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    Never seen one of those , looks like a great upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by uriedog View Post
    Installed a steering box stabilizer in the Dodge 2500

    Steering feels much tighter now. Dodge's solid axle front ends are known for their sloppy wander (even the newer trucks). A very easy install, especially on the hoist. Might be a little harder to do on the driveway. The brace is very heavy all 1/4" thick material.
    Basically it ties the frame ends together, and supports the bottom of the steering shaft so it cannot flex around.


    Do tell more...

    Got an '04 that wanders around. Fixed a worn inner tie rod end and it still wanders about. Just not as bad...

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    Quote Originally Posted by westcoaster View Post
    Do tell more...

    Got an '04 that wanders around. Fixed a worn inner tie rod end and it still wanders about. Just not as bad...
    I would check the track bar. The rubber bushings wear out pretty quick. And The ball joint on the frame side is the worst design ever( i think 04 is a little different then 02). The track bars are cheap from Rockauto, and very easy to replace. Or you can get a kit that will upgrade the truck to the new design with bushings on each end. But that will cost you well over $500 + the new trackbar.
    The steering box brace is a pretty good upgrade. like I said the steering feels allot tighter. Not shure how the wander is on the highway yet. I'll take it out this week and see.

    I started a new job and don't have to drive to work any more. So I have not been in the truck since Sunday morning, and that was just to drive it the 150m from work to my house.
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    Finally had a little time to work on the Truck camper this weekend. The oven that was in it when we bought it did not work, and I could not get the stove to burn clean. The camper would get pretty toxic inside when cooking. So picked up an almost new Suburban range/oven for $200! I was pretty happy about that. I got the same size so install was easy, just had to trim down the copper propane line and re flair the end.

    Now I can run all burners with no toxic smell. And the oven works awesome! (we will still use the vent and crack a window while cooking though)

    Having an oven for winter camping is a huge help for making decent dinners like pizza and chicken wings after a day of snowboarding

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    Well its been a busy winter. Not much new with the truck. A couple U joints, wheel bearings, bla bla bla. Its has been working quite well all winter. After a second winter in the camper we have come up with a few things we want to change. It'll be happening over the next few months. I'll post pic's as we go along.

    What we are planning

    Remove fresh water tank, and all associated piping, pump
    turn fresh water tank enclosure into cupboard for storing pots, and pans

    Remove water heater
    turn water heater cupboard into fire wood storage for the wood stove. loadable from the outside.

    Turn cupboard beside oven into water storage. we use 2 10L tanks with pour spouts. One will be used with pour spout, the other will have a hand pump at the sink. easier to remove after a weekend so nothing freezes

    Get rid of the last 2 incandescent lights. The rest are all LED now.

    Upsize solar charge system.

    Get rid of the 2 tired 6v golf cart batteries, and replace with 2 12v

    Wire batteries up to charge while we drive. #2 welding cable with battery disconnect between truck and camper.

    remove old 12v RV converter / battery boiler

    install a small NOCO style smart battery charger, to use as shore power charger

    Today I bought a Sunforce solar charge controller (stellar deal $30 regular $149 ! ). Test wired it in before I do the actual install. I am going to add 150-200 watts of solar to my system so bought a bigger controller to handle it.
    The little 40 watt panel I have was not enough. 2 Cloudy days in a row and I was running the genny ( although the batteries are getting weak) If I get up to 240 watts, and 2 new batteries we should have no problems.
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    Finally finished school! Have some time to work on the camper again.

    Not much has been going on with the truck. New FASS fuel pump (the other one started to loose pressure) Both front wheel bearings, U joints, seals. Rear axle seal needs to be done.

    As for the camper

    Removed the water tank and built shelves.
    Rewired allot of the electrical and added a central fuse panel.
    Added 150 watts of solar (200 watts total now).
    Changed the under counter storage we now have a spot for a water tote, and three big drawers for cutlery and what not.
    Finished the rail and spark catch next to the wood stove, and added a large wood storage accessible from inside and out for easy loading. We have enough room for 7 days worth of wood now!

    Almost ready for ski season.

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    New to the forum. Nice rig Dave, the camper work is stellar. Something to check depending on how many miles are on your rig, I have an 01 myself, it came with a ranch hand cow killer up front- heavy beast.
    Long story short I installed the same BD steering brace, it worked pretty good. I have since swapped it out for one from DOR- see below, since I lifted the front end-first with a HBS spacer, then the KORE kit listed below, I replaced my control arms with some fixed length for up to a 3"lift from Danny at Dodge Off Road in Arkansas, beefy items really gave the front a solid feel. I think the bushings on the OEM control arms are pretty cheesy. With your skill set, you might be able to fab your own control arms- but then you would have the joys of locating a suitable bushing....
    Iended up picking up a new KORE levelling kit at a moving sale for $200.00, that helped the front end feel more solid. I already had replaced the front shocks with Bilsteins. I am currently trying out his one sided steering brace. So far so good.
    Since you don't have all the extra weight up front shocks and new control arm bushings may be the ticket to help tighten up the fron end, and keep the tire size within reason.
    I went with a FASS platinum lift pump system, it rocks. I drowned the first one in a ditch full of slush. Fun times you are gonna love that ride..
    Next summer when I get back home replacing the cracked plastic dash.
    I plan to get some pics posted and finish out the profile later on.
    Have fun...
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    The crappy head light issue still not resolved, I decided to take the plunge into HID this year and see if they are any better.

    Being a Dodge it has special issues with most HID kits not working properly. I bought them from a company in Ontario called Absolute HID. Price was reasonable, shipping was fast, technical help was so so.... actually still waiting after two days to hear back from their " specialist"

    I bought them from a Canadian company that deals with DRL and CANBUS systems all the time. It was still a bit of a pain in the ass to get them working correctly.
    They were supposed to arrive plug and play, but of course that did not happen. And after 10 emails from the " specialist " and still not working I was about to send them back.

    I decided to give it one last try and dug out a wiring diagram and a test light, 15 minutes later working DRL, high beam, and lows, and even factory fogs with no dash errors!

    Now I am super happy, the lights are really bright light up the road very well.

    The set I bought came with 55 watt ballast, 55 watt HID 4300K dual HI/LOW bulbs, CANBUS thingy mabober, and plug n play ish connections, no wires to cut.

    The light colour is very close to that of stock, so no annoying blue or eye killing light

    Generic photo of the bulb and harness


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    Are they DOT legal?


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    Yes. But it easy to buy HID's that are not street legal. I believe the laws are a little different in each province. From what I understand, as long as they are the correct colour, and aligned correctly there is no problem.

    Here is a link to the Alberta traffic safety act, you can make your own call.

    http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/Regs/2009_122.pdf

    http://www.qp.alberta.ca/1266.cfm?pa...20Safety%20Act

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