Hey yall, I have a 1999 dodge ram 1500. its the 5.9L V8 with 4x4. It
has had an engine ticking noise for a while now. I recently took it to
the mechanic he told me i needed a new engine and it was that the eigth
cylnder was mis-firing and knocking. He told me it was gonna be 5K for
a new engine with labor or 3K with labor for a used engine this is
including labor/parts and everything. My question is i want to the best
possiable engine i can get now that i need a new one. Can i put a hemi
from one of the new trucks into mine would it fit? Whats a good website
or anyone have any good ideas for getting more power or a new engine
built-up or a company that builds up engines. stock the engine 5.9 v8
gets 265 horse im looking to go beyond 300. would supercharging and
settling with a new/used engine be the easiest way. or would getting a
bulit up modded engine be easier/cheaper.
If you really do need a new engine, I'd look no farther than the Mopar
Performance catalog. I'd probably seek a second opinion before doing this
though; there are many things that cat cause a tick and very fwe causes
require something so elaborate.
If, however, you do chase a replacement engine Mopar makes a line of Magnum
engine that come ready to install and with a guarentee. They are are
available through numberous outlets (try www.summitracing.com) and come in a
variety of horsepower configurations. The 320 HP version may be an easy
swap and require very little in terms of reprogramming or upgrading the
computer. You should ask before you buy about this.
My 2 cents
I'd be highly suspicious of someone telling me "yep - I know that sound...
ya need a new engine". Sounds like the sound he heard was more of a
"cha-ching" than a "tick-tick-tick".
Oh, ok... so your check engine light is on, and the code he retrieved was a
P0308, indicating the misfiring cylinder?
It would fit, which is to say it would sit in the engine compartment and
allow the hood to close. Motor mounts are different, transmission
bellhousing is different, and the computer/electrical... wow - that's an
entire sub-project in itself.
Short answer? No.
According to the April issue of Hot Rod magazine Mopar Performance released
a new crate engine. It's a 465 HP, 500 lbs/ft 410 C.I. Magnum 6-Pack,
complete with three 2-barrel Holley carbs (P/N P5153527). It's based on a
new 340 replacement 4-bolt block. Coming soon is a 500 HP, 536 lbs/ft 440
Super Commando. Wouldn't that bolt up? Getting the computer issues worked
out would still be a headache.
Any engine will fit, that's not the question you should be asking. The
question you should be asking is am I ready to spent from $7k to $20k on
this truck, because that is what this will cost. As Tom identified, using
any engine outside of the same engine family to the original will involve
transmission, mounting and cooling issues. In all cases, the computer will
have to be discarded and replaced with something else. The rule is, "The
greater the change, the greater the cost." Are you really prepared or is
this a pipe dream?
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