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From : Annonymous

Q: steve denny is 100% correct! unless you are trying to improve a holeshot the centerforce clutch will not improve your performance one iota. if the stock clutch is not slipping then you have a 100 % mechanical connection and thus no hp loss. for everyday driving imho you will derive no benefit save a lighter wallet as alluded to in my previous post. if on the other hand its a better holeshot you want go for it... after all it is your bux! mike steve not arguing just discussing....ok g if i am reading your post right i take it you are racing the truck. i cant see any other circumstance where that much clutch would be of a concern other than reving it up and dumping the pedal. you stated the stock clutch costs you 20% of hp and torque. that would only happen if the clutch was slipping. i havent seen a clutch slip yet on a stock truck even driving hard. in your 86 vette you said you had a hard time keeping the tires hooked up that would not happen under normal street driving. in my younger days i played with a bb camaro. i kept eating clutches big time till i went to a button clutch. that sucker did not slip a bit but it sure made it a pain in the ass to drive on the street. it was either in or out no in-between. and yes i had a hard time hooking up the tires too i have the tickets to prove it too. g denny denny because the centerforce unit provides 90% more holding power than the stock clutch. the stock clutch in most vehicles robs you of 20% or your horsepower and torque getting the power from the crank to the rear diff an auto robs you of even more most of the time. the centerforce dual friction set typically gives you back 8-12% of that loss. in short your engine isnt making more power put you are able to put more of it to the wheels. for the $400 it typically costs you provided you are capable of doing the install yourself the performance gain is remarkable. no exhaust system header or intake will give you the noticeable improvement that the centerforce dual friction clutch set will. and i am not preaching manuafacturer propaganda either i installed one of these clutch sets in my 1986 corvette and my best friends 1999 trans am. the improvements were awesome. the first time i drove the corvette after installing the new clutch i had a hard time keeping the tires hooked up. i had to buy stickier rubber to keep from spinning the wheels all the time. -- steve steve why are you going with the centerforce clutch if the factory disc is not slipping denny since a group is by nature an open forum i just wanted to voice my opinion on the topic of the 4.7l sohc engine. i have seen a lot of people bash that engine in the ram 1500 quad cab. one poster even suggesting that it is useless at pulling a load in excess of 2000 pounds. i have to wonder if this is opinion or that said posters have actually driven a ram 1500 qc with the 4.7. either that or the automatic transmission dodge is putting in these trucks is a total piece of shit. for what it is worth i have a 2003 dodge ram 1500 quad cab slt 4x4 with the 4.7l sohc engine the 5-speed manual transmission and 3.92 gears in the rearend with the limited slip option. i have had it for 1 month now and have about 4200 miles on the odometer. over the last month i have averaged 15mpg in daily driving it has actually been improving as the miles passed the 2000 mark and the one trip i took to virginia earned me an 18.7mpg. i have a 3200 pound 20 boat and trailer combination that i tow with it regularly and have no trouble maintaining 70mph or better even on a grade. yes i do have to shift a lot to keep the engine in the meat of its powerband and 5th gear is usually out of the question when towing unless the road is completely flat or downhill. as yet i have only two complaints about the truck 1 i find the way the rear end hops at the slightest bumps unnerving dont give me that its a truck crap either my 2000 chevrolet silverado extended cab didnt do this why should the dodge 2 the goodyear all-season tires that came on it suck they will be replaced shortly. so to all considering a truck like this if you know how to drive a stick get one. i have had no power problems with this motor and tranny combination. in fact it is quite quick provided you are not squeemish about revving it to 5500 rpm before shifting. this motor is quite flat below 2000 rpm. in fact it doesnt really wake up until 3000. just my 2 cents but i am quite happy with 4.7l and the 5-speed manual. it is a good combination. i am considering the jba shorty headers volant cold-air induction and a borla exhaust system. if you believe the power gain claims on www.truckperformance.com for these components my truck should be around 300hp with these additions. well see. also centerforce is working on a replacement clutch for this.

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From : neal

i need the dana 44 front end. full time 4x4 big nut and cotter pin instead of the bulky hub. the spider gear and axels are stripped out. i have a ramsey rep8000 8000lbs capisity winch that im willing to part with for it. anyone interested in it can contact me at tidetrue@hiwaay.net . thanks john wilbourn --- outgoing mail is certified virus free. checked by avg anti-virus system http//www.grisoft.com. version 6.0.488 / virus database 287 - release date 6/5/03 .

From : tom lawrence

change it every 12-15 k every 8-10k if you do a lot of hauling or towing fluid and filters are cheap i just bought a 98 dakota and when my neighbor saw ithe is also a dodge owner he said i hope you have a spare couple of grand because you are gonna have to replace that tranny. is there even a grain of truth to his assertion that all dodge trucks have substandard transmissions i looked the truck up on some kind of consumer reporting website before i bought it and they said that it was a pretty much trouble free truck. please tell me that my tranny isnt destined to fail! the only other dodge i have ever owned is a 84 ram charger and i loved that truck with that big ole 360 and extra large tires wish i still had it but the mileage sucked and i travel a lot for work. any input from this group of dodge lovers will be greatly appreciated! dale simpson i recently purchased an 01 dakota 27k miles and have the same concern. i have had the fluid analyzed and it was good. i plan on changing the fluid at 30k miles. i can get a 150k tranny warranty from the vendor if i change the fluid every 30k miles. considering the cost of a tranny i consider that a good deal and plan to do it. .

From : neal

no you mentioned using the van to haul your beehives and at least once said you did overload it with honey. youve mentioned your address a few times and that area is rather hilly. and since you havent the brains to pour water out of a boot with directions on the heel based your attitude about how you let your kids grow instead of raising them you probably let the trans hunt from 3rd to od as you wandered over those hills and possibly never did the proper maintenance on it. you sure didnt have the sense to order the factory trans cooler. you screwed it up but are too stupid and too cowardly to admit it. btw go to http//autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/motorscootertalk/ thats my youngest son on my cushman with hand built bodywork. in the photos section you can see the front disk brake i made for the scooter and a pic of me sitting on it. could you do any of that now shove your cushman comments up your rectum. beekeep wrote on fri 18 jul 2003 014815 gmt budd cochran mr-d150@citlink.net wrote my point that you have finally admitted you overloaded you van with beehives drove over rough terrain with the load your neighborhood was hilly the last time i looked and didnt use a trans cooler bet you left the od turned on also and have the total stupidity to blame chrysler corp because the trans failed. and you still cant spell. budd thats total bullshit and you know it. beekeep .

From : mike simmons

click on the link below for the test results. http//www.royalpurple.com/rptech/ncsu021112.pdf .

From : nathan

vacuum leak just a thought set the timing to 10 degrees btdc and check that your carb is giving you a healthy shot of fuel from the accelerator pump. budd guy lee wrote this problem has me confused/frustrated. i have a 1987 dodge ram w150 4x4 with a 318 2 bbl holley carb; automatic transmission. recently the truck died while i was driving home from work. over a couple of months of troubleshooting and replacing various engine-related components like the carburetor the distributor the spark control unit the timing chain and gear set i found that all that was wrong was a wire. i assume that while putting things back on the truck i dont have something set correctly. i have confirmed that the timing is 8 degrees before tdc according to the vehicle specs. while the vehicle is idling it runs like a top. the problem im having is when im driving up hills mostly. the engine will hesitate and miss. it also has a tremendous loss in power. does anyone have any suggestions for me thanks for your help guy lee .

From : tbone

comprehend what you read. you need medical help for your mental condition. they do make pills for your problem. as to your statement about me drinking and drugging i dont believe that i am the one here that abused his heart am i maybe if you had signed a dnr before you were operated on it would have saved you a lot of misery. not that i would wish you dead or anything i just feel sorry for you having to go through life being so pathetic. i just hope my kids have enough sense to shoot me if i get like you. people like you just plain suck! beekeep . 222 263996 ovgcnqvffofr8ygixtwjga@comcast.com you should be able to weld the exhaust without fear of damaging the electronics. some may suggest disconnecting the battery which is usually a good idea whenever you are doing serious work to a vehicle but you should be able to weld without doing that if you feel the need not to. in order for the welder to effect the electronics there has to be a complete circuit path through them and you will not create one with your mig welder unless you connect its ground clamp to the positive terminal of the battery. -- if at first you dont succeed youre not cut out for skydiving i have a 97 dodge ram. the weld on the tailpipe bracket is broken. this sets off a terrible buzzing at certain rpm ranges. if i clean this up and use my mig welder to make the repair are there any special considerations regarding the vehicles electronics i dont want to fix the exhaust and have a truck thats not going to start/run because i fried its computer! any help you can give me would be most appreciated. .