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Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Evilsizer, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Evilsizer

    Evilsizer Junior Member

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    Traded my dad his semi running 2003 dodge ram 1500 QC 5.7L for a water heater+install. he is disabled now and cant drive, im tired of being in a car. time to get back in to a truck, got i miss my 02 dakota qc 4.7L.

    Any way, i figured as much that the lifters were the problem since cyl #3 was the code the PCM was giving. could have been lifter but who knows at this point. called around a few places about doing a lifter and cam/liter replacement. got one place to call me back but they wanted to rebuild the whole engine and said they would do it for 8k. i went to jasper as a suggestion from my neighbor couldnt beat the price pluse the core money back. found a shop that would swap it in for 1.6k and hopefully by the end of the week i get it back.

    things that got replaced besides the engine, new intake manifold to keep the 3yr/100k warranty from jasper(590 ish with tax from the dealer). got a new AFE air intake, it had some cheap ebay looking intake and dealer wanted the same price as the AFE intake. got new headlights/tail lights/ 3rd brake light. nothing fancy on the lights all bulb based no leds except the 3rd brake light. want something i could just replace a bulb and be on my way. seen to many led lights that look funny because one row quit working.

    things that needs fixing:
    driver side vertical motor
    refresh the front/rear suspension (suggestions for better shocks ie better handling)
    also thinking about sway bars and strut brace if i can find one.
    new ac compressor or redo all the lines etc (makes some kind of metal on metal noise ever so often when idling, goes away after you turn the ac off)

    wish list:
    possibly shorty headers with new exhaust, high flow cat, borla or magnaflow muffler/turbo muffler.
    sound system upgrade, just minor new basic head unit, possible amp, infinity or kicker speakers.
    while doing the sound system/while doing the seat fix at same time, add sound insulation to the whole cab and doors.
    install/setup rear view camera
    security system with remote start.

    the if i can make it happen later item, 6.4l stoker setup for low to mid range torque.
     
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  2. gofishn

    gofishn Senior Member

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    Welcome!
    Post up some pics, asn you go along, getting it Road Ready.
     
  3. McBroom

    McBroom U.S.Marine Veteran Retired 88-2000 Military

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    Welcome Aboard from Denison Texas
    Where ya at in Texas


    The Blue Mule
     
  4. HemiLonestar

    HemiLonestar Senior Member Military

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    Welcome to the forum, have a few responses/suggestions/ideas for you below (see bold)

    Since you got a reman, early valvespring issues shouldn't affect you; I caveat that with the fact that I'm still running my original 2003 valvesprings at the 160,000 mile mark lol.
    Go here and enter your VIN: https://fcacommunity.force.com/RAM/s/equipment-listing Then you can see what options your truck was born with. Incidentally this will tell you if it came with Infinity sound or not.
    Some of the modifications I mentioned above you can see pictures of here: https://www.ramforum.com/threads/big-red-over-time-pic-heavy.17732/page-3
    You can go through the whole thing if you want, but Photobucket disabled all of my early pictures. Start at page 3 (like the link) and scroll down, then go on to page 4.
    Any questions lol? Ask away!
     
  5. Evilsizer

    Evilsizer Junior Member

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    @McBroom im in cedar park, just north of austin.

    Dont really need to run the vin, was rental truck before my dad got it. has the tow package, came stock with 17's. my farther did find a guy on CL back in the day wanting to get rid of the 20's on his 04 or 05, they swapped and my dad payed him like $100ish. no infinity system, i plan to put something better then stock, kenwood HU/kicker 6x9/6.5 maybe a amp. was watching some videos on sound deadening cars, etc. i'm planning on buying some to do the roof/floor/behind the back seat. Got the truck back today, will take a picture of the engine bay to show off the intake :D

    sorry no before picture but i got the new tail lights installed, got them from carid, lumen euro. the shop installed the new headlights for me but i need to get them adjusted, forgot to get a picture of those. they say euro styling for the headlights, i just dont see vs the tail lights. they are blacked out just like the tail lights so no extra chrome. I did get my new 3rd brake light installed but it got dark after i got it installed so no picture. i seem to have so much trouble getting night shots to show off how the look when on. while it looks good on the truck, i had to settle for the 3rd brake light. i couldnt find one to fit with the style of the rest. i also ordered just a dash pad to cover up the cracked plastic one.

    i did forget to mention that after the engine swap, i now have a CEL on. has to do something with evap system, some kind of leak at the rear cansitor or the rubber hose. they were not sure which after doing a smoke test. they never told me how much and its was already at $2500 for the engine swap plus a few new parts. since i am having no luck finding this hose/canister for the rear of the truck i think i may have to go to the dealer. im just going to get both to be safe at this point.

    all the lights came from carid
    Head lights: LUMEN® 87-1001254
    tail lights: CG® 03-DR2002TLG2DS
    3rd brake light: CG® 11-DR2002LED

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    little late on posting these

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    i should have looked at exactly entailed the engine swap. they swapped over parts from the old engine, so now i have some parts on the way. they did install a new belt that will now be a backup, some of the parts on the way.

    4 seasons condenser fan
    gates auto tensioner
    gates idler pully x2
    continental belt

    after a lot of reading i went for the continental belt, it being the only one on RA. i thought it was the gatorback since someone said continental bought rights from GY to make it. now after a bit of looking around, i cant find a gatorback belt for my 03. i must be missing something here, need to look more into it. yea i am replacing parts since they are old and second, looking to get rid of a belt noise or possible bad bearing noise. followed some advice from a few videos on youtube, namely chrisfix even though not ram specific. watched the belt as suggested didnt see any kind of off center on the belt any where i was able to see. while the engine was off tried to wiggle the idler and tensioner for play but nothing. another issue being the ac which i posted about but no help yet, turned to youtube. found a guy that replaced either the bearing or both bearing and clutch for the ac compressor. looked like alot more not just work but more then i could do, thinking i need a new condenser to make the job easier. as of right now truck is sitting since im playing safe cause of the slight grinding noise i hear now and agian. it happens around 2k rpm and the other night happened when starting up, the noise doesnt happen all the time. though like i posted in another thread he noise goes away when rpm goes down, then when rpm raises back up the noise is not there. its hard to figure out exactly how to replicate what causes this noise. i do know its coming from the driver side of the engine bay.

    i also picked up some kicker 6x9's to get started replacing bad/blown/dead speakers in the front. figured while i was at it to order a new head unit, next pay day will be to pick up some sound deadening for the front doors. for the HU i opted to use single din unit, the Kenwood Excelon KMM-X503, price was right for the features i wanted. the speakers are the Kicker 44KSC6904, back doors might be done. more then likely not since im solo in the QC 90% of the time. im thinking at some point down the road to install a amp for a bit more juice.
     

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