I will go into greater detail in the near future. Below is a simple list of modifications.
20007 Dodge Ram 2500 – 5.9l Cummins Turbo Diesel – 6 speed manual transmission
We bought this truck in august of 2016 for the sole purpose of this journey. After many months of looking for the perfect truck, we finally found it in Silverthorne, CO. This is what it looked like the day that we brought it home.
First thing we did was to remove the front bumper and grill guard and replace it with a Hammerhead X-Series winch bumper
and 12000lb Smittybilt X20 winch.
We removed the stock nerf bars and replaced them with these side steps from N-Fab. They are tighter to the vehicle and do not hang down as much as the stock accessory. We need the steps to get into the vehicle, yet hope to keep these tucked up and away from rocks and other debris. So far, these have been a solid upgrade.
To accommodate the weight of the camper and all of our gear, we turned the stock Ram 2500 into a dually. We added spacers on the front hubs so we could run all of the same wheel. We carry two full sized, mounted spares. We ended up purchasing 8 wheels and 8 tires. We are running the General Grabber AT2’s. Due to the weight of the vehicle, we chose the E rated tire as it has highest weight rating. The truck could have handled the weight, yet we would be running at the very top of it’s GVWR. We thought it would be better to make these additions and run in the middle of it’s capabilities instead of at the top. We could have kept the single RWD, yet would have to upgrade to a military grade tire and wheel combo or a 19.5″ wheel. We wanted to keep the parts as universal as possible, so we opted for the dually system with stock tire and wheel sizes. We should be able to replace either if needed in the future, no matter where we are.
We added the Edge Insight CTS 2 monitor. The CTS 2 monitors all of the systems in the engine. It will read out everything in real time so you can closely monitor everything that is going on in the engine. It monitors everything from engine exhaust temperature, battery voltage, fuel psi, turbo psi and much, much more. We can also read error codes and clear them if and when needed. This is a wonderful tool for you to have a look into your engine at all times.
We installed the MAG-HYTEC heavy duty differential cover on the rear diff. The Mag-Hytec provides increased lubrication and cooling capacity for our hard working vehicle. The Mag-Hytec has double the fluid capacity of the stock diff cover and runs an average of 45 degrees cooler than the stock version. The Mag-Hytec also has a dipstick on the top of the cover. This part as well as most other modifications to the truck are in an effort to lower the stress on the vehicles parts and make them last as long as possible. We know we are going to have problems along the way, yet have tried to get in front of many of the foreseen issues that could arise.
We added this Garrett GTW series turbo for it’s quality and the universal bolt pattern. I wanted to have a turbo that could be swapped out very easily if it decided to fail. The stock turbo has a very specific bolt pattern. If this turbo goes out in Peru, I can swap it out with one from an old farm truck and keep on trucking. This is one of those looking into the future modifications. The boys at Granby Truck Shop made the custom cold air intake tube and 4″ exhaust with a S&B air filter and pre-filter. We also replaced the manifold. All of this together has created a very free flowing exhaust system. We also begin our journey with a brand new turbo!
- Yukon Grizzly Free Spin Hubs
- Rancho 9000 shocks
- Iron Cross rear bumper
- Custom spring pack