Go Back   DodgeForum.com > Dodge Trucks > Dodge Ram > 3rd Gen Ram Tech
Sign in using an external account
Register Forgot Password?


3rd Gen Ram Tech 2002-2008 Rams: This section is for TECHNICAL discussions only, that involve the 2002 through 2008 Rams Rams. For any non-tech discussions, please direct your attention to the "General discussion/NON-tech" sub sections.

Convert from 3rd Gen to 4th Gen?

Reply
 
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-19-2010, 05:03 PM
dram1134 dram1134 is offline
Registered User
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2
Default HELP... Convert from 3rd Gen to 4th Gen RAM?

I am looking into converting my 2002 dodge ram to a 2006-08 front end.

It looks as if the hoods are the same from the 02 to 08, but the front fenders, headlight and hood grille would need to change.

Has anyone done this and does anyone know what is needed for this conversion or if there is any welding or adjusting needed for the conversion?

Thanks
This ad is not displayed to registered and logged-in members.
Register your free account today and become a member on Dodge Forums!

Last edited by dram1134; 03-19-2010 at 05:36 PM..
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-20-2010, 12:12 PM
dirtydog's Avatar
dirtydog dirtydog is offline
Moderate User
2008 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Vehicle: 2008 Ram QC 4x4 BigHorn
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 10,769
Send a message via Yahoo to dirtydog
Default

Welcome to DF.

There are a few guys that have done this but it takes a bit of work. Most guys like the older headlights so they stick with the 02-05 look, but nevertheless it can be done.
FYI...02-08 are all 3rd Gen Rams. 4th Gen begins in '09.

You will need everything as stated plus I believe the front bumper as well. Pretty sure everything is a direct bolt on fit with no welding going on, but if there is anything needed, it wouldn't be much.
When replacing your front fenders, the paint isn't going to match, so it's likely that the painter will have to blend the color into the doors and possibly the hood so they match well?? Mostly depends on the color, but most colors have many variations and that can cause noticeable paint discoloration from one panel to the next. i'm sure if your gonna go through with this, your not gonna half *** it at the end.
Maybe try a search and see what you can come up with. There have been a few threads regarding all of what is needed and that may better help you especially if there are pics posted. Many guys talk about doing this, but few go through with it as they find elswhere to spend their money. it's real easy to do..haha
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-20-2010, 12:58 PM
Albertaramfan's Avatar
Albertaramfan Albertaramfan is offline
Captain
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4x4
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 631
Default

We're working on doing this to my friends 05 diesel right now.
We have fenders, lights, light wiring (just in case), bumper and bumper cap, grille, and we got him a new hood.
The body shop said it should be a direct replacement bolt on deal so here's hoping.

He's waiting on paint quotes but we'll do a diy when we do it all if anyones interested/it hasn't been already been written
__________________
CAI, Magnaflow exhaust, Superchips 3815, Edelbrock headers, 2" leveling kit, RDX Grille, RDX bumper and f/light inserts, Shorty antennea, Reflexxions hood, 6000K Hid, Tinted Anzo LEDS, 20" American Racing Assaults, 305/55R20 Nitto Terra Grapplers, Custom paint, Black and blue leather w/heated seats, Suede headliner. More to come
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-20-2010, 06:34 PM
dram1134 dram1134 is offline
Registered User
Garage is empty, add now
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2
Default Do you know if you do need to replace the hood?

Great sounds like an easy swap. I have to paint the car anyways so I was thinking might as well swap the front end.

Do you know if you have to pick up the new hood? Or can you still use the 02 hood?

Thanks for the replies guys. I appreciate it.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-20-2010, 06:37 PM
oefootball_70's Avatar
oefootball_70 oefootball_70 is offline
Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7
Location: Olathe, KS
Posts: 4,839
Send a message via AIM to oefootball_70
Default

You can keep the hood

You need from 06-08
-Headlights (I think you have to adjust the wires as well)
-Fenders
-Grill Shell
-Bumper
__________________


Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-20-2010, 06:39 PM
oefootball_70's Avatar
oefootball_70 oefootball_70 is offline
Champion
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Vehicle: 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7
Location: Olathe, KS
Posts: 4,839
Send a message via AIM to oefootball_70
Default

here is a kinda write up

http://tinyurl.com/front-clip
__________________


Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 06:39 PM
 
 
 
Reply




Tags
3rd gen, converion to 4th gen, dodge ram

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Forum Jump

Join DodgeForum
Advertising

Featured Sponsors
Vendor Directory
Our Sponsors
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:31 PM.

Internet Brands, Inc.


Contact Details & Emails