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Our "new" 2016 Ram
« on: July 26, 2020, 07:52:02 pm »
Hello

I just wanted to share with all of you our latest acquisition. We are now the proud owners of a 2016 Ram 1500 4x4. I honestly wasn't expecting to buy a truck at this time, but on a whim, my wife and I decided to stop at one of local Dodge dealerships and see what they had, and we found a truck we both liked, and they did give us a good price for the car we used as a trade in... Heres a few pics;







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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #1 on: July 26, 2020, 10:58:28 pm »
    That's a beautiful truck! Congratulations!
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    « Reply #2 on: July 27, 2020, 08:11:00 am »
    agreed - nice ride there Ed {cool}
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #3 on: August 14, 2020, 04:36:24 pm »
    Thank you and now for a few more pics... ;D



    So far the only "upgrade" performed on the Ram are the new side steps. The step was added by the dealership as part of the deal, but they did have to order them. So a week later the steps were in and they installed them.




    Ram Box, I didn't know what the big deal was when I saw the ads, but having them on this truck is such a delight.




    This is what sold me on the truck. OK, I'll admit, I was super disappointed that Chrysler didn't go with the 5.0 Cummins. But when I saw this truck sitting there on the lot, the Ecodiesel, aka, VM Motori intrigued me. A test drive convinced me that I would really like this engine. Power-wise, it's surprisingly peppy. By the seat of the pants, it feels as strong as the 5.7 Hemi at least when accelerating from a dead stop. Top end, I'd have to give it to the Hemi.

    I didn't exactly buy the truck for it's fuel economy, but for it's potential longevity, I'm hoping to keep it for a very long time and I'm hoping that the diesel will last, but then again, I've been getting about 20 mpg, and thats mashing on it, occasionally. I just can't help it, the truck accelerates nicely and it's fun...not big block-like by any stretch of the imagination, but nice enough for a fullsize thats powered by a 3.0 liter V6. And I love the sound of that turbo singing.

    Future plans. I'm thinking about a lift. I'm undecided on how much, maybe I'll go with 4 inches of lift or maybe I'll go with the 6" lift. I'm certain I'm gonna go with a 33" tall tire. I don't want to re-gear if I can avoid it.

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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #4 on: August 15, 2020, 06:31:55 pm »
    ...I'm a bit surprised to hear you'd wanna lift it.  I dunno Ed - that's a might fine and perfectly functioning truck just the way it sits, ya know ;) {cool}
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #5 on: August 15, 2020, 09:02:02 pm »
    Just don't mess with the engine.  A local guy ended up with one that had been "deleted" and had custom exhaust installed.  It set off about every emissions related code in the system and the parts estimate alone was in the $6k range to put it all back in.  Granted whoever did the modifications cut out a lot of the emissions stuff with a sawzall and basically gutted it, but the particulate filter alone is over $2k by itself.  I think he finally paid some guy under the table to pass it for state inspection, but that would be a pain in the butt to deal with every year.
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #6 on: August 16, 2020, 07:47:51 am »
    ...I'm a bit surprised to hear you'd wanna lift it.  I dunno Ed - that's a might fine and perfectly functioning truck just the way it sits, ya know ;) {cool}

    Yeah, I'm digging the stance of these trucks with a bit of lift. Right now, it's as low as the 2wd Rams. I suspect that the ones equipped with the diesel are a bit lower -for fuel economy purposes. Don't know for sure, but I've been noticing that 4wd Hemi trucks with no lift, seem a bit taller.

    Just don't mess with the engine.  A local guy ended up with one that had been "deleted" and had custom exhaust installed.  It set off about every emissions related code in the system and the parts estimate alone was in the $6k range to put it all back in.  Granted whoever did the modifications cut out a lot of the emissions stuff with a sawzall and basically gutted it, but the particulate filter alone is over $2k by itself.  I think he finally paid some guy under the table to pass it for state inspection, but that would be a pain in the butt to deal with every year.

    Thanks for the input. I'm not reading good things about "deletes" on this engine. I'm leaving it alone, everything seems to be working just fine. I might investigate a tuner later, but I'm pretty happy with it as it is now. And the engine is actually still under warrantee.

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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #7 on: August 21, 2020, 08:40:21 am »
    Yeah, I'm digging the stance of these trucks with a bit of lift...

    ...yah I dig the stance of the 3rd gen dually's with 35's stuffed under them...but I'm not gonna do it because it'll jack up all of the OE engineering that makes it such a proper well-oiled machine.  That truck looks just right Ed - besides, I'd have figured Gator properly scratches your 'lift' itch  ;D
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #8 on: August 21, 2020, 10:18:58 am »
    ...I'm a bit surprised to hear you'd wanna lift it.  I dunno Ed - that's a might fine and perfectly functioning truck just the way it sits, ya know ;) {cool}
    Says the guy that is replacing a perfectly functioning 5.9 Magnum with a 440.   {gloating} {lol}
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #9 on: August 21, 2020, 01:12:04 pm »
    Just saw this Ed. Nice find. One of my co-workers has a Eco-diesel Ram 4x4 truck and he loves it. As far as mods go, I'm kind of leaning with Sam on such a late model truck. If it were mine, I would hate to molest it while everything is working just fine. Especially any components related to or covered by a power train warranty.
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #10 on: September 6, 2020, 12:30:29 pm »
    Ok, So after careful research and study, I came to my decision. I did not go with either the 4" lift or the 6" lift. Instead, I chose to level the truck. The front was lifted a mild 2.5 inches and since I really needed tires, I purchased a set of 35X12.50 R20 Firestone Destination MT2's.

    As I learned, these new Rams come with really big fender wells. You can almost slide a set of 35"s under a newer Ram without a lift, not like the days when you needed a 4 to 6 inch lift to clear 35s.

    The 2.5" leveling was all that it really needed to improve the stance of the truck. Now it looks like a 4X4 and no longer mistaken for a 2wd, and it's stance is not much different than a stock Ram 2500







    Since the suspension is still all original, other than the added height, the ride hasn't changed and it handles quite well. Having never tried these 'Stones, they seem to grip wet pavement really well and dig pretty good in the pudding


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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #11 on: September 6, 2020, 03:16:12 pm »
    Looks good and is pretty much my plan with my 2500.  I will be going with some aftermarket rims and adding the flares I already bought.  It's a hefty chunk of change, so I am waiting for Taxmas.  Looking at some classic rims as new style rims are awful, and the typical BFG ATs for the look and white letters.
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #12 on: September 6, 2020, 03:28:47 pm »
    That looks great.  I've used the adjustable bilstein shocks to level my last couple trucks around 2.5" and that is definitely a great look/ride.
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #13 on: September 7, 2020, 07:06:22 am »
    I will be going with some aftermarket rims.....Looking at some classic rims as new style rims are awful, and the typical BFG ATs for the look and white letters.

    Yeah, I'm not a big fan of these rims. Did a VIN search at the Ram site to see what the truck came with. They call those rims "Chrome Clad" It's a fancy term for fake plastic chrome over steel. But for now it will do. New rims weren't in the budget this time. (Although it's giving me a reason to save up for 20" versions of the same Hummer-esque style rims Sam is using on his Dakota)

    I'm not a big fan of the BFG AT's. To me they are just aggressive street treads, but for you and where you live, they are probably perfect.  ;D

    P.S. Lanty, do you have a thread on your 2500?

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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #14 on: September 14, 2020, 12:17:43 pm »
    My 2015 with nearly stock sized tires and a level kit has a much higher step in height than my Ramcharger with with 4" lift and 33's did!


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    « Reply #15 on: September 15, 2020, 03:51:21 pm »
    My 2015 with nearly stock sized tires and a level kit has a much higher step in height than my Ramcharger with with 4" lift and 33's did!

    20" rims???

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    « Reply #16 on: September 15, 2020, 04:02:45 pm »
    20" rims???

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    Yeah. I bought it new, the dealer installed the wheels/tires and level kit prior to putting it on the lot. I certainly never would have paid extra for the wheels/tires. I actually wish it had 18's. I love it immensely anyway.  ;)
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    « Reply #17 on: September 15, 2020, 04:05:39 pm »
    It's a workhorse!

    Choo-Choo!  ;D
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    You're absolutely correct, Kendall. My mistake  ;D

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    « Reply #18 on: September 16, 2020, 05:19:13 am »
    Yeah, I'm diggin the color and the modern "bird bath" louver-look hood. Nice locomotive

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    « Reply #19 on: September 16, 2020, 10:15:47 am »
    The top of the tailgate is the new "bird bath".
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    « Reply #20 on: September 16, 2020, 09:54:02 pm »
    Nice truck there.
    I'm glad you stuck with Mopar.  ;D
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #21 on: September 17, 2020, 05:29:01 am »
    Trust me, Mopar died a long, long time ago.  These new trucks and cars are nice, but they aren't Mopar.  The parts system isn't even a shadow of it's former self.
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    « Reply #22 on: September 17, 2020, 05:51:03 pm »
    Well I'm pretty certain that it's a Mopar. It's definitely not the Mopar they built 20-30 yrs ago, or the Mopar they built 50 yrs ago. But for better and for worse, we certainly know they've come a long way. Someday, a few decades from now, theres going to be a child who will grow up and become old, and he will say how he laments over the old Mopars of the 2030s, 40s, or 50s and say how the new Mopars of his time are not as good as the ones today, yet to be built.

    Personally I'm not fond that Fiat now owns Chrysler, but after a few years, they haven't watered down the brand. If anything, I think they've actually done more with the brand then I expected. Theres really a lot to be excited about coming out of FCA these days. Sure, they are way over priced, have too much tech that can fail, and have none of the stuff we want in them, but isn't that what they said about the old vehicles when they were new??

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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #23 on: September 17, 2020, 06:08:50 pm »
    Don't get me wrong, I like my 2500, but as a Parts Manager back in the '90s, the 2000s and now 2020, it's a very different company now.  I haven't quite put my finger on it, other than a few specifics I probably can't talk about but the "feel" and to a certain extent, the pride I used to have working in parts is not really there anymore.

    But I won't clog up your thread with a bunch of negativity.  It's a beautiful truck and looks nicely optioned.  If you want an option list or any parts info, let me know.
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    « Reply #24 on: September 17, 2020, 10:32:14 pm »
    Trust me, Mopar died a long, long time ago.  These new trucks and cars are nice, but they aren't Mopar.  The parts system isn't even a shadow of it's former self.
    It doesn't say Pherd or Shivitt on it.
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    « Reply #25 on: September 17, 2020, 10:36:00 pm »
    Well I'm pretty certain that it's a Mopar. It's definitely not the Mopar they built 20-30 yrs ago, or the Mopar they built 50 yrs ago. But for better and for worse, we certainly know they've come a long way. Someday, a few decades from now, theres going to be a child who will grow up and become old, and he will say how he laments over the old Mopars of the 2030s, 40s, or 50s and say how the new Mopars of his time are not as good as the ones today, yet to be built.

    Personally I'm not fond that Fiat now owns Chrysler, but after a few years, they haven't watered down the brand. If anything, I think they've actually done more with the brand then I expected. Theres really a lot to be excited about coming out of FCA these days. Sure, they are way over priced, have too much tech that can fail, and have none of the stuff we want in them, but isn't that what they said about the old vehicles when they were new??

    Ed
    Well, we still have our "old" trucks and cars.
    I personally love our new Durango. So much so... I'd go buy another one. My wife wants to get an SRT Durango now. Might as well just go for the Hellcat powered one.  ;D
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    « Reply #26 on: September 18, 2020, 08:35:16 am »
    we're about to look at another Durango Citadel in a couple days (once CARMAX ships it), and if we grab it we'll pretty much have the entire Dodge truck lineup covered - a 2002 Dakota, a 2007 Ram 3500, and a 2015 Durango - the trifecta!  Seriously tho - nice truck Ed {cool}
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    « Reply #27 on: September 18, 2020, 11:12:17 pm »
    we're about to look at another Durango Citadel in a couple days (once CARMAX ships it), and if we grab it we'll pretty much have the entire Dodge truck lineup covered - a 2002 Dakota, a 2007 Ram 3500, and a 2015 Durango - the trifecta!  Seriously tho - nice truck Ed {cool}
    Didn't you just get rid of a Durango recently?
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #28 on: September 19, 2020, 09:55:11 am »
    yup - it's a long story but we did like it and our circumstances have changed so here we go :)
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    Re: Our "new" 2016 Ram
    « Reply #29 on: September 19, 2020, 02:20:32 pm »
    yup - it's a long story but we did like it and our circumstances have changed so here we go :)
    That's what happens when the family expands.  ;D
    500 c.i.- Scat Crank, Scat Rods, Indy Aluminum heads, Comp XR280HR Cam, Six-Pack, Milodon 8 qt. Pan, 727  (reverse-manual, low band apply, 5 clutch disc, 3 qt. xtra. pan), N.P. 205, Ford 9" rear axle (4:11, 31 spline axles, Detroit Locker, converted/ disc brakes). Dana 44 front (converted/ disc, 4:10, Tru-Trac limited slip). Hydra Boost Brake Booster, Gear Vendors OD. 600+ ft. lbs. of torque