2" wheel spacers and put them on and trimmed up my plastics and ground effect on the bumper a lot and that helped but definitely rubbed at about 3/4 turn but i didnt care much i was stoked about the tires. This was about the point i got mudding crazy with it and did some off roading that was way out of my trucks league but meh, it was fun.
    needless to say shortly after i had a lot of bad front end stuff.
    So i tore the truck apart, replaced CV's, tie rod's, all ball joints with MOOG HD greasables, sway bar bushings, rack and pinion. Replaced everything basically in the front but was still left with a cracked bumper.
    After this i decided no more mudding lol :33:

    heres a few pics during this period. the one picture with it jacked up is where i was installing the level. raidenmud.JPG 20171206_084151.jpg 20171206_084250.jpg
     
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    ramportin1 Sickest member here

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    right around this point i also hacked out the resonators, i hacked off all the piping from the Y and welded on my flowmaster 10 series muffler, then just a short turn down off the muffler. I personally love the sound of flowmaster and magnaflow, i had dual MF's on my 99 Z28 as well as my 85 monte carlo ss, i had dual 40 series on my 92 ram, a super 44 on my 04 and wanted MAX loudness with this truck so tried out the 10 series and was definitely not dissapointed. The 10 series is not for the faint of heart to say the least lol it is not reccomended by FM for a street vehicle because of how loud the drone will be but i LOVE it and it is loud as you can get without headers or straight piped. Also went ahead on paid to get my front windows tinted to match the backs right around this point as well.

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    Just so everyones aware i will be doing this thread while at work lol so it might take a few days to get caught upt to now and off memory from quite a few years back so some things might not be exactly in order and im sure i will forget lots of little things but ill do my best
     
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    Yes! Finally you got around to starting one of these haha. Keep em comin!
     
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    lol, glad to see you here man. I keep doing more and more and more and now with the new plan i figured id better just start it now and accept the fact that the truck will never actually be "finished" :anitoof:
     
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    Oh I’ll be here on this thread a lot keep up the good work
     
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    i believe the next thing i did was debadge the ram 1500 off the doors and HEMI off the fenders. i also pulled out my roll bar and rattle can painted it white just to see what it looked like, ended up really liking the look so my plan was bolt it back in temporarily until i got some time to give it a real paint job..... well i still havent got around to doing that lol but i must say that rattle can job with no clear has held up insanely well except the inside of the legs where my dirtbike fenders/tires hit it 24/7 being loaded up. Someday i will get around to painting it again or possibly powder coating

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    I kept hinting to the ball and chains around christmas time the bumper that i wanted, which was the N-FAB lightbar bumper, IDK what year this was im guessing christmas of 2013 to finally replace my cracked bumper [from the previous mudding.] The bumper [at the time] was super unique, never ever saw a truck with it and i always LOVED the pre runner/baja trophy truck look. I figured if santa didnt get it for me, right after christmas im ordering it.

    and sure enough the wife came through! was a major PITA to install, from my off roading incident where i kissed a tree lol i actually had slightly bent the driver side frame horn/pad so the bumper wouldnt line up straight. i ended up having to cut them off and weld on the mounts that were supposed to bolt on :Big Laugh: so those mounts are definitely never coming off lol then was able to get the bumper perfect.

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    I LOL'd when I read your first posts here as I know exactly how it goes...one mod leads to another, which leads to another, etc...It's like the never ending story!

    My 3RD gen MegaCan, RamZilla, had a LOT of mods on it...I'd barely get one done and the dang thing would ask for another one!

    I managed to save most of my pics and decided to do a video.

     
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