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Old 08-12-2019, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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3500 for a bulletproof trans, or LS swap?

Got a dodge dakota with a 5.9 that I want to put some heads/intake/cam on, maybe eventually a blower. I have heads/intake already. Truck needs a new trans. There's a reputable shop that builds a nice 46re (up to 750hp) for 2500 plus about 1000 for installation, putting me at 3500 for the trans. Then I will probably be about 1000 into a new cam, lifters, springs, throttle body, tune, getting me to maybe 340hp/380tq.

My question is, is it more logical to put the 4500 towards an LS/LQ swap? Being in California I would have to deal with making it CARB legal, pretty sure exhaust wouldn't be an issue, but not sure if fuel tank needs to be swapped as well. Will be a bigger project, but a 6.0 is a better platform.

Kind of torn on this, would like to keep it MOPAR but want to be stupid with my money

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It looks like you can save a bunch of money if you keep things simple. For one, it looks like you'd be putting more money into a trans thats over built for your engine build (46RE built up to 750hp for a 340hp 5.9) A 46RE can handle 340hp. So if it were me, I'd look for a 46RE thats either in usable shape or do a basic rebuild maybe add some small upgrades but not a lot. Next $1000 to install a transmission seems a bit high. I would do the installation myself and save that money for something else.

An LS swap is totally up to you. I do not live in Ca. but as I understand it, it's going to be difficult to comply with CARB which seems to get more restrictive every year. All I can suggest is do your homework and talk to those who specialize in LS swaps in your state to get the low down on all the legalities. Personally I think it can cost you more than $4500 to successfully swap the LS. Expect some hidden costs.

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$/horsepower LS is the only platform that makes sense. That said, if the budget is 4500 then the rebuilt 46re with some tweaks to the magum motor is the way to go. Scratch the blower Idea.
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Got a dodge dakota with a 5.9 that I want to put some heads/intake/cam on, maybe eventually a blower. I have heads/intake already. Truck needs a new trans. There's a reputable shop that builds a nice 46re (up to 750hp) for 2500 plus about 1000 for installation, putting me at 3500 for the trans. Then I will probably be about 1000 into a new cam, lifters, springs, throttle body, tune, getting me to maybe 340hp/380tq.

My question is, is it more logical to put the 4500 towards an LS/LQ swap? Being in California I would have to deal with making it CARB legal, pretty sure exhaust wouldn't be an issue, but not sure if fuel tank needs to be swapped as well. Will be a bigger project, but a 6.0 is a better platform.

Kind of torn on this, would like to keep it MOPAR but want to be stupid with my money

Thanks
Strip out the 5.9 and sell it to some fool whom owns a TJ, and tell him how easy that would be.... then sell whatever is leftover from the Dakota and be happy it's gone.

Then... take the profits from above sales, and the 4500 you already were ready to spend, and go buy a GM vehicle. Done.
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Strip out the 5.9 and sell it to some fool whom owns a TJ, and tell him how easy that would be.... then sell whatever is leftover from the Dakota and be happy it's gone.

Then... take the profits from above sales, and the 4500 you already were ready to spend, and go buy a GM vehicle. Done.
Sounds like he's not ready to suck dick, just wants to put it in his mouth.
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