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Has anyone successfully done a 3rd or 4th gen hemi swap into a 2nd gen 1500? Or know someone who has... been thinkin of pullin my drivetrain and swappin out the computer and electrical for a newer setup. I know ddri had tried it but had issues getting the computer to get the engine to fire. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated. Thx in advance
 
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I know that it has indeed been done, but, I haven't seen a complete write-up for it yet. (of course, I haven't looked that hard either.) Don't know how much different things work on the third gens..... think that would be something to investigate.... I think DDRI swapped the entire dash, and electrical system from the newer truck, into his....... Read thru his thread, there is a lot of good information there.
 
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Do a search for this guy on the interwebs, not sure if he has a diy but he is a good guy and sure he will offer to help. 98hemi-ram
 
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There's also a thread for a SUCCESSFUL Hemi swap into a Dakota. And while a Dakota isn't a Ram it's pretty darn close...
 
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It would be awesome to do. I love my hemi that's iin my magnum. It's been rock solid since I bought the car. The 5.9 in my truck is ok, but man the hp and torque gain from a hemi would be nice.
 
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Agreed, and as to DDRI's thread i skimmed through it and seems that as long as i have the right keys and computer from the donor truck( and that's hoping the ecm and all that fun stuff is in good shape) then it should be a relatively easy swap since im planning on pulling the engine, trans, transfer case, possibly the rear diff for the disc brakes and all the wiring for all of that.
 
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I don't know much about the Hemi motors but is the swap really worth it?
 
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I don't know much about the Hemi motors but is the swap really worth it?
Depends on each individual circumstance...

If you have the money lying around, can get a complete donor truck, REALLY want a Hemi without leaving your 2nd Gen Ram, than sure, it's completely worth it.

Stock numbers on the first of the 3rd Gen Hemi's were a good bit better than our 360's....
 
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Not me I like the simplicity of the magnum motor. If I was ever to change to another motor 440, or 426+
 
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I like the simplicity of the magnum engines aswell but tryin to build one up can be a task to find any part especially the ignition system sad to say from past experience. Plus I love the look of my 2nd gen and for the cost of a newer 3rd or 4th gen I can pick up a written off version with the drivetrain from the local insurance auction for a fraction of the cost(assuming the engine wasn't damaged in the wreck). And I guess one of the main reasons is I want something that no one else where I live has as pety as that may sound. merc225hp I also looked into a 440 or 426 swap but couldn't find much in the way of those engines except for ones that were rebuilt that people wanted to much for or that needed an extensive rebuild as well. Cheapest 440 I found that needed a rebuild and was only a short block was $1000 cdn
 

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