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  1. Derrick Combs

    Derrick Combs New Member

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    What’s up everyone. Picked up this 2005 quad cab to eventually paint match my 2003 viper. Has 62k miles on it. Any common issues or maintenance I should be expecting outside of general fluid changes and rotations? Thanks in advance for your inputs!
     

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    rottenronnie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Well, there are a few and if you search through some of the older threads you will find them all.

    First and foremost: A performance tune FROM A REPUTABLE TUNER will really wake up the performance of the QC (not nearly as much on the RC). Night & Day difference! Fun factor around 250% over stock.

    The oil cooler lines have been known to leak- Take them off and take them to an industrial hose shop to have some built or buy online.
    The "top" Power Steering hose fittings have been know to leak (see above remedial). I preferred the results of using a hose shop on my personal truck instead of going aftermarket.

    The 48RE Automatic is marginal and adding engine power will make them ill. If they start to act up, don't waste your money on a fluid/filter change and or band adjustment as that very rarely helps. The screens in the Solenoids are physically small and the screen itself is so fine it would be considered impenetrable by a mosquito.
    The GM Solenoids have a much larger surface area. The problem lies in the fact that IF/WHEN the screens plug with band and/or clutch material, they starve the valve body, line pressure drops and things go south from there very quickly. A deep-pan WITHOUT the filter pickup extension is a good idea and hopefully any clutch/band debris will fall to the bottom of the pan and stay there.

    A "cold" air kit: Hmmmm... not so cold. Look at the design from the factory: They actually pull air from the grille and not from under the hood. Use a K&N drop-in if you like, in the stock filter box.

    More info on here if you have more questions, post up.

    The site is very slow but there are still a few hanging around.

    My thoughts, opinions...

    Ronnie
     
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    AMS3 Well-Known Member

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    For the K&N drop in filter, I went with the P/N E0776 cone style. The box has to be trimmed a little on the bottom where the scoop is. Don't need to over trim. For the tranny, I had it rebuilt at 78K miles because it would slip going from first to second. All guts were replaced, converter rebuilt, a Borg Warner solenoid, and Transco shift kit. Runs like a champ now!
     
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    Derrick Combs New Member

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    Hey Ronnie, the time has come for me to replace the power steering lines. You mentioned having them made vs ordering from say “viperstore.com” or somewhere online. Is this really a major difference and what are your thoughts regarding warranty on the lines?

    To all, anyone in the Mid-south MD area have recommendations? Thanks,

    Derrick
     
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    rottenronnie Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I went the route of some others with aftermarket PS lines.
    There were a couple of main issues:

    #1 The factory-fitting that attached to the aluminum fan motor goes inside the attachment hole with an o-ringed fitting. The aftermarket unit I had tries to seal upwards of 1500 psi with a flat washer against the outside body of the fan motor.
    For some it worked (sealed), but for me it always leaked (considerably).

    And on a "concern for anyone driving my truck including me" note...

    #2 The smaller diameter aftermarket hose did not carry enough capacity to deal with supply on a quick left-right or right-left steering maneuver which is understandably dangerous as the steering "snagged" part way through the turn.

    My Lifetime PS hose kit is lying peacefully in a local landfill where it belongs.
    It was my choice to ignore the warranty but that is a longer story...

    I have no idea what is out there for aftermarket kits these days. Maybe they are wonderful.

    The swivel used in the top O.E.M. PS hose coming off the pump (source of many leaking hoses), can be permanently resolved by not using a swivel.

    The O.E.M. swivel-hose uses a Teflon Material that apparently didn't play well with PS Fluid over time, became brittle and fell apart (leaked).

    Anyway, I'd suggest taking your lines into an Industrial Hose facility and have them make the same length hoses using your existing fittings.
    If I remember correctly, the hoses they used on mine are good for 3500+ PSI and are a healthy diameter.

    Some hoses lived a longer and happier life than mine, which leaked early in my SRT-10 adventure.

    Your results may vary.
     
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    Welcome to the RBC all the way from the Rockies, the oil and PS lines tend to leak make sure they are checked. I still use Mobil One Full Synthetic in my 10 and finally the spark plugs and wires if they have not been replaced. Enjoy the 10.
     
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    Welcome aboard. Browse the threads and most answers are there.
    Ronnie is a Guru on these beasts.
    I am just in the process of changing oil cooler lines. Slight weep. JTSVP or 10 AN at the local hydraulic dealer.
    Should have that done next week.
    I would buy JTSVP kit but with exchange rate and shipping to NZ it is too much drama and cost. The local Hydraulic shop have all the bits and pieces so that is where I am going.
    There are lots of simple upgrades to help with those mass production atrocities and improve fuel economy with a by product of more power.
    Enjoy
     
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