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Any body know of any 'Do it your self' cheap modifications using maybe household things or really simple things?

Dont want to really spend to much money..Just want some simple mods that dont cost alot.


 

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Simple modifications:
Basically you want to make sure that everything on your truck is working at it's best. For example, have someone step on the gas pedal while you look down the carb to make sure the throttle plates are opening all the way. You may be able to make some adjustments to the carb to help it's performance. Advance the ignition timing as far as you can without causing it to ping. Install alternator and / or air conditioning cut out switches.

Inexpensive mods:
The factory made a lot of different parts which you can use for upgrades. Different parts were used in different years, and trucks could be ordered with various options to meet the needs of people. Heavy duty pick-ups (3/4 and 1 tons) often have some good parts on them. A few car and van parts can also be used to upgrade your ramcharger.

Some of these factory options will give you extra power. Larger displacement engines, larger carbs, longer duration cams, better heads, air cleaners, exhaust manifolds, etc. Other parts worth looking for include heavy duty springs, radiators, transfer cases, brakes, axles with different gears, etc.

Now for the best part. If you shop carefully these parts can often be obtained for little or no money. Periodically you will find people with junk or parts trucks they no longer want. You can get the truck and pull the parts you need. Then advertise any good parts which you can sell. (Sometimes you may be able to install these parts for the buyers and earn even more) Of course once you are done pulling parts send the junk truck to the scrap yard. I've done this and sold enough parts to more than pay for my purchase price of the vehicle. It's great being paid for parts rather than paying for parts!
 

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Yea, on my first RC (84 318 2 bbl), I got a factory 4 bbl intake and a Q-jet from a junk yard real cheap. Even now, I look for old vehicles that may have good parts (much to my wife's chagrin).

If you're really strapped for cash, maybe you could help out a local junk yard and make a deal with them to pay you in Dodge parts when you find them. Also, it would be a good learning experience. You would learn a lot about vehicles.
 

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Thanks for all your replies. Thats all good ideas you all have. That working at a junkyard thing got me interested!



Thanks again.

Patrick
 

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If you have a cb, put an external speaker where the factory dash speaker was. If not, then look here: http://ramchargercentral.com/boards/index.php?action=search2

Axle vent extension tubes are a GREAT & cheap idea if you plan on going off-road. Also, extend your transfer case vent.

You could build a custom console to go on the "hump" under the ashtray next to the 4 x 4 shifter. Something like this might be cool: http://www.pavementsucks.com/tech/console.php
You could mount speakers, external cb speakers, or a cd changer in the sides, just like that guy did. I'm going to try to figure out a way to mount a holster for my pistol on the side.

50 watt Reverse Lights: http://www.off-road.com/toyota/cheaptricks/backuplights/

Dash & Dome LED Lights (cool w/ white guage faces): http://www.superbrightleds.com/1157.htm

That's all I can come up with right now.
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ok heres a few ideas on drive train vents.

you can vent your transmission, axles, and t case all to to one place.

run enough line to join each component to one place high up under the hood.

and then either mount a fuel filter on the top or use one of these
Cheap axle vents

ok 85 4x4 ramcharger.

so u prolly have dana 44 mopar 9.25 np208 and TF727. which engine?

there isnt much you can do to the t case or axles for cheap other than welding spider gears. but thats not for daily drivers and not really best idea either.

but 727 is another story.

you could add a floor shifter or a shift kit. shift kits are great budget mods.
some people even have sucess switching to type f tranny fluid.

you can always add a deep pan (junk yard way of doing it is use one from a A518 at-od)

can add tranny cooler for cheap.

can add engine oil cooler.

other things to grab from a newer dodge ram in junk yard. (or many other mopar products)
nippon denso starter (or can buy one from local autoparts store) its better. and smaller.

nippon denso 130amp alternator (actually puts out peak of 164amps)

could grab cylinder heads off the truck too. then convert the magnum heads to your block.

the mangnum exhaust manifolds are suppose to be direct bolt on and flow as well or better than old 340 hi pos.

#308 cylinder heads or #302 cylinder heads from late 80s 318/360

since you have a 85 you allready have the stronger 9.25 rear axle with improved c clip

a body lift is cheap.

u can improve audio performance for little.

switch to more reliable gauges and bypass amp guage (theres artical in open forum)

http://www.offroadexchange.com/projects/ppwswaybar.htm
http://www.offroadexchange.com/projects/axlevent.htm
http://www.ramchargercentral.com/boards/index.php?action=howto

i forget where but there was a how to on bright headlights.

basically simple cross wiring allowing both low and high beams to be illuminated when high beams kicked on

u could add an air filter.

you could modify exhaust.

i ll come up with some more ideas later.

EDIT:
http://tech.plymouthduster.cjb.net/hei.html
upgrade your u joints
http://www.moparts.com/Tech/Archive/elec/1.html
http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/oilfilterstudy.html
http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/electrical.html
http://minimopar.knizefamily.net/bodywork.html
http://ramchargercentral.com/boards/index.php#16
http://www.off-road.com/dodge/ramcharger/tech_tips/SteerSlop.html
http://www.off-road.com/dodge/ramcharger/tech_tips/leanect.html
http://www.off-road.com/dodge/tech/318power.html
 

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Just looking at sime of the things people have done here is a great way to get cheap ideas.

There are members who made cheap PVC pipe snorkles, that don't look too bad.

You can pick up off road lights in many different sizes. These can be installed in many places on your truck, and be used as driving lights to rock lights.

If you have access to a welder and some steel, the sky is pretty much the limit. You can build bumpers, tire carriers, roof racks, etc.

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None of your links work
 

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Will 2 vac lines comming from the valve covers make my truck run better? It only has 1 vac line comming from 1 valve cover..I know the other vac line is supossed to go to the air cleaner but could i connect the 2 lines into one to go into the carb?
 
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Will 2 vac lines comming from the valve covers make my truck run better? It only has 1 vac line comming from 1 valve cover..I know the other vac line is supossed to go to the air cleaner but could i connect the 2 lines into one to go into the carb?
No. That's your pvc system. One line is vacuum, the other is fresh air intake for the pvc. If you hook both to a vacuum source you will end up with a lovely blue smoke from the tailpipe. Make sure the pvc valve is clear (if it rattles it's probably oaky) and the other side is hooked to the air cleaner so you're not sucking dirt into the motor.

As far as cheap, I'm about as cheap as they come. Here's some of my mods and what they cost.

Daytona electric seats =12.00
Dual fan setup = 30.00
727 Tranny and np208 = free, rebuilt both for less than 400
Rollbar = free,3.00 for the paint
Tranny cooler, power windows, tilt steering, white faced gauges, larger anti-sway bar, assorted chrome trim and interior pieces, all from a parts truck that I bought very cheap from another RCC member. And I still have the entire drive train left from the parts truck.

Read the Tech and vehicle Help board from cover to cover (so to speak) and hit the junkyards. Subscribe to online catalogs and watch for deals. Most of all, get involved with your RCC state chapter. The free stuff listed above all came from Gmule. You can't beat the generosity of fellow RCC members.
 

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I dont have the stock intake. So rite now its just a big tube stickin down in the valve cover. What should i do with it? Plug it up with a cap or what. Im going to the junk yard this weekend..Need a Passenger side mirror and a couple of things.

Where did you get your fans from? Do they do a good job cooling the truck? Because the stocker clutch fan i think it is blows ALOT of air. And i guess going to electric fans will gain me a couple hp huh..
 

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i got my fan off a 3/4 ton chebby.

it has heavy duty clutch and 7 blades vs the stock 5.

leave the breather unplugged.

u could do an exhaust up for real cheap if u can weld or know some one else who can
 

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Alright cool. Im going to the junk yard..Might pick me up an electric fan.

Any thing else you think i should pick up?


Already got me some tips..Duel flomasters exhaust. Wish i woulda got headers...
 
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I too have been the recipent of free parts for my RC.
Flake gave me a case of atf and a top mount overflow bottle. He welded my frame up on the trail when I ripped the stearing gear box off in the middle of no where.
Primer Grey gave me some new seat frames to fix my ganster lean and and electric fan so I can convert my mechanical fan to electric.
Bogie provided me with wireing diagrams to install a dual battery setup using a constant duty solenioid to isolate my batteries. There are many more items that I can't think of right now.


 
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