Author Topic: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge  (Read 14585 times)

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #210 on: April 30, 2018, 02:08:21 PM »
If you want something to drag race, a built auto is the way to go.
If you want something durable to tow with, a NV5600 or 6sp Eaton is the way to go.

my opinion.
Drag racing is fun but that’s not the goal haha. Sometime it’s nice to just drop it in drive and just go. I looked into Eaton 6 or 7 speed (synchronized) trans. There’s a ton of unanswered questions. NV5600 is hard to come by including replacement parts and still not bulletproof.

I think I’ll just run the NV4500 until it’s clutch finally give out then I’ll make a decision and go from there.

On the other hand, I’m surprised that the LuK replacement clutch haven’t fail. Slipped it many many times in the last 4 years and it still hold just the same as long as I don’t punch the pedal too far. 

MikeMike, don’t take me wrong, I appreciate your opinion. I just need someone’s perspective from the other end of the spectrum.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #211 on: April 30, 2018, 02:17:01 PM »
The clutch is probably a good fuse keeping the rest of it from giving up! NV4500 make me nervous after blowing 5th twice too many.

More nervous than this G56 that I've been into twice, for some reason. Not sure why that is. I'd usually be up and done with something after 2 failures, and be putting a synchronized 6 or 7 speed in.
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #212 on: April 30, 2018, 02:26:08 PM »
I probably will or already did the Eaton 6/7 speed swap if my truck is 2wd. Ill want to design & make parts to marry the existing t-case to it. But that’s not going to happen anytime soon as I’ll need the trans and a second t-case to mock up and figure out what I’ll need to do and plan ahead of time to minimize down time. Especially figuring out what to do with starter, bell housing, clutch and clutch linkage/hydraulics. But the end result will be very rewarding, however.
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #213 on: April 30, 2018, 02:39:53 PM »
i have a spare ford divorced 205 :)

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #214 on: May 01, 2018, 08:21:10 AM »
I have been down the nv4500 road also and had no luck with that transmission.  I rebuilt it once and on the second time with stripped teeth I pulled it out and put a 6 speed eaton FSO-6406A is the transmission I put in.  I had 4.10 gears and no luck with 3.55 that is gonna be a gamble. Since the day I did that swap I have never touched that transmission. Peace of mind is worth every bit of money and time that took.


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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #216 on: May 01, 2018, 08:45:25 AM »
This guy isn’t done yet but I like how he’s going with his project. He’s marrying the stock t case to the trans. I’m not a machinist so the divorced t-case probably will be better in my case.

http://www.cumminsforum.com/forum/98-5-02-powertrain/41978-nv5600-fso6406a-6-speed-fuller-153.html

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #217 on: May 01, 2018, 12:10:38 PM »
divorced case could be done in a day, super simple with a good trans jack - which I have available to use.

reminds me - engine stand is in my Ram's crossbed toolbox, done with it - just keep forgetting to drop it back.
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #218 on: June 05, 2018, 03:11:48 AM »
Shaking/shimmy problems officially put to bed!

The problem was from alignment! It was a little too much toed-in from bent tie rod. Adjusted and all of the shaking nonsense completely gone!!!

Never thought it could’ve been from alignment. Felt nothing through the steering wheel.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #219 on: July 19, 2018, 09:28:49 PM »
Here’s a teaser pic. I found a caliper to make this nearly a BOLT-ON big brake upgrade . The only 3 mods I had to do were to 1) grind down the wheel hub flange to slide the rotor on 2) replace to a different wheel studs (I haven’t decide on which lug stud I’m happy with but relatively nonissue) and 3) grind the caliper bracket to clear the rotor. The original caliper bolt worked, even.

****This apply ONLY to 95-97 F350 D60s and likely TTB D50s too as they share same OEM brake set up.

Look like warped rotors won’t be a problem again  8)

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #220 on: July 19, 2018, 10:06:44 PM »
Cool
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #221 on: July 20, 2018, 06:26:33 AM »
That’s a big boy for sure!


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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #222 on: July 25, 2018, 02:30:38 PM »
Tie rod ends shot. Custom built the tie rod end. Drag link and tie rod play together much much better now...

This is more of a temporary solution


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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #223 on: August 10, 2018, 01:34:59 PM »
I have a gate lift on the way. Looking forward to it.