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1992-2003 Viper Info, year to year

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Old 05-31-2006, 06:45 PM
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Default 1992-2003 Viper Info, year to year

1992
Initial introduction in mid-1992 model year
Limited production two-seat roadster (RT/10)
Exterior color: Red
Interior color: Gray
Engines built by Arrow Racing in Detroit
Motor oil filler cap is held in with two extended ends & the hole in valve cover is also notched for the extended ends.
Motor paint is bright red & glossy. It looks like the red body color.
Four ribbed magnesium intake
Fuel filler door has access notch in body
Battery center mounted and accessible only through the trunk
Driver-side rear fender radio antenna
Right side mirror did not say "Objects are closer than they appear"
Front brake caliper lettering reads "VIPER"
Soft Top material is Vinyl
Soft top latch holes on windshield frame have metal plate with 2 rivets & hole for latch.
Plastic stanchion cover on both doors has one hold down screw with 4 clips underneath to hold in place.
Removable rear window has 3 solid plastic brackets that are supposed to snap onto the lower snap points along the ledge behind the seats.
Cooling system has standard "radiator cap" and an over flow bottle tucked into the inner fender area below the passenger side headlight
Fuel filler door notch in body
Rear valance has solid black area below bumper with four ~ 3/8" long vent holes in the corners.
Coolant Temperature gage has "Yellow Zone"
Michelin XGTZ Tires


1993
Black exterior color introduced
Engine production moved to Mound Road Engine Plant
Engine color is a darker shade of red with a flat rough finish.
Motor oil filler cap changed to a threaded cap # 4573497 with "oil filler can" imprint and the valve cover is changed to accept this threaded cap.
Air conditioning added as a dealer installed option
Rocker exhaust covers have clear anti-chip tape on the front and sides in 3 places on both sides.
Plastic stanchion cover on both doors has 4 screws fastening the stanchion cover in place (no clips as on the '92)
Soft top latch holes on windshield frame have molded plastic cap with hole for latch.
Removable rear window has snaps mounted in 3 flexible black leather tabs which snap to fixed snap buttons mounted on the ledge behind the rear seats.
At approx. build date 04/04/93 following changes occurred:
Rear antenna replaced by windshield antenna wire
Battery relocated to left rear fender (side away from fuel filler to make room for BUX rear exit exhaust)
Front caliper lettering changed from "VIPER" to "RT/10"
Reverse lockout added to transmission
Top Material Changed from Vinyl to Cloth
Running Changes:
Fuel filler door access notch moved to fuel filler door instead of being in the body
Rear valance has solid black area below bumper with 6 large vent holes ~ 5 3/8" long x 7/8" high. Four are in the center


1994
Additional exterior colors: Emerald Green, Bright Yellow
Black dash and tan interior available
Passenger assist handle (introduced late in model year)
Air Conditioning available as a factory option
Mobil one becomes engine factory fill, Oil filler cap recieves "Mobil One" logo applicate
Coolant temperature gauge has "Yellow Zone" removed, replaced with red zone only
Running Changes:
Late in year head gasket material was changed
Four ribbed magnesium intake replaced with three rib aluminum intake
Spark plug wires and boots upgraded
"Pull out" hood latches used instead of "pull down" latches
Calipers returned to "Viper"
Rear valance has no vent holes
Trivia:
RT/10 calipers were originally intended for BUX Vipers only, once they were all used up, the "Viper" calipers returned.
Several Euro-Spec Vipers were made with side marker lights, tow hooks, and quieter side exhausts.
BUX Vipers also have engines rated at slightly lower output.


1995
Passenger assist handle (first full model year)
Alignment specifications refined
Factory hardtop available
Seat cushion storage pockets
Trivia:
'95 model year cars had many of the body panel rivets removed for a cleaner appearance.
Last year of production at Mack Avenue Viper plant (facility revamped to manufacture new V-8 engines)
Last 300 cars made at New Mack pin stamped near passenger side window pillar on foot box "Last 300 side exhaust"


1996
RT/10
Exterior design themes: Red with yellow wheels, Black with silver stripe and silver wheels, White with blue stripe and white wheels, stripes are "sabre-tipped"
Higher output engine (415 hp, 488 lb.-ft. torque)
All-aluminum front and rear suspension systems
Rear exit exhaust introduced to U.S. RT/10's
Five-spoke cast wheels with MXX3 Michelin Tires
Trivia:
First year of production at Connner Avenue Assembly Plant (CAAP) (Formerly a Champion Spark Plug facility).
Reverb canister removed from corrugated intake hoses
OBD-II
Exhaust and intake changes allowed engine to be tuned to 415 hp.
The inner hood of is from the upcoming GTS and has the openings to facilitate louvres.
GTS
Coupe body style introduced spring 1996
Viper GTS Blue with white stripe color scheme, completely new "lightweight" engine with higher compression ratio and revised camshaft and forged pistons for increased power - 450 bhp (335 kW)
New Body Features:
Coupe (hardtop and hatchglass) body style
NACA hood duct
Hood louvres
Rear venting outboard from tail the taillights
Racing style quick-release aluminum fuel filler door
High-mounted stoplight features LED backlit Viper emblem
Power (glass) windows
External door "handles"
Five-spoke polished cast aluminum wheels
Completely new black interior featuring:
Manually adjustable accelerator, brake and clutch pedals contolled by **** located under instrument panel
Rotating light switch (replaced push-pull **** of earlier models)
New dash and gauge layout featuring 200 mph speedometer, 7,000-RPM tachometer, engine coolant gauge, oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge and volt meter
AM/FM stereo CD sound system
Storage compartments between seats featuring lower storage bin and upper storage pouch.
Driver and passenger side air bags
Black seats by new manufacturer (Johnson Controls)
Air conditioning becomes standard and now includes a "recirculation" feature.
Trivia:
Hood changed from RTM (Resin Transfer Mold) to SMC (Sheet Molded Compound)
First model with molded key heads with Viper logo
Only model that stripes continue through the license plate area.
Radio moved above climate controls (from below) for easier access.


1997
RT/10
Viper GTS Blue with white stripes/blue interior accents
Viper Red/red interior accents
Sparkle silver wheel package standard
Polished wheel package (optional)
Gold wheel/tan interior package (optional)
Yellow wheel/red accent interior package (optional)
Lightweight engine with higher compression ratio and revised camshaft - 450 BHP (335 kW)
Driver and passenger air bags(c)
Power windows
GTS
Yellow wheel packag
New Red exterior color


1998
All
Tubular stainless headers (24 lbs. lighter, unclaimed + 4hp)
Camshaft change
Next-generation driver air bag passenger air bag on/off switch on dash
All: Silver exterior color
All: Change from smooth to "textured" dash
All: Small "Viper emblem" added to sill covers
All: Alarm reset switch
All: Silver exterior color
All: Mid-year changes:
PCV upgrade
RDC added a fan
RT/10
Hood updated to be same as GTS with NACA duct.
GTS
Optional Blue Center Stripes with Silver exterior color
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Red exterior color
GT2 Edition
Limited production run, in VIN sequence of 100 cars to Commemorate Le Mans victory.
100 car Le Mans victory commemorative GT-2 Run
White with Blue Stripes
Smooth intake tubes and K&N air filters (Rated at 460 HP)
Special GT-2 Badging and decals
Blue interior theme
Racing harnesses with Oreca Logo
Rear Wing (set neutral)
18" BBS Wheels with Viper logo center caps and Michelin Pilot Sport™ tires
"Assembly Camera" in glove compartment
Lower side sill "ground effects"
Front fender "winglets"
Trivia
GT-2 Viper only run of Vipers to date to be run down the line in VIN Sequence


1999
All
Cars now 50 state emissions certified
Power mirrors
Interior rear window/hatch release
Interior updates
New door handles (boomerang)
New shifter ****
Driving light covers removed
Black exterior color
18" wide spoke aluminum wheels with Viper logo center caps
Michelin Pilot Sport™ tires
Cognac Connolly® leather interior group
GTS
Avaliable with or without silver stripes
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Black
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Red
American Club Racer (ACR) Model introduced - spring 1999 introduction
Homologated for club racing
Smooth intake tubes and K&N air filters (Rated at 460 HP)
Special ACR Badging and decals
Black interior only
Racing harnesses with ACR Logo
18" BBS Wheels
Koni Adjustable Shocks
Different Springs
Delete Fog lights, Radio (and antenna booster) and A/C
Optional comfort group option
Add Radio (and antenna booster)
Add A/C


2000
All
Lightweight cast pistons (commonly referred to as "cream puff Vipers")
Revised Camshaft
Child seat tether anchorage
Viper Steel Gray exterior color
GTS
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Viper Steel Gray
ACR
10 qt performance oil pan
Dynamic Suspensions adjustable monotube shock absorbers
New nameplate
Spring rates changed 500 lb/in F and 1100 lb/in R at midyear


2001
All
Standard Four-Wheel Disc Anti-Lock Brakes
Molded Key Heads with Viper Logo
Viper Race Yellow - Black interior only for RT, GTS
Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl Coat Exterior
RT/10
Trunk Internal Emergency Release
GTS
Optional Black Center Stripes with Viper Race Yellow
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl
ACR
Optional Black Center Stripes with Viper Race Yellow
Optional Silver Center Stripes with Deep Sapphire Blue Pearl
Seat belt updates


2002
All
Updated ABS This apparently was only a part number change
GTS/ACR
Final Edition announced. Last 300 cars to come in red with white stripes.


2003
Previous body style discontinued.
Introduction of the SRT-10 and Competition Coupe.


Year Total Units
'92 285
'93 1043
'94 3083
'95 1577
'96 721
'96 GTS 1166
'97 RT/10 117
'97 GTS 1671
'98 RT/10 379
'98 GTS 837
'99 RT/10 549
'99 GTS 699
'99 ACR 215
'00 RT/10 840
'00 GTS/ACR 949
'00 ACR 218
'01 RT/10 874
'01 GTS/ACR 877
'01 ACR 227
'02 RT/10 545
'02 GTS/ACR 918
'02 ACR 159
'03 1875



 
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Default Parts help please

Where is the best and easiest place to get parts for a 1993 Viper? I called the local dealer and they were about lost. All I am needing is a shifter, and an emergency brake cable. Any help would be a good help, thanks for your time.

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Originally Posted by strauby43 View Post
Where is the best and easiest place to get parts for a 1993 Viper? I called the local dealer and they were about lost. All I am needing is a shifter, and an emergency brake cable. Any help would be a good help, thanks for your time.

will
I'm assuming by now you've found all the parts you need correct?
 
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Default 1998 Viper Air

In my 1998 Viper that AC/ Heater are not blowing from the vents or the floor vent?? what could be the problem???
 

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