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Old 11-03-2013, 01:01 PM
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So I just bought a 2001 Ram 1500 Laramine. It's definitely a fixer upper and I'm gonna need help. The "fix" list is:
One side of the speakers don't work
It needs a completely new dash
The glove box needs to be replaced
The windows usually work
It has a 10" lift and the steering is loose
Mechanically, she's solid. So what I'm asking is how do I fix all of this cheaply and correctly.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:07 PM
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So I just bought a 2001 Ram 1500 Laramine. It's definitely a fixer upper and I'm gonna need help. The "fix" list is:
One side of the speakers don't work
It needs a completely new dash
The glove box needs to be replaced
The windows usually work
It has a 10" lift and the steering is loose
Mechanically, she's solid. So what I'm asking is how do I fix all of this cheaply and correctly.

Junkyard will cover the top 3 if you want cheap (assuming bad speaker). Does it have an aftermarket headunit?
You will have to describe how the windows are (or arnt functioning).
Loose steering with 10" lift. Not a surprise. Look at front end components. (ball joints, track bar, tierod ends, sway bar (does it still have it). Look up a steering brace. Adjust your steering box if absolutely necessary.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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replacing the whole dash is alot of work, you can buy a dash cover though. they make a carpet one and also a new plastic one you can silicone on top of the old. the speakers could just be a broken wire, same thing with the windows, could just be a short. as far as the loose steering, how much are you talkin? you can try to tighten up the steering box some to take some of the play out, but you may wanna look up RockSolidRamSteering. it basically replaces a bushing in the steering shaft to get rid of the play.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:45 PM
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What size of tires are on this truck? What's the wheel offset/backspace? Post up some pix of the steering set-up/linkage, 10" lift if it's still stock stuff you will be spending some cash to get one that suits your lift. Don't start adjusting anything until you go over the whole front end checking it for slop.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:31 PM
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All of the speakers are sony xplode and the head unit is sony as well. The truck has Skyjacker stabilizer bars and pro comp coilovers. It tracks straight but the wheel isn't aligned. There is a lot of play left and right however. The tires are 33's(yes they're too small)
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Old 11-03-2013, 04:14 PM
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have a friend rock the steering wheel gently while you watch and see what's moving, that shouldn't be. (engine off, rock just till he feels resistance.)
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I'm talking maybe 20 degrees if not more of play. It's almost dangerous lol
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like i said rock solid ram steering fix
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I'm talking maybe 20 degrees if not more of play. It's almost dangerous lol
As Merc said, check for play in all tie rod ends, even the one on the pitman arm. Even inspect the steering shaft between firewall and steering gear box. Diagnose the stuff before buy stuff is a great way to put coin where it will benefit.
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What are the biggest weak points on these trucks?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:49 AM
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The entire front end, especially the steering box and whole column, and the y-style tie rod setup
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What are the biggest weak points on these trucks?
1) Plenum gasket failure

2) Premature transmission failure (sometimes due to check valve clogging) - there are things that can be done to prolong trans life like a cooler, check valve delete, deeper trans pan, regular fluid changes/band adjustments

3) Body rot especially on bottoms of doors, rockers, wheel wells

4) Front end parts wearing out fast - although this depends heavily on driving style/terrain, tire size, and quality of replacement parts.
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[QUOTE=CSDavies26;3095497]3) Body rot especially on bottoms of doors, rockers, wheel wells QUOTE]

Body rot depends on where you're located in the country. Some areas are horrible while others are very minimal. At least our trucks didn't come with the "rust package" from the factory like chevy's did
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Transmission.
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I'm unsure if the tranny's been replaced before. She's got 126K and shifts well. Where's the most likely place to have a vacuum leak?
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I'm unsure if the tranny's been replaced before. She's got 126K and shifts well. Where's the most likely place to have a vacuum leak?
Plenum plate on bottom of intake manifold.
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Alrighty. Now about the dash. Cover or total replacement. It's very bad and I'm getting the new bezel as well
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Plenum plate on bottom of intake manifold.
Or any of the many feet of vacuum lines running all over the damn thing....
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Or any of the many feet of vacuum lines running all over the damn thing....
not as bad as late 70's early 80's cars, where the engine was hidden under a snakes nest of vacuum lines.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:17 PM
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I did my dash this summer, and I am happy I did.

Here's the the thing. Once you pop the bezel off, take out the glove box, reomove the air bag, and lossen all the face screws and visible ones, you will have screws reversed under the dash that are a pain in the *** to reach.

To save time I broke my dash to pieces, wich wasn't hard because the damn thing was so brittle. I removed the backwards mounting screws and when I sliped on the new dash I did not replace the scew. It was secure enough with the molded pins under the dash that slip into holes near where the screws mount it.

I love my new dash, Now I just need a replacment bezel.

I feel If you replace it you're addeing a little value to the interior of you vehical. Unfortunatly a new dash from Mopar is around $200-$250ish
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