View Full Version : Da puddy cat is in its basket!!!!

10-25-2002, 04:57 PM
Puddy cat is home, purring, rubbing my legs, arching its back and wanting attention. :P<br><br>Love it. Just flat love it. Wondered how different the HO would be than the auto I drove. Touch the pedal and hang on - - the torque is great even with no load. Can't wait to put 16000 pounds behind her. Quiet, smooth, the steering is so quick and sure, and the ride, even on the one ton dually, is excellent. <br><br>I see what the guys are saying about wind down between gears. Since I did not have a diesel straight before I don't know how to compare it. But, I found myself just slowing down a bit between shifts. The shifter is a little stiff but quite sure in hitting the right gear. Clutch and brakes feel very tight - - no slack. <br><br>I was very happy with the feel of the seats. This is the Laramie package with full power and leather. I was disappointed with look of the seats - - they don't have the full luxurious look of Chevy, but they sit better. Guess I would rather have a good feel - - my butt doesn't really care what they look like. I cannot drive the truck with the seat all the way back and I am 6'4&quot;. I could still ride in the back behind my seat if I needed to. The sound system is great.<br><br>Spent about 30 minutes with the diesel/Viper mechanic. He pointed out the tranny is synthetic from the factory. He recommend going to synthetic on rear end at first oil change. He has bombed his father's 2000 with all kinds of goodies. <br><br>All in all, I am tickled. Can't wait to get some goodies in for it like the Jake brake and some body color running boards, etc, etc, etc. I like it, guys. <br><br>Sorry, I gotta go - - something is meowing. ;D ;D<br><br>RidinHighBob

10-25-2002, 05:34 PM
;D That's outstanding, Bob. ;D<br><br>Just to rub it in, you should be mentioning you had to run the air conditioner too, eh? We're smack into Fall here - shutting things down and putting away the yard toys.<br><br>Enjoy your truck.<br><br>Best to y'all<br>Bill :)

The Boss Hog
10-25-2002, 05:48 PM
Bob, I am sincerly happy for you :) I think its great that we can still get excited like kids at Christmas. I, at age 55, doubted that I would ever get really excided about a new toy again but I sure am about the Dodge. It is great to be alive and its great to live in America!! <br>Post some pictures as soon as you can.<br><br>Enjoy, The Boss Hog<br>

10-26-2002, 08:43 AM
Wait till you gotta change the litter box [yuk]<br><br>Actually, it is refreshing to see someone this thrilled to get his new baby, as it makes me feel more normal [eyecrazy]<br><br>And if I need to convince my wife that I may be nuts but at least I am in good company I can just show her your posts [laugh] [laugh] [laugh]<br><br>Congrats, and make sure to keep her clean, you know how kitty kats are ;D

10-26-2002, 04:59 PM
Sorry for the delay in answering, you guys. Hopefully you know how it is with a new puddy cat. Had to sit up with it all night, scratch its gear shift, play with it mirrors, rub its seats, listen to it purr. Wow, I'm having fun.<br><br>Had her out some, today. Mostly reading that manual and trying to find everything. Love those moving pedal thingys. Wifey thinks that will entice her to brush up on her clutch skills (the truck, guys, the truck [laugh] ). I must say I am more satisfied with every mile driven. It can be so tame and does not feel like a big truck. Very sophisticated. I am wondering how much influence Mersoodles has had in this. Just hang on if you push the gas down a little too hard in the lower gears - it winds up in a hurry once that turbo starts to wind. Can't wait to hit the road with her tomorrow. Mileage is looking good on the computer for puttsing around. Really neat to watch the heads turn on other pickups when they see the new front end, then see the duallies, then see the big &quot;C&quot; on the front fender. One Ford guy came up, passed me, rolled his window down (yeh, AC is definitely on down here), shut his off and let me pass him so he could hear it. Caught up with me at next light just wanting to hear it run - - or, not hear it run, whatever.<br><br>Hunter, big guy, you should have it by now. Hope you have as much fun as I am having. Catch up with you guys next week. <br><br>BigKidBob

10-26-2002, 09:50 PM
This is a ps to above post. Forgot to mention it before. I was surprised when I saw my truck. I ordered the Laredo. The ring around the grille is body color, not chrome on the Laredo. Had to get used to it I guess because I was not expecting it. It has grown on me. I would think some who felt the grille had grown a little too big would like the effect this has - - pretty cool. It is sort of in-between standard and the sport. <br><br>Just was out in it again for a spin and supper. Like it better than three hours ago. [laugh] You know what??? I think I am going to like this stupid truck. :P<br><br>TickledBob

The Boss Hog
10-27-2002, 10:24 AM
Bob, <br> Great to hear that it has lived up to your expectations ;D It makes me want mine all the more. Could you please do me a favor? I just got my VIN and I'm a little concerned about it. What is your 8th digit? Mine is a &quot;C&quot; and &quot;Smoke&quot; is suppose to be an HO. Not sure if the &quot;C&quot; means a standard or HO cummins. Thanks, and enjoy ;)<br><br>The Boss Hog<br>

10-27-2002, 11:09 AM
Boss<br><br>Here is the first part of my serial number<br><br>3D3LU38C63G<br><br>Hope this helps<br><br>Hunter

10-27-2002, 01:25 PM
Alright FiverBob where are the pics? Ya know we wanna share in your joy but it's hard to get excited when I can't atleast see it. ;)<br><br>I know your out playing and having fun. Congratulations!!!!!!!<br><br><br>Thumper

The Boss Hog
10-27-2002, 01:26 PM
Hunter,<br> Thanks, Once less thing to worry about these next few weeks ;D Looks like the &quot;C&quot; means the HO version.<br> Where's the pictures?<br><br>The boss Hog<br>

10-27-2002, 08:53 PM
bobs got it right on.Im 29 and just purchased my 1st dodge. 03'1 ton dually cummins laramie,just the cats MEOW-while were talking cats! This is a bad truck-love the looks-love the sound,power,comfort and plain fun to tool around in!!! Tonz-o-toys!Every one impressed with how it all turned out. It gets a 3&quot; suspention lift tommorrow then 35&quot; bf good's end of week. If I can figure out how to post pics you can bet I will!!!! Not to impressed with audio sys. To flat when cranked,i'll have to modify it to!!!!All you guys wait'n for your truck you will have a blast!! I pulled 13000 lbs up the canyon last week and while pulling out of a neighborhood I had forgotton I had 13000 behind me till i looked in the mirror!!!

10-28-2002, 08:33 PM
Put a couple miles on the puddy yesterday. Ran about 300, mostly interstate. Have a total of 360 on her now. Reset the computer before hitting interstate - - varied speed between 60 and 70. Mileage was at 18.1 when I pulled into the hotel lot. Not bad for brand new. Loved it on the highway - - this thing tracks so straight. You sure better make sure you are not close to a car if you hit the gas - - it jumps 10 mph before you can get your foot off the pedal. Scarry.

Fun watching the &quot;other&quot; duallies pull up beside, look it over, pull forward look it over, drift behind look it over, then come back up near the hood, lower their windows and lean out to listen to it. Then, they signal OK and go on. It sure is quiet on the road - - can listen to the stereo real well.

Globalremarketing - - glad to hear of the report on the towing. Can't wait until I get home, spray the bed, get the hitch in (if someone ever learns how to do this little task) and hook up. Should be fun.

So far its a definite thumbs up for me.


ps: pics will follow when my son gets my digital camera back to me.

pps: eight letter in my VIN is L. Must not be the HO option there.

10-28-2002, 09:53 PM
Boss and Fiver<br><br>&quot;L&quot; for Laramie?<br><br>Need to get ahold of one of the code books we used to use in the business, will tell you all you need to know about each and every VIN#, used to know that stuff, well, you know, glad it is the mind that goes first! [laugh] [laugh]<br><br>Hunter

10-28-2002, 09:56 PM
Oh, BTW<br><br>Hope there was no big Mexi celebration on Oct. the 6th. My frame probably was the first one built on second shift on Oct. the 7th. 507PM! Sheesh even!<br><br>Hope it does not have one of those &quot;Jose Cuervo&quot; moments like the song!<br><br>Hunter

10-28-2002, 11:49 PM
Anyone get their's with a big burrito in the exhaust pipe. I can just see some hombre puttin his burrito in that 4 inch pipe to heat up the chilis, then taking the baby for a quality control test drive just before siesta time. [laugh] [laugh] [laugh]

FiverBob, you sure are spending a lot of time writing. Put some more miles on her, she's lonesome when you are peckin at the keyboard.

Hitch installation should not be a problem since DC has given their ok to drill and weld. Examine the frame, you will see welds all over the place. A good certified welder who installs hitches will do a clean job for you. 8)

Hunter, Eighth place in VIN is the Engine, ninth place is a number or letter called check digit.

10-29-2002, 07:23 PM
Sierra Phil,<br><br>How did they install your hitch - - did they drill or weld? I can't remember what hitch you said you had? <br><br>Getting anxious to get all this stuff done and put that fiver on the back and hear it purrrrrrrrrrr. 8)<br><br>Bob

10-30-2002, 05:59 AM
Sierra, Did you get this info from DC in writing - ::)Textabout the drilling and welding?<br><br>Thanks,Bill

10-30-2002, 11:49 AM
Fiver &amp; MrBilly, my brackets are welded. I have the Reese 16k hitch mounted using their standard mounting brackets which came with the bedrails. Here is a portion of an e-mail I sent in reply to your question:

&quot;Daimler-Chrysler prefers that you don't weld or drill frame, that has been there position since at least 1990. At the time I needed mine mounted, none of the hitch manufacturers had their new mountinag systems tested and in production. D-C customer assistance informed me and others there was no drilling or welding problem with respect to the warranty. I talked to a certifed welder/hitch installer used by the D-C dealer in our area . He stated that he would prefer to weld the brackets to the frame.

The standard brackets were used. The two longest brackets used to support the front bed rail must be installed outside the frame with the top leg of the bracket turned inward above the the frame. (The width between frame members is greater than the 94-2002 models.) The two shortest L-brackets are used for the rear bed rail. These two L-brackets must be installed inside the frame with the top leg turned away from the frame inward. Because of under bed reinforcing it may be necessary to drill an extra 1/2&quot; hole through the center each end on one bed-rail for 2nd bolt. If this new hole is necessary I suggest use of a grade 8 bolt of appropriate length. Use the number of washers need as spacers to support the bed rail above the bed before tightening.

Both Reese (Draw-Tite is Reese) and Valley Industries should have their mounting systems for the 03 HDs available now.&quot;

There have been several posts on the subject from persons asking DC if drilling or welding is prohibited. All have received the same answer, &quot;welding or drilling the frame is not prohibited&quot;. Check your 2003 Ram Truck warranty booklet, pages 12-17, What's Not Covered. There is no prohibition of welding or drilling the frame mentioned. Therefore, it cannot void warranty if accepted practices in welding are followed. (Reese states in their Instructions, &quot;Optional weld pattern. Weld must not go into radius of frame. Welds must be made by certified welder. See Reese Instructions below:

;D 8)

10-31-2002, 12:49 PM
Sierra Phil.<br><br>Great post. Thanks. I will be at installer next Thursday when I get back home. In the meantime, just drivin' and smilin'.<br><br>Smilin'Bob

10-31-2002, 02:59 PM
Glad I can help out FiverBob. When you have a good hitch which you like it would be a shame to need to buy a new hitch just because of a slight change in design of the truck frame. When you buy one you understand it has a universal mount to fit all trucks. <br><br>In the 1960s into the seventies the installer had to design the proper mount and this was by welding. they fabricated the necessary supports out of angle iron and welded it do the frames. Unibody construction gave them some problems, however good welders figured out a solution quickly. I believe a good certified welder sometimes knows more about fabrication than a graduate engineer. ???

10-31-2002, 04:07 PM
Can't see the Pic.


10-31-2002, 08:28 PM
Can you see the Reese Instructions for Ram? If you can see the instructions with graphic, you see the pic. Scanner copy in a graphic format. *.jpg format is the preferred format for internet use as it is a condensed format. :o