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Hello,I want to swap out my v6 for a v8. I came across an almost new SRT8 hemi for sale locally... it has a trans, but no computer.I was hoping that I could bolt it up to the v6 transmission. Will it fit?As for the computer... I was just going to use a stand alone system for the engine, but I can"t control a tranny with the one I have. (have another car with the same stand alone setup).Sooo yeah that"s basically my question... can I bolt up the SRT8 motor to my 96 2wd tranny, and if not... what about the standard v8 tranny... are they different?Thanks.
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Terry aka tactransman
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v8 swap is very easy, the stock v6 tranny will work but it won"t hold up as well as the v8 tranny, and get the v8 computer and wire in the extra 2 injectors into the wiring harness and your set. 318 or 360?, a hemi swap will be much more involved and will require some fabrication and what not.
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v8 swap is very easy, the stock v6 tranny will work but it won"t hold up as well as the v8 tranny, and get the v8 computer and wire in the extra 2 injectors into the wiring harness and your set. 318 or 360?, a hemi swap will be much more involved and will require some fabrication and what not.
I don"t mind making motor mounts and such, but I would prefer to use the same trans if I can. I can get the SRT8 motor for about $800You make a good point with the harness... Didn"t think of that. Stock system uses what.. 2 injector driver banks?
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The bellhousing on the 5.2 and 5.9 is the same as the 3.9. Converter change might be necessary if you go with certain model year V-8"s.
Terry aka tactransman
"99 Ram 1500 4X4 5.9 Automatic #110 in the White Truck Club:dwave: :dtrocks: :dwave:Aren"t you tired of getting your parts for your Super Bee from a kid that thinks a Civic is a "hot rod"!Mods:MSD Blaster 3 CoilMagna Flow Cat and "Y" pipe46RE Built to the HiltTransgo TF OD JR Shift Kit (With Mods)Billet Cover ConverterUpgraded to five direct clutch drumFive Overdrive Brake Clutch pack47RE STEEL front planetarySonnax Reverse servo partsHD Kevlar Lined Rigid Int BandDeep Pan w/cooling tubes3.8 ratio Int leverbillet Int servo struts
if you go with a 360 you will need a 360 specific weighted converter, i don"t know how many injector drivers are used but i just know you can swap in the v8 computer, find the extra circuits on the v8 computer and wire in the injectors, its so you can use the stock wiring harness. hemi swaps can get expensive but your ram you may have more room to play with. the 42 rh will hold a 318 with a hp rebuild kit or a 360 with the same. you know i"m pretty sure a 42 would bolt up to a hemi but there may be some issues with that. and it wouldn"t survive very long.
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Do you think there is any way I can use the trans that comes with the hemi? I figured that those things are probably computer controlled and thus un-usable in my case - i don"t have the ecu.
the 5-45 rfe will sit nicely in there and get the tcm and pcm out of an 03 and you"ll be set 5 45"s are great tranny"s, clip one of the wires and eliminate tq management (only on 03 back models however) and y"ll have some nice shifts.
"96 and later engines moved the weight from the converter to the flexplate so the converter stays the same for all. (the converter will bolt up four different ways too! <90 degree converter> ) Keep the flexplate with the engine you use.
Terry aka tactransman
"99 Ram 1500 4X4 5.9 Automatic #110 in the White Truck Club:dwave: :dtrocks: :dwave:Aren"t you tired of getting your parts for your Super Bee from a kid that thinks a Civic is a "hot rod"!Mods:MSD Blaster 3 CoilMagna Flow Cat and "Y" pipe46RE Built to the HiltTransgo TF OD JR Shift Kit (With Mods)Billet Cover ConverterUpgraded to five direct clutch drumFive Overdrive Brake Clutch pack47RE STEEL front planetarySonnax Reverse servo partsHD Kevlar Lined Rigid Int BandDeep Pan w/cooling tubes3.8 ratio Int leverbillet Int servo struts
Why dont you just buy an ECU and wiring harness out of a junkyard? I would think it would be easier than trying to get it to work any other way. By the way, the srt8 hemi engine is 425hp. I doubt the v6 tranny would hold up to anything short of driving like a grandma. If you do that, why would you want a 425hp motor anyway? use carpart.com for the parts you need.
2001 Dak 4.7 Ext Cab 4x24.10 LSD -- Euro Head LightsK&N CAI -- Soft Tonneau CoverFlowmaster Exhaust -- NGK 2662"s Power Wire -- Superchips 3715Worlds first Dak to have the 545rfe Transplant!
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Why dont you just buy an ECU and wiring harness out of a junkyard? I would think it would be easier than trying to get it to work any other way. By the way, the srt8 hemi engine is 425hp. I doubt the v6 tranny would hold up to anything short of driving like a grandma. If you do that, why would you want a 425hp motor anyway? use carpart.com for the parts you need.
If I used a stand alone system I can ditch all of the emissions stuff and tune the motor for better fuel anyways. Not to mention that the stand alone system costs less than the factory setup.
2001 Dak 4.7 Ext Cab 4x24.10 LSD -- Euro Head LightsK&N CAI -- Soft Tonneau CoverFlowmaster Exhaust -- NGK 2662"s Power Wire -- Superchips 3715Worlds first Dak to have the 545rfe Transplant!
2008 Yamaha FZ1- Quarter Mile in 10 seconds (approx. 950 miles)1997 Cummins 2500. More mods than can list.
Well that"s what I"m trying to figure out. Not sure how to make the charger trans work with all of the electronics and crap. Maybe just get a v8 trany?
What about just get the stock wiring harness, use what you get, and get a custom SCT tune. You could do whatever the hell you wanted, and it might still be cheaper.(Can you tell i like the 545rfe tranny? lol)
2001 Dak 4.7 Ext Cab 4x24.10 LSD -- Euro Head LightsK&N CAI -- Soft Tonneau CoverFlowmaster Exhaust -- NGK 2662"s Power Wire -- Superchips 3715Worlds first Dak to have the 545rfe Transplant!
2008 Yamaha FZ1- Quarter Mile in 10 seconds (approx. 950 miles)1997 Cummins 2500. More mods than can list.

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That"s the problem...the engine and trans is cheap because there is no harness... and it"s an 06 so not easy to find at a wrecker.
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