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Old 05-11-2012, 10:29 PM
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Well here I am again lol. I originally came on here and asked the same question but with a 5.9L so i figured hey ill ask again. what im talking about is I have decided to take out the 5.9L and swap it to a 5.2L for multiple reasons. What I would like to know is what you all think I should work on for the motor. its out of a 97 dodge ram 1500 same as mine and just about to hit 150,000 miles im already going to change the obvious distributer, plugs, wires etc... What i would like to know is what you all think i should do differently internally like cam, pistons, lifters, springs etc.... the others i will also be changing will be the exhaust, ecu to configure to the new engine build, cad, etc... and i will be rebuilding my trans after im done with the engine also, money is really no issue. It will be kind of a slow build considering im pretty much rebuilding my truck from the ground up but hopefully i remember to take some pics and post them up here on ramforumz some where lol. Thanks in Advanced, Shawn D!!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:33 PM
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oops forgot to say that its more or less gona be a semi race engine running on regular still if that makes any sense? I would like to at least try and hit the 380-420hp mark possibly a little more will be ok as well but i really dont want to go way over that
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seems as if we are both in the same boat im actually going to upsize from my 318 to the 360 i recently decided this before i was going to beef up my 318 so with the little research ive done id say go with a full motor stroker kit thatll bump this baby 318 engine up alot i belive the highest you can go is up to 390 after that id say a nice top end kit and a good performance crankshaft ive found multiple kits that sell all this together or some things together or everything seperate just google...and if your really feeling ballsy head studs and a turbo/supercharger which ever you prefer would more then likely blow any lil street racer you come up against right out the water id also recommend dule straight pipes if your lookin for some beefy sound
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Just wondering why you are starting off decreasing displacement to increase performance. 360 has a longer stroke (3.58) than the 318 (3.31) and a bigger bore (360 = 4", 318 = 3.91"). Unlees you intend to put really low gears in the rear, take a bunch of weight off and make a high rpm engine out of it, the 360 would make a much better starting point. 360 was designed from the outset to be a heavy car/truck engine. Longer stroke than it's brothers, also bigger main bearings. It's your truck, just curious.
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Looking for a little help. I have a 1997 Ram 1500 4x4 with a 318. This is pretty much just a toy, I only use it to offroad on the weekends. But now that it's summer and getting hot. I'm over heading a lot under load, trying to climb hills. I've added 2 X 10" electric fans, but it really isn't helping much.
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180 degree thermostat and a fresh radiator (unless you're absolutely sure it's flowing well). Maybe step up to a 3-row, or at least an OEM heavy-duty if you don't already have that. Clogged exhaust could also be causing it to run hotter than normal.
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Thanks for the input. I know I had the Radiator flush a couple of months back, but they did say it has a lot of rust. It might be time to replace it with something a little bigger. I do appreciate the feedback.
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