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Old 05-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #1
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Now I originally had the OEM honey comb inserts that later got changed out for the mesh and a long time ago I bought a "tactical grill" from RF. Since I have my own powder coating gun and oven I didnt have him do it for me. But according to the box, its been since November of last year.....so uh, yeah, told you I had a lot of things in boxes. :ugh

Im likely going to make some mall changes to this later. Im going to cut out the center OEM grill vertical bar and take a piece of 16ga stainless and powder coat it the same "chrome" I have the mesh and fuse the two sides together as I do not like how they sit currently. The outer rings for the grill are powder coated gloss black with the mesh PC'ed Kromozone chrome and sealed with gloss clear. I looked at stainless 12pt (ferry cap) bolts to replace the allen button heads but OMG those things are insanely expensive.
















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| Debadged | SRT-10 hood| Custom CAI | 12" lift | Power Wire | 9007 Bi-Xenon 6k | 9006 Single Beam 6K | 2nd battery tray (2K CCA total) | Big 3 upgrade w/1ga wire | Altezza clear tails w/LEDs | Clear LED 3rd light | Amber turn deletes | Custom Halos/Angel eyes | 26gal to 35gal fuel tank swap | Viair 380c air compressor | 17" & 21" train horns | Westin Nerfs | Chrome door/tailgate handles | Chrome fuel door | Chrome bug shield | Japanese Cherry overlay kit for interior | Custom double DIN console | Custom switch panel | Pioneer AVIC-Z3 w/60Gb HDD (HU) | Pioneer DEQ-7600 (Digital EQ) | Pioneer GEX-P10HD (HD Radio Tuner) | Xbox 360 | Audiobahn A8000V (1600w sub amp) | Audiobahn 2002V (400w mid/high amp) | 2 12" Kicker DVC CVRs in a FoxBox | 4 Kicker DS650s (front & rears) | 2 Kicker KS350s (dash) | 2 8" LCD screens in the sunvisors | 2 6" LCD screens in the headrest | Clifford 50.7x alarm | 20/15% tint | Diablo Trinity custom & 93 tuned | Mopar 6.1 ignition conversion | Start ignition push button | KRC 210 cam | 6.1 pushrods & springs | 6.1 half covers | 180* T-stat | Taurus e-fan | Pacesetter LTs | no cats | X-pipe | dual DMH cutouts | dual 4" round Magnaflows | dual 4x24" tips | Jimmy Jammers | Ported (85mm) TB | Innovate LC-1 wideband | Sonnax transmission pressure booster | Mopar slush mats | mesh grill |

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Custom center console with B&M shifter

Custom quad bi-xenon (e46 2.5" & e55 3") projectors using D2S bulbs, 4 Gatling gun shrouds, 90mm CCFLs, 5mm amber LEDs, color matched housings.

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Old 05-25-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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Now I originally had the OEM honey comb inserts that later got changed out for the mesh and a long time ago I bought a "tactical grill" from RF. Since I have my own powder coating gun and oven I didnt have him do it for me. But according to the box, its been since November of last year.....so uh, yeah, told you I had a lot of things in boxes. :ugh

Im likely going to make some mall changes to this later. Im going to cut out the center OEM grill vertical bar and take a piece of 16ga stainless and powder coat it the same "chrome" I have the mesh and fuse the two sides together as I do not like how they sit currently. The outer rings for the grill are powder coated gloss black with the mesh PC'ed Kromozone chrome and sealed with gloss clear. I looked at stainless 12pt (ferry cap) bolts to replace the allen button heads but OMG those things are insanely expensive.















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| Debadged | SRT-10 hood| Custom CAI | 12" lift | Power Wire | 9007 Bi-Xenon 6k | 9006 Single Beam 6K | 2nd battery tray (2K CCA total) | Big 3 upgrade w/1ga wire | Altezza clear tails w/LEDs | Clear LED 3rd light | Amber turn deletes | Custom Halos/Angel eyes | 26gal to 35gal fuel tank swap | Viair 380c air compressor | 17" & 21" train horns | Westin Nerfs | Chrome door/tailgate handles | Chrome fuel door | Chrome bug shield | Japanese Cherry overlay kit for interior | Custom double DIN console | Custom switch panel | Pioneer AVIC-Z3 w/60Gb HDD (HU) | Pioneer DEQ-7600 (Digital EQ) | Pioneer GEX-P10HD (HD Radio Tuner) | Xbox 360 | Audiobahn A8000V (1600w sub amp) | Audiobahn 2002V (400w mid/high amp) | 2 12" Kicker DVC CVRs in a FoxBox | 4 Kicker DS650s (front & rears) | 2 Kicker KS350s (dash) | 2 8" LCD screens in the sunvisors | 2 6" LCD screens in the headrest | Clifford 50.7x alarm | 20/15% tint | Diablo Trinity custom & 93 tuned | Mopar 6.1 ignition conversion | Start ignition push button | KRC 210 cam | 6.1 pushrods & springs | 6.1 half covers | 180* T-stat | Taurus e-fan | Pacesetter LTs | no cats | X-pipe | dual DMH cutouts | dual 4" round Magnaflows | dual 4x24" tips | Jimmy Jammers | Ported (85mm) TB | Innovate LC-1 wideband | Sonnax transmission pressure booster | Mopar slush mats | mesh grill |

Next mods
Custom center console with B&M shifter

Custom quad bi-xenon (e46 2.5" & e55 3") projectors using D2S bulbs, 4 Gatling gun shrouds, 90mm CCFLs, 5mm amber LEDs, color matched housings.

Link to my gallery

http://cid-fb87bd8396fbfbf4.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Truck?lc=1033

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Old 05-25-2012, 10:00 PM   #3
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So with my truck being an 04 at 83k, I figured it was time to do some front end maintenance. Not only that but Ive got a lot of my own personal projects that I bought parts on months ago and plenty of those are all still in the box waiting to be installed or finished.

So for the front end, the only bad parts I had were the lower BJs. But again, with age and mileage, I wanted to replace everything. So with that said, that meant lower BJs, UCAs, outer tie rods, sway bar links/bushings, wheel bearing hubs and rebuilding/powder coating the calipers and rotors.

I knew something was wrong with my front brakes because sometimes it would pull to one side or another when I braked. I found out I had a frozen piston in each caliper, thus the need to rebuild them.

Some might ask why I didnt go the infamous Moog route, well everything is greasable minus the UCAs. But with a truck thats an 04 with 83k, it the OEM parts lasted this long, why spend all that extra money for "better" parts when the OEMs last this long? I didnt see the need.

The angle iron you see is 4" and I used it to make future mounts for steering dampeners which I have but am waiting to see if I need them. The powder coating didnt come out nice but the metal is sealed. I had a local machine shop just cut some for me and put the 5/8 holes. The problem is it was really a rusted piece of metal and pitted. I cleaned out all the rust I could and used Ospho to kill the rest but I didnt feel like using metal epoxy to fill in the pits and sand smooth so I just coated them.

Anyway, being I marked my UCAs and tie rods before removing, my alignment afterwards seems just as it was before the change out but I still took it in for an alignment.

The calipers are powder coated "safety yellow" gloss

Enjoy the pics

UCAs - $75/pr
lower BJs - $40/pr
tie rods - $31/pr
wheel bearing hubs - $110/pr
sway bar links - $25/pr
sway bar bushings - $25/set
caliper seals/hardware - $20/all




























































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| Debadged | SRT-10 hood| Custom CAI | 12" lift | Power Wire | 9007 Bi-Xenon 6k | 9006 Single Beam 6K | 2nd battery tray (2K CCA total) | Big 3 upgrade w/1ga wire | Altezza clear tails w/LEDs | Clear LED 3rd light | Amber turn deletes | Custom Halos/Angel eyes | 26gal to 35gal fuel tank swap | Viair 380c air compressor | 17" & 21" train horns | Westin Nerfs | Chrome door/tailgate handles | Chrome fuel door | Chrome bug shield | Japanese Cherry overlay kit for interior | Custom double DIN console | Custom switch panel | Pioneer AVIC-Z3 w/60Gb HDD (HU) | Pioneer DEQ-7600 (Digital EQ) | Pioneer GEX-P10HD (HD Radio Tuner) | Xbox 360 | Audiobahn A8000V (1600w sub amp) | Audiobahn 2002V (400w mid/high amp) | 2 12" Kicker DVC CVRs in a FoxBox | 4 Kicker DS650s (front & rears) | 2 Kicker KS350s (dash) | 2 8" LCD screens in the sunvisors | 2 6" LCD screens in the headrest | Clifford 50.7x alarm | 20/15% tint | Diablo Trinity custom & 93 tuned | Mopar 6.1 ignition conversion | Start ignition push button | KRC 210 cam | 6.1 pushrods & springs | 6.1 half covers | 180* T-stat | Taurus e-fan | Pacesetter LTs | no cats | X-pipe | dual DMH cutouts | dual 4" round Magnaflows | dual 4x24" tips | Jimmy Jammers | Ported (85mm) TB | Innovate LC-1 wideband | Sonnax transmission pressure booster | Mopar slush mats | mesh grill |

Next mods
Custom center console with B&M shifter

Custom quad bi-xenon (e46 2.5" & e55 3") projectors using D2S bulbs, 4 Gatling gun shrouds, 90mm CCFLs, 5mm amber LEDs, color matched housings.

Link to my gallery

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Old 05-26-2012, 03:27 AM   #4
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You've been busy! Great job and thanks for the detailed pics

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Old 05-26-2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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Did you win the lottery

Nice pics good job your did there !!
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Did you win the lottery

Nice pics good job your did there !!
no CHit....i just picked up upper & lower balls, tie rods, backing plates, rotors, SS brake lines, shocks, new rotors, and WOW but with wanting another 100k miles out of her, it's
money well spent...


nice pics BTW, wondered why you re-built instead of replace, but the powercoat was worth it
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:58 AM   #7
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My truck needs front suspension work too.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:07 AM   #8
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Did you win the lottery

Nice pics good job your did there !!
no CHit....i just picked up upper & lower balls, tie rods, backing plates, rotors, SS brake lines, shocks, new rotors, and WOW but with wanting another 100k miles out of her, it's
money well spent...


nice pics BTW, wondered why you re-built instead of replace, but the powercoat was worth it
New calipers were 40 each plus a 20 core charge on each. It cost me 10 per caliper for new square cut seals, dust boots, slider pins/bolts and grommets
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| Debadged | SRT-10 hood| Custom CAI | 12" lift | Power Wire | 9007 Bi-Xenon 6k | 9006 Single Beam 6K | 2nd battery tray (2K CCA total) | Big 3 upgrade w/1ga wire | Altezza clear tails w/LEDs | Clear LED 3rd light | Amber turn deletes | Custom Halos/Angel eyes | 26gal to 35gal fuel tank swap | Viair 380c air compressor | 17" & 21" train horns | Westin Nerfs | Chrome door/tailgate handles | Chrome fuel door | Chrome bug shield | Japanese Cherry overlay kit for interior | Custom double DIN console | Custom switch panel | Pioneer AVIC-Z3 w/60Gb HDD (HU) | Pioneer DEQ-7600 (Digital EQ) | Pioneer GEX-P10HD (HD Radio Tuner) | Xbox 360 | Audiobahn A8000V (1600w sub amp) | Audiobahn 2002V (400w mid/high amp) | 2 12" Kicker DVC CVRs in a FoxBox | 4 Kicker DS650s (front & rears) | 2 Kicker KS350s (dash) | 2 8" LCD screens in the sunvisors | 2 6" LCD screens in the headrest | Clifford 50.7x alarm | 20/15% tint | Diablo Trinity custom & 93 tuned | Mopar 6.1 ignition conversion | Start ignition push button | KRC 210 cam | 6.1 pushrods & springs | 6.1 half covers | 180* T-stat | Taurus e-fan | Pacesetter LTs | no cats | X-pipe | dual DMH cutouts | dual 4" round Magnaflows | dual 4x24" tips | Jimmy Jammers | Ported (85mm) TB | Innovate LC-1 wideband | Sonnax transmission pressure booster | Mopar slush mats | mesh grill |

Next mods
Custom center console with B&M shifter

Custom quad bi-xenon (e46 2.5" & e55 3") projectors using D2S bulbs, 4 Gatling gun shrouds, 90mm CCFLs, 5mm amber LEDs, color matched housings.

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