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DYI- what do you do yourself vs have done?

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I realize it depends on your comfort, skill level and bank account and there are folks that do everything themselves. Shoot, If you watch "you tube" the sky is the limit (and some stuff is even accurate) 

 

I am new to the diesel world, have an 04 but, what make sense to have done vs do myself?  

 

Just curious

 

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Most impressive Mopar1973man, looking back, any of those not worth doing yourself again? 

I don't plan on doing many mods (I tend to lean more twords stock)

what about " routine" work? I change my own oil and fuel filter, brake pads etc. but things like adjusting valves, injectors, ball joints etc. worth the time and effort? 

 

 

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I use an app called Simply Auto. It tracks All my fuel and maintenance.Capture+_2019-03-09-09-32-06.png

 

As for mods... I would do it all over again. Most of them I've done the study work before actually doing any mods.

 

I'm not racing type but long haul. Different design.

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I have the mods in my signature. Do slmost all of the work on truck. The only I have paid anyone to do in ten or more years was the last clutch replacement. I have pulled twice was not up to the third one. My gravel drive way sucks for doing that. Savec a lot of money that way and got a lot satisfaction out of it.

Learned a lot also.

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I have changed water pumps and stat, starter motors, idler pulleys, belts, brake pads and calipers, one block heater element, Lift pumps, draw straws, fuel pressure gauges and changed one VP44.

 

On my old 12 valve I had for almost 22 years I changed all that plus injectors, Turbo, 4 starter motors, 3 brake boosters, 2 master cylinders and rebuilt with my own parts the fuel module and fuel gauge sender. I changed my rear wheel bearings once, but got the bearing seals backwards.

 

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Identify what needs to be done.  Maintenance, drivability problem, no run, etc..  

Research how to do it.  Ask question on forums, view You Tube.

Do you have the tools and physical ability to per form the task.

If you're comfortable doing the work after the this evaluation then go for it, otherwise ship it. 

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You guys, my door lock switch is bad.Keeps setting off the alarm so Just want to make sure about pulling off the door panel....... Just carefully pull it off the holding clips....... Is that right? I will look around for any screws too.

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On 3/8/2019 at 8:49 AM, Brent B3HH said:

I realize it depends on your comfort, skill level and bank account and there are folks that do everything themselves. Shoot, If you watch "you tube" the sky is the limit (and some stuff is even accurate) 

 

I am new to the diesel world, have an 04 but, what make sense to have done vs do myself?  

 

Just curious

 

I have a 01, different generation than yours.  Initially bought it because they're supposed to be so darn good. Never broke down I thought to myself why should I take the time to even learn how to fix them.  

 

I changed my own oil, wrote in maintenance book the miles so I knew when to change it again.  That was about it.  From 2005 to 2016.  

 

Then Broke down with a bad Fass lift pump after all said and done after Towing   lift pumps etx. And we were 2,500 miles away from home, couldn't do anything myself because we're in an RV park even though I was able to look up what I needed and read step by step instructions, I couldn't do the work myself in the RV park.  Cost for repairs ended up costing us just shy of $3,000

 

That was when I started paying extra close attention and started doing everything myself.   I can't say that I enjoy getting my hands greasy but after paying that kind of money and having a subpar job and the repairs fell apart and  had to be redone twice.  So now if I don't know how to do something (which is alot) I figure it out either through the to the service manuals that are available for download or the web.  So much better peace of mind for me if I fix something and it falls apart that's on me but to pay a shop a hundred bucks an hour for whatever their shop rate is and they screw it up that's a little bit irritating

 

 

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That's how I got involved in my own work...... I got tired of the frequent misinformation and seeing what really was done, finally got to me. In 2001 I got serious about investing in tools even though I always had enough to do the usual maintenance, it opened up a whole new education along with a certain glee about not getting hosed any more. 

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11 hours ago, JAG1 said:

You guys, my door lock switch is bad.Keeps setting off the alarm so Just want to make sure about pulling off the door panel....... Just carefully pull it off the holding clips....... Is that right? I will look around for any screws too.

I bought a bunch of the plastic door clips off Amazon.  I still have quite a few, I can send you some if you are in need.

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 Thanks Hawkez, I will let you know when I get it apart, weather permitting. I have a garage, but like most It's got a few things in there. Material things are starting to go down the road for simpler living. Cleaned out a bunch yesterday. :thumb1:

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13 minutes ago, JAG1 said:

 Thanks Hawkez, I will let you know when I get it apart, weather permitting. I have a garage, but like most It's got a few things in there. Material things are starting to go down the road for simpler living. Cleaned out a bunch yesterday. :thumb1:

I was able to reuse most of the plastic fasteners.  A few did break.  If you take your time and have something to help pry it apart you will be just fine. 

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25 minutes ago, Hawkez said:

I was able to reuse most of the plastic fasteners.  A few did break.  If you take your time and have something to help pry it apart you will be just fine. 

Be very 'ginger' and skip the eating of GMO chicken. :thumb1:

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I did most everything on my '04.5...................almost all of it's documented here in posts.

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My genuine thanks to everyone in the tread and the site for inspiring me to do the mods to my truck and helping with issues along the way. I have thru the years done a good many things to my vehicles but never what all I have done this one. It has been and continues to be a great learning experience. So :cheers: to all for the help.

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18 hours ago, AH64ID said:

I’ve done a ton to my 3rd gen. Most of it I would do again. 

 

What are your goals with the truck? 

 

Is it an 04 or 04.5? 

'04.5

goals.... HMMM, I guess to keep it pretty stock with a few upgrades. I am not looking to light up the world, just get to work and tow my hobby here and there.

 

I just bought it 5months ago, it has 250k on it. things like a valve adjustment or injector replacement. not sure if it's worth diving in or having done.

 

you know, I can wash my own car, but is it worth the $8. I would pay at a car wash in a fraction of the time? I realize it is a personal decision but, some things people say it's not worth the hassle.

sounds like every one here is all for doing it themselves and that is AWESOME!

 

thanks everyone for the replies,  

 

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DYI- what do you do yourself vs have done?

 

Basically in a nutshell. After 50k miles when I got my VP44 replaced. The Dodge Dealer was not willing to work with me very well. At about 60k miles I sign off my warranty and began to modify my truck and improve everything from there. I've done all my own work since brand new. To this day I continue to learn and study and modify more and more. Will it ever stop. Most likely not. 

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There are a lot of places that just don't do the kind of work that you yourself can do......I seem to be constantly reminded of this when paying for work and see quite a bit of shops caring too much about the money and not the people they are servicing. Together with some of the untruthful information handed out..... I guess it's hard to let go of some of the frustration.

 

That's why I just call Mopar 73 Man. He walks you thru when not understanding something your doing and then I try to send in a little extra donation to help his cause.

 

 

 

 

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Im the same way, I do all my own work. I did have my 47rh built by a shop, have alignments done tires mounted/balanced. I do everything else myself, I dont trust other people around my trucks. Ive seen to many so called experts do shoddy work for big money.

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Oil changes

Frontand rear bumper R&R

Side view mirrors R&R

Projector headlamp install with LED bulbs

R&R all other light housings/covers

Paint entire truck with Bedliner

Double din android head unit install

Drivers seat replacement

Drivers door adjustment to stop wind noise due to warpage

Radiator R&R for degreasing

Thermostat change

Belt change

Front crank seal

Timing cover gasket

Rear crank seal

Tappet cover gasket

Compound turbo install

Injector R&R

Injector rebuild

Injector pop testing & shimming

ARP head stud install

Rocker arm replacement

47RE trans rebuild at home

Tie rod ends, ball joints, and other front end work

Shocks

Rear leaf springs

Front and rear sway bar links/bushings

Drive shaft R&R

Trans/Tcase R&R

Compound turbo install (HX35 over HT60)

VP44 Injection Pump R&R

Custom lift pump setup with a Walbro 392 (I don't care what anyone says, it IS enough fuel if lines are done properly)

Fass fuel pressure regulator

 

Probably missing some stuff here. All work done myself. More to come in the next couple if months:

 

Snapped the flex plate last spring, so trans is out again. BD black oxide flex plate on order. While I'm at it, ordered a Goerend triple disk 17SS converter, no more slippage.

 

While the trans is out I'd be foolish not to go through it again, and while it's apart I'm throwing in Alto Red Eagle power packs and cranking the line pressure up. Because of the triple disk I'm putting in a TCS Canada input shaft. Leaving the intermediate and output stock. The output shaft will be my mechanical fuse, since it can be replaced by dropping only the overdrive section. Trans will be getting John Deere Hy-Gard Low Viscosity oil (J20D).

 

Also got some Crower valve springs and Manton 7/16" x .120" push rods coming so I can turn the Quad up to 3700 RPM and not worry about float, or worry about blowing a valve open at high boost. Got a different fuel pump off Amazon that flows a little more just for insurance. Will keep the Walbro as a spare.

 

Truck will be mobile again this spring after being down for a year. Will get back on the Dyno some time in 2019 for some steady state timing tuning and to get some new HP/Torque numbers. Expecting some bigger numbers if I can keep the trans from slipping. Shouldn't be a problem now.

 

I should also note that a few of these items were done with the help of the articles section. Thank you Mopar1973Man.com!

 

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On 3/12/2019 at 9:51 PM, AH64ID said:

I’ve done a ton to my 3rd gen. Most of it I would do again. 

 

What are your goals with the truck? 

 

Is it an 04 or 04.5? 

Ok, now I'm not sure 04 or 04.5

my neighbor has an 03 and asked me if I had the "HO" motor. Not sure that either....

but then would I know the difference being stock and all? 

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