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Old May 9th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hello y'all, a couple months ago I bought a 1990 dodge w250 with a 5.9 liter 360ci engine, Dana 44 front, dana60 rear, and a A518 trans (basically a 727 with overdrive). The truck is currently lifted 7 inches and sitting on 35's. As of right now all drive train is stock and the only thing Ive done so far was cut the clogged cat-converter off and am running straight pipes. I plan on using this truck as a daily driver and an off road toy/ Mud truck. Ya ya I know the mpg will be below 10, not a problem. Anyway was wondering what I should start with to build the truck up some. The first thing I plan on doing is putting headers on it. After that...??? Any suggestions? Just turned 18 so bear with me on my limited experience. Thanks for any helpful input!
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Or not... lmao
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I had the same truck. Except on 38.5" boggers. 318. I did headers, duals with flomaster 40 series. Put a normal 14" round air cleaner on it. Electric fan. That helped in the power department. Mine was a 4 SPD though. I also had a 88 150. If you have any specific questions I could prolly help you. Luke at Redbarncustoms is very knowledgeable as well as rookiemt on here.
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Im looking for bigger tires right now... I need them to fit a 16.5 inch rim though. Seems kinda hard to come by. Im gonna put headers on it,, straight pipe it, and dump them right before the rear tires.
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Straight pipes on dodges sound awful. Please don't do that. Plus the noise in the cab would be unbearable for a daily driver. Not to mention those engines need some back pressure or it will run like crap and get crappy mileage. For $35 at any auto parts get a thrush chambered muffler. Or two. They sound like a flo but a whole lot cheaper. Not the turbo muffler. 16.5's are still relatively easy to come by still. That shouldn't be an issue.
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I also had a 1987 dodge w150 that had true duels with duel flowmaster 40`s and it sounded like a beast! Mabe I`ll end up doing that again. Also?? I heard that shorty headers are better for mud trucks because they increase torque more than long tubes.. Is this true or should I just go with full length?? Btw if you happen to see any 37x16.5r tires for a good/great price let me know... Kinda tryin to save as much $$$ as possible. Thanks
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Gears will go a long way. go with the thursh like stated above. change the steering shaft also.
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Gears will go a long way. go with the thursh like stated above. change the steering shaft also.
Have any recommendations for gears?? And why is it necessary to change the steering shaft?

I probably will just put flow 40`s on it because thrush rusts out to quick.
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4.10-4.56. Stock steering shaft don't like much over a 33. borgsen makes a great one. the stock dog bones and cup are a poor design and are prone to fail with the larger tires.
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I believe the truck already has 4.10 gears in the front and rear. Seems like the perfect ratio for dd use and wheeling... Thanks for the tip on the steering shaft! Would hate to be wheeling and have that snap or something. Especially since I am the one usually pushing my trucks to there absolute limits!
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