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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 TXR4 - Building A Lease Truck

Posted in Project Vehicles on February 1, 2008
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Get a new lease on life! Seriously, if you've ever leased a vehicle you know the frustrations of wanting to modify that vehicle, but you are well aware of the penalties and financial consequences that may occur. So what are you supposed to do? Leave it stock? Buy a beater rig? Well, both options make sense, but depending on where you live and what you do, owning multiple vehicles isn't always the most practical avenue, nor is turning your daily driver into a full-on trail rig (unless you go off-roading for a living, then in that case please send us a few blank job applications). Like most things in life, the key is to find a balance, that happy medium that rests somewhere between the awesome roar of Mud-Terrains and the obstacle of a 60-mile daily commute.

We decided to test our lease-truck theory on a truck that was leased to us, an '06 Dodge Ram 1500 TXR4 that sooner or later Chrysler will remember we have and off it will go, but we sort of promised them it would come back stock (there was nothing mentioned about scratched and dented, though; we have a tendency of redefining the word used). By returning the vehicle back to stock you should avoid the penalties of lease modification and even be able to get a jump start on your next ride's additions. Now we're not suggesting that you solid-axle your new leased pickup, but a mild suspension lift that doesn't require you to torch off your subframe or notch any crossmembers is OK in our books. These are just some of the bolt-on goodies that will protect your rig from your weekend adventures and can easily be knocked out in your driveway with a few handtools and a little time. Just remember to store all your original parts in a safe place. Taking pictures of procedures and parts isn't a bad idea either. As time passes it may be hard to remember what went where.

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Getting into your truck after a hard day of work can really put a beating on your seats. Although we're fans of using old towels and T-shirts to keep the seats fresh, there's just something about nice seat covers that keeps the truck looking sharp. One of the biggest names in seat covers is Wet Okole. With seemingly endless color combinations and themes, these waterproof seat covers often look better than what comes from the factory. When applying the covers, make sure to heat them in the sun before sliding them on. We found that after a few days of sitting on them you'll need to resecure some of the Velcro once the material has settled in. Stop trashing your floor mats! Also, a dead giveaway of a "well used" vehicle can be seen by the stories from your dirty floor. A cheap and quick way to protect your interior is a set of drop-in mats available at most auto parts stores across the country.


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