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Old 05-21-2013, 12:51 PM
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Hey yall, well I think I'm finally going to get rid of my truck. No problems or anything I just want a new toy. I'm thinking of something a lil older. I wana know what kind of trucks yall recommend. I'm interested in 1st gen rams, ramchargers, and regular cab 2nd gens. If yall know much about these please let me know I'd also like to know which ones and which engines are more likely to hold up as a daily driver. I'm open to chevys and other stuff too but I prefer dodge.
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:01 PM
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I'll trade you your truck straight up for my 93' Club Cab Long Box 4x4 Power Ram

The problem with the 1st gen rams (at least around here) is that if you can find one that is in decent shape, you can get a truck in comparable condition 10 years newer for the same price.

Regular cab second gens are a dime a dozen. EASY to get a deal on one. Cheap too...
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Old 05-21-2013, 07:42 PM
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2nd gens in Texas will either be expensive or a piece of ****. Just going from experience here.
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Old 05-22-2013, 06:54 PM
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i like your truck
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:27 PM
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Problem with a 2nd Gen as a DD is the transmission, they weren't that great to start with and getting one over 10 years old is gonna be a HUGE crap shoot. Engines are tanks, trannies in 2nd Gens leave a LOT to be desired.


My opinion, beat the hell out of what you got, it'll take it. Trust me, LOL...
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:38 PM
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Transmission problems in 2nd gens are solved with a MegaViper.

EVERY.
DAMN.
TIME.

Without fail.

Either way, you're going to have problems and likely right now you won't have to fix a previous owner's crap.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:24 PM
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Trust me the old stuff is cool, not everybody has it, but the new trucks are SO much nicer. You'll miss your rig, which is a sharp ride by the way. My 93' Power Ram is done up about as good as one can do, but after driving it for awhile and then I hop in my 08' its a night and day difference. Better in EVERY way. If your hell bent on something older, though I may catch hell for saying this I'd try to find a 96' - 99' GM truck with the 5.7 vortec. They had that motor tuned to perfection when they redid t in 96 then decided to quit making it. Typical GM.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:28 PM
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Trust me the old stuff is cool, not everybody has it, but the new trucks are SO much nicer. You'll miss your rig, which is a sharp ride by the way. My 93' Power Ram is done up about as good as one can do, but after driving it for awhile and then I hop in my 08' its a night and day difference. Better in EVERY way. If your hell bent on something older, though I may catch hell for saying this I'd try to find a 96' - 99' GM truck with the 5.7 vortec. They had that motor tuned to perfection when they redid t in 96 then decided to quit making it. Typical GM.
It's funny that you recommend that because my buddy/roommate has a 98 GMC C/K 1500 with the 5.7 and its still running well even though he got it second hand and the previous owner put a car battery in it which he drove on for like 3 years before he was having issues with it. But that engine is tough I will agree with you on that. 15 years old and still going strong
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:57 PM
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Yea as far as the powertrain they were pretty solid. Well built and fairly comfortable for the time. Peppy trucks for what they were too. I also had a buddy, (actually almost all my friends in high school had chevy trucks, I was the oddball with the dodge) an they got the **** beat out of them and never skipped a beat. However they all had stupid little electrical issues that GM always has had with their vehicles. I guess I had to put a trans in my then 98' ram, so I couldn't talk too much smack.
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I just hate all the computer crap newer stuff has plus I would like a solid front axle. I love this truck but idk I wana change things up kinda. My truck is messed up right now (dumb electrical stuff) and I gotta get that worked out first. I totally forgot to mention, if I get a 2nd gen it will be a cummins

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Get a 12v and prepare to fix body work as I see you live in Texas. lol
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Looking into the early-mid 80's then if you don't want any computer crap. What electrical issues are you having? Unless you go into the 80's you'll still have a mess of sensors and a bunch of other garbage under the hood.

edit: I had a gasser in my head not a cummins. Since you want a SFA chevy is out. Maybe a square body Ford with a 5.8? They were kinda hit and miss tho I think, not too familiar with them. I see you mentioned a ramcharger. I like them I had one for awhile (red and gold canyon sport edition) and while it was a pretty sweet looking truck it was probably the most impractical vehicle I ever owned.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:56 AM
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I sold my 3rd gen last november, though i still run 3rd gens as my work fleet- i bought a f250 super duty 6.4psd for my personal rig...

i've never seen nor heard of a platform more easily manipulated than this thing.. base 350hp/515tq, with a simple tuner, exhaust, and intake- i have (verified) 600hp and over 1200# at the wheels- i get around 17MPG daily driving, which stretches out to around 20 on the highway unloaded, but hovers about 17 with #6k+ behind me...

other than exhaust, tuner, and intake, the only other significant mod I've done is fuel lift pump, but only to improve filtration and water separation abilities.. I will never be one of those dudes who runs a #7k truck at a drag strip, but others with similar builds have done so- and they are floggin' 13 second trucks.. some single cabs 2wd are in the mid to high 12's with the same mods I've done.. some trucks just like mine with a little bit more work, such as a batmowheel spinner and ported heads/rails are touching into the high 11's... it is floggin' nuts what these engines can do..

you can get the same out of a duramax or a cummins, but you better be ready to drop some coin to get it.. again, the 6.4L powerstroke is a floggin animal with minimal work..
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A 12v valve you can just adjust the fueling screw on the pump to get more power.


Then, of course, you need more air from there.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:41 PM
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I'm gunna have to post a big nevermind lol I decided to keep what I've got. Adhd moment lol. My electrical problem is that my alternator was just shot and my truck was running solely on it's battery. Now my abs and brake light are on but there is no problem there. They said it's because of my tuner
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Your tuner will not cause the ABS/BRAKE lights to come on. You've got something else going on here.
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how long did it sit up while the electrical problem was an issue? I've seen axles that haven't moved recently get an ABS light... it's on the tone ring.. chances are it will go away..

the brake light? as in outside the truck? check your switch on the pedal... otherwise, the two can be related because the emergency brake is bound up and tripping the switch..

also- those things are finicky electrically too- chances are, it may correct itself at any rate.. for instance, I once went well over two years w/o running a/c.. when i turned it on, i got some strange lights that didn't last long.. i figure it was because of electrical demand that the pcm wasn't used to regulating, though it adjusted...
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good choice, you've got a nice lookin truck
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I told the tuner I have 33's instead of 35's could that be a problem? Also on a side note, today I ordered black Weston step bars and mossy oak camo vent visors. I'm gunna start camoing out my truck ha what do yall think? As you can see I don't really care about the abs and break lights
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You made the right choice on keeping your truck IMO. Now as to your choice of camo on a red truck....lol well to each their own i'll leave it at that.
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