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Help/how to on diff. parts- 1991 250

So I'm acquiring a first gen here soon and I'm trying to get stuff ready to kind of "rebuild" it in a way. Here's the first issue, I basically know nothing about diesel trucks but I have guy friends that can help Second issue, since I know nothing I have no clue as to what parts to get and what would fit. So here's my list of things I want to do, any help or insight is much appreciated!
~Headlights/color changing headlights
~New speakers (need sizing)
~New radio (If possible?)
~Grill inserts
~Anything else possible to make it nice/unique...
Thank you ahead of time!!

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Stereo stuff is pretty straightforward as far as the head unit goes. Speakers depends on the type of cab and how wild ya wanna go. The motor is stone simple and easily upgradable depending on your budget and performance level your after. Not a tremendous amount of bolt on cosmetic stuff is available for these trucks anymore. Paint jobs can always make a vehicle pop. Wheels are everywhere.

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How would I tune it to black smoke a little more?
Budget right now is about $700 for interior accessories... I'll have enough for a paint job by spring luckily.
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OH NO ! ! and there it is, your guy friends should have told you by know we don't promote that kind of thing....the blowing smoke thing I mean.


It makes diesel owners seem like douche wagons and will speed up the end to our high HP trucks.

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On the radio. Crutchfield can walk you threw what you need to up grade that. Speakers are a 6x9 for the doors, 4x10's on the rear speakers. Our radio is a din and a half. There is not much in that size. There are adapter kits made for single din radios into our trucks. On a purchase threw crutchfields will provide the adapter needed. If you want more base than the replacement speakers can deliver properly. A small self contained sub/ amp package can provide a clean sound. They also provide all the needed speaker wiring adapters and radio plug in adapter.

Can't help on halo lights or the other items.

Excessive smoke isn't a good thing except on a track.

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Yep The goal is to make as much power with the least amount of black smoke possible. Black smoke to us means legislated mandatory DPF retrofits and nobody wants to go there! Just a fair warning if you ask very much about making smoke you will get told to put a plastic bag over your air filter..

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Headlights= nearly endless possibilities. Nearly any 7X6 headlamp or H6054 replacement will work. I suggest going with a DOT approved light.

Radio is up to you. i like a OE chrysler head unit because it looks right. Almost any Chrysler/ dodge/ Plymouth radio from the mid 80's to roughly 2002 will fit perfectly and have the proper wiring connections. The late 90's to 2002 infinity CD/ Cassette/ stereo units are desirable.

In a regular cab the OE door speakers are standard 6X9's and 4X10's in the cab corners. I believe X-cabs use 4X10's in the back as well. A member here has recently mounted 6X9's to the OE 4X10 speaker brackets using a modded adapter though.

Grill inserts.... HAHAHAHA! Best I can tell you is to check out customcargrills.com - Custom Car and Truck Grills - Mesh Grill Sheets and More!
they sell bulk grill mesh that you can make your own out of. Thats what I did on my 89.

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How would I tune it to black smoke a little more?
Budget right now is about $700 for interior accessories... I'll have enough for a paint job by spring luckily.
$700 will go a long way in the tunes department if a buy smart. Smoke is easy but its power ya want. Plenty of power tips on this site. Do you have a standard cab or club cab? 2wd or 4wd?

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Standard cab and its 4wd. All my guy friends are trying to get me to make it where it'll lay a thick line of black smoke but I'm more of a power/speed girl. Speed mainly.
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Standard cab and its 4wd. All my guy friends are trying to get me to make it where it'll lay a thick line of black smoke but I'm more of a power/speed girl. Speed mainly.
Find better friends. They arent doing you any favors with that line of thinking. A he351cw is an excellent turbo when paired with 6x10 or 5x11 injectors. Low smoke with excellent response. Is your truck an auto or manual?

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Mine is a manual
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The manual will hold power nicely but its not a terribly fast shifting trans. If you have the getrag overfilling it a quart will greatly help keep it alive if you haven't done it already. If I was trying to make a truck fast I would more than likely find a 47rh auto to swap in.

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