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Dodge Large Marge: G&D's 2004.5 Dodge Diesel 2500 4x4 Tow/Expedition Rig
This is Large Marge, our 2004.5 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4. We bought it new and immediately set to building our ultimate expedition vehicle for easy and moderate trails.


Within the first year of owning it, we added these modifications:
  • 5.5" Sky Jacker Suspension lift (which we later swapped out using Rock Krawler flex Control Arms)
  • Hummer take-off wheels & tires; 315x70x17 BFG A/Ts
  • Dyna-Trac lock-out hubs
  • Suncoast Triple-disk torque converter and valve body
  • Smarty Jr. programmer (we run it on the economy mode, it adds horsepower, spools up faster, and gets better fuel mileage per gallon)
  • Air-Raid Air Intake
  • Banks Exhaust
When we finally got around to starting a build thread, we were on to the custom Cook-Box fabbed with brackets to bolt on at existing exhaust manifold heat-shield bolts:


Here it is in place:


Here you can see how it bolts on with the plastic head-cover bolts, and with the lid open how big the oven is. Notice the wire I added that keeps the lid open.


I also installed the most important piece of equipment for any expedition vehicle:


Looks like an alien took that picture! I'll add details about the Dodge build shortly.

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I also installed the most important piece of equipment for any expedition vehicle:
MVP status.. never hit the trail without mine. i like the contrasting black on chrome look.
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Love this truck. Glad I got to check it out in person. Ive been thinking of possible upgrades for later on down the road, and this is deff near the top of the list! Cant wait to see the specs and build list on this!
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I think it adds a nice little touch:


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Some random photos of the beast:

At Yuma Proving Ground on the way to the KOFA, 2010


In Kofa Queen Canyon, KOFA NWR, 2010


On the way to Ouray, CO towing Number 7, 2010


El Camino del Diablo, 2010 - at the Boy Scout Memorial


El Camino del Diablo 2010


Mojave Road 2011 at Beale Mountain


Mojave Road, 2011


On Hoover Dam - on the way to The Rubicon Trail 2009


Somewhere in northern Nevada on the way home from The Rubicon Trail, 2009


Inyo Mine, Death Valley, 2009


Warm Springs Camp, Butte Valley, Death Valley Trip, 2009


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Great looking Dodge. I'd like to set up my '01 for expeditions if I can get permission from the wife to put a shell on mine.
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Great looking Dodge. I'd like to set up my '01 for expeditions if I can get permission from the wife to put a shell on mine.
It does make it harder to drive in town, can't see out the back as well, but it sure makes life more comfortable on the trail. I didn't think I'd like it at first but now I can't see not having it. It's perfect for how we use it. d
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Looks good Diane and George. This is how I have always liked tow rigs set up, can be used in combination with the Jeep or on its own. When this rig goes along will probably be the times that my Dodge goes out, keep me up to date on runs you think it could handle.
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Looks good Diane and George. This is how I have always liked tow rigs set up, can be used in combination with the Jeep or on its own. When this rig goes along will probably be the times that my Dodge goes out, keep me up to date on runs you think it could handle.
You would have been fine on this weekend's trip exploring the Devil's Highway area, except for the 4-wheeling portion we did yesterday. d
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