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I have a 1995 dodge ram 4x4 with a 360 that has a tired engine. I want to put a little bit bigger cam than what cam stock. I don't want to have to change springs or have problems with the computer any info would be great thanks.
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Several folks make cams that don't require higher lift... but, given that you describe the engine as "tired", you can bet that the valve springs in there are as well. Considering what you are going to spend on a cam, another 100 bucks or so for new springs would be a wise investment.
Look for cams that are 'computer friendly' and do NOT require reprogramming. (they are out there. ) As you have a 95, you options in that realm are extremely limited. Might also want to look for a mopar performance PCM. That will widen your cam choice somewhat, and will give a nice kick in and of itself.
If you are going to tear the engine down, be warned in advance that it is highly likely that your heads are cracked between the valve seats. (lousy castings from the factory.) Spending money on the stockers is a waste. There are better made castings available out there. (clearwater, and odessa.) You can probably figure around 600 for some stock replacements.
How many miles on your current motor? Fixed the plenum yet?
Thanks for the welcome im ready for the rebuild it doesnt have the power it should and its got water disappearing the truck dont smoke and no leaks but I have to put water in about once a week and it leaks oil preaty bad
The mystery coolant loss... yeah, familiar with that. I think it is one of the freeze plugs in the back of the motor. (cleverly concealed by the trans....) I have the same problem, but, not quite to as great of an extent. Freeze plugs in these motors are steel from the factory. They weren't real strategically placed, and get crap trapped against them, and they rust out, and start leaking. Generally only under pressure. Took quite a while before a couple of them started leaking enough I could actually FIND the leak.... Bypass hose from water pump to intake manifold is also famous for leaking..... coolant pools on top of the timing cover, so, you can't see it.... and it really doesn't drip that much. Such fun.
What kind of budget do you have for this particular project?
Ok so the plate is what I need ive never been in to these trucks very far never had to I do know there is a lot of oil coming from the rear main and it could be water also im on a tight budget im just buying stuff as I go and when I get everything imgona pull it out I have a friend that will vat the block for me and make sure everything is ok with it he is also going to do a valve job for me I pretty much know what to do I just dont know what to replace im doing a cam (wether stock or a little over) timing chain oil pump water pump and of course rering kit
1995 Dodge Ram 360 4x4 Single Cab Stock For Now
Do yall think it could be just the plenum gasket is thee power loss problem it runs good other than power and the slight shake at idle
certainly could be a leading factor, especially if it's never been addressed. Do a compression check like hey you said before and see where you stand there, and that'll give you an idea of what else could be tired. report back with your numbers, wet and dry!
'95 3/4 ton 5.9 - hughes plenum fix - double roller timing chain - flo~pro dual exhaust - original transmission still running strong - 2 inches of lift...and she has a drinking problem...
Ok im starting to rethink the whole rebuild thing right now lots of money im now thinking plenum and clean throdle body and see where that goes
Plenum fix, timing chain and gears, (water pump optional, but, it's gotta come off for the chain and gears anyway) full tune up, throttle body clean. Take it from there. Can do all that for under 300, if you don't have to pay someone else to do it.
Vehicle: 98 RAM1500 Sport 5.2L Man SWB 4x4 3.55 LSD
Location: S. Florida
Unless I missed it, I don't think the CAT and O2 sensor have been mentioned yet.
At those miles, it should be on its 3rd CAT by now, and due for another soon... a clogged CAT will surely hamper performance.
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