Which Dodge Ram Ball Joint Should You Buy?

Dodge Ram Balljoints

After installing a steering system upgrade, I visited a local alignment shop to check the toe-in specifications. Unfortunately, the shop refused to align my truck on account of a loose ball joint. I have known high volume tire stores to do this sort of thing to boost sales, but this diagnosis was no surprise, and it came from a shop that I trusted: After 150,000 miles, I knew it was ball joint replacement time.My analytical nature kicked in, and I decided to do some research before choosing my parts. I…

Dodge/Cummins Oil Filter Buyer’s Guide – Part One: Parts is Parts Right?

LF16035 Stratapore and LF3972 Standard oil filter.

Oil filters? Who cares? Just grab a filter from the auto supply store or Wal-Mart and put it on when you change the oil. That rugged Cummins diesel engine under the hood of your Ram won’t notice the difference right? Maybe so, maybe not. Are you willing to be the service life of your diesel engine on just any oil filter, or do you want the best protection for your engine? Going with the lowest bidder makes sense if all the suppliers sell the same item, like copier paper. But…

Read Dodge/Cummins Oil Filter Buyer’s Guide – Part Two: Oil Filter Comparison

Dodge Cummins oil filter line-up.

In our Part One segment we had TDR writer Arden Kysely evaluate the construction of an oil filter. In doing so, he introduced us to a patented filter media (trade name StrataPore) that is made by Cummins’ subsidiary company, Cummins Filtration. In Part Two of our oil filter discussion TDR writer John Martin gets out the filter cutting tool and does a visual examination of 10 different oil filters. Who offers the most expensive filter? Who offers the least expensive filter? Which filter is the best value? We checked the…

How-To: Dodge Ram Sport Headlight Conversion

Dodge Ram Sport headlights installed.

I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of a set of the Ram Sport quad headlights before they became available to the public. I was one of the first to convert a Second Generation Turbo Diesel when I installed them on 2Timer. I wrote about the installation back in Turbo Diesel Register Issue 25, page 50, and it remains one of my favorite upgrades today. With help from Joel Toy at Innova Design and Distributing, Inc., manufacturer of the Brite Box, this conversion will permit the use of all…

Gates vs. Cummins Water Pump Comparison

Gates versus Cummins brand water pump.

Our customers frequently ask us, “Are the Gates water pumps you carry any good?” With the large difference in cost between the ’89-’02 Dodge Cummins water pumps (Gates 41181: $41.95, Cummins 3286278: $129.95), we can understand how you would be skeptical about the quality of a water pump that is 1/3 of the cost of the Cummins-branded one. First things first: We’ve been selling only Ram/Cummins specific parts for 20+ years. If it doesn’t fit correctly or if it has too many warranty failures we don’t sell the part. Like…

’98-’02 Dodge Ram Replacement Dashboard

In Issue 90 of the Turbo Diesel Register magazine, the folks at Geno’s Garage had a press release talking about the development of a ’98-’02 Dodge Ram replacement dashboard. The short version of that story is that they cut the front structure from a wrecked vehicle and had the tooling made to injection-mold a replacement dash. It has been a long process to bring this product to the market, but the replacement dashboards are now in stock for immediate shipment. Call now—operators are standing by. Seriously, this is a full…

’98-’02 Dodge Ram Dash Installation

Originally published in TDR Issue 82. November 2014 REPLACING YOUR ’98-’02 DODGE RAM CRACKED DASHBOARD by Brent Boxall All you have to do is Google “Dodge Ram cracked dash” and you can get as many pages of results as you want. I’m thinking that unless you leave the truck parked in a cave the Second Generation Ram dash is going to crack and/or break. There are three solutions to solve this problem: First, purchase a fabric mat to cover the unsightly problem. Second, purchase a plastic dash cover which comes…

How Do I Change My Dodge Ram Shock Absorbers?

SHOCK ABSORBER REPLACEMENT/BILSTEIN SHOCKS by Jim Anderson At a technical seminar hosted by Geno’s Garage and presented by Bilstein sales manager Scott MacDonald, I became aware of certain signs indicating that after 60,000 miles in a 2006 two wheel drive Dodge Ram 3500 dually, the shock absorbers should be replaced. Over the course of the seminar, Scott educated us about the construction and features of the different types of shock absorbers commonly found on the market. We learned that original equipment shocks typically do not last much longer than a…

Who Makes the Best Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) Gauge?

Best Dodge Ram EGT Gauge?

Great question. The staff at Geno’s Garage boxed up $2,000-worth of different exhaust gas temperature gauges, then sent them out for testing at an independent lab. They were tested for response and accuracy. The ten-page report was written up for the TDR magazine and was published in Issue 34, Fall of ’01. Way back when, the cliché, “you get what you pay for” proved to be correct. The SPA Technique digital gauge was the top performer. However, it was half-again as expensive and this company is no longer in business.…

“No Mess” Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change

Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change

“No Mess” Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Fuel Filter Change Avoid a diesel fuel bath when changing the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel fuel filter with this handy fuel filter change tool. In the one year we’ve had our ’15 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel here at Geno’s Garage, we’ve had to change the fuel filter twice. The first time: no drain from the pesky yellow drain valve and a diesel fuel bath and fuel spill on the garage floor when tightly installed filter housing was removed with a strap wrench. The second time: no drain…