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Old 12-11-2018, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
this is probably the easiest remote start kit that I've found for the Ram. While it does require you ship them their little module thing once you get it loaded and wait for it to return, it does Not require you to visit the dealer. On the forums, people have had varying levels of nightmares with having their dealer figure out adding the factory remote start addition. You'd think it'd be really easy for them....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tpbWSC8ZAM

remote start and the steering wheel stereo volume controls are the only two things that I wish my '17 Ram had. Otherwise, I love the simplicity of it.

I did add the weathertech floor liners and some "leather" (nice vinyl) seat covers.
And tinted the windows.
And some minor de-badging on the doors.
And LED headlights.
And upgraded fog light bulbs.
What did you do for bulbs? I'm conflicted on what bulbs to buy but this has been on my mind- I have the black headlights that aren't the projector beams.
To be honest- I'm fine with the Uconnect 5.0 but didn't know I didn't have radio control wheel buttons till I was driving home and wish I had.
I already have:
-bed cover
-tinted to match front windows
-floor liner mats
-Window deflectors
-Partial stripes on the hood
-Husky mud guards
-Deleted Ram 1500 badges from the doors

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Old 12-11-2018, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Sangster View Post
. I have a 2008 Nissan Frontier that I love but I blew the motor up with 260k miles on it. It's paid for and I don't want to add another payment to my monthly budget. BUT....i want "latest/greatest" features. So I'm swapping in the 5.6L drivetrain from a Titan. .
Interesting project! Post it up if you get completed!
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
so a small amount of input results in a bigger amount of "jump" off the line? Seems like it would make for a really touchy pedal if trying to navigate city traffic without spilling your coffee.
Yup, that's what it is (I tried a while ago to argue this). I spent a few months working on a project when ETC came out to try to look at what people liked, what the various manufacturers are doing, what the mechanical linkages did, to map pedal movement to throttle movement, and also to vehicle acceleration, trying to make decisions on what to do and what people like. In the end, some people like the "spill the coffee" mapping, as they thought they had more power. Some liked it more smooth. It was kind of fun...
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
Yup, that's what it is (I tried a while ago to argue this). I spent a few months working on a project when ETC came out to try to look at what people liked, what the various manufacturers are doing, what the mechanical linkages did, to map pedal movement to throttle movement, and also to vehicle acceleration, trying to make decisions on what to do and what people like. In the end, some people like the "spill the coffee" mapping, as they thought they had more power. Some liked it more smooth. It was kind of fun...
Interesting.
I remember my last drive by wire vehicle (LS1 powered) and how direct it was compared to everything since... The aggressive acceleration you describe reminds me of the early Infiniti's how one could induce whiplash without trying just moving the car.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:31 PM
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2015 Ram 1500 Big Horn....new to me within the last month.

Truck came with spray in bedliner, 8.4 Uconnect w/steering wheel controls, automatic start, Dodge RamMopar brand All weather mats, 2 in floor storage bins, the fold flat floor for the rear seat and I'm guessing a Chrome Package.

I've already ordered the Supernova v.4's from Headlight Revolution as well as their fog light upgrade...although they are on back order until Mid December. Some of the best reviews and videos on why they choose to sell what they do.

​​​​​​https://headlightrevolution.com/2009...supernova-v-4/

Threw in some LED map lights as well as LED truck bed lights.

Truck has cloth seats which for now I'm ok. does not have navigation, but use Iphone/Waze instead. Does not have heated seats which is ok because I don't like to be hot. I would rather it have AC Seats!

I need to add the following:
Tailgate Assist
Running Boards (want wheel to wheel coverage)
Tonneau Cover - Saw a nice one today from truxedo..had the aluminum slats to add stability to the cover and it rolled up.
Some sort of board/brace in the bed so stuff doesn't fly all around and I can bungy shit

Long term plans - new speakers, tint the front windows, and a light bar for under the bed door (has blinkers, reverse, stop etc.). Also want a Rigid Light Bar or similar on the front of the truck at some point.
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:39 PM
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[QUOTE=Sangster;12053754]Your BEST bet is to hit google with a search for a forum specific to your vehicle. I can almost guarantee that someone in there has done or researched all the "upgrades" or modifications you would want to try.

For example, i'm in the same boat. I have a 2008 Nissan Frontier that I love but I blew the motor up with 260k miles on it. It's paid for and I don't want to add another payment to my monthly budget. BUT....i want "latest/greatest" features. So I'm swapping in the 5.6L drivetrain from a Titan. Upgrading the suspension. regearing for performance on and offroad, updating the interior with nicer trim bits (carbon fiber, etc...classy stuff though), adding newer leather heated/cooled seats from the newer Pathfinder, adding remote start, upgrading the stereo to android touchscreen, GPS, wifi, video/streaming/youtube/etc, then i'll get the body work cleaned up and either repaint or put a nice wrap on it.

I'll have the performance I want, the modern features/amenities I want, new drivetrain, etc....etc....etc....and no car payment. Plus, it'll be EXACTLY what I want it to be, no compromises.

Long story short...find the Ram forums and start researching. I'd come here for boating stuff first...but not this.[/QUOTE
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Gtochris View Post
What did you do for bulbs? I'm conflicted on what bulbs to buy but this has been on my mind- I have the black headlights that aren't the projector beams.
To be honest- I'm fine with the Uconnect 5.0 but didn't know I didn't have radio control wheel buttons till I was driving home and wish I had.
I already have:
-bed cover
-tinted to match front windows
-floor liner mats
-Window deflectors
-Partial stripes on the hood
-Husky mud guards
-Deleted Ram 1500 badges from the doors
the badge delete on the doors really cleans up the lines, I think. I left the Hemi ones on the quarter panels just to give it a little bit of a visual break, but may do away with those too.

As for headlights I went with a headlight kit from Headlight Revolution.
https://headlightrevolution.com/

I did the Supernova bulbs, low beams only. Here in KW, I don't use high beams enough to warrant spending the money.
So, as you shop around you'll probably find plenty of LED bulb kits for less money. I went with the more expensive Headlight Revolution bulbs because if you take the time to watch their videos on youtube you'll see that they really take the time to make sure they're selling the best product. They test every bulb, not just for brightness, but (more importantly to me) the beam pattern and cutoff. They, like me, don't wanna be those douchebags that drive around blinding everyone with their aftermarket bulbs.
They test the bulbs in the projector style headlights and the reflector style and then decide which one is best for which style. I don't have the projector lenses and the kit I got is exactly as they said it would be. Bright, easy to install, and with a beam pattern that benefits me without messing with other drivers.

For my fog lights I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I also didn't want to have mismatched colors from the fogs to the headlights. When I say "mismatched" I mean one that is whitish blue and the other that is normal kind of whitish yellow. I can't stand when bulbs are off just a little in color from each other. So, rather than try to match them perfectly, I went full opposite and put in the hyper-yellow fog light bulbs. So I have the white white LED headlights and the really yellow fogs.
Hope that makes sense.
Basically, it looks like the pic they have on their site for the 2009-2018 Ram headlights.
or like this...
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Old 12-11-2018, 06:44 PM
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oh, forgot that I also added LED license plate bulbs.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
you can pretty much add any option you want on down the road, just have the dealer flash in the sales code for that option. All the connectors and such are already in the truck, just need the switches and whatever it is you want to add. There are aftermarket options for heated seats, or find seats out of a wrecked truck. For what its worth, 2019 is a first year model, I wouldn't buy one. They'll have some kinks to work out
FCA essentially is using the same running gear as in the past--not including the light hybrid function. If one gets the hemi without the hybrid option, they'd be getting the same mechanical truck as before. Their first year durability should be better than first year vehicles in the past due to minimal changes mechanically.

You can always take the Express model truck and add some bling bling like better wheels, etc. And if that doesn't suit you, have the seats reupholstered or find a total wreck of a more deluxe model that has a good interior.
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:51 AM
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Interesting thread. I have done some upgrades to my wife's truck (remote start, back up camera, and better stereo), as she likes her truck a lot and does not want a new one, but does want some of the features. It has significantly improved her enjoyment of her truck--especially the remote start.

My preference has always been to buy the simplest truck possible (manual trans, vinyl floors, base everything) and revel in the simplicity while using the truck to do truck things like haul my dirt bikes, tow trailers, and tow boats. I must be in the minority however, as nobody even seems to make a base full size truck anymore where you get to shift your own gears.
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:09 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
They have aftermarket remote start that uses your stock remote. Just hit the lock button 3 times and it cranks up. Can also get aftermarket leather covers that go right on your existing seats, or neoprene, that are heated. Not a wrong answer, just a matter of what you are comfortable with. I generally buy new or late model used, and then kill a vehicle. Current truck has over 200K on it, and I plan to run it for a few more years at this point.
My goal is "drive it to the moon". 240k miles. At least it used to be..when I got "to the moon" in my last truck, I realized "this is stupid! Who's gonna buy a truck on the moon?" Started driving back home....
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:11 AM
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been researching this option this morning.
Tutorials all over the internet on how to do it and it's really easy for anyone that knows their way around a tool box.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-2013-20...wAAOSw-0xYdZpy
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Interesting thread. I have done some upgrades to my wife's truck (remote start, back up camera, and better stereo), as she likes her truck a lot and does not want a new one, but does want some of the features. It has significantly improved her enjoyment of her truck--especially the remote start.

My preference has always been to buy the simplest truck possible (manual trans, vinyl floors, base everything) and revel in the simplicity while using the truck to do truck things like haul my dirt bikes, tow trailers, and tow boats. I must be in the minority however, as nobody even seems to make a base full size truck anymore where you get to shift your own gears.
I actually prefer an automatic for towing. I've gotta single cab, 8' bed. Unfortunately, the dam carpet takes too long to dry when I wash the interior with a hose....
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:15 AM
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My goal is "drive it to the moon". 240k miles. At least it used to be..when I got "to the moon" in my last truck, I realized "this is stupid! Who's gonna buy a truck on the moon?" Started driving back home....
Lol. In that case, I know of a truck that is beyond that at this point. My old 2500 (99 light duty) with the 6.0 and 4L80E had right at 300 on it when I got rid of it. I know the 2nd owner very well, and he got rid of it at around 430K. Truck is still running around town, and actually looks pretty good. Not sure about now, but as of when he sold it the motor, trans, and differential had never been touched other than maintenance. It's first 200K or so were hard miles as well.
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I had an '86 like that. heavy duty 1/2 ton. I sold it at 275k. Saw the truck a few years later and talked to the kid who owned it then. He said "it runs great, and only has 60,000 miles on it". 99,999 odometer. I guess I shouldn't have told him it had 275K when I sold it......360K? 460K?

I did manage to crack the frame at both ends..where the steering box bolted, and where the trailer hitch bolted.
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
FCA essentially is using the same running gear as in the past--not including the light hybrid function. If one gets the hemi without the hybrid option, they'd be getting the same mechanical truck as before. Their first year durability should be better than first year vehicles in the past due to minimal changes mechanically.

You can always take the Express model truck and add some bling bling like better wheels, etc. And if that doesn't suit you, have the seats reupholstered or find a total wreck of a more deluxe model that has a good interior.
mechanically similar, yes. the 2019's have a new transmission though. Still a ZF 8 speed, but some upgrades. It hasn't been out long so its reliability is yet to be determined.

It's not so much mechanically anymore that there are problems, but electrical gremlins and programming updates that require constant trips to the dealers. And a good part of that is the sampling when testing vehicles just isn't large enough to get a good picture. Lots of these issues don't show up till vehicles hit the roads.
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Lol. In that case, I know of a truck that is beyond that at this point. My old 2500 (99 light duty) with the 6.0 and 4L80E had right at 300 on it when I got rid of it. I know the 2nd owner very well, and he got rid of it at around 430K. Truck is still running around town, and actually looks pretty good. Not sure about now, but as of when he sold it the motor, trans, and differential had never been touched other than maintenance. It's first 200K or so were hard miles as well.
those 6.0/4L80's gave lots of diesels a run for their money in longevity. Only problem was, any money saved went right back in the fuel tank
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those 6.0/4L80's gave lots of diesels a run for their money in longevity. Only problem was, any money saved went right back in the fuel tank
That one was surprisingly good on fuel. It was bought to haul relatively heavy loads, typically a gaylord of alternator/starter cores at a time. Often 4,000 lbs. Had the tallest gear in it. My current 1/2 ton Hemi Ram tows much better than it did, but it was without a doubt more truck. Typically got 15-16 if you drove it reasonably. It was the first 4x2 2500 on the dealer lot in late 1998. Nobody wanted it due to the odd spec on the gearing. Was perfect for us (my dad bought it new, then gave it to me). At the time one of the bigger core suppliers was in our home town, and our plant an hour a way from there.
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been researching this option this morning.
Tutorials all over the internet on how to do it and it's really easy for anyone that knows their way around a tool box.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-2013-20...wAAOSw-0xYdZpy
I'm thinking about that along with the Leather wheel, I have to ask my brother the autobody mechanic if he is up for that project!
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I've been trying to research that locally as I don't want another fob however I'm a bit apprehensive to allow someone to splice in something... If anyone has a tip I'd appreciate.
my 16 started remotely by pushing the lock button three times... and it was bone stock
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