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Old January 4th, 2012, 11:07 PM   #1
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Dodge 360 questions

So i'm going to be putting a new **prolly used** motor in my 1998 dodge ram, and have a couple questions. I would like to get a motor with under 150k.

1) Will any year 5.9 work?
2) I would like to put headers and throttle body spacer, but would it be worth putting a cam in a motor with that many miles? and what cam would be good?
3) Is there any other way to get power out of these?

Any advice or criticism that would help
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Old January 4th, 2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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I put a 99 360 in my 95 and from what i rememberd it all pluged right in...i had a problem with the factory alarm though, it wouldn't let it start so i had to pull the dash and put a junk yard harness in
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Old January 4th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #3
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you need a magnum motor. I believe its 1994 and newer. I would watch out for egr on certain years if yours doesn't have it. From the research Ive done, the LA motors are pretty interchangeable with in the major year bands.

If you have the engine out, that would be the time to put a cam in. I didnt notice that much of a difference in power on my 318, but I just put a rv/towing cam in. pretty mild.

The best thing I did for power was stroked the engine. I can tow a 4000 lb car on my flat bed trailer and never break out of overdrive when on the freeway heading to south haven from holland. The only issue I do have is that the computer isn't happy with the displacement. I havent found a good option for my truck due to its a 94 (obd1) but with the obd2 there is alot more computer options out there.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #4
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the throttle body spacer is nothing more than a paper weight.
94-02 were the magnum years, egr i believe stopped with the obd2 in '96.

comp has a series of cams for the magnums

mods besides the stroker...
ported throttle body
RHS or Edelbrock cylinder heads
Harland Sharp 1.7 roller rockers
modded stock kegger intake manifold or Hughes' Air Gap manifold (Hughes claims more power & mpg)
headers

Hypertech, Superchips & SCT offers handheld tuners.
SCT offers the ability for custom tunes, B&G Chrysler will also do a custom flash if you give them all the specs of your build.
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Old January 5th, 2012, 05:24 PM   #5
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93 was the first year of the 5.9 magnum
92 for the 5.2 if it matter's
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Old January 10th, 2012, 03:46 PM   #6
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FWIW I put a engine from a 98 in my 96 Both 5.9l. Only issue I had was some of the newer sensors used different connectors do i had to use a couple from the 96 (tps is the only one I can think of right now).
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:18 AM   #7
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I put a 99 in my 98 the alt was different. cut the runners on you stock intake. for a couple hrs of work its well worth it!
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Old January 26th, 2012, 10:20 AM   #8
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oh ya timeing chain and gears, a good ideal any time your putting in a used engine and u want it to last! cheap insurance
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