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Old October 6th, 2010, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 w/ 5 lug axles???

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I bought a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 club cab this week. It had some aftermarket rims with center caps that covered the lug nuts which didn't bother me at first. I'm looking to buy some new tires for it and took the center caps off to find that both the front and rear axles have 5 lugs instead of the 8 lugs that are usually found on a 2500. VIN and title both match and both come up as a Ram 2500. I decoded the VIN and it is correct that it is a 1997 Dodge Ram 2500 Club Cab 4x4 5.9L V8 truck. The axle ratios are 3.54 but hard to get any other identifying numbers from them. The front axle appears to be a D44 and looks original as there are no witness marks on any of the attaching bolts. Did dodge ever make a light duty 2500 that would've used the 5 lug axles instead of 8? The spare tire looks original and it is a steeltex 8 ply tire on a steel 5 lug rim. Just curious if I bought a sissy version Ram 2500. Thanks.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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I think you got hosed.
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sounds like u got screwed whats the gvw rating on the door
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Dodge had two versions of the 2500 for a while. One with D60's and one with a D44/9.25 combo. Pretty sure both were always 8 lug.
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Old October 16th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #5
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yikes, id be driving the truck into that dudes house
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Look for the VIN that is on the frame to see if it matches the body. My guess would be a cab swap was done at some point.
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Did dodge ever make a light duty 2500 that would've used the 5 lug axles instead of 8?
The 2500LD was produced with a D44 front until 1997.5. Is your front axle BOM 610632 or 610634?

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Just curious if I bought a sissy version Ram 2500.
Yes.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 03:37 PM   #8
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im gonna go with the idea that the body was swapped onto a 1500 chassis, sissy truck, drive it through his house, and say it pulls the the left hard and you want your money back
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