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I have a 1997 Dodge ram 1500 4X4 club cab short bed. It is a Laramie SLT. What exactly does the Laramie SLT mean? that's my first question. I know its some kind of trim package.

My second question is how can you tell if your truck has a stock tow package on it. I heard that it comes with a transmission cooler and a bigger alternator. Is this true? It does indeed have a class v trailer hitch though.

Another question I have is did the 1997 dodge ram come with a stock CB radio? Because my truck has this little stubby antenna on the top only about 3 inches high and it has a little coax cable coming from it. It is directly attached to the top and cannot be removed.

Also is their such thing as a heavy duty version of the ram 1500, because my friend said that I have a "kind of" heavy duty version, because I have a Chrysler 9 1/4 inch rear end and a Dana 44 front end, although I only have the 5.2L 318. I personally don't think that their is such thing as a heavy duty version of the truck I own.

If you could please try to answer these questions for me I would greatly appreciate it as I bought my truck used only about 2 years ago (it is my first vehicle) and I still don't know what came stock and what didn't. Thank you
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I have a 1997 Dodge ram 1500 4X4 club cab short bed. It is a Laramie SLT. What exactly does the Laramie SLT mean? that's my first question. I know its some kind of trim package.

A Laramie SLT is the highest trim package on these trucks and usually comes with power everything, leather, etc.

My second question is how can you tell if your truck has a stock tow package on it. I heard that it comes with a transmission cooler and a bigger alternator. Is this true? It does indeed have a class v trailer hitch though.

The transmission cooler will be up in front of the radiator with transmission lines going to it. There's also a power steering cooler mounted below the radiator. I am not sure if it came with a bigger alternator. The towing package came with a Class IV from the factory. Here's the option codes from my build sheet that I have with the towing package:
XFHP Class IV Receiver Hitch
XFKP 7 Pin Wiring Harness
XFLP 7 to 4 Pin Wiring Adaptor
NHBP Auxiliary Transmission Oil Cooler
AHC Trailer Tow Group


Another question I have is did the 1997 dodge ram come with a stock CB radio? Because my truck has this little stubby antenna on the top only about 3 inches high and it has a little coax cable coming from it. It is directly attached to the top and cannot be removed.

They didn't come with stock CB's. It probably had satellite radio at one time and that's the antenna from that.

Also is their such thing as a heavy duty version of the ram 1500, because my friend said that I have a "kind of" heavy duty version, because I have a Chrysler 9 1/4 inch rear end and a Dana 44 front end, although I only have the 5.2L 318. I personally don't think that their is such thing as a heavy duty version of the truck I own.

All 94-01 Ram 1500 4x4's had a Chrysler 9.25 rear axle and a Dana 44 up front. Your buddy is wrong. I do believe they had a "light duty" 2500 with 6 lug axles back in the mid 90's, but don't quote me on that.

If you could please try to answer these questions for me I would greatly appreciate it as I bought my truck used only about 2 years ago (it is my first vehicle) and I still don't know what came stock and what didn't. Thank you
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you may find a little more information here
http://www.etrailer.com/question-6174.html

unless the radio was switched out at some time, you would not have had satellite radio in that year

it may have had a CB in there, most roof antennas for CBs look something like this on the roof



the truck could have had a cell phone antenna, it used to be the latest & greatest thing for cell phones several years ago

http://www.cellphoneshop.net/exanforceph.html
http://www.cellphoneshop.net/repeater.html
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Yeah whatever that antenna is on the roof, it has to be aftermarket.
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