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RAM Truck Upgrade Highlights

Complete Interior and Exterior Detail | Tinted Windows | Stance and Wheels | GenY Hitch | Custom Decals

2014 RAM 1500 4x4 with 5.7 Hemi

I am not a wealthy guy, so I have to be extra thrifty with all of my purchases. I can't justify payments, so paying cash forces me to stay within reasonable budgets. I knew I couldn't afford a diesel, and after talking to guys about what I was pulling I determined that a 390HP V8 would be a nice improvement over what I had and enough power for my trailer and what I'm hauling. Even though I usually go for loaded vehicles, I decided to sacrifice options to get as new as I could - so I started with a Tradesman Double Cab.

Before I get far into upgrades on anything I get, I like to use PhotoShop to get an idea of what it will look like when done... then I make decisions based on that.

Animated RAM

Complete Detail

I bought the truck from the original owner, and it has a cloth interior. It had some stains in the seat and needed a deep cleaning. When you consider the cost of good products (not equipment) to try to take on a deep cleanse yourself and then consider that you still may not get it to where it needs to be, I opted to take it to a detailer. I've seen lots of ads on Facebook for a detailer in the Willamette Valley called Finishing Touch Auto (FTA). After two full days the interior looks great. They also did the exterior, particularly after I applied my custom decals and the finish turned out great.

FTA

Tinted Windows

Once you get used to having tinted windows, it is hard to think about having a vehicle without them. I would never trust tinting my windows to some friend of a friend or whatever... professional jobs with professional products are the only way to go. Trim and Tint has done my vehicles for years and we have never had to return for a fix... not once. Always look good, even after years.

Tinted Windows
Trim and Tint

Stance and Wheels

Fortunately for me, the truck already came with air bags to level the back when hauling. I added a 2 1/2 inch leveling kit to get the stance right. Then I put Fuel Hostage 20x9 with +1 offset.

RAM Wheels

Even though the hitch is duplicated in the trailer section, it can be attached to the truck without the trailer, so I'm including it here as well.

GenY Hitch

My other trailer had a flat nose and I used stabilizers. My new longer trailer is a VNose and my stabilizers are too long. There might be shorter ones available, but when I was at the trailer manufacturer for warranty work they showed me the GenY Hitch and showed me how the torsion part absorbs lots of the trailer movement which affects the truck much less. I put it on my "want" list. I sent them the specs for my truck and they let me know I needed the 2 inch Class V, 16K, 7.5 inch drop; Torsion Hitch, Versa-Ball & Pintle.

GenY Hitch

See more details and photos on our GenY Hitch page.

Hitch on Truck

Custom Decals

Folks generally customize for two reasons. 1) Trying to improve the looks and it's ok to duplicate something that we saw and liked; 2) To make our stuff original.

Most of us have gone through various stages with decals - either stripping every single one off, or putting some on. As an adult, I hadn't thought of putting decals on a vehicle until I found a good decal guy. I did racing stripes on a Mini Cooper and liked how it turned out - plus I had them done in a way that was unique.

Decal Back

I had already done the trailer myself, and after a lot of time in PhotoShop and determining that I preferred the decaled version to the plain version - I ordered the stripes. The rolls of striping tape cost around $150, so when you do this it means you are committed (don't get me wrong, if I hate it I will rip it off and torch it). Spacing and alignment is critical, so I took a lot of time with this (using thread for long straight lines) and tape (for spacing). The angle cuts had to be cut out, and even with a paper cutter I couldn't figure it out (insert wife/helper here). The biggest challenges were the angle stripes on the back, particularly where they came to transitions.

Larry Tips

(not professional, so take it or leave it)

Take your time, keep your decals wet until they are exactly where you want them (essential for long wide strips).

Decal Hood

More Photos

RAM at the Track - 07/23/2018

RAM Truck 1
RAM Truck 2
RAM Truck 3

2018 Friends

NEXX North America (helmets); iFairings (custom color matched fairings for the R1, R3, and Ninja); Competition Werkes (exhausts, fender eliminators, integrated lights for R1, R3, and Ninja); Bursig (stands, paddock wizard); T-Rex (R1, R3, Ninja protection, strapless tie downs); Woodcraft (rearsets R1, R3); Helite (air vest), 2-Fast (PIR and Pacific Raceways); Portland Karting Association (Mac Track); Stompgrip (body grips); Trailer prep: Condor (chocks, tie downs, and more), Western Interiors (custom floor), Heroic Racing (custom suit and gloves), Dave Moss Tuning (R3 setup), Adam Black (Bridgestone tires)