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Old 05-15-2018, 09:11 PM   #1  
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Red face little more bang for the buck

Bone stock 1997 12v going into my truck . I pull a 6000# trailer so I would like a little more Torque. What would be the best mods while the eng. is out of the truck? (Not looking to go radical JUST MAYBE 100 TO 150 HP IF THAT'S POSSIBLE.) to give me some more OOMPH when pulling the trailer. I was told to change fuel plate and injectors. I'M OK WITH THAT BUT i DON'T WANT THE TRUCK TO LOOK LIKE A COAL BURNER.You helped me last time so I hope you can steer me right now. Thanks in advance, John

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Old 05-16-2018, 09:24 AM   #2  
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I need to know what year 12V to offer any help.
Buying a fuel plate for a '94-'98.0 12V might be a good mod, but not for a '89-'93....
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Thanks Oliver. It's a 1997 5sp. LWB Club Cab.
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Okay, good start for a power build as it comes with the biggest factory HP rating [215HP] of any 12V Cummins that Dodge ever put in their trucks.
Start with Gauges -boost and ETGs at least.
Then I would do 4 inch exhaust and a fuel plate like a #10 would be a good start.

The 215HP motor comes with their own injector that is bigger than any of the other P-pumped 12Vs and will make great power without being to smokey. I would keep them, at least to start the build.
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Well thanks to you now I have a plan. BTW I already installed exhaust temp,Intake air temp and Turbo boost gauges.Thanks I'll let you know how it works out .

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You should be able to accomplish your goals without buying much at all, 100 hp should be doable with just moving the plate forward and a 3000 GSK kit....... Bump the timing up to 15 degrees and play with the starwheel.

BTW, Before you put the engine in the truck, unless you KNOW the KDP has been killed, DO IT.
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Thanks Pat could you tell me what a GSK is, and where the star wheel is located and what it does?

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Are we forgetting something? You said bone stock, right? That means the tranny is stock. If you go making any mods to the engine, you are going to blowup your tranny. Recommend, before you make any tweaks, you look at possibly get tranny beefed up. Don't go and make the same mistakes that a lot of us have made? I speak from experience!
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Also, need to update your signature with the specs on your truck.
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FlaCraker Thanks for the thought, but I have a Manual tranny. As i have the eng out I am going back with a 400 hp clutch kit. Thanks anyway if I had an auto you may have saved me a lot of money. BTW How do you modify a signature?
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No need to "beef" up a manual transmission for engine mods, other than an upgraded clutch.
That is a auto transmission truck problem.
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That is good. On the top task bar, you will see link on left, called "UserCP". Click on it, then you will have option to edit create your signature.
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