By Patrick Rall
The 3rd generation Dodge Ram 1500 came with a trio of great engines but only one of them packed big power – the 5.7L Hemi. While the Hemi was the most popular engine choice of 3rd generation Ram buyers, some folks buying used trucks who are either looking to get a bunch more power or they are simply looking to replace the worn out factory engine have turned to swapping the 5.7L Hemi into their Ram 1500 in place of the V6 or 4.7L V8. DF member T-Muns is one of those folks, pulling the broken 4.7L V8 from his 2002 Ram to make room for a 5.7L Hemi from a 2004 Ram 1500.
This isn’t exactly a tech thread as it doesn’t include step by step directions like a DIY but any Ram owner considering swapping out one of the smaller engines in their 2002-2008 Dodge Ram for the Hemi can learn a great deal from this thread. T-Muns explains all of the items that he needed to install the Hemi in his 2002 Ram and he even includes images of the Hemi looking awesome in what else but Hemi Orange.