Desertbull's Dodge

Questions and Answers

Nov. 01, 2004 By Tim ""Desertbull""
Got Rocks...Got Rubber?

DIRT City, USA - With the sun setting sooner and the early evenings turning brisk, there is no doubt that raging in the summer nights is about over. And as we know, in some places throughout the United States snow has replaced the green grass and ice has coated some of your favorite mud puddles. However, the off-road life continues ravaging along throughout the Western United States and of course, one of our favorite off-road getaways, the Baja Peninsula. Thanks for all your inquiries from the best and biggest tires available to the most efficient suspension system on the market. We continue to try and answer all your questions so keep em' coming.

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Sean Hurley asked: Hi, I own a 1991 Dodge and am looking for a torque converter would you be able to give me a price on the the converter and shipping to uk thankyou

Desertbull says: ATS Diesel ships worldwide! Visit them at www.ATSDiesel.com

Kristy and Derek said: Hello, I have a quad cab 99' 4x4 ram. I am looking to put a suspension lift on it either a 2' trailmaster or a 3' rancho. Was also wondering if I could go with a 15x10 rim. Desert Rat a store I found in the 4wheel magazine said I must be careful and double check the rim to fit. THe sales man said that year the rotors and calipers were bigger or something along those lines. Thanks for your help. Thanks, Derek

Desertbull says: Dodge OEM off-set is 6.0 and only WELD Wheels provide a true OEM off-set match. However, we have had good luck with the Alcoa Wheels with a 5.0 off-seat and currently we are running Walker Evans Wheels with a similar off-set

Mike & Rhea asked: I got an 89 Dodge 350 (one ton) 4X4 with diesel and 5 speed. Use will be mostly street with some mud,snow and forest service road use.

Would like to install 35X12.50 R16.5LT tires? Sweet...BFG Tires Here

What amount of lift will I need? Do you know where I can get a lift like you are suggesting? Skyjacker Suspension Here

Besides lift, what else will I have to modify? (brake lines, steering arm...) Skyjacker Suspension covers it all the way...

Desertbull says: With the combination of BFGoodrich Tires and Skyjacker Suspension you'll be raging in the dirt, mud and snow soon.

Corman asked : Hey man, I like what I've read so far. I bought a 02 dakota in 02. since then i have sold my 4x4 and still have the "itch". I have tried to get some info. about something I have always wanted to do. First my truck is 2x4 with a 3.9 5-speed. I have added a custom exhaust and fabricated my own cold air intake. Also I justed put a fresh flame job on the front. OK on with my ? . I was wandering if you had any suggestions on what kind of axles and trasfer case I needed to run. I want to put straight axles under my dakota to make it a custom 4x4. I know that is alot of work. but i am willing to sacrifice my truck to the off road "gods" just to be different.

Desertbull says: Hmmmm....work? That's more than just work. But you asked for it. Dana 60 front axle running a new 5.9 Liter CTD with a stock transfer case finished off with a Dana 70 rear. As fast as you can rage in the dirt! Jeep Axles? Not if you looking to run hard...go big or don't go at all!

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Ty K asked: Was out shopping for a new truck today, new to us but preowned we looked @ a 1998 1500 magnum v8 Quad cab sports package and would like to know the difference inside and out between the sports package and just the regular extended cab besides the bumper which we noticed. Example which one is bigger on the inside back seat/front seat etc. Ty K

Desertbull says: A Quad Cab design on the trucks is the same except for varying from year-to-year design changes. Meaning. A 1998 1500 Quad is the same as the 19981500 Quad with the sport package.

Sand Crabs and Water for lunch?


BRIAN DICKERSON sent in a photo of his big bad machine. Hailing from Chesterfield, VA he drives a 2003 Dodge Ram Hemi with a 9" lift and 37" Boggers.

Desertbull says: Nice looking truck!

Steve asked: I HAVE AN 99 DODGE 2500 WITH CUMMINS MANUAL TRANS.. IVE GOT AROUND 190,000 MILES ON IT.. WE HAD TO TAKE A 1700 MILE ROUND TRIP IN 24HOURS.. (CHICAGO TO TRENTON N.J.) ON THE WAY BACK WE PULLED OVER TO FUEL UP AND WHEN WE ALMOST CAME TO A STOP THE CLUTCH NEVER TO TOTALLY DISENGAGED AND WAS CAUSEING THE TRUCK CHUG ALONG, WITH CLUTCH FULLY DEPRESSED. AND IT DID IT ALL THE WAY BACK EVERY TIME WE HAD TO STOP. I TOOK IT IN TO THE DEALER WHERE THEY SAID THE PILOT SHAFT BEARING WENT OUT AND CAUSED THE INPUT SHAFT TO GET CHEWED UP SOME. IM HAVING THEM REPLACED ALONG WITH CLUTCH AND PRESSURE PLATE AND RESUFACE THE FLYWHEEL.. MY QUESTION IS WHAT WOULD CAUSE A PILOT SHAFT BEARING TO GO OUT (IN MY EYES PREMATURE) WITH LITTLE MILES? IVE BEEN A TRUCK DRIVER FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS AND TRACTORS WITH 500,000 MILES AND NEVER HAD THIS BEFORE. MY PERSONAL VEHICLES ALWAYS WAS MANUAL TRANS. I LIKE THE CUMMINS IS STILL GETTING OVER 20 MPG AND THATS 4WHEEL DRIVE BY THE WAY.. WINTER TIME ITS DOWN AROUND 17-18MPG (I LIKE TO GET IT WARM INSIDE BEFORE I DRIVE.) HAHAHA.. WHO MAKES THE TRANS FOR THESES TRUCKS? MAYBE WITH ALL THIS TORQUE AND POWER DODGE SHOULD CONTRACT WITH A NAME BRAND TRANS AND DRIVELINE.. LIKE SPICER,FULLER,ALLISON ETC... HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME OUT..

STEVE
N.W. IND....

Desertbull says: ATS Diesel Performance in Colorado! ATS Diesel builds the toughest diesel transmission in the automotive industry. Visit them at www.ATSDiesel.com

Art asked: Hello,

I've been digging for days trying to find a computer audio file (.wav) for the Dodge "Hit It" jingle. I can't find one, and being a Chrysler/Dodge/Mopar fan for over 40 years, this is quite irritating. The audio is wanted for my desktop sound on my home computer. I proudly display the Dodge Ram emblem, and thought it would be nice to have the audio to match it.

PLEASE....do you know where I can find and download this small audio clip?


Sincerely,

Art

Desertbull says: Sorry we are all out of Dodge "Hit It" tunes right now!

Sergio asked: I've got a 99 Dodge Ram Cummins that stalls off the line and heard a variety of problems could exist. Any ideas?

Desertbull says: Perhaps the torque converter is shot which would tend to stall out the vehicle at low speeds just above idle etc...Contact you local transmission specialist.

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