Well I found this site while trying to find some bumper ideas and whatnot for my old 1stgen and lurked for about a week reading other build threads and trip reports.
Truck we are starting with is a 90 Dodge std cab, lwb. I have already done a lot of drivtrain upgrades to this truck including a D80 swap and NV4500 swap(It was already in the truck when I got it), Good clutch, and I have already tuned the snot out of the motor. Truck also has a 4" lift and 35"s I have owned it for 4 years and I've sled pulled it for all of those 4 years and I want to slow down on sled pulling it (2.6 class is getting to be a high HP class) I'll still pull it from time to time in the street class.
My plan for my truck is to make it Overland or Expedition worthy but still be able to use it as a truck when I'm not "Out there". So here is the build plan.
Fiberglass Shell and homemade sleeping platform above the wheel wells with some storage underneath and it has to be easily removable. The shell will get a roof rack/basket for more storage on top. I will also buils some custom bumpers for it too. The rear bumper will probly start out as a piece of 8" channel and also have a swing out tire carrier with jerrycan racks. I will also have the usual extraction points. The front bumper I'm still trying to find ideas on, I want a heavy duty bumper but don't care for the "RanchHand" style hamburger maker and frame destroyer. I want somthing kinda like a pre runner style but heavier duty. I also don't want a grillguard, just a small bar coming up in the middle to mount a small lighting array. Thoughts , Opinions, Ideas?
I am currently running 35" Bfg KM2s in the rear and some 315 KO's up front but I don't like the d rating on them and was considering some 255/70/17 KM2s ( I am running 3rd gen forged aluminum wheels currently) But I do have a various selection of 16"ers in the shed. Thoughts , Opinions, Ideas?
The rear suspension is not to my liking either, When I lifted it I ended up stacking blocks and don't care for the axle wrap when I'm not running my traction bars, So I'm planning on doing a shackle flip to retain for the most part the hight I'm at now and get rid of the blocks. I might bring the rear down and inch or two to level it a bit and re work my homemade rear spring packs also. The setup I'm going to use is from DNR Customs out of Michigan. I'll try to find some pics of this setup. Thoughts , Opinions, Ideas?
I have a few other Drivetrain upgrades I want to do also like 35spl outers for the D60 front (technicly a 61), 1410 joint on the pinion side of the front shaft, some good 3/4 turn lockouts, and some sort of lockers front and rear. Recomendations on the lockers would be helpfull. I also have experience in slick conditions with lockers so thats a non issue.
Other plans include an Inverter, On board air and other stuff.
For the most part how the truck sits now.
Some of the drive train upgrades.
Clutch thats in the stock Sachs cover
When I pulled A LOT
Heres a few Videos to keep you guys occupied
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6YkA-6p2hI"]YouTube- Pulltilbroke in the snow[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LonhjgbH7kc&feature=related"]YouTube- Pulltilbroke in the snow[/ame]
Couple pullin vids
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uAH5rEafZw"]YouTube- Pulltilbrokes Heavy hook At Adams[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfXY1o4ZFIs&feature=related"]YouTube- Pulltilbroke 7500 super street/2.6 Wahoo 09[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dfAIDTbpIo&feature=related"]YouTube- Pulltilbroke at saline center(Better quality)[/ame]
And a couple Dyno vids
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az92Bksoq_0"]YouTube- Pulltilbrokes 1st Dyno run[/ame]
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8vF_5mPcAc&feature=related"]YouTube- Pulltilbrokes 2nd dyno run[/ame]