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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

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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.

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 Anything
9210 Sky Park Court
Suite 100
San Diego
CA  92123
800-874-8888
www.autoanything.com
Superchips Inc.
1790 E. Airport Boulevard
Sanford
FL  32773
407-585-7000
www.superchips.com
TST Products Inc.
7440 S International Dr
Columbus
IN  47201
812-342-6741
www.tstproducts.com
Edge Products
1080 South Depot Drive
Ogden
UT  84404
888-360-3343
www.edgeproducts.com
Dynomite Diesel Performance
13675 Roosevelt Rd SE
Monroe
WA  98272
760-794-5732
www.dynomitediesel.com
K&N Filters
1455 Citrus Street
Riverside
CA  92507
800-858-3333
www.knfilters.com
Airaid
2688 E Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix
AZ  85050
800-498-6951
http://www.airaid.com
ARP
1863 Eastman Avenue
Ventura
CA  93003
800-826-3045
www.arp-bolts.com
4 Wheel Online
6605 North Nebraska Avenue
Tampa
FL  33604
813-769-2451
www.4wheelonline.com
Banks Power
546 Duggan Avenue
Azusa
CA  91702
866-738-5915
www.bankspower.com
Pure Diesel Power
8430 County Road EE
Marshfield
WI  54449
715-254-1833
www.puredieselpower.com
Goerend Transmission Inc.
119 North Main Street
St. Lucas
IA  52166
563-778-2719
www.goerend.com
AirDog
1412 Creek Trail Dr
Jefferson City
MO  65109
573-635-0555
www.pureflowairdog.com
Majestic Turbo
815 Jefferson Ave.
Waco
TX  76101
800-231-5566
www.majesticturbo.com
Isspro
2515 NE Riverside Way
Portland
OR  97211
888-447-7776
www.isspro.com
South Bend Clutch
709 W Jefferson Blvd
Mishawaka
IN  46545
800-988-4345
www.southbendclutch.com
ATS Diesel
5293 Ward Road
Unit 11
Arvada
CO  80002
866-490-5573
www.atsdiesel.com
S&B Filters
787 S. Wanamaker Avenue
Ontario
CA  91761
800-358-2639
www.sbfilters.com
Industrial Injection
1201 South 700 West
Salt Lake City
UT  84104
800-955-0476
www.industrialinjection.com
Scheid Diesel
4960 North 13th St
Terre Haute
IN  47805
800-669-1593
www.scheiddiesel.com
Advanced Flow Engineering
191 Granite St.
Corona
CA  92879
951-493-7100
www.afepower.com
Auto Meter
413 W. Elm Street
Sycamore
IL  60178
866-248-6356
http://www.autometer.com
Diamond Eye Performance
107 West Main
P.O. Box 119
Athena
OR  97813
800-635-9950
www.diamondeyeperformance.com
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