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    Hey everyone,

    So I've been driving my Dakota R/T back and forth to work since 2000. I've had some great times with it. Vacations, truck shows, slow cruises... you know, good times. This thing has 275 thousand miles. I still love this beauty. The girls love this beauty. I always want to keep it as my daily. Unfortunately I need to be realistic about my plans. If I continue to drive this piece of art eventually it will either see its last day due to someone running into it or rusting beyond repair.

    I personally would like to keep fixing it for as long a possible but in order to keep it in my life maybe purchasing another daily drive is the thing to do. Which brings me to my next question. What next? I mean the trucks today are shaped like F#%$&ng bricks. They don't have that feel of the slammed R/T. What about a new Holden Ute for america or something? You know, el camino or maybe something that has the next feeling that my R/T gives me. What are your thoughts? Does anyone else out there wonder what can give me what my R/T has? Or what do you think would be the next sport truck that makes me want to open my wallet for the aftermarket hood and roll pan? What's your thoughts?



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    Build another, keeping your current for show and go.
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    I know they don't have quite the compact stature of a Dak R/T, but 4th gen Ram R/Ts have a better aftermarket for them, and a Gen III Hemi is a lot better starting point than a 360.

    If I ever get tired of my R/T, that's probably what I'll end up with.

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    [QUOTE=chrgr340;527946]I know they don't have quite the compact stature of a Dak R/T, but 4th gen Ram R/Ts have a better aftermarket for them, and a Gen III Hemi is a lot better starting point than a 360.

    If I ever get tired of my R/T, that's probably what I'll end up with.

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    I agree, as I have always wanted a 4-door version of the Ram 5.7 Hemi. The SRT-10 would be nice, but way out of my price-range. Now very married to my R/T, but if the worst were to happen, the Ram Hemi would be the direction I'd go.

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    Ram Tradesman ordered with Hemi eight speed .. 3.92 Gears in regular cab . 2wheel Drive is best Sleeper. Truck out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    I agree, as I have always wanted a 4-door version of the Ram 5.7 Hemi. The SRT-10 would be nice, but way out of my price-range. Now very married to my R/T, but if the worst were to happen, the Ram Hemi would be the direction I'd go.
    This is actually my DD Ram (well really, during the summer my R/T is, but whatever). It's 4wd because Minnesota, but I often think about lowering the rear and doing like a Quad Cab knock off R/T look with it. I probably won't ever end up doing it because again, Minnesota, but I think it'd look pretty sweet closer to the ground with the 22" factory R/T wheels on it. I swapped the black emblems on it to sport it up a bit, but it'll never get black wheels because I'd prefer to not be like every other black truck on the road these days.




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    Okay guys good ideas. Let me hit the highlights and tell me what you think.

    First, Ram SRT10. Now this is a great truck. I would like to make this truck my daily driver. Although I'm not sure how this truck will do over time. I know the 8.3 liter isn't well known for being a high mileage engine. Though, I've been wrong about things like this. I know there's plenty of high mileage LS3's out there. But... I'm not sure about bumper to bumper traffic.

    Second, Hemi Ram. This is more of a practicle truck than the SRT10 but it just doesn't get me that excited. Now, I'll be honest I was checking out some of the custom rides on the internet for a good part of last night.

    Third, build a second R/T. I really like this idea but I'm not sure I can just make another one with the same love that I gave this one. What are your thoughts?

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    the 6.4 hemi in the rams are no joke. Great motor. Good amount of go fast parts too.

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    this is mine too have 98 rt and 17 rt KIMG0712.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by rattler360 View Post
    Ram Tradesman ordered with Hemi eight speed .. 3.92 Gears in regular cab . 2wheel Drive is best Sleeper. Truck out there
    That does sound like a good place to build from!

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