’98-’02 Dodge Ram Dash Installation

’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?

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…

Ram Turbo Diesel Cold Weather Tips

Ram Turbo Diesel Cold Weather Tips

Que up the old 33rpm record player and what did you find? Some Dean Martin from the 1960s and “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” (Now try to get the jingle off your mind.) While it has only just dropped below 32 degrees here in Georgia, we know the importance of a diesel engine block heater and block heater cable. Hey, we’ve got ‘em stock for your Cummins engine – Block Heaters for ’89-’98, 5.9L and ’94-’15, 5.9L & 6.7L trucks and Block Heater Cables for ’89-’15, 5.9L & 6.7L Cummins as…

Fuel Injectors for 2003-newer Cummins HPCR Engines

Fuel Injectors for 2003-newer Cummins HPCR Engines

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly The editor called with the assignment for this issue, “I want an all-encompassing article on fuel injectors for the Dodge Cummins 2003-and-newer engines that use the High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel system. Can you do such?” I asked for a little guidance: where to start, what to say. His recommendation, “Think about country music. Haven’t you heard that David Allen Coe song where he sings about the ‘perfect country music song?’ I want you to do the perfect…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Upgrades and Preventing Failures

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Upgrades and Preventing Failures

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Injector Upgrades and Preventing Failures In Issue 56 (page 96), Scott Dalgleish discussed his results with Dynomite Diesel Performance (DDP) injectors on his Third Generation Turbo Diesel. In his quest for mileage first, and power second, Scott chose a set of Stage 1 fuel injectors. His article described the aforementioned extrude honing manufacturing processes and provided dyno results verifying the horsepower claims of DDP. He reported an increase in fuel mileage…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Inside the Injector

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Inside the Injector

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly [ Reman HPCR fuel injectors are available at Geno’s Garage. ] Fuel Injectors For 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Inside the Injector We have looked at the pintle and nozzle with the remarkably tight clearance between them. Here are the components of the HPCR injector, first the bottom half with the nozzle nut, nozzle, pintle, and the main body to the right. Next is a photo of the top half with the armature to the left, check ball and…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Frequently Asked Questions

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Frequently Asked Questions

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Frequently Asked Questions Rail Pressure versus Fuel Mileage Q: In Issue 63, page 82, writer Joe Donnelly did an article about the 2003 and newer ECMs and reprogramming them using a “Smarty” by MADS Electronics. In that article we are told that added rail pressure does not give mileage gains and is “problematic to injector and injection system durability.” Then on page 110 there was a “Product Showcase” article where we are led to believe that increasing fuel pressure will increase mpg…

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Removal and Replacement

Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines – Injector Removal and Replacement

Originally appeared in TDR Issue 72 May/June/July 2011 by Joe Donnelly Fuel Injectors for 2003 and Newer HPCR Engines Injector Removal and Replacement Tools: You will need a few specialty tools to make the injector replacement easier. The aluminum plate at the top keeps the exhaust rockers in order and assembled. Under it at the left is a 15/16” socket cut down to 1” total length, with a connector tube nut in it. To the right of the nut is an orange painted tube that facilitates pressing the new injector…

What is the Best Gauge?

What is the Best Gauge?

Before you purchase a gauge or gauges to put in the gauge pod, there are several items you’ll want to consider: Who makes the best gauge? For the best price, how about a gauge “package”? How do you install gauges? If you would like the answers to these questions please continue. Okay, let’s get right to the answers: BEST GAUGE? We’ve included a PDF file to read the complete story from the TDR magazine, Issue 74, January 2012. TDR74-10Back The short answer from their product testing: “Would you believe I…

Well, What Do You Know?

Well, What Do You Know?

As a niche supplier of parts for only Dodge/Cummins Turbo Diesel trucks, you can imagine that day-in and day-out we get asked many of the same questions. Often owners will want a reference location for the information that we discuss with them. Our go-to source for the data: the Turbo Diesel Register (TDR). Some will balk at a TDR subscription. That’s okay, we know they just want an answer to the problem of the day. We all acknowledge that the TDR keeps Dodge/Cummins owners up to date on problems and…