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Old 10-19-2013, 02:03 AM   #1
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Capability of the Ramcharger?

Just seeing what you guys think. This is probably bad to ask on an all jeep forum lol. But Got an 89' ramcharger 6" skyjacker lift, 35" old style (non Kevlar) Goodyear wranglers. Dana 44 front dodge 9 1/4 rear geared to 4.56. Detroit lockers front and rear. Once I got some experience, would I be able to keep up with all the jeep guys (you guys)? Or is the jeep just that much better lol.

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Old 10-19-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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Nice find! I'm sure you will be able to run many trails just fine! Sounds like a nice setup. Only thing I would worry about is denting up the body! Congrats on the buy!

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You should be able to run most of the moderate trails, and some of the more technical ones, but I would be worried about the overall size of the thing. I wheeled my friend's 80-something GMC on 37's a few times, and it did pretty well. The problem was that any tight, twisty trails pose a lot more difficulty - even if you don't care about body damage. I couldn't imagine taking it up a one-lane, high altitude pass, there are usually lots of switchbacks and you'd need to make several-point turns more often.

I'm a fan of the late 70's and 80's trucks, and they can be made to be pretty cool, but I wouldn't choose one over my Jeep as a trail rig...
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Nice find! I'm sure you will be able to run many trails just fine! Sounds like a nice setup. Only thing I would worry about is denting up the body! Congrats on the buy!
Yeah I've been wondering about that too. We are gonna repaint and clear the truck and hang new fender take all the little dents out it's gotten over the years and make it nice. And I want at least some armor but no one makes bumpers or rock guards for a first gen truck! Maybe I can talk a redneck buddy into helping me haha. Thanks! We STOLE the dang thing. The guy we bought it from had $5500 worth of receipts from 4 wheel parts in parts and labor. (Even got a sticker!). We only paid $1200 due to the body damage. But all the parts were included down to the last piece of trim and just need installed.
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #5
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You should be able to run most of the moderate trails, and some of the more technical ones, but I would be worried about the overall size of the thing. I wheeled my friend's 80-something GMC on 37's a few times, and it did pretty well. The problem was that any tight, twisty trails pose a lot more difficulty - even if you don't care about body damage. I couldn't imagine taking it up a one-lane, high altitude pass, there are usually lots of switchbacks and you'd need to make several-point turns more often. I'm a fan of the late 70's and 80's trucks, and they can be made to be pretty cool, but I wouldn't choose one over my Jeep as a trail rig...
You're right the truck is freaking big. Lol and yeah the thing has the turning radius of a train. Haha. I love that body style. And this will actually be my first car. Haha. Only thing I hate. 8mpg is being optimistic $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Great trail capabilities, and as others have said, beside the size being a limiting factor on your rig the weight will cause you some issues. If you go for any other vehicle recovery equipment be sure to take that into consideration. I would get a winch in the 11 or 12 K range The lighter Jeeps could have some issues when getting you over, out of or off of a trail obstacle if you get stuck or hung up on something. I still really like those older K5 Blazers, Ford Broncos and Ramchargers they did well off road and were fun to build..
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Just noticed you are in southern Co. Your rig is so easy to build off of that a good fabricator could build you bumpers and rails pretty easy. I know of several in the Denver and Springs area that advertise on C-list. If you plan to hit many off road trails you will undo the nice pretty easy, our mountains are unforgiving on paint , body and mechanicals no matter how careful you try to be. I have family in Pueblo so I will keep an eye out for your rig on the road when I visit there. Looks great nice find there.
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Just noticed you are in southern Co. Your rig is so easy to build off of that a good fabricator could build you bumpers and rails pretty easy. I know of several in the Denver and Springs area that advertise on C-list. If you plan to hit many off road trails you will undo the nice pretty easy, our mountains are unforgiving on paint , body and mechanicals no matter how careful you try to be. I have family in Pueblo so I will keep an eye out for your rig on the road when I visit there. Looks great nice find there.
I decided to work on it today and I found out that I can tuck a winch and winch plate between the frame. So I could hide the winch down behind the stock bumper. I love that stock look with the winch capability. But then again I kinda want the armor. And yeah! Haha. It'll be rolling around Pueblo hopefully you see me! It's kinda hard to miss lol. It's taller than most everything on the road!
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Old 10-21-2013, 12:14 AM   #9
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Tore rig down today. Replacing head gaskets with gaskets .0120 thinner, and shaving heads .050, 3 angle valve job, new camshaft 278/288 duration .421/.444 lift, EGR delete, getting rid of the Secondary air injection or SMOG pump, new belts, plugs and wires, headers and custom exhaust. Just a refresher and hopefully wake the 318 up! Should be a beast after.
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Damn you are getting after it. Just don't run over one of us jeepers when that new horsepower kicks in and you scoot down the trail. lol !! I drive our Gecko JKU when we are there so I will spot the beast if you are out and about. Have fun wrenching !!
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Old 10-22-2013, 11:24 AM   #11
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Damn you are getting after it. Just don't run over one of us jeepers when that new horsepower kicks in and you scoot down the trail. lol !! I drive our Gecko JKU when we are there so I will spot the beast if you are out and about. Have fun wrenching !!
Lol I'm gonna end up following you guys anyways until I get some trail time! And I'll keep an eye out for one! Wrenching away and $$ . Haha.
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Once you beat up the body, swap the drivetrain over to a wrangler tub it looks like you have the mechanical ability!
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Old 10-22-2013, 07:32 PM   #13
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Ahhh... I don't want to beat It up! that's what my dads yj is for! Honestly I probably won't take the ramcharger on anything harder than intermediate just for the fact I love that thing. Haha. But mudding... That's a different story!!! How many of you guys mud?
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #14
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She's all put back together!
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To be honest I'm pretty proud of this. I decided I would mud more than do serious crawling with this truck so no need for a serious bumper or rock sliders. So I decided to go with a stock clean look. But with a winch capability if I ever need it. So a few bolts a little winch tray modification and a couple welds and bam. I got a stock bumper with a winch. If you didn't know what it was for you'd never know. Which Is what I like.
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Does your front have lock out hubs ? How does this thing work in the street with Detroits front and rear ? I have a friend that used to own a 4wd shop but , now is a manager @ 4wheel parts . He has a Ramcharger that is very well built . He has done the Baja 1000 in it . Awsome truck .
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Nice bumper Vince.
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Does your front have lock out hubs ? How does this thing work in the street with Detroits front and rear ? I have a friend that used to own a 4wd shop but , now is a manager @ 4wheel parts . He has a Ramcharger that is very well built . He has done the Baja 1000 in it . Awsome truck .
Yes I do have warn lockout hubs. I haven't really gotten a chance to drive it since I have been working so much on the truck. Should be done soon..... Delayed by the custom things. I will let you know Haha. But wow sounds awesome. Any pictures?
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I don't have any pics. but to my surprise it was featured in an off road mag. not that long ago . I don't think you will have any problems with the Detroit in front as long as your hubs are unlocked . I love lock outs , they keep all the parts in the axle in better shape on the street because the parts are not spinning all the time like the newer vehicles with solid axles .It now costs about 2 grand to convert the new axles to manual lock outs , at least by Dynatrac . Be careful when going around corners and giving it gas , the rear end may lock up causing you to spin out with the Detroit in the rear . I love the older full size trucks , they were just tough . Heavy duty everything . I just put one ton everything under my old wagon !
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I don't have any pics. but to my surprise it was featured in an off road mag. not that long ago . I don't think you will have any problems with the Detroit in front as long as your hubs are unlocked . I love lock outs , they keep all the parts in the axle in better shape on the street because the parts are not spinning all the time like the newer vehicles with solid axles .It now costs about 2 grand to convert the new axles to manual lock outs , at least by Dynatrac . Be careful when going around corners and giving it gas , the rear end may lock up causing you to spin out with the Detroit in the rear . I love the older full size trucks , they were just tough . Heavy duty everything . I just put one ton everything under my old wagon !
Man maybe you could find the magazine or something! But yeah I agree. The guy I bought it from built it right. And I should be fine with just carful driving. And they're my favorite! They're tough and rough and just so sick looking. And in my particular case. Loud. Something I enjoy very much lol. Wow. That thing is awesome!!! Love the old wagons! One of my buddies buddies has one of those with a cummins that I got to watch at the mud bogs. It was awesome and so cool looking too!
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I'll look for the mag. but , I take 4 mags. a month ! I also have been taking them for years so , it will be hard to find . My old wagon is also loud as it has a brand new 383 stroker putting out 550 h/p ! It had side exhaust with cut outs but it was so loud it made women and small children run for their lives !I just installed new shorty headers , flow masters and pipes that dump out the back .It also has a 4 link front suspension , d 60 front axle and a corp. 14 bolt rear . King shocks ,PSC hydro assist steering and hydro brakes . Discs front and back , 4 speed auto , Dana 300 transfere case with 4 to 1 gears , Autometer gauges , buckets and so much more . With all that , It still costs less then my JKUR , never needs smog , registration and insurance is dirt cheap !
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I'll look for the mag. but , I take 4 mags. a month ! I also have been taking them for years so , it will be hard to find . My old wagon is also loud as it has a brand new 383 stroker putting out 550 h/p ! It had side exhaust with cut outs but it was so loud it made women and small children run for their lives !I just installed new shorty headers , flow masters and pipes that dump out the back .It also has a 4 link front suspension , d 60 front axle and a corp. 14 bolt rear . King shocks ,PSC hydro assist steering and hydro brakes . Discs front and back , 4 speed auto , Dana 300 transfere case with 4 to 1 gears , Autometer gauges , buckets and so much more . With all that , It still costs less then my JKUR , never needs smog , registration and insurance is dirt cheap !
Haha wow. I wish I could lay that much power down. That's quite the machine! That's the beauty in something like that. It's capable. Rare. Looks badass sounds badass. Ha gotta love it!

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