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How do I tell if I have the "Sport" model?

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Old 04-21-2009, 09:38 PM
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Default How do I tell if I have the "Sport" model?

I have an 1996 1500 series. It's a short box regular cab.

How do I tell if I have the "sport" model?
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does say sport on the side of the hood ?
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does say sport on the side of the hood ?
No it doesn't

I does have the chrome step bars. I'm pretty sure when I bought it the guy said it was a "Sport" model. I need to find a new bumper (front) and I want to make sure I get the correct one.

Any other way to tell?
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if it says sport on the hood
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:09 PM
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A '96 will have the "Sport" decals on the bed, near the rear. Sport models in 1996 came with painted (body color) bumpers and grille, rather than chrome.
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i remember reading somewhere the differences but cant remember real good
the suspension was diff higher, wheels diff, uncrome grill ??
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A '96 will have the "Sport" decals on the bed, near the rear. Sport models in 1996 came with painted (body color) bumpers and grille, rather than chrome.
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i remember reading somewhere the differences but cant remember real good
the suspension was diff higher, wheels diff, uncrome grill ??
No decals on the truck and the bed has a rubber lining on it.

The Grill is not chrome, only the bumper?

Any other ideas? Would photo's help?

Thanks for the replies.

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Unless you are the only owner of the truck, your best bet would be to have the vin number ran. Call your local dealer and have them run it. Its free, and they can do it in a few minutes.
Look around on here, there are a couple of threads that contain a link to a Vin decoder that will show what you have.
Also, you can have it ran online at www.Dodge.com . This usually takes a couple of weeks.
Theres your options, so enjoy.
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:15 PM
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Unless you are the only owner of the truck, your best bet would be to have the vin number ran. Call your local dealer and have them run it. Its free, and they can do it in a few minutes.
Look around on here, there are a couple of threads that contain a link to a Vin decoder that will show what you have.
Also, you can have it ran online at www.Dodge.com . This usually takes a couple of weeks.
Theres your options, so enjoy.
It doesn't say anything about "Sport" in the car fax report. So I guess I should assume a no then. VIN removed from Car FAX screen shot.



I also can't find any 1996 sport models that don't have a colored bumper that matches the paint.

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A 96 sport had the bumpers and grill painted the same as the body color, although they basically had the same style bumper as a non-sport (unlike the 99-02 2nd gens, which had different bumpers). So, if your bumpers and grill are not painted then you dont have a sport, and if they are mix-matched then somebody has been screwing with it.
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This is an example of a 1999-2001 Sport model:
Click the image to open in full size.

An example of a 1998 and earlier Sport model:
Click the image to open in full size.

1998 and earlier Sport models had same color grille and front bumper (both primary and lower pieces). Ignore the bug guards in the example picture, they are extra add-ons and had nothing to do with Sport vs. non-Sport.

1999-2001 Sport models had a completely different front bumper, and quad headlamps (9004 inner bulbs for high beams, 9007 outer bulbs for low beams).

Not sure on where the decals were each model year, although I know they had "Sport" decals.

There were no performance/suspension/etc. differences between a Sport and non-Sport models. The only difference was aesthetics.

For an example of a 1994-2001 non Sport truck, look at my signature below.

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Chrome bumpers/grill = non sport. If you dont have foglights, its a non-sport. And I think that even the 96 had color matching taillights.
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Keep in mind that no matter what your truck currently has, someone may have changed things around at some point anyway. Some people like chrome. Some people like color-matched parts. A previous owner could have swapped the bumpers and grill and removed the "Sport" stickers on the sides of the box. Mine is a sport, and the stupid stickers all over the place are magnets for wax build up (which sticks out like a sore thumb on a black truck). I'm half tempted to go stickerless. I also have genuine imitation simulated wood grain plastic trim on some of the interior trim.

I'm pretty sure my '98 shows it has the sport package on the label on the underside of the hood. The label also explains other optional equipment such as engine, trans, axle gearing, limited slip in the rear, etc.... I'm pretty sure it also mentioned "Sport." That being said, if your hood was ever replaced, you may not have a label at all anymore, or in the case of a used hood, you might have the wrong label. Your best and safest bet is to check the VIN with a dealer.
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Hell look at mine. Its a laramie, and I am in the process of converting it to a sport...
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i remember reading somewhere the differences but cant remember real good
the suspension was diff higher, wheels diff, uncrome grill ??
There were no suspension differences or different wheel options available on a Sport.
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I own a 1996 1500 sport. The sticker is on the side of the bed. The grill and the bumper are painted to match the paint on the truck, and there are fog lights in the bumper. These are the only differences between the sport and non-sport models.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm about 99.99% sure it's not a sport
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There were no suspension differences or different wheel options available on a Sport.

Just to clear this up, there were some available wheel options. When I ordered my truck I had the choice between the newer looking mags or the older/original style looking ones. I also could have gotten the steelies if I wanted.

Of course, that probably pertains to ordering a truck only, but the options were out there.
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the sports had color matched front and rear bumpers, color matched grill, and color matched tail lights, thats the only diffrences, if none of those parts on your truck are color matched its more then likely a non sport.
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Just to clear this up, there were some available wheel options. When I ordered my truck I had the choice between the newer looking mags or the older/original style looking ones. I also could have gotten the steelies if I wanted.

Of course, that probably pertains to ordering a truck only, but the options were out there.
What do you mean by newer vs older looking aluminums? I thought a Sport could get the 5 slot chrome plated steel wheels, the 5 spoke aluminum wheels, or the 3 spoke aluminum ones, just like any SLT could.
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