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1998 1/2 To 2002 Dodge Ram Power Recipes - Budget-Build

For $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, And $10,000 Budgets

Jason SandsMar 1, 2010
Perhaps one of the most overlooked model of Dodge trucks (besides first-gens) is the '98 1/2 to '02 Dodges equipped with the Bosch VP44 computer-controlled rotary injection pump. We've seen these trucks make some pretty impressive power numbers with minimal modifications. The key to high horsepower numbers seems to be big injectors, which will provide all the fuel that the VP44 pumps can produce. Injection pump reliability is also a big concern, and it's our recommendation that if you have one of these trucks, you upgrade the fuel system ASAP. You'll see this reflected in all of our buildups, from $1,500, all the way to $10,000. While VP44 trucks don't have the mechanical simplicity of their earlier P7100 pump brothers, or the easy power of the later common-rails, they seem to bridge the gap between the two, and with the right parts, can make 500 to 600 hp within our top-tier budget.
Photo 2/5   |   Adam Winslett is seen here making an 11-second pass down the dragstrip in his 1,060hp VP44 truck. The record power number was produced with the help of a Left Coast Diesel three-stage nitrous system.
BUDGET: $1,500
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog, 4 Wheel Online
Price: $500 - $610
Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: Banks, Edge, Superchips
Price: $500 - $700
230 to 270 HP
Weak Links: Poor power-to-dollar ratio, torque converter
TOTAL: $1,244 to $1,444
BUDGET: $2,500
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog, 4 Wheel Online
Price: $500 - $610
Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, Edge
Price: $800 - $1000
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1100 - $1300
330 to 350 HP
Weak Links: High EGT, stock intake and exhaust
TOTAL: $2,650 to $3,100
BUDGET: $5,000
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog, 4 Wheel Online
Price: $500 - $610
Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, Edge
Price: $800 - $1000
Modification: Aftermarket Intake
Reason: More airflow is needed with more fuel
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Aftermarket 4-Inch Exhaust
Reason: More exhaust flow is needed with intake and fuel upgrades
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $350 - $450
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1,100 - $1,300
Modification: Clutch Upgrade (manual)
Reason: Stock clutch will slip—get a dual-disc version
Vendor: South Bend Clutch
Price: $1,100
Modification: Aftermarket Injectors
Reason: More fuel is needed
Vendor: Dynomite Diesel Performance, Scheid Diesel, Industrial Injection
Price: $700 - $900
Modification: 62-64mm Turbocharger
Reason: More airflow is needed at this power level
Vendor: ATS, Industrial Injection, Majestic Turbo
Price: $1,300 - $1,800
450 to 500 HP
Weak Links: Transmission shafts, stock flexplate, head gasket
TOTAL: $5,250 to $6,550
BUDGET: $10,000
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog, 4 Wheel Online
Price: $500
Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, Edge
Price: $1000
Modification: Aftermarket Intake
Reason: More airflow is needed with more fuel
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $250 - $300
Modification: Aftermarket 4-Inch Exhaust
Reason: More exhaust flow is needed with intake and fuel upgrades
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $350 - $450
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1,100 - $1,300
Modification: Racing Transmission (auto)
Reason: Stock transmission will slip and break shafts
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $4,000 to $5,000
Modification: Aftermarket Flexplate (auto)
Reason: Stock flexplate will break
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $500
Modification: Clutch Upgrade (manual)
Reason: Stock clutch will slip—get a dual-disc version
Vendor: South Bend Clutch
Price: $1,100
Modification: Aftermarket Injectors
Reason: More fuel is needed
Vendor: Dynomite Diesel Performance, Scheid Diesel, Industrial Injection
Price: $700 - $900
Modification: 62-64mm Turbocharger
Reason: More airflow is needed at this power level
Vendor: ATS, Industrial Injection, Majestic Turbo
Price: $1,300 - $1,800
Modification: Head Studs
Reason: Better clamping force to keep head gasket from blowing
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power
Price: $500
Modification: Modified VP44 Injection Pump
Reason: A much higher-flowing injection pump
Vendor: Industrial Injection
Price: $2,100
500 to 600 HP
Weak Links: High EGT, over budget (with auto trans)
TOTAL: $8,050 to $14,150

Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
ATS Diesel
Arvada, CO 80002
866-490-5573
www.atsdiesel.com
Edge Products
Ogden, UT 84404
888-360-3343
www.edgeproducts.com
Pure Diesel Power
Marshfield, WI 54449
715-254-1833
www.puredieselpower.com
Banks Power
Azusa, CA 91702
866-738-5915
http://www.bankspower.com
Advanced Flow Engineering
Corona, CA 92879
951-493-7100
www.afepower.com
S&B Filters
Ontario, CA 91761
800-358-2639
www.sbfilters.com
Industrial Injection
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
800-955-0476
www.industrialinjection.com
South Bend Clutch
Mishawaka, IN 46545
800-988-4345
www.southbendclutch.com
Auto Anything
San Diego, CA 92123
800-874-8888
www.autoanything.com
AirDog
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-635-0555
www.pureflowairdog.com
Dynomite Diesel Performance
Monroe, WA 98272
760-794-5732
www.dynomitediesel.com
Goerend Transmission Inc.
St. Lucas, IA 52166
563-778-2719
www.goerend.com
Majestic Turbo
Waco, TX 76101
800-231-5566
www.majesticturbo.com
Scheid Diesel
Terre Haute, IN 47805
800-669-1593
www.scheiddiesel.com
Airaid
Phoenix, AZ 85050
800-498-6951
http://www.airaid.com
Diamond Eye Performance
Athena, OR 97813
800-635-9950
www.diamondeyeperformance.com
Isspro
Portland, OR 97211
888-447-7776
www.isspro.com
TST Products Inc.
Columbus, IN 47201
812-342-6741
www.tstproducts.com
Superchips Inc.
Sanford, FL 32773
407-585-7000
www.superchips.com
4 Wheel Online
Tampa, FL 33604
813-769-2451
www.4wheelonline.com

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