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Old 04-29-2015, 02:58 AM   #1
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new rig: '15 Ram 1500 ... oh, yea...

nothing too special. you can see a thousand pics in google... but this one is ours.





after having to drag the fiat back 2.5 hrs to the closest dealer for a warranty repair (and other potential bugs lurking) i felt like it was too far to have to go through that junk. i had to take time off from work, get a hotel... basically make it a mini-vacation... just to get the car fixed. apparently the wife agreed. she insisted on bringing the title to her van, which is a bad mix for us.


the stars aligned. after two previous attempts to buy a truck, the rebate, trade values and the desire of the dealer to come off the sticker... we landed our 2015 Ram 1500 Crew.... 395 hemi horses. i swear i can hear it belch when i take my foot off the floor. but who cares?

the wife and i had wanted to upgrade from an old popup camper we had for years, but we were always limited by my Jeep's 3500lb tow rating. i came to the conclusion that i couldnt afford to buy anything that would exceed the capabilities of the truck. so. we're set, now.
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Old 04-29-2015, 05:50 AM   #2
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Well done..

I'm going thru something similar with 3500lb max minivans (x3) since 2002 pulling 6 different tent trailers. Hate to go that deep with a 1/2 ton. 5-6k rating would be plenty for me, not 10k.


Any particular reasons for the Ram over the GM or Ford offerings.
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Old 04-29-2015, 06:52 AM   #3
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I've got a '12 Ram 1500. Not a single problem in 34k miles. It'll pass anything but a gas station.

I'm not real big on the new "shifter", what are your thoughts on that so far?
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:12 PM   #4
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So what was going on with the Fiat? I'm assuming a Fiat 500. I'm still jonesing for an Abarth.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:48 PM   #5
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So what was going on with the Fiat?
Not to talk out of turn, but it doesn't take much looking to discover that reliability on the Fiat is horrid.

Nice truck! But I'm a Ford man, myself...

I do think Ram and Ford are the only players in the light-truck game right now that are actually venturing out and doing some things differently, and kudos to both of them.

I'm still wondering why, with the 2015 complete redesign of the F150, Ford didn't go to a five-link coil spring rear.

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:58 PM   #6
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:07 PM   #7
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Congratulations! I had a 2013. Only thing I'd recommend adding is a tuner so you can control the torque management system. It lets you feel a lot more of the power when the computer doesn't stop you from having access to it at takeoff.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:36 PM   #8
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I'm still wondering why, with the 2015 complete redesign of the F150, Ford didn't go to a five-link coil spring rear.

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Can't speak for Ford obviously, but that's a lot of bushings to wear out. Too much going on with that setup for a very slight ride improvement.

Good choice on the Ram. Watch for leaks around the back window. It's common for the gasket behind the 3rd brake light to let water in.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:44 PM   #9
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I'll give you that a five-link is a more complex rear suspension than the 1900-ish leaf springs (no, wait - buckboards had 'em in 1800), but Ram went there a few years ago.

It also gives you selectable ride height with air springs, no wheel-hop or spring-wrap under high-torque starts, and a few other niceties...

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Old 04-29-2015, 02:32 PM   #10
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I'm still wondering why, with the 2015 complete redesign of the F150, Ford didn't go to a five-link coil spring rear.

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A- Cause it's a truck.

B- look how long it took them to indy the rear in the mustang.

3- Good luck and congrats to the OP with the pretty truck and pretty wife!
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:55 PM   #11
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[QUOTE=b1pig;26679586]nothing too special. you can see a thousand pics in google... but this one is ours.

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Did you get the air suspension? lowers for entry/exit/bike loading, raises to cruise level, raises to high clearance for off roading? Best of all worlds
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A- Cause it's a truck.

B- look how long it took them to indy the rear in the mustang.

3- Good luck and congrats to the OP with the pretty truck and pretty wife!
Um...

A - you know the Ram you just congratulated the OP on has a 5-link coil-spring rear, right?

B - independent rear suspension has nothing to do with it, and the previous-gen Mustang had - guess what - a 5-link coil spring rear.

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Old 04-29-2015, 03:02 PM   #13
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:18 PM   #14
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I'll give you that a five-link is a more complex rear suspension than the 1900-ish leaf springs (no, wait - buckboards had 'em in 1800), but Ram went there a few years ago.

It also gives you selectable ride height with air springs, no wheel-hop or spring-wrap under high-torque starts, and a few other niceties...

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Yeah I know. Air springs = something else to go wrong. So it lowers on the highway for better mpg, and hooks up better at the drag strip.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:26 PM   #15
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I've got a '12 Ram 1500. Not a single problem in 34k miles. It'll pass anything but a gas station.

I'm not real big on the new "shifter", what are your thoughts on that so far?
at first i hated it. ofcourse ive turned the fan up/down a couple of times... but muscle memory is starting to kick in.... and its growing on me.


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So what was going on with the Fiat? I'm assuming a Fiat 500. I'm still jonesing for an Abarth.
i really did like the abarth. it begged to be flogged like a cheap whore. the window regulator started making some crunching noises. in research, i noted the fiats overseas had a history, but not much so state side.

the lurking gremlin? clutch. not a warrantied item... and there have been several across the forums let go. no interest in replacing the clutch in a new car..... but man i did enjoy driving it. it dusted a couple of riced up civics. the value over time is just pretty sorry right now.

i will admit that i am a supporter of the abarth. its an example of what a hot hatch in the u.s.a. COULD be.


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3- Good luck and congrats to the OP with the pretty truck and pretty wife!
thanks! :)



the multi-quote has limits, i guess.

noted about the light. i'll keep an eye on it.

i have a diablo sport trinity in my Jeep. i need to ask them if they have officially activated the multi-vehicle support capability. if so? i'll update the ram. as it is now, the JK needs all the motivation it can get.

no air ride. they had 4 new ones on the lot. all were laramie trim... anf far out of my affordability window. definitely wanted it, though.
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