Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Keady, Ontario
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Thanks for the suggestion to contact me Bill. Welcome aboard 95WIP. I have about 2500 km's on since the swap and all seems ok.
I had 2 1995 trucks, one was the cummins and was 2wd and the other was a v10 4x4. I swapped the cummins into the 4x4 truck. The motor mounts are the same, no issues there. All i dod was disconnect the wiring harness from the 3 plugs at the brake booster and unplugged all the tranny wiring and rolled it up and put it on top of the cummins and hauled the engine out all together with the wiring attached.
When I put the cummins back into the v10 truck, i removed the engine side motor mounts so i did not have to raise the engine so high. then slid the engine in and put the mounts back on with the engine still on the hoist.
All plugs were the same under the hood, I did not change any wires in the cab.
The only issue i had was the plug to the VSS on the transfer case. they did not match, so I bought a plug from dodge and soldered the 3 wires and it worked perfectly.
The engine bolted to the 4x4 tranny without issues. I did keep the diesel torque converter as it has a lower stall and I believe the one from the v10 engine would rev too high.
I was told to swap out the valve bodies also, but have not done so yet and things seem ok.
I swapped out the dash cluster so it says "diesel fuel" in the tach. I then removed the ABS bulb from the rear of the cluster as the v10 truck did not have ABS. I put that bulb into the space for the 4x4 light so it will light up when I put it in 4x4.
I also swapped out the heater control as it has the water in fuel light and the wait to start light in the bottom part of it.
I used the same gas tank and just ran new fuel lines. The sending unit works fine, but the return line is a bit different in the top of the tank, but still fits.
The exhaust hangers are exactly the same.
I switched the front rad cradle with the rad and intercooler and fan shroud all in one piece. The fan shroud is not the same on the v10 as the coolant tank is attached to the fan shroud on the cummins and the tank on the v10 is on the fender.
I swapped over a second batter box and it bolted right in place as all the holes are already there on the v10 truck. The solenoids for the grid heaters bolt into holes that are already there on the drivers side.
No drilling or modifying of anything. The 4x4 v10 truck is much cheaper than the diesel version, so doing the swap was waaaay cheaper and a good "weekend project".
All in all, with new fuel lines and the plug for the VSS and the odd pipe clamp, I am into it for about $500.
Hope this helps, feel free to ask any questions you need. Good luck.
2001 Ram 3500,6 speed dually,edge juice with attitude cts/4 inch exhaust,cool air intake, rv 275 injectors.