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USMC1188's excruciatingly slow build

I have been on here forever, and gotten a lot of great ideas from you guys.

It seems like the new cool thing to do is to have a build thread. So here is my truck so far... I will keep this updated as I go...
I haven't gotten into my truck as far as a lot of you, but I do things as I need to. I have come across a few problems and take care of them as I go... all in all, this truck has been GREAT!

I have a 2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Big Horn QCLB 4WD with the 5.9 Cummins. I am a die hard Amsoil user and dealer. I am not the typical believer and worshiper, I know I run a great product and swear by it. There are other good products out there, but I like Amsoil best for my truck. To date, my truck has a SRT hood and painted grill (will be replaced shortly with another one). I have a built trans (no idea what, the PO built it, but has held up). I run my Smarty S-06 on Level 5 to play it safe. The truck has a 4" black stainless steel Diamond Eye exhaust system and a AFE Stage II CAI. I have Autometer Phantom II gauges in the A-Pillar. I replaced the rear bumper with an unknown, heavy duty one, and have LEDs in the license plate bulbs, as well as ANZO taillights. The truck has an AFE Deep Transmission Pan and a MagHytec rear. I run 305/65R17 Mickey Thompson ATZs, that currently have about 75,000 miles on them and they are still going strong. The truck runs on Bilstein 5100 shocks all the way around as well as BD Diesel Sway Bar Links.

Here are some pics from stock to now:
A couple day's after I picked it up.. nice and dirty already:


I ended up having to replace all of the basic front end parts after the dealer I bought it from didn't do a proper inspection when I bought it (I guess I failed to do the same thing as well). Shortly after, new brakes and a windshield went on as well...

A bath and Mickey Thompson ATZ 305/65R17s


A picture next to my buddies truck when I got back from the Marine Corps in 2011. I added the Cummins C off the side of my truck to the grill in this picture


After an incident with ice and being forced into a pole to avoid other cars, I had to replace the entire cooling pack, front bumper, grill, and hood (added an SRT hood) and painted grill


New Mopar OEM SRT hood




Having a little fun in the back field at a truck pull


Swapped a buddy my factory chrome rear bumper for this one... nice free upgrade


Debadged the tailgate



My first Amsoil oil change... I have been hooked ever since


2002 Ram 2500 5.9 4X4 QCSB
AMSOIL, Thuren Fab, Method NV 305s, 35" Mickey Thompson ATZs, 4" Straight Pipe, CAI, Jim Jessup ECM

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Gauge install






AFE Stage II




Towing part of our old Chevy Project

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Got rid of the steps


Deep transmission pan




ANZO LED tails



Valve cover paint








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New Optima RedTops





Seized brake caliper








Bilstein 5100s and BD Sway Bar Links


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Old Exhaust:


New Exhaust:





Mag Hytec Rear Differential Cover (The AFE went on my buddies truck, we liked the MagHytec ALOT better)










That's it for now... I have a new grill on the way, and who knows what else...

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Very nice, I enjoyed the pics.

Keep up the good work.

Ranch Truck: '98.5 QCDRW, NV4500, 2WD, BHAF, Straight Pipe, FASS, Gauges, Steering Box Stabilizer, Ranch Hands
My Trucks: '91.5 5 speed - dual exhaust and a turbo blanket... '91.5 Auto - needs work
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Thanks!

I picked up a new grill for the truck the other day. Hopefully I can get it in this week sometime to paint and put it on, I can't wait!

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Picked this up from paint today!



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Leatherneck!!
This was a fantastic thread to read as I am sitting in the VA hospital waiting to be seen! I am so glad you chose the Mag Hytek too man, and love the way you fit right in there under that awesome hood! Oustanding build going on brother and even better pics as well. Wish you were close to me so i could come see that in person man, ad im also a die hard Amsoil fanatic too! Id like to pick your brain more on the whole thing I ok?
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Semper Fi Guns!

Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it! I love that MagHytec, one of the best looking things I have ever put in my truck (besides my wife!). A get together would be awesome, I love meeting people with the same hobby, especailly other vets/military! Someday we will have to find a way maybe lol.

That's great! Amsoil is an awesome product! I have been using it personally for my past 2 trucks and now am a dealer as well.

Pick my brain however much you want, I'd be glad to help you however I can!

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Thanks for sharing. I like the way the valve cover turned out

2001.5 \ ECSB \ 4X4 \ NV5600 \ P7100 \ BD Special \ BD Stainless Manifold \ ARP Studs \ DAP 7x.010 \ .024 DVs \ CPP 103 \ Hamilton 188-220 Cam \ Fluidampr \ Valair DD \ AFE Stage 2 \ Airdog 200 \ Fleece Coolant Bypass \ Vulcan IC Boots \ Isspro EV2's \ Fusion Bumpers
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Thank you! I love it!

So a few big changes today....

Went to this:


To this:


To this!!!!



I will get a few better pictures tomorrow... as these are all I could get today.

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