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Old 09-07-2012, 03:44 AM
Krooser Krooser is offline
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Vehicle: 1997 Ram 1500 4X2
Trim Level: SLT
Color: Black
Engine: 1995-1997 318ci (5.2L) Natural Gas V8 200hp 430lb/ft
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Default 1997 engine swap

After 240,000 miles it seems my 5.2 is getting tired. And I just ran about 40 laps goofing off on the dirt track at my Rumblefest hot rod show last weekend and now I have an engine miss that MAY be a bent pushrod (I guess running 5500 RPM's down the straights didn't help!).

So I was at my local salvage yard today looking for some newer tires and I asked about used engines. The guy has several to choose from... most are 5.9's. One in particular is a '97 with only 130K on the clock... $400.00.

My question is will swapping in a 5.9 require anything special? Like also using the ECM from the donor truck?

Thanks...
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