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#51 ramblinChet

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Posted 12 April 2021 - 12:24 AM

Torklift frame-mounted rear tie downs D3112 mounted today. Install took about an hour and used basic hand tools to include calibrated 30-250 lb-ft torque wrench. Instructions called for three main outboard bolts to be torqued to 200 lb-ft with the single inboard bolt torqued to 75 lb-ft. The rear mount is effectively an extension of the existing frame and is solid beyond question.

 

Picture under driver's side rear quarter showing part of frame and OEM receiver hitch per-install:

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Same area post install with part number D3112 installed:

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Lowest part of rear tie down is 2" below bottom of rear bumper. Outermost section extends 4.25" from widest part of truck.

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Posted 22 April 2021 - 05:42 AM

Torklift frame-mounted front tie downs D2140 mounted yesterday evening. Install took about two hours and used basic hand tools to include calibrated 20-100 & 30-250 lb-ft torque wrenches. Instructions called for three main bolts to be torqued to 75 lb-ft with the two upper OEM bolts torqued to 25 lb-ft. The front mount is effectively an extension of the existing frame and is solid beyond question.

This is the driver's side which required the brake lines to be disconnected and pulled back. Once the mount was in place brake lines were pushed back through and reconnected:

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This mount results in the loss of a small amount of ground clearance although there are other factory brackets and plates that hang at the same level:

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Tie down extends approximately 4" from the truck and it's lowest point is 2" below the lower body line:

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 01:34 AM

Today I was able to install the OEM rear inner fender liners along with the Mopar off-road fender flares.

 

Truck with new Mopar off-road fender flares:

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Close up of front:

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Close up of rear:

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Close up of inner fender liner:

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Oblique shot of front:

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Oblique shot of rear:

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Detail shot of front rear section:

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Detail shot of rear rear section:

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Posted 03 May 2021 - 06:39 PM

Nice work, Chet!

 

Thanks for detailing your build.


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Posted 04 May 2021 - 03:38 PM

Thank you Andy!

 

It looks like LED headlights and foglights with a custom wiring harness are next up on the list for installation. On board air should be ordered this week and I am pretty close to firming up the final list of components required to install a winch. I enjoy taking pictures and sharing them so fellow adventurers can see exactly what components look like installed.


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Posted 05 May 2021 - 01:03 AM

OK, I do recall someone in another post stating that adjusting the fog lights in place was very difficult since there was not much room to fit the tool in there. I took a look at the bracket while I was testing the fit of the fog lights and decided to drill a hole that would permit easier access. Of course, it began to rain just as I was preparing to bolt the fog lights in but we will see tomorrow if this tiny modification is beneficial or not.

OEM fog lamp bracket with 10 mm hole drilled

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Tool passing through hole and inserted into socket head cap screw for fog light adjustment

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DD fog light mounted in OEM bracket

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Posted 06 May 2021 - 04:53 AM

Today I installed the Diode Dynamics fog lights using all of the OEM hardware. They will become active when I install the LED projector lights along with the custom wiring harness that will feed the headlights and fogs.

 

Overall shot for reference

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Close up

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Interior shot looking up at drivers side fog and bracket

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 10:53 PM

Today I ordered MOPAR trailer wiring harness and mud flaps. Since much of my time involves driving on dirt and gravel roads I consider good mud flaps a necessity for a multitude of reasons.

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My goal is to install the fifth wheel / gooseneck harness into this existing square that is already in my bed and connect it to the power and ground for the running lights on my camper. Here is a picture of the existing square:

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