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Old August 11th, 2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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lookin at gettin a 94-02 ram 2500 4x4 with a 360 gas

what engine mods do well for these trucks?

are all dana 60s in the back and some have 60s in the front and some are 44s?

how big of tires can u fit stock height?

what transfer case is under them?

are the trannies junk if? so what are options to upgrade them?

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my book shows 5 possible rear axles in that time frame for 3/4 ton Dodge trucks. Chy8.25, 9.25, D60, D70U, and D80. Most likely would be a D60. Go here and you can see the diff covers and more info to ID the axle:

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Front would be a standard rotation D44 or D60 w/vacuum disconnect.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #3
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lookin at gettin a 94-02 ram 2500 4x4 with a 360 gas

what engine mods do well for these trucks?
Magnum V8's have a pretty big aftermarket.

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are all dana 60s in the back and some have 60s in the front and some are 44s?
Yes. It will not be a D70 or D80 with a 360. If its 8-lug, the rear is most likely a D60. There were a few other odd combinations in the early years of that generation, such as a 8-lug D44/9.25 combo. Essentially an 8-lug 1/2-ton. I'd stay away from those.

As mentioned, 2nd-gen Rams never used reverse-cut differentials. They are all standard-cut. The front brakes were updated to a non-pressed design in 1999 and they also lost the CAD systems and went to fully live axles in 2000. (I'd recommend looking for a 99-up.)


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how big of tires can u fit stock height?
285/75r16's will be safe. 305's may rub depending on the wheel backspacing. 315's will rub the plastic inner fenders (and perhaps the radius arms, IIRC) on stock rims without a leveling kit.

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what transfer case is under them?
That can vary. Could be a 231D, a 241, or in the event you get a plow model, a 241HD. You actually don't want a 241HD if you can help it.

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are the trannies junk if? so what are options to upgrade them?
Its kind of a crapshoot when it comes to the transmissions. The automatics did not have very good reputations. However, it seems that there was no in-between. You either got a good one, or a bad one and the bad one would let you know rather early. Some people roll the dice and swap them out. Others solve the problem permanently and have the transmissions built since all the weaknesses are well-documented by now.

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Consider the V10's over the V8's. They are quite affordable, have good motor reputations, have plenty of power/torque (300hp/450 ft/lb) stock, and have D60 fronts with D70 rears. Pick up an 00 or 01 with the non-disco D60 front and you'll be happy. You aren't going to get that much better mileage out of a 360, especially when you raise it up into the wind and add weight. The V10 doesn't have to work nearly as hard to do the same job.


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ive seen a bunch of stuff on youtube of those v10s goin through mud like crazy, are they fast??? i mean they got some dam power
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I have always been happy with the performance, but that's mostly because I always kept it correctly geared for the tire size I was running.

Search around on Pavementsucks.com and you will find engine mods for the 488.
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I have a 99 2500 with a v-10. I love that truck (and i'm a chevy fan). The 488 has more power than anything i've ever driven including a chevy 454. Just don't plan on beating anyone with fuel mileage.

The transmission had been rebuilt already so I don't know how bad it was. the trans now works great. I really don't know what transfercase it has, i've actually only been under it a few times to change oil and a brake line. But the 4x4 is the best that i've seen for a manual, locks infinitaly quicker than my 96 chevy floor shift, i've pulled out my 3.5 ton tractor with it, put it in 4-lo and 2nd gear, I had about a 5 foot rut dug from the tires, but the truck didn't seem like it was bogging down at all
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I've heard the V10 is real hit and miss. Most of the ones I've come across were all rebuilt. Not sure if that's another sign.
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