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K5's and torque

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Muley, Oct 3, 2002.

  1. Muley

    Muley 1/2 ton status

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    K5\'s and torque

    This stems from a debate that me and a buddy at work have. I have considered swapping in a Cummins or CAT diesel into my '85. He thinks that there will be way to much torque. He thinks that there is no way you would be able to reinforce the frame to handle it. While the new Cummins that Dodge is using is rated at 305hp and 555 foot pounds of torque. I think getting a Cummins out of an older Dodge would be a lot milder.

    On the flip side I know some of you out there have some serious horsepower and torque being produced by your engines.

    So my question is do you think a K5 could handle a torque of big diesel? Assuming that the axles and so forth are up to snuff.

    How much ponies and twist does our rig produce?
     
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    Re: K5\'s and torque

    Been dreaming of doin this my self, just waiting to win the lottery /forums/images/graemlins/laugh.gif
     
  3. chulisohombre

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    Re: K5\'s and torque

    id say if you have the money do it and find out.let us know and do a tech article on how you did it /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  4. Muley

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    Re: K5\'s and torque

    I have been dreaming of it ever sense I had my '83 7 years ago. I have heard on average it is about 10k to have some one do it, but that is with a new engine I believe. Need to find a late 90's rear end totalled to get the motor. All though that money factor always comes into play.

    They say a diesel is good for a million miles so what a couple hundred thousand on the ticker?
     
  5. txbluethunder

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    Re: K5\'s and torque

    if i were to do it...i'd box the frame and box in an X between the t-case and the rear shocks so the frame can't twist from the torque between teh t-case and the rear axle.
     

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