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2013 Ram 3500 4x4 Baja Chase Truck Build

I will document here the transformation of my 2013 4x4 Dually into a fully capable chase truck that will serve as my daily driver (for now) and back country support for my Class 8 Baja race truck.

I've always wanted to be involved in Baja racing since I was a kid and over tha past year have finally been able to follow that dream. I'll be crossing off the top of my bucket list in April 2017 when we go down to Mexico to compete in the 50th Anniversary of the NORRA Mexican 1000!


On to the build!

Here is what I started with:

2013 Ram 3500 DRW 4x4
6.7 Cummins (Stock)
Aisin 6spd Auto
ST trim package
30,000 miles on the ticker when I bought it.



And here is what it looked like the first time I put it to use hauling our race truck out for a shake down.



Shortly after purchase I re-tinted the front windows and added a brow (now causing me heartache and grief trying to get it inspected )


'13 4WD 3500 Crew Cab Dually Chase Truck "Negrita"

'04 4WD 2500 Quad Cab Hemi Class 8 Baja Race Truck "El Ariete" - Hoss Outfitters, 6 Line Construction, Taquache Motorsports, EBC Brakes, East Coast Gear Supply, Thuren Fabrication, Dodge Off Road, Finish Line Factory, Jiffy-Tite Motorsports, Raceline Wheels
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One of the first modifications done was the addition of a cap to plug the open filler neck... I, for the life of me, cannot understand why this was considered a good idea...





In keeping with the purpose of the purchase there will be a lot of race car parts being hauled around:

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This was the first location I mounted a VHF radio that we use while racing to keep in touch with the truck from the pits. this was on a temporary mount before I found a more permanent location.

Here we are at our first race and set up in the pits with a pit antenna utilizing PVC and a marine VHF mast.

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'13 4WD 3500 Crew Cab Dually Chase Truck "Negrita"

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In keeping with tradition I found a dash cover like I had in my long travel 2nd gen.



Speaking of LT 2nd gen:

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Purchased at the same time as the fuel cap, I also added this front Diff cover as a piece of protection from when remote recovery or pitting would be required.

Fox 2.0s were added to the front:



And plenty of windshield time was had:

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I tore into the dash to find permanent mounting solutions for my GPS and the 55w VHF radio. The CB took the removable location on the dash utilizing a nice mount designed specifically for these trucks. I have yet to wire up and antenna for the CB so it sits in the shop for now.

A piece of aluminum was cut down to bridge this gap in the floor console to mount the stand for the Lowrance GPS.





And we were finally stickered up to match!

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Here we are providing pit support at another race out in West Texas.


And at the "day job"



I also am co owner of an off road race association and host desert races in Texas. That means that I sometimes get to do cool things with cool things like prerunning potential race courses on RZRs.



That's a borrowed RZR 800 in the bed.
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Sometimes you pull double duty:




This was at a huge furniture store in DFW picking up a recliner while coming home from an off road show...

There were lots of looks and pictures for sure.
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I really like the Aisin, this truck still in stock form pulls very well.

It does drink diesel and DEF while hooked to a trailer though. I'm seeing about 8-9 mpg with the race truck behind. (race truck weighs about 8,000#)
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SCORE!! I picked up this box for $300 from an online auction. It came off a 1988 Chevrolet so it'll take some modification to mount and finish out but it's hard to beat that price!



I also picked up two sets of these boxes with drawers and dividable trays. This will come in very handy for organizing small parts, electrical, nuts n bolts, etc.
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Sometimes there are other racecars that need to be hauled around.



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And this was just an experiment which only lasted a day.

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