OK, I have a 1999 Ram 1500 SLT ext. cab 4X4, with the 5.2 and an auto trans. Purchased it last December with 33K miles on it, it has 37K on it now.
Except for the paint, it's in great shape. However, it needs more power, more tire and more presence. And I can't leave well enough alone so I'm working up my mod plan. Let's just say it's gonna be taller and look a bit different when I'm done.
But what I'm stumped on is the powertrain. With the lift, I believe I'm gonna need a bit more power and different gears.
I've never built a 318 and don't know where to start or even if it's a good way to go. I may be wrong but maybe trying to build the 318 isn't a good idea as my options and resulting power rating is limited, much like the old GM 307 V-8. I'm not adverse to coring out the stock engine and going with a MOPAR crate engine or something built from the Magnum line of engines.
I've been perusing some online info on small block strokers up to 410 cu. inch. My power goal is right around 400HP. It also has to be emissions legal as we get inspected here every two years.
Am I wasting my time with the 318 and is my money better spent going to a performance crate engine?
Oh, and then there's those pesky computers and engine management controls I gotta deal with too...
This may preclude the 440 wedge I was considering as I am not certain how I can meld two different computer controls and not throw codes, which disqualifies the vehicle as emissions compliant and I won't be able to register it.
So, any wisdom you can share with me will be greatly appreciated!
And thanks to everyone who participated in the wheel thread. Too bad the XD rims don't come in a 5 X 5.5 lug size.