No manufacturer builds the perfect truck. They all try to do things right but not one of them has gotten it perfect yet. It is hard because none of them know exactly who we are, and they cant build one to suit our needs without thinking about their other customers. They dont know what trails we drive on, how many miles we drive to work, or whether or not we let our kids drive the truck. So until they come out with the perfect one, we will just have to find the one that is close enough and modify, modify, modify.
The biggest favor you can do for yourself is to start with a vehicle that is close to what you need. If you want a big-block and full-floating axles, find a 1-ton. Same thing for those of you who have a 2WD but want to build up a 4x4. Save yourself the heartache and find something with a transfer case.
These 10 modifications outline the steps to take if you want to have fun running the trails and come back to tell your friends about it.