Hi guys..

poriggity

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Hi guys! Just thought I'd introduce myself...
Thanks to my good buddy Dave (www.theadventureduo.com), I have gotten the expedition vehicle fever. I was a rockcrawling guy, with a jeep on 35's. I sold it, but have a 2004 Dodge Ram CTD quad cab long bed 4x4. I am seriously considering working on adding some goodies to turn it into an expedition ready vehicle. I don't want to do TOO tight of trails, since its a LONG vehicle, but I would love to do some overland exploring. Any ideas on what are some good starting mods I can do for fairly cheap? Its already got a Kilby Enterprises engine driven compressor on it (just needs plumbed). Here are some pictures of how it currently stands. Its got 315/70/17 Firestone Destination AT's on it now though. Any advice is appreciated, and I already know I am going to enjoy it here.

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Scott
 

woody

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things to consider:

1: protection is priority, particularly the 57 feet of rocker panel...some serious sliders would be first on my list...you'll never regret that...then think of front and rear bumpers
2: self-sustaining: fuel, water, communication (HAM), etc.
3: self-recovery: winch, mattrax, etc

A low profile bed rack that allows a roof-top tent to be mounted and end up at cab height would be perfect...and a LONG drawer for the gear you keep in the bed...or even a raise-able rack that you can lift to raise the tent for gear access, but lower for road use and less wind resistance...

gota love a clean slate...but that's a LOTTA truck to build off...
 

poriggity

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I'm with ya Woody.. First thing I'd do is rockers... I love the truck, but I don't know that it's the BEST platform to build an expo rig out of.. I am on the hunt for an FJ80, but $$ is my limiting factor right now. protection is first on the list... Just gotta find a reputable fabricator near by to make a decent set of sliders.
Scott
 
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