By Patrick Rall
Congratulations to both HammerZ71 and AF HEMI for
winning the truck and car of the month for June 2009!!
AF HEMI’s Information:
I bought this 2003 Ram 1500 QCSB Hemi 4×4 at the end of January 2009 and immediately got attacked by the modding bug. I bought it from the original owner who obviously babied it because it is completely flawless inside and out with less than 25k miles. It has a 6″ Fabtech lift with Fox Racing Nitrogen 2.0 shocks on all 4′s. The wheels are 17″ Chrome Weld Racing wrapped in 35×12.5×17 Procomp X-terrain rubber. I’m using Westin’s Black Step Tubes to assist the climb into the cockpit. For performance upgrades I bought it with the typical K&N Cold Air Intake and Magnaflow SI/DO catback exhaust. I was left wanting more power so I looked to Pacesetter for a set of Longtube Headers with 2300 ceramic coating inside and out as well as the Pacesetter off-road y-pipe with 1300 degree coating. A set of Motive 4.56 Gears help get it goin off the line quicker along with an Auburn LSD. The computer is controlled with a Superchips Flashpaq 3815 on 91 Tune. An electric fan with a variable temp controller replaced the stock clutch fan to help keep the engine cool and freed up some ponies as well as some mpgs. A 180 t-stat runs the engine significantly cooler and helps richen up the leaned out A/F ratio from the intake/exhaust/programmer. A set of Hella 500 running lights sittin behind the billet grille help light up the road on dark nights. Towing is done with a Class IV hitch, 7-pin harness (upgraded from factory 4-pin) and a Prodigy P3 Brake Controller. The bed is protected with a Line-X coating and covered with an Access Lorado tonneu. For tunes, It’s a 3000w Infinity system controlled with a 7″ flip out touch screen with more features than I care to list and you care to read. Immediate future upgrades: Black headlights with HIDs and Angel Eyes, Blacked out taillights/3rd brake light, and Trans Temp gauge. I’m very blessed to own this truck and I appreciate all your support for TOTM. God Bless
My daily driver, to lessen the accumulated miles on my ’04 Hemi 4×4,I bought the ’02 Grand Cherokee Overland in the spring of ’07.
The vehicle has gone largely un-modded to date, as the Overland package sports a host of upgrades over all other Grand Cherokee models. The only real mods I’ve added are a drop-in K&N air filter, window vent shades and an Alpine stereo system capable of reading MP3 files along with four Pioneer speakers.
Chief among these upgrades is the 4.7 HO engine, which boasts about 35 more HP and 40 more ft/lbs of torque than the standard 4.7 engine.
Leather interior, real wood accents, adjustable pedals, seat memory, auto lights and wipers, tire pressure monitor, rock rails and an Up-Country suspension round out some of the standard features found in the Overland package.
As far as future mods, I do have a set of 2″ coil spacers in my possession which will be going on soon, along with new shocks and a larger set of tires, probably in the 265/70/17 range.