Did a second, REAL PDI on the LE today.

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So, I wanted to investigate a couple of things with the TRX today and perform a real PDI on the truck. For all of your knowledge, PDI's are generally not handled by Ram Tech's anymore. They are done by the detail department and consist of them checking fluids, taking the cars out of shipping mode and then cleaning them up, they do not put them on a lift and checking anything under the truck. Thats it....

So I grabbed one of my son's and we headed up to my shop where I tinker, and I also have a 25 year FCA Viper Technician who operates out of my shop and manages my race cars, and other stuff. Check out that unsprung hang, my son is almost 4 ft tall. I was pretty impressed.

We secured the passenger side body modules that were hanging off at delivery. Not excited about how they are attached so threw some zip ties on them. Pulled the front skid plates to get a look at the front end, discovered a wiring harness unfasten'ed and laying on the oil filter. This is not good as the oil filter gets really hot and will damage the wiring harness, found its proper mounting location and re-secured it. Did a torque check on all known components and everything was fine.

Checked the rear diff, fluid, transfer case, and front diff. Rear diff was fine, transfer case and front diff were really low on fluid.

Buttoned her back up and then dropped her down to do a weight and balance check by putting her on the race scales.. This is where the uneven ride height comes from, shocks are all in proper working order no defects but it is exacerbated by the softness of the suspension. The drivers side of the truck is 175lbs heavier than the passenger side, note the fuel tank is on the drivers side. She's a big girl, came in at 6711lbs. I installed a child in the engine bay on the passenger side to balance out the truck.

Got the race car packed in for some Cup Car testing tomorrow, and checked on my other ladies who were all tucked in. Threw in a video of my Gladiator Hemi conversation, yesterday was first fire, you can hear a header leak, tighten it up and sounds awesome now, can't wait for her to be done.
 

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The fluid situation is worrisome and very helpful, I'll get that checked out ... thanks for doing all this and sharing the info. (y)

That T1 is a thing of beauty!
 

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A real PDI, thanks for the walk through and more to add to the list when I pickup my LE.

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So, I wanted to investigate a couple of things with the TRX today and perform a real PDI on the truck. For all of your knowledge, PDI's are generally not handled by Ram Tech's anymore. They are done by the detail department and consist of them checking fluids, taking the cars out of shipping mode and then cleaning them up, they do not put them on a lift and checking anything under the truck. Thats it....

So I grabbed one of my son's and we headed up to my shop where I tinker, and I also have a 25 year FCA Viper Technician who operates out of my shop and manages my race cars, and other stuff. Check out that unsprung hang, my son is almost 4 ft tall. I was pretty impressed.

We secured the passenger side body modules that were hanging off at delivery. Not excited about how they are attached so threw some zip ties on them. Pulled the front skid plates to get a look at the front end, discovered a wiring harness unfasten'ed and laying on the oil filter. This is not good as the oil filter gets really hot and will damage the wiring harness, found its proper mounting location and re-secured it. Did a torque check on all known components and everything was fine.

Checked the rear diff, fluid, transfer case, and front diff. Rear diff was fine, transfer case and front diff were really low on fluid.

Buttoned her back up and then dropped her down to do a weight and balance check by putting her on the race scales.. This is where the uneven ride height comes from, shocks are all in proper working order no defects but it is exacerbated by the softness of the suspension. The drivers side of the truck is 175lbs heavier than the passenger side, note the fuel tank is on the drivers side. She's a big girl, came in at 6711lbs. I installed a child in the engine bay on the passenger side to balance out the truck.

Got the race car packed in for some Cup Car testing tomorrow, and checked on my other ladies who were all tucked in. Threw in a video of my Gladiator Hemi conversation, yesterday was first fire, you can hear a header leak, tighten it up and sounds awesome now, can't wait for her to be done.
Thanks for sharing.👍
 

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So, I wanted to investigate a couple of things with the TRX today and perform a real PDI on the truck. For all of your knowledge, PDI's are generally not handled by Ram Tech's anymore. They are done by the detail department and consist of them checking fluids, taking the cars out of shipping mode and then cleaning them up, they do not put them on a lift and checking anything under the truck. Thats it....

So I grabbed one of my son's and we headed up to my shop where I tinker, and I also have a 25 year FCA Viper Technician who operates out of my shop and manages my race cars, and other stuff. Check out that unsprung hang, my son is almost 4 ft tall. I was pretty impressed.

We secured the passenger side body modules that were hanging off at delivery. Not excited about how they are attached so threw some zip ties on them. Pulled the front skid plates to get a look at the front end, discovered a wiring harness unfasten'ed and laying on the oil filter. This is not good as the oil filter gets really hot and will damage the wiring harness, found its proper mounting location and re-secured it. Did a torque check on all known components and everything was fine.

Checked the rear diff, fluid, transfer case, and front diff. Rear diff was fine, transfer case and front diff were really low on fluid.

Buttoned her back up and then dropped her down to do a weight and balance check by putting her on the race scales.. This is where the uneven ride height comes from, shocks are all in proper working order no defects but it is exacerbated by the softness of the suspension. The drivers side of the truck is 175lbs heavier than the passenger side, note the fuel tank is on the drivers side. She's a big girl, came in at 6711lbs. I installed a child in the engine bay on the passenger side to balance out the truck.

Got the race car packed in for some Cup Car testing tomorrow, and checked on my other ladies who were all tucked in. Threw in a video of my Gladiator Hemi conversation, yesterday was first fire, you can hear a header leak, tighten it up and sounds awesome now, can't wait for her to be done.
Very jealous of your garage.

The low diff and transfer case fluid along with the loose harness really sucks. I have a line that needs to be properly fastened as well, back near passenger side firewall. Hose/line clamp is empty an inch away.
 

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I had to re-read what you wrote after I saw the pics. That wasn’t a spell check error... You installed a child and the ladies were nicely tucked in! Thanks for posting as that’s an impressive stable!
 

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How much room do you have under the truck on that lift, and what is what is lift model? I was thinking of getting a 2 post with an open top to allow me to stand under the truck.
 
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How much room do you have under the truck on that lift, and what is what is lift model? I was thinking of getting a 2 post with an open top to allow me to stand under the truck.
I'm 5'9" and can be underneath it without ducking or hitting my head. All of my two post lifts are Atlas lifts, I need to pull one and put a 16k lift in, these ones can't handle my 3500. You need to keep the top closed, that soft bar up top stops the lift when if the hood hits it, so you don't smash the truck into the ceiling.
 
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Very jealous of your garage.

The low diff and transfer case fluid along with the loose harness really sucks. I have a line that needs to be properly fastened as well, back near passenger side firewall. Hose/line clamp is empty an inch away.
They do not check the diffs or the transfer case fluids in a PDI.
 

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Huge help. Anyone have a copy of the service manual for the TRX? I don't have a Viper mechanic on staff. Go figure...

Owners manual is no help for this level of PDI. I'm familiar with checking the rear fluid but not front diff or transfer case.
 

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I'm going to ask my dealer to check when I bring in for air bag light that is on.
 
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Huge help. Anyone have a copy of the service manual for the TRX? I don't have a Viper mechanic on staff. Go figure...

Owners manual is no help for this level of PDI. I'm familiar with checking the rear fluid but not front diff or transfer case.
They should be filled so they are level with the bottom of the fill hole. Mine was a half inch down.
 

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My dealer is having both their master techs go through the truck and put wrench’s and eye balls on everything. They have heard of the quality problems and want to make sure things are right. I told them to take their time, if I can wait over 6 months for a truck it won’t hurt to wait a little longer for additional QA
 

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They should be filled so they are level with the bottom of the fill hole. Mine was a half inch down.
Do you recall if the fill hole had a paint mark line across it indicating it was checked at the factory and "signed off"?
 

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