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mil81
08-02-2008, 11:38 AM
Alright guys.

So after 6 months of sitting on it I finally sold my 1/2 ton. Obviously that means I'm going to pay off bills...Nope. The same day it sold I ordered the new rims and tires for the new Dodge.

Here are some pictures of how she looks now.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0354.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0348.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0347.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0346.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0345.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0344.jpg

NeedDirections
08-02-2008, 11:39 AM
****, mean looking wheel wells.

mil81
08-02-2008, 11:46 AM
Well the combonation of having the truck looking so much better, and the guy doing a sweet install in his Ford F-350, made me get my *** in gear and start working on the sub box for this thing.

I am building a box to hold two Boston Pro 10's under the rear seat. I had the two frame pieces cut out, and the top that will hold the speakers cut out. I had the two frame pieces glued and screwed together and I was smoothing out the edges that didn't match up with a router. Apparently I was doing something wrong, cause 20 stitches later, the box build is on hold for a while.

The router grabbed the wood, and pulled my right thumb into it. The face of the thumb was gashed wide open down to the bone in spots. The doctor did an amazing job stitching me up, so I will recover just fine, but it makes it hard to work right now, knowing I could pull the stitches out and look down to the bone again. LOL.

I have some pictures of it all stitched up on my phone, but I'm having some troubles E-mailing them to myself. I'll put them up if I can ever make it work.

mil81
08-02-2008, 11:49 AM
****, mean looking wheel wells.

Thanks man. I normally don't like the huge fender flares, but it really offsets the looks of the long box. The Dodge long boxes look horible, and are hard to hide. Because of those huge flares I got some wicked offset wheels. Now it doesn't sit in the groves in the road, and it's a bit scary to drive if you're not used to it. LOL. Good thing I don't like too many people driving my truck.

mil81
08-02-2008, 12:25 PM
Here's a picture of the truck I just sold. It had a pretty original system in it. There's so much room behind the seat, I built a custom amp rack that sat the amp below the surface, and put a removable top on it. That way I still had lots of storage behind the seat, but also a nice looking system. The sub box sat at the end of that, facing the sub toward me, up at a 45.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/DodgeSide.jpg

And here is a picture of the truck before rims and tires. Look at those huge wheel wells. LOL.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/Dodge_Truck_Outside1.jpg

ssackett
08-02-2008, 03:09 PM
Your new truck in bad azz bro!

MisterGrubbs
08-02-2008, 03:11 PM
Looks good, just do me a favor

You have towing mirrors. That truck looks like a ***** when they're not flipped out. Flip them mirrors out :-)

CrispedUp
08-02-2008, 03:16 PM
How is parking in that thing?

MisterGrubbs
08-02-2008, 03:19 PM
Very wide :-)

I used to drive my friends 06 3500, black with a beige colored bottom

They're **** good trucks though, yours an Auto or stick?

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:20 PM
I can't stand the looks of this truck with the mirrors flipped out. I'll only flip them if I'm hauling the sled deck or pullling something wide.

This thing is a pig to park. I never would have though there would be that much of a difference from driving a quad cab short box to a quad cab long box, but I was wrong. I have friend's with short boxes and they're easy to drive in town. Mine, well you have to be strategic. I love how much I can haul though.

jrgreene1968
08-02-2008, 03:21 PM
good looking truck..i have the swb version of it....love the cummins

speedfreak28
08-02-2008, 03:21 PM
these trucks have a terrible turnig radius

MisterGrubbs
08-02-2008, 03:21 PM
Why dont you like the mirrors? Makes the truck look 10x meaner

CrispedUp
08-02-2008, 03:21 PM
aaaaaaaaaa

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:22 PM
Very wide :-)

I used to drive my friends 06 3500, black with a beige colored bottom

They're **** good trucks though, yours an Auto or stick?


It took me forever to find this truck cause I had to have the 6-speed. I hate autos.

speedfreak28
08-02-2008, 03:24 PM
mines a 1500 and i wish they had stick, my 2 dr woulda been great with a hemi and a 5 spd

MisterGrubbs
08-02-2008, 03:24 PM
Agreed. my friends is a 6 spd

Good trucks, he gets around 22.5 or so driving that joker too, PPE chip on it...she will fly

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:27 PM
Agreed. my friends is a 6 spd

Good trucks, he gets around 22.5 or so driving that joker too, PPE chip on it...she will fly

Nice. I can't wait to chip this thing too. It should be pretty wild. And the increase in mileage will be greatly appreciated. LOL.

I just got my dressing re-done on my thumb, I'll have a couple pictures of that up, along with a few of the box, in a few minutes.


Why dont you like the mirrors? Makes the truck look 10x meaner

Sorry dude, I can't agree. I think it looks like Dumbo with the mirros folded up. That's why I love these mirrors so much more than the Fords or Chevys.

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:41 PM
First, here are some shots of the thumb from this morning. I still can't believe how well the Doc pulled everything together. It was quite a mess when I got to the hospital.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0355.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0356.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0359.jpg


Now here is the beast that did the damage. I still love that thing, I just need to learn some proper tactics, cause I was obviously doing something wrong.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0360.jpg

If you look close in this one you can see some blood splatter. LOL

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0364.jpg

And this is thankfully the only damage to the piece I was working on. I've been stressing about that for the past couple days. My thumb will heal but I don't want to build two more frames for this thing. LOL. Luckily the carpet will cover up my damage in the end.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0365.jpg

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:45 PM
If all goes as planned, I managed to cut all the pieces I need for the box out of one piece of 5/8" MDF. I think it is skinny enough, and I'm not running an SPL setup, so the top shouldn't flex too much, being 5/8".

Here are the two frames all cut, glued and screwed together. I will be fibre glassing in the natural tool boxes of the truck up the inside of these frames.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0362.jpg

A picture with the top on.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0363.jpg

And some shots of what it should look like in the truck before it gets carpetted.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0366.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0367.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0368.jpg


Even get to keep my stock bee...I mean cup holders. LOL.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0369.jpg

jrgreene1968
08-02-2008, 03:49 PM
make me a sealed 12" box like that for my dodge:D. I have a foxbox, but wish i had a fiberglass box

mil81
08-02-2008, 03:53 PM
make me a sealed 12" box like that for my dodge:D. I have a foxbox, but wish i had a fiberglass box

Dude, if you weren't two countries away, I would gladly build you a box. But it'd cost you a fortune in shipping. LOL.

When I built this one, I built one extra frame to keep as a template. So as long as everything went according to plan with this one, I should be able to pump these out like nothing for the buddies trucks.

I'm glad you like the looks of it though. I'm looking for criticism too though. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do differently.

jrgreene1968
08-02-2008, 04:11 PM
Dude, if you weren't two countries away, I would gladly build you a box. But it'd cost you a fortune in shipping. LOL. .

wish you were closer..id gladly pay your price...cant wait to see finished product. The only thing i might think of, is i would rather the box not go around the drink holders..wont that make the holders like 6" deep?

mil81
08-02-2008, 04:18 PM
wish you were closer..id gladly pay your price...cant wait to see finished product. The only thing i might think of, is i would rather the box not go around the drink holders..wont that make the holders like 6" deep?

the factory drink holder is just a little black plastic thing. I am going to glue that into place. So it will be exactly like it was from the factory.

jrgreene1968
08-02-2008, 04:20 PM
the factory drink holder is just a little black plastic thing. I am going to glue that into place. So it will be exactly like it was from the factory.

oh ok..i got ya, i thought it was gonna end up about 6 inches deep...then i cant say i can find any complaints....im a mechanic for a living, but woodwork and me dont get along:D

mil81
08-02-2008, 04:25 PM
oh ok..i got ya, i thought it was gonna end up about 6 inches deep...then i cant say i can find any complaints....im a mechanic for a living, but woodwork and me dont get along:D


I'm an electronics technologist, and you see the pictures of my thumb...Me and wood working don't mix either. LOL.

miker
08-02-2008, 04:40 PM
wow, you really ****ed up your thumb there.

jrgreene1968
08-02-2008, 04:54 PM
well build a 2nd box then come visit this hot *** state, and i'll buy it...:D

Mr.B
08-05-2008, 05:12 AM
i dunno guys...the mini lifts and super huge tires just aint cutting it for me.

i guess i'm just used to seeing trucks skying over here in hawaii...kinda like my friends dodge

http://a676.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/109/l_3a2e6abc6dd608acff8d2fa153e95e4b.jpg

http://a306.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/13/l_8ea4b3dde8ff117e36818d44f34c70f9.jpg

^sitting on 37's

jdc753
08-05-2008, 11:17 AM
I'm loving the rims and tires on there looks really nice. I was supposed to get my lift and rims/tires last weekend but the guy told me the lift hadn't come in yet :verymad: That sure must be fun trying to drive in the grooves with it lol, keep jumping in and out of em I bet. The tires/rims look great with the flares though, fits it just right. Hoping my truck will look nearly as good and I will be happy.

***** about your thumb, sure does look like it hurt a bit, dang lol. Least ya didn't loose anything though and the skin and tendons will heal up versus loosing the thumb. The box is looking great so far though :) Keep up the good work. Only thing I can think of as any sort of criticism and its most certainly not a big thing, but if ya got the subs in a flush mount instead of surface mounted, not sure if you got the mounting depth or space above the top to make it work though. Other than that it looks beautiful so far, I bet your rear passengers will have some fun sitting right over the subs.



Oh and I am totally jealous ya got the 6-speed. I hunted all around New England for 2 months looking for any cab configuration with a 6-speed, was even looking at dodges (and I am a diehard ford guy) just so I could get a 6 speed. Closest thing I could find was about 8 hours away, and sadly I settled for what I got, and it was still 2 hours away lol. Your truck will really come alive when ya get the chip on there, not sure what all the dodge guys use but I know the Smarty seems to be the big power tuner.

mil81
08-05-2008, 01:04 PM
i dunno guys...the mini lifts and super huge tires just aint cutting it for me.

i guess i'm just used to seeing trucks skying over here in hawaii...kinda like my friends dodge

http://a676.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/109/l_3a2e6abc6dd608acff8d2fa153e95e4b.jpg

^sitting on 37's


That is a sweet looking truck. The only problem with a truck like that is it's nearly useless, unless you have a massive drop hitch to pull a trailer, or a super long ramp if you're going to load your sleds or quads on a deck.

In my opinion with these trucks, since they are useless in mud, is that 35's are the perfect size tire. It's big enough to give you some ground clearance, but not so big that it makes it useless. You can bolt 35's on these with no lift, but you have a little rubbing. If you put in a 2-3" load levelling kit you are golden. I am running a 4.5" suspension lift. I am going to have to extend the ramp for my deck to 9' this year.


I'm loving the rims and tires on there looks really nice. I was supposed to get my lift and rims/tires last weekend but the guy told me the lift hadn't come in yet :verymad: That sure must be fun trying to drive in the grooves with it lol, keep jumping in and out of em I bet. The tires/rims look great with the flares though, fits it just right. Hoping my truck will look nearly as good and I will be happy.

Thanks. What are you throwing in that beast for a lift, and rims and tires?


***** about your thumb, sure does look like it hurt a bit, dang lol. Least ya didn't loose anything though and the skin and tendons will heal up versus loosing the thumb. The box is looking great so far though :) Keep up the good work. Only thing I can think of as any sort of criticism and its most certainly not a big thing, but if ya got the subs in a flush mount instead of surface mounted, not sure if you got the mounting depth or space above the top to make it work though. Other than that it looks beautiful so far, I bet your rear passengers will have some fun sitting right over the subs.

To tell you the truth, the only time this injury hurts, is when someone touches it, or bumps it. When it happenned I was in shock. Then he froze me (that hurt like hell). Then when he finished sewing me up, they gave me two T3's. And now it throbs a little bit, but doesn't hurt at all. The nurse got me to move my thumb before they sewed it up, and he could look inside and see the tendon move, so she knows it wasn't cut. LOL. I have to say, I got very lucky.

Good call about the flush mount. I always flush mount my speakers, but this one is a very tight fit. Once I get it all glassed, and sitting into place I might take a couple measurements to see if I can double up the MDf in order to inset the speaker. If I can't I will be using the mounting rings and grills for the speakers, so they will be safe.


Oh and I am totally jealous ya got the 6-speed. I hunted all around New England for 2 months looking for any cab configuration with a 6-speed, was even looking at dodges (and I am a diehard ford guy) just so I could get a 6 speed. Closest thing I could find was about 8 hours away, and sadly I settled for what I got, and it was still 2 hours away lol. Your truck will really come alive when ya get the chip on there, not sure what all the dodge guys use but I know the Smarty seems to be the big power tuner.

Yeah dude. I couldn't bring myself to spend that kinda money on a truck if it didn't have the 6-speed. I hate automatics (except for the new dodge 6-speed autos). Too bad you couldn't find one yourself.

Yeah, when I comes time, I will be ordering up a Smarty. They are supposed to be the Cat's ***. More power, better mileage, and more black smoke. LOL.

mil81
08-05-2008, 01:07 PM
mines a 1500 and i wish they had stick, my 2 dr woulda been great with a hemi and a 5 spd

You can't get the Hemi with a standard anymore? My old 2-dr 1500 only had a 4.7, but it as fun with the 5-speed. Buddy who bought it off me let me take it for a rip the other day, after he put a chip in it. It actually pulls a lot harder now. I would have done it if I thought it would make that much of a difference.

jdc753
08-05-2008, 01:29 PM
That is a sweet looking truck. The only problem with a truck like that is it's nearly useless, unless you have a massive drop hitch to pull a trailer, or a super long ramp if you're going to load your sleds or quads on a deck.

In my opinion with these trucks, since they are useless in mud, is that 35's are the perfect size tire. It's big enough to give you some ground clearance, but not so big that it makes it useless. You can bolt 35's on these with no lift, but you have a little rubbing. If you put in a 2-3" load levelling kit you are golden. I am running a 4.5" suspension lift. I am going to have to extend the ramp for my deck to 9' this year.



Thanks. What are you throwing in that beast for a lift, and rims and tires?

I agree on too much lift, they certainly look sweet and will probably work better off road then a smaller lift/tire combo but how the hell do ya get in and outa the bed or haul anything other than a tag trailer, certainly no gooseneck or 5th wheel will fit on something like that. Again though I bet it would be a blast to drive, but I couldn't use it as a daily driver.

I am going with a 4" RCD lift with 35" Nitto Terra Grapplers on 18x9 Pro Comp 6005 rims. The rims aren't all that fancy but I was looking for a more subtle while nice style. Already the first thing that anyone says when they get in the truck is wow this is pretty tall, not too many lifted trucks around these parts, plus probably 95% of the people drive little cars so its a big difference lol. I really can't wait to get it all on :D



To tell you the truth, the only time this injury hurts, is when someone touches it, or bumps it. When it happenned I was in shock. Then he froze me (that hurt like hell). Then when he finished sewing me up, they gave me two T3's. And now it throbs a little bit, but doesn't hurt at all. The nurse got me to move my thumb before they sewed it up, and he could look inside and see the tendon move, so she knows it wasn't cut. LOL. I have to say, I got very lucky.

Well thats good to hear, stuff like that could be a perminant impairment pretty easily, sounds like you will recover fine and have full use of it back in no time. Scary how close things can come sometimes to being the difference between a few weeks or months of recovery and a lifetime of physical dissability.


Good call about the flush mount. I always flush mount my speakers, but this one is a very tight fit. Once I get it all glassed, and sitting into place I might take a couple measurements to see if I can double up the MDf in order to inset the speaker. If I can't I will be using the mounting rings and grills for the speakers, so they will be safe.

Sounds pretty good, it can get tough when working with such tight spaces but seems like your coming along nicely. Should look sweet when your all done and give ya a good reason to pop up your seats and show it off.


Yeah dude. I couldn't bring myself to spend that kinda money on a truck if it didn't have the 6-speed. I hate automatics (except for the new dodge 6-speed autos). Too bad you couldn't find one yourself.

Yeah, when I comes time, I will be ordering up a Smarty. They are supposed to be the Cat's ***. More power, better mileage, and more black smoke. LOL.

Totally auto's ****, I still think if I come across a truck locally that is similar to mine but with a 6-speed I may end up trading it in just to get the hand shaker. Sadly the way prices are going and such I might take a bath if that happens though, so more than likely I am gonna be driving this truck for at least 10 more years.

Sweet, will be fun when ya get it, then you can take some cars light to light while ya got a pair of sleds up on the deck lol :hilariou: I can't wait to get the tuner and exhaust for mine, stereo and suspension work is taking up most of the funds for now though :(

Keep up the good work. Do you have any plans for what amps you are going to use and where they will be mounted? Any door speaker or HU upgrades? Sorry if I missed these in the first few posts.

mil81
08-05-2008, 02:22 PM
Keep up the good work. Do you have any plans for what amps you are going to use and where they will be mounted? Any door speaker or HU upgrades? Sorry if I missed these in the first few posts.

I didn't give any details on that stuff yet, since I already had the install pretty much done for the.

Right now I have an Alpine 9833 HU in the dash. One day I will be running your Truckputer setup, but for now this will have to do.

The mids are all running of my Phoenix Gold Xenon 100.4

I was going to wait till I got pictures to talk about these, but my RSD's just came in this morning. I had a wicked set of Boston Accoustic 6x9's in the doors, but one is starting to make a funny sound, and I wanted to go to a Component setup anyways. The way house work and everything has been going, I had to stick with the RSD budget speakers for now. I got a wicked E-bay deal on them though. It cost me $109 shipped to me. That is pretty good concidering the price of shipping stuff across the border.

I have an old set of MB Quart (Like mid 90's style old) 5 1/4's in the rear doors. The tweets in these things are super harsh, so I might run just the mids back there. We'll see how everything goes.

The subs are going to be running off an Alpine MPR M850. The ONLY place I can mount these amps is under the front seats. Which ***** because I would love to do a nice show piece install like you are doing. I'm afraid the distro blocks, and the crossovers will all be hidden under there too. Nothing fancy for me.

jdc753
08-05-2008, 03:21 PM
Sounds like a pretty solid setup ya pieced together. Hopefully you like the RSD comps as much as everyone else. Doesn't seem like you can go wrong with them, especially at their price :) Maybe you can tune out the tweets a bit on the rear speakers, if not maybe a 5-1/4" set of RSD comps for the rear passengers.

Under the front seats should be a good spot for the amps, you'll have the subs to show off to people anyways :) Many seem to be much more impressed at looking at some subs move some air than they do at some amps sitting there making power. Everyone is gonna wanna ride in your truck on the way to the trails when ya go sledding.

Oh and good luck on the truckputer thingy, if ya ever have any questions I would be more than happy to help ya out. I still gotta get mine up and running, its getting close though.

mil81
08-05-2008, 04:36 PM
Sounds like a pretty solid setup ya pieced together. Hopefully you like the RSD comps as much as everyone else. Doesn't seem like you can go wrong with them, especially at their price :) Maybe you can tune out the tweets a bit on the rear speakers, if not maybe a 5-1/4" set of RSD comps for the rear passengers.

Under the front seats should be a good spot for the amps, you'll have the subs to show off to people anyways :) Many seem to be much more impressed at looking at some subs move some air than they do at some amps sitting there making power. Everyone is gonna wanna ride in your truck on the way to the trails when ya go sledding.

Oh and good luck on the truckputer thingy, if ya ever have any questions I would be more than happy to help ya out. I still gotta get mine up and running, its getting close though.


Under the seat is an alright spot, but they do show a lot more than my liking. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. First this is to get everything making noise though. I can't wait to get it all together. It's going to have to wait a little while though. I take off for the big Hawaii trip on Friday, followed by a little work trip. So I won't be back in town for a couple weeks. Fortuately by then I should be able to use my right hand again, and be back at'er.

I've only ever used stock speaker locations, so I'm excited to play with speaker position a little bit. I will be mounting the 6 1/2's in the doors in the stock location, but I hope to have enough room to direct them a little more to the middle of the truck. The tweets I will have to play with. I have been told by a few people that they image well off the windshield, from the stock 3" location. I have been told by others that they don't. So we'll see.

I'm most excited to eventually sound deaden the doors. I can't wait to see what a difference that makes.

Yeah, I am very sad to say I am going to be jiggling the boys balls on the way out to the trails. That is so wrong. I have to find some girls that ride. LOL.

mil81
08-05-2008, 04:38 PM
Oh and good luck on the truckputer thingy, if ya ever have any questions I would be more than happy to help ya out. I still gotta get mine up and running, its getting close though.

I will get ahold of you if I ever round up some parts and time to get one of these running. I have been watching your thread, along with the carputer thread. You guys are giving me some great ideas.

With any luck your truck will sit with as nice of a stance as mine, and my stereo setup will look as nice as yours. LOL.

jdc753
08-15-2008, 10:48 AM
Any updates on your progress?

Finally got my lift and such installed, loving it so far :D

here are some pics http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=338799

visitor
08-17-2008, 10:11 AM
Why dont you like the mirrors? Makes the truck look 10x meaner

no, it makes it look like a downs baby. now stfu and let him do as he likes to his truck.

mil81
08-17-2008, 05:34 PM
Any updates on your progress?

Finally got my lift and such installed, loving it so far :D

here are some pics http://www.caraudio.com/forum/showthread.php?t=338799


I finally made it back into the country. I was in Hawaii for a week there. I'm just at the sister in laws in Edmonton right now. When I get back I'll post a couple pictures of the trip, and get back to work on the truck.

I'll check out your progress then too. I can't wait to see that rig looking like a truck.

Are you happy with it?

jrgreene1968
08-17-2008, 05:40 PM
did you decide where your going to mount your tweets? im fixing to install 6.5 comps in my dodge, but havent decided where to mount tweets

Mr.B
08-17-2008, 05:46 PM
I finally made it back into the country. I was in Hawaii for a week there. I'm just at the sister in laws in Edmonton right now. When I get back I'll post a couple pictures of the trip, and get back to work on the truck.

I'll check out your progress then too. I can't wait to see that rig looking like a truck.

Are you happy with it?

what island?

BI get choke lifted trucks...toyotas, superdutys, rams...
Oahu not so much (recon laws)
Maui get choke lifted superdutys STRAIGHT AXLE!!!

I'm sure you saw some around wherever you were...

azbass
08-17-2008, 05:46 PM
If all goes as planned, I managed to cut all the pieces I need for the box out of one piece of 5/8" MDF. I think it is skinny enough, and I'm not running an SPL setup, so the top shouldn't flex too much, being 5/8".

Here are the two frames all cut, glued and screwed together. I will be fibre glassing in the natural tool boxes of the truck up the inside of these frames.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0362.jpg

A picture with the top on.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll165/millerm40/100_0363.jpg


dude use a jig saw for that ****, don't cut it out with a router?

the727kid
08-18-2008, 12:57 AM
I'm sure he did the first time, then used a flush trim to make it exactly the same. No offense to the OP but as long as you know how to use the router table correctrly and safely it should go smoothly.

Pioneer~Saturn
08-18-2008, 03:08 PM
Its almost as big as the saturn! :D but things are lookin good though, and x2 on the mean lookin wheels

And sorry to hear about the hand....I recently had a run-in with my jointer and it hacked off .25" off my right hands first two fingers...wasnt a good scene :crap:

mil81
08-20-2008, 12:39 AM
what island?

BI get choke lifted trucks...toyotas, superdutys, rams...
Oahu not so much (recon laws)
Maui get choke lifted superdutys STRAIGHT AXLE!!!

I'm sure you saw some around wherever you were...

Dude, I have whiplash now from gawking at all the wicked trucks on the island. I was on Maui. Every third vehicle was a jacked Yoda with big tires. I am a huge Yoda fan, so that was great to see. They all had solid front axels too!!! There were a few Dodges, and a few Fords as well, but nowhere near as many as there were Yodas. I don't like how they push the tires out so far though. That is a little extreme looking for my liking.



did you decide where your going to mount your tweets? im fixing to install 6.5 comps in my dodge, but havent decided where to mount tweets

I'm not 100% sure yet, but I have a couple ideas. I'm pretty sure I will glass in a piece so I can be sure the imaging is correct. I thought about using the stock location for the 3"ers in the dash, but then I'm not sure they would sound the best they could. So I will either mount them in the triangle piece at the top of the door skin, or I will put them in the A Pillar. I didn't want them in the A-Pillar cause I was going to put a bunch of gauges in there. I now plan on installing a Truckputer, doing some engineering, and display the gauge readings on there. That leaves the A-Pillar open for the tweets. And that works better, cause an A-Pillar is cheaper to replace if I screw it up.



dude use a jig saw for that ****, don't cut it out with a router?


I'm sure he did the first time, then used a flush trim to make it exactly the same. No offense to the OP but as long as you know how to use the router table correctrly and safely it should go smoothly.


Exactly. I cut the pieces out with the jig saw, then was trying to smooth them off with the router, and had the run in.

You sound like you've used the router once or twice. Do you have any idea why it would have grabbed the wood and pulled my hand in? My assumption after sitting and feeling like an idiot for two weeks was this...The bit I was using was just shorter than the height of the pieces. I assume this pushed the wood up and the bit grabbed the wood and pulled it in the other direction.

If you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear them before I try something like this again.

Mr.B
08-20-2008, 03:16 AM
Dude, I have whiplash now from gawking at all the wicked trucks on the island. I was on Maui. Every third vehicle was a jacked Yoda with big tires. I am a huge Yoda fan, so that was great to see. They all had solid front axels too!!! There were a few Dodges, and a few Fords as well, but nowhere near as many as there were Yodas. I don't like how they push the tires out so far though. That is a little extreme looking for my liking.

yeah, lifted toyotas are a staple over here. hardbody, hilux, old tacomas, new tacomas. great trucks and good on gas :p: ...maui actually puts their trucks to use on sand and in mud...Hawaii Island is mostly road queens w/ da 20" rims and 6" lifts...glad you could enjoy our truck culture and most importantly your EXPENSIVE vacation...

pushing tires, are you talking about them stretching the tires or the fact that the rims are 15x12 or 18x16...i have a friend that has 17" rims that are 20" wide :eek: runing 35s

99grandprixGT
08-20-2008, 11:38 AM
looks like its coming along nicely. im starting to love the look of lifted trucks. especially blacked out ones.

Moe Lester
08-20-2008, 12:17 PM
You sound like you've used the router once or twice. Do you have any idea why it would have grabbed the wood and pulled my hand in? My assumption after sitting and feeling like an idiot for two weeks was this...The bit I was using was just shorter than the height of the pieces. I assume this pushed the wood up and the bit grabbed the wood and pulled it in the other direction.

If you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear them before I try something like this again.


If that is the bit you were trying to trim with then its the wrong bit. You need a flush trim bit to make the edges all match up. Also, you may have been cutting in the wrong direction of the router. When that blade is spinning it should be pushing the wood back towards you, not pulling your work piece and hand into it. Dull bits are also known to grab wood and jerk it around.

Whiteside spiral upcut flush trim bit ftw.
http://www.holbren.com/images/T/t-152-537.jpeg

jrgreene1968
08-20-2008, 09:25 PM
ive thought about installing the tweets in kick panels, towards the top, just not sure how imaging would be..would have to be right below ebrake pedal if i did that, and then install mids in doors

mil81
08-22-2008, 12:40 AM
pushing tires, are you talking about them stretching the tires or the fact that the rims are 15x12 or 18x16...i have a friend that has 17" rims that are 20" wide :eek: runing 35s


Yeah, I'm talking about how wide, and offset the rims are. There's pretty much no tire sitting under the truck, they push it all out. We would get pulled off the road in a minute if we tried that up here. LOL. I can't imagine a 20" wide rim. That is insane!!!

Yeah, the vacation was expensive. We got a pretty good deal on flights and a condo, but it didn't stop there. All the tours and activities were $100/piece. That adds up in a **** hurry. I do wish I had more than a week to spend on the island. It is beautiful over there.


looks like its coming along nicely. im starting to love the look of lifted trucks. especially blacked out ones.

Welcome to the dark side man. LOL.



If that is the bit you were trying to trim with then its the wrong bit. You need a flush trim bit to make the edges all match up. Also, you may have been cutting in the wrong direction of the router. When that blade is spinning it should be pushing the wood back towards you, not pulling your work piece and hand into it. Dull bits are also known to grab wood and jerk it around.

Whiteside spiral upcut flush trim bit ftw.
http://www.holbren.com/images/T/t-152-537.jpeg


I used that bit because the pieces were uneven all over. It wasn't always the top that was shorter than the bottom, or vice versa. That bit you are showing has the guide on top, which wouldn't work for what I wanted. that said, I think the bit I used is for cutting a square grove into a piece, using the top of the bit, rather than using the side of the bit for trimming. The little bit of training I had on a router told me to pull the piece against the direction of the bit. Otherwise the bit is more likely to push the piece away from it, and has more chance to grab and pull. Obviously I don't have a thumb to stand on as far as the bit pulling the piece issue, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I was using the wrong bit. that said, I'm not sure what bit I should have used, but I should have done a little more research before I just started cutting. So, anyone have any other ideas for bits I should have used?



ive thought about installing the tweets in kick panels, towards the top, just not sure how imaging would be..would have to be right below ebrake pedal if i did that, and then install mids in doors

I don't think any speaker would image well in kicks in these trucks, since the kicks are pushed so far under the dash. I think, if you were going through the trouble of building something, you would be better off to put them in the top of the doors, or the A-Pillars. Or if you want an easier install, put them in the dash in the stock location. I'm sure they would sound good there.

Moe Lester
08-22-2008, 12:46 AM
I used that bit because the pieces were uneven all over. It wasn't always the top that was shorter than the bottom, or vice versa. That bit you are showing has the guide on top, which wouldn't work for what I wanted. that said, I think the bit I used is for cutting a square grove into a piece, using the top of the bit, rather than using the side of the bit for trimming. The little bit of training I had on a router told me to pull the piece against the direction of the bit. Otherwise the bit is more likely to push the piece away from it, and has more chance to grab and pull. Obviously I don't have a thumb to stand on as far as the bit pulling the piece issue, but I think it has more to do with the fact that I was using the wrong bit. that said, I'm not sure what bit I should have used, but I should have done a little more research before I just started cutting. So, anyone have any other ideas for bits I should have used?

trim one side, flip it over and trim the other, and save a thumb :D

there really is no reason to use a straight bit to trim the way you were trimming. in the two years i did custom installation the only thing i ever used a straight bit for was to cut circles with my jig or to make a dado.

everything that you were trying here should have been done with a flush trim bit. the first pattern you need to build very very well. cut it straight, use a sander to get it perfect then trace it out on your next piece. cut the next piece about an 1/8th inch large all the way around, attach them together, and use the flush trim to get a perfect copy.

Mr.B
08-22-2008, 08:32 AM
Yeah, I'm talking about how wide, and offset the rims are. There's pretty much no tire sitting under the truck, they push it all out. We would get pulled off the road in a minute if we tried that up here. LOL. I can't imagine a 20" wide rim. That is insane!!!

Yeah, the vacation was expensive. We got a pretty good deal on flights and a condo, but it didn't stop there. All the tours and activities were $100/piece. That adds up in a **** hurry. I do wish I had more than a week to spend on the island. It is beautiful over there.

glad you enjoyed your trip...hopefully you saw some things that can be incorporated into this build or maybe a future toyota build :D expensive is right...its a little cheaper to fly from hawaii rather than to hawaii but we were looking a going to GA or SC for my cousins wedding next summer and airfare alone would be close to 5k for my fam...and about another 5 k for rentalcar and hotel etc...

i know you like your toys so... a 20" wide rim looks something like this:
http://a443.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/103/l_b51aed636d48bf10daee076512940e62.jpg

http://a716.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/48/l_0bdd81e8fddd985f51d6cfa3addfa973.jpg

and to clear the tires...
http://a84.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/61/l_e47a0bce4b3918ea404965084dbca9f3.jpg
frontbumper
http://a338.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/91/l_5142a1d4a3be530b8a05c740a830ab69.jpg
rearbumper

mil81
08-22-2008, 10:05 AM
The internet in this town is screwed up. I tried to post last night, but it wouldn't let me. Apparently it posted it, just didn't show me, now I had a double post. **** it. LOL.

mil81
08-25-2008, 04:44 PM
Well folks. I finally made it back home. That was a long two and a half weeks. It didn't even feel like my house when I pulled into the driveway. You know that feeling when you first move into a new place and you pull into your driveway, but it doesn't feel like yours yet. Well that's how it was for me, except I've been in this house for two and a half years. Oh well.

Speaking of the house, I have a few major house repairs to make in the next little while, so progress of the truck might be a little slow. The thumb is healing up great, I'll have to put up a couple pictures of that soon.

Hopefully in the next week or so I will be wiring up the lights on the front of the truck. They are four 150W sealed beam lights. They should light the way well enough. LOL. Anyways, I may as well take some pictures as I do it and post them up in here as well.

Sadly I don't have the truckputer yet, but I do have a nice dream for when I get it installed. I plan on running all my gauges, as well as the on/off for these driving lights. Who knows what else I will dream up to run in there. Sadly that will be a while down the road.

mil81
08-25-2008, 04:49 PM
glad you enjoyed your trip...hopefully you saw some things that can be incorporated into this build or maybe a future toyota build :D expensive is right...its a little cheaper to fly from hawaii rather than to hawaii but we were looking a going to GA or SC for my cousins wedding next summer and airfare alone would be close to 5k for my fam...and about another 5 k for rentalcar and hotel etc...

i know you like your toys so... a 20" wide rim looks something like this:

http://a716.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/48/l_0bdd81e8fddd985f51d6cfa3addfa973.jpg

Dude those things are insane. I guess for the sand romping you'd want something that crazy. Over here they would be nearly useless, but they look cool. The one thing I did like about the truck builds over there are all the Fox Shocks with Remote reservoirs. Those are blinging shocks over here. Noone has them.

azbass
08-25-2008, 07:40 PM
Dude, I have whiplash now from gawking at all the wicked trucks on the island. I was on Maui. Every third vehicle was a jacked Yoda with big tires. I am a huge Yoda fan, so that was great to see. They all had solid front axels too!!! There were a few Dodges, and a few Fords as well, but nowhere near as many as there were Yodas. I don't like how they push the tires out so far though. That is a little extreme looking for my liking.




I'm not 100% sure yet, but I have a couple ideas. I'm pretty sure I will glass in a piece so I can be sure the imaging is correct. I thought about using the stock location for the 3"ers in the dash, but then I'm not sure they would sound the best they could. So I will either mount them in the triangle piece at the top of the door skin, or I will put them in the A Pillar. I didn't want them in the A-Pillar cause I was going to put a bunch of gauges in there. I now plan on installing a Truckputer, doing some engineering, and display the gauge readings on there. That leaves the A-Pillar open for the tweets. And that works better, cause an A-Pillar is cheaper to replace if I screw it up.







Exactly. I cut the pieces out with the jig saw, then was trying to smooth them off with the router, and had the run in.

You sound like you've used the router once or twice. Do you have any idea why it would have grabbed the wood and pulled my hand in? My assumption after sitting and feeling like an idiot for two weeks was this...The bit I was using was just shorter than the height of the pieces. I assume this pushed the wood up and the bit grabbed the wood and pulled it in the other direction.

If you have any other ideas, I'd love to hear them before I try something like this again.

you probably was pushing the wood with the spin of the blade, instead of against the blade.

if you go with the spin it will catch the wood and pull anything like your hand etc into the blade.

always cut against the spin of the blade.

mil81
08-25-2008, 08:06 PM
you probably was pushing the wood with the spin of the blade, instead of against the blade.

if you go with the spin it will catch the wood and pull anything like your hand etc into the blade.

always cut against the spin of the blade.


Though a very good thought, not the case. I was moving the piece against the spin direction.

I inspected the bit today, and one blade looks like it had a couple very small nicks out of it. I assume what I stated above, along with the dull blade, as well as using too short of a bit, and not the ideal bit, all contributed to the incident. Also if I had a start pin in place it would have stopped my hand from getting to be bit, in theory.

Low_e_Red
08-26-2008, 10:25 AM
trim one side, flip it over and trim the other, and save a thumb :D

there really is no reason to use a straight bit to trim the way you were trimming. in the two years i did custom installation the only thing i ever used a straight bit for was to cut circles with my jig or to make a dado.

everything that you were trying here should have been done with a flush trim bit. the first pattern you need to build very very well. cut it straight, use a sander to get it perfect then trace it out on your next piece. cut the next piece about an 1/8th inch large all the way around, attach them together, and use the flush trim to get a perfect copy.

x2!!!

Ya, your template needs to be 100% perfect before you ever break out the router. Then come through with the FLUSH TRIM not a straight bit. Its a whole lot safer with the correct bit.

Sorry, about the thumb. My guess is you were coming from the wrong direction and had your fingers too close to the bit, Ive almost done this before. And always hold the piece with your fingers tucked under your hand.

mil81
08-26-2008, 05:47 PM
x2!!!

Ya, your template needs to be 100% perfect before you ever break out the router. Then come through with the FLUSH TRIM not a straight bit. Its a whole lot safer with the correct bit.

Sorry, about the thumb. My guess is you were coming from the wrong direction and had your fingers too close to the bit, Ive almost done this before. And always hold the piece with your fingers tucked under your hand.


As I said above, I was moving the piece in the correct direction. I know that for sure. When it caught my hand was well over a foot away from the bit. You are correct about holding the piece though. I was holding the piece between my fingers and thumb. Obviously with quite a tight grip. I will take your advice next time and keep my fingers tucked under my hand. Thanks.

I guess I will have to remake my template next time I go to build one of these, and make more careful cuts to ensure everything is quite close. My next purchase is a spiral up-cut bit too I guess.