1 year summary, and let me help you spend your money!

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
Well, I’m at the 1 year mark with my lovely 2021 TRX Level 2.

0B066594-D5A1-41D8-A6E1-054A55BC8EDC.jpeg
C0223670-E9DA-4F57-8FAE-FA55F0406C49.jpeg


Just under 8000 miles. It uses no oil, no coolant, and no leaks. Lifetime fuel economy has crept up to 9.9 MPG according to the lie-o-meter. In the winter it was pegged between 7 and 8. So she hasn’t lived an easy life by any stretch with the majority of time spent in sport mode.

There has been no warranty work needed, but I have fixed a few things myself. First, the minor fit and finish things such as exhaust tip and hood alignment. Also, my ambient lighting wasn’t working from day one, traced and repaired a pinched wire on the rear door panel. I did have to take it in to have the VVT harness under the blower replaced, but that was the fault of a tree-rat chewing the wire, not the truck. Everything has been pretty much perfect and I’ve had a blast doing my small, subtle improvements over the past year.

Which brings me to the other point of this thread. As we get more and more members taking delivery of their trucks (or waiting), I figured I’d share what I’ve done with part numbers and/ or links when I can. Some of the mods are common, but others may be something you haven’t seen or thought of. And maybe I can support your truck spending addiction. 😁

Once I got it home, literally same day job was for me to install the Mopar power steps. I like the low profile looks and factory integration. The part number at the time was 82215287AE and they were around $1400 bucks. I’m sure it went up since.

Next were color matched mirror caps. Billet Silver part numbers 6RP44JSCAA and 6RP45JSCAA. Usually around $35 on eBay, plus another $5 for a suction cup makes for a nice cheap mod.

At this time I also put on Adam’s Graphene ceramic coating as well as fluid changes. The coating has held up amazing and the fluid changes were a necessity due to under-filled transfer case and front diffs, Hercules-tight oil filter, and hand-tight oil cooler drain. Trust me, it’s better to just start over fresh if you’re capable.

(I am currently using Redline 0w40, MO-041 filter, and a Votex magnetic drain plug.
Drivetrain got Redline 75w140 rear diff, Redline 75w85 front diff, and Mopar 68049954AC for the transfer case.)

From there I did a barrage of small things over the following months.

Matte screen protector:

OEM Hitch cover:

Peragon tonneau cover:
https://www.peragon.com/shop/covers/Ram/1500/2021

WeatherTech bed mat:
https://justboltons.com/weathertech...ram-trx-new-body-without-ram-box-36701-3tg13/

Tazer DT: https://www.zautomotive.com/product/z_tzr_dt/#accessories

Bosch Icon 24A wiper blades, stock ones are lousy:

Gorilla 96644BDX black lugs:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2ABJME/

I was also the first to get my mitts on WeatherTech mud flaps:
https://justboltons.com/weathertech...ront-rear-set-for-2021-ram-trx-110137-120137/

2022 brought some more modding and out of control spending, mainly in a stereo. I posted a long thread on the process. I didn’t update that thread but I actually went up to an active 3 way after posting it. And then subsequently back to stock due to annoying drone without ANC that made itself much more apparent towing my boat. The decision to go back to stock was also helped along by a new addition coming to our family and some other projects needing attention. I am still running the JL Stealthbox, JL VX1000/1 amp, and the PAC interface. I am able to use factory ANC and enjoy my peace and quiet and blower whine. But with some extra bump when I want it.

Stealthbox:
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13694677/JL-Audio-Stealthbox-Black.html

Amp:
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_13698631/JL-Audio-VX1000-1i.html

Interface:
https://www.crutchfield.com/p_541AP4CH41/PAC-AmpPRO-AP4-CH41-Aftermarket-Amplifier-Interface.html

To complement the sub box and allow easier access to the RamBins, I bought the carpet rear floor mat to replace the rubber. Part number is: 82215409
0CCFED4F-37B2-4030-A33A-A857A9628C09.jpeg


While doing the stereo I also installed the Paragoptics red lighting kit since everything was apart:
https://www.paragoptics.com/dt-ram-abl-crew-cab
69347614-09A3-4303-BF62-128E66717B41.jpeg


Some more reasonably priced mods followed.

Brighter reverse lights were a needed improvement:
https://www.shiftsandgrinsfabricati...mics-ssc1-pro-lights-and-wiring-harness/1249?
013E8B80-82D3-415B-9B0D-065902333073.jpeg


Sway bar corrected the lean and added some sporty handling to boot. I am running it on the max stiffness setting.
https://justboltons.com/hellwig-rear-sway-bar-kit-for-2009-2021-ram-1500-4wd-with-2-4-lift-7883/
EEBC83F1-0AD5-4EA8-939B-1574C63B34CC.jpeg

This hardware was needed to complete the install:

While I was back there I added the black chrome Borla tips, easy bolt on improvement:
https://justboltons.com/borla-black-chrome-5-tips-304-stainless-steel-for-2021-2022-ram-trx-60718bc/
08AA3B31-781F-421E-AC16-DBD2481B8DEB.jpeg


Under hood mods are limited to the UPR catch can, and S&B intake.
1E260D14-816D-4584-B40D-5C51614F60C4.jpeg


S&B:
https://solisracinggroup.com/jeep-dodge-performance-parts/sb-cold-air-intake-ram-trx-2021-2022/
Catch can:
https://www.uprproducts.com/15-21-d...eye-z-bracket-oil-catch-can-6-2l-plug-n-play/

Other interior mods & accessories include a Valentine 1 Gen 2 radar detector installed with mirror tap:
And a 3D printed windshield mount:
73326B7D-26B9-49FA-9D9D-4FF55312A96F.jpeg

I found some 2022 pedals / pads, and came up with these cool seat shields from a 2022+ Ram Limited. They replace the plain plastic with matching black chrome trimmed parts that look fancier. Parts for seat shields:
6VF061X7AB (passenger)
6VF071X7AB (driver)

E74388B8-980B-4588-BA2A-8EC75BC687E5.jpeg


I also came up with a quick and easy kill switch to at least slightly reduce the theft risk. It is not a huge concern in my area but I sleep better with it:

Think that about covers it. I don’t have many other things planned, at least while under warranty. Truck is basically perfect anyway.
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
So far I haven’t thought of anything else to add. Thankfully. Been back and forth on the Rambar, but not in a rush to decide. I initially hated it and didn’t order it, but they’ve been looking better to me lately. If I found one cheap…
 

quietpeen

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 14, 2021
Messages
1,603
Reaction score
1,256
Location
United States
I like the rambar, but 2 things keep me from seriously considering it. 1st is I'm pretty sure my Bak-Flip MX4 will not work with it, and 2nd thing is whether it would fit in my garage.
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
I’ve seen guys use the Peragon I have with the Rambar, but I’d still have to take it all off to install which doesn’t excite me. And as you said, it does add even more height!!
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
I use it as a sports car that can tow, haul and is good in snow. Not much of an off road scene here except hunting trails which my last truck handled fine too.
 

quietpeen

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 14, 2021
Messages
1,603
Reaction score
1,256
Location
United States
I will say mine is now my only vehicle, and it is driven basically daily. Locally for me the only off-roading is in the mountains on jeep trails and that is not up this trucks wheelhouse. So mine is a pavement princess until the desert and the dunes expand to the east cost.
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
Welp, I guess I found another thing to do. Saw a TRX Incognito pulley setup on eBay for $600 last night. Threw it in my watch list…you know…just in case…and the seller sent me a private offer of $450. Wasn’t gonna turn that down. Ordered a new crank bolt and I’ll be all set for more boosts.
BC765B46-A3AF-460C-A8FB-FB40F744EF8C.jpeg
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
Need a tune after install?
Nope, that’s the great part. It’ll play nice within the stock tune, and is 100% reversible if needed.

If it required a tune I would probably skip it and go way bigger along with supporting mods. Just not ready for that commitment yet.
 

Trailmaker

Active member
Joined
Oct 13, 2021
Messages
238
Reaction score
181
Location
conroe tx.
Nope, that’s the great part. It’ll play nice within the stock tune, and is 100% reversible if needed.

If it required a tune I would probably skip it and go way bigger along with supporting mods. Just not ready for that commitment yet.
Will you go colder plugs and thermostat?
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
Will you go colder plugs and thermostat?
Shouldn’t need to do either but I’m open to it. In fact, I’d love to run a 180 tstat for many reasons but apparently these trucks will throw a code, especially in winter. Which is just around the corner.
 

Trailmaker

Active member
Joined
Oct 13, 2021
Messages
238
Reaction score
181
Location
conroe tx.

The TRX Tyrant is running colder parts on their rig is why I asked.
 
OP
OP
OnTheReel

OnTheReel

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 27, 2022
Messages
474
Reaction score
366
Location
Wisconsin
Yeah, they are taking it a little further than I plan to go. That said, there’s a guy running 12.1 with just the same pulley and an intake. Thinking maybe I find some cheap Ram 1500 takeoffs with street tires, get some good conditions, and I should be able break the 11s. Factory warranty intact…kinda…
 

quietpeen

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 14, 2021
Messages
1,603
Reaction score
1,256
Location
United States
Yeah, they are taking it a little further than I plan to go. That said, there’s a guy running 12.1 with just the same pulley and an intake. Thinking maybe I find some cheap Ram 1500 takeoffs with street tires, get some good conditions, and I should be able break the 11s. Factory warranty intact…kinda…
Cheap ram take offs with better that stock tires for the track i would imagine would get you decent results
 

Forum statistics

Threads
480
Messages
8,718
Members
523
Latest member
SoundsGoodStereo
Top