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Old 02-16-2011, 05:48 PM
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Default 5.2 to 5.9 Swap

I just smoked the 5.2 in my 97 Ram 1500 and would like to swap in a 5.9. I've searched this, and other forums, so I believe I know what I'm getting into but I really would like to hear directly from those who have done this swap with some tips and advice. Thanx' to all who respond.

This is a recent development and I've just had knee surgury so I've got a couple of weeks to get all my ducks in a row - so to speak. I have owned this truck since 2000, have about 188,000 miles on it, and was planning to pull the engine at 200K for a "performance" rebuild so now that I have to replace it I thought I'd make the upgrade. Look forward to hearing from some of you guys.

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The 5.9 is basically the same exact motor other than bore, stroke , and it being a externally balanced engine . You will need to change out the torque convertor in the transmission for one for a 5.9 . Thats one of the ways that it is externally balanced . The other way is through the balancer on the front of the engine . So if by chance you pull the front down on the 5.9 , make sure you reinstall the correct balancer . The programming in the computer is for the 5.2 . It will run and I feel it will run fine for ya . I've done this conversion for a couple of my customers . You can opt to go to the dealer and have them reflash your computer for the 5.9 specs .
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