Alright I am a semi new Mopar owner, this is my first dodge, however my first car was a dsm
so I didnt go into this relationship blind of the stupidity and frustration which they bring with them. I have a 96 dodge ram 4wd ext cab 5.2 auto, it has a 2' lift with 17" motometals and 33" procomp xtreme at tires. It has this stupid famous p0500 code so I don't know the actual mileage and the speedo doesn't work I would appreciate any insight given to me on any of my questions in this post.
1. The p0500 code, I have a check engine light with a nonworking speedo and odo however no abs lights or anything like that, I replaced the speed sensor on the output shaft of the tranny a little over a month ago with no results, besides the fact that in the last few days, the tranny will randomly not shift from 2nd to 3rd without moving the shifter into 2 and back to drive and spontaniously it decides to slip and jam into first when leaving a stoplight.
2. My plan is to end up with a brand new truck in the next six months, I am stating my budget at 12grand not including the recent purchase of wheels and tires, I plan on buying a 318 and rebuilding it in my garage and when the time comes for the current motor or tranny to crap out, hopefully in about 6months I will be able to drop in a well built 318. any suggestions on vendors to look at for performance parts or especially well known performance/ efficiency adders would be greatly appreciated.
3. suspension, I am currently just looking for a new lift kit, most likely a bit taller maybe a combination of suspension and body lift once again suggestions welcome, I am taking it into 4wheel parts to have all the tie rods, ball joints, and etc replaced along with a new steering box in about a month but want it to be a little more aggressive.
4. bumpers, I dont have a back bumper at the moment and the plastic on the front bumper honestly makes my truck look like its smirking
, however finding bumpers for this truck is unusually challenging but im probably not looking in the right places, so once again suggestions. thanks to all if you would like to email me anything my email is firstname.lastname@example.org