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12V Cummins Thermostat Replacement

Symptom/Condition: The vehicle may not warm completely, especially in cold ambient temperatures. This condition may be due to a thermostat that is stuck in the partial open position by debris in the cooling system. NOTE: THE COOLING SYSTEM USED ON THE CUMMINS DIESEL ENGINE EQUIPPED VEHICLES PROVIDES THE CAPACITY AND PROTECTION OF THE HIGHER GVWR […]

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The Infamous Cummins 53 Block

Special Thanks to Stamey’s Website for this FAQ about the 53 Block What is the “53” block? The “53” comes from a casting number on the side of the block and is used to identify the problem blocks. Supposedly it affects about 100,000 blocks, but not only in Dodge Rams. Here is information regarding the […]

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Dodge Stock Horsepower Chart

Here’s the stock Horse Power Rating for Cummins / Ram Trucks Year Transmission Stock HP 1994 Auto 160 1994 Manual 175 1994 1 Ton 240 1995 Auto 160 1995 Manual 175 1996 Auto 180 1996 Manual 215 1996 California 180 1997 Auto 180 1997 Manual 215 1997 California 180 1998 12V Auto 180 1998 12V […]

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Serpentine Belt Replacement

Work performed on a 2002 Time Of Completion : 30 Mins Here’s my belt @ 48,000 miles may want to check yours out Tools Required : 1/2 Inch Drive Ratchet & an 1/2 to 3/8 reducer Parts Required : Here’s the Gatorback belt $33.50 at AutoZone; this part Number is for Models with A/C This […]

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Relocating Your Block Heater Cord

As you know the block heater plug on our trucks are located in the front bumper and this is where they stay for most people. Some have put a plug recessed into the bumper to make it look nicer then having a cord dangling there. In my case being a Firefighter the way I park […]

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Another Pyrometer Installation

A. THERMOCOUPLE INSTALLATION – The R650 Thermocouple mounts into a 1/4″ pipe thread. If the exhaust manifold is already drilled and tapped, install the thermocouple at that location. If none is provided, make a 3/4″ hole in the exhaust pipe, not more than 6″ below the exhaust-manifold-to-exhaust-pipe connection and weld the R680 bushing into the […]

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Pyrometer Installation

See Universal Installation Guide for Installation on Turbo Down Pipe 1. Remove turbo from exhaust manifold. 2. Stuff a small shop towel or rag 4 to 5 inches into the rear exhaust manifold passage (see pic below) through the turbocharger mounting flange. This is to prevent chips from entering the manifold while drilling and tapping. […]

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Pyro Tap Help

Install Help. Note: Tap Size May Vary [thanks to DIS used with permission]

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Port and Polishing

First, you will need cutters. In the next photo you will see some of the cutters I use for this. On the right are metal cutters. These cost $20 to $75 each, so choose wisely. In the middle are sanding cones. I use #80-100-220-240 grit. I use a long mandrel and a (not shown) short […]

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24V Piston Specs

Descriptions Specifications Piston Skirt Diameter 101.864 – 101.88 mm / 4.0104 – 4.011 in Ring Grove Clearance Intermediate Oil Control     0.095 mm / 0.0037 in 0.085 mm / 0.0033 in Top Ring 0.35 – 0.45 mm / 0.014 – 0.0177 in Intermediate 0.85 – 1.15 mm / 0.0334 – 0.0452 in Oil Control […]

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