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Mark Mathern
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10/26/2003
15:25:52

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I received word from my service provider that my 98 Dakota may have a cracked head. Cylinder #8 starts missing after a few thousand miles and I am losing coolant. I hear that this is a common problem for the magnum V8 engines. Is that true? Is there any acknowledgement from Dodge on this? will they help with costs? Problem started at 40K. Any other suggestions I can try before going to the expense? What about heads from other companies other than Mopar. Hate to replace the heads with new one that may have same problem anyway.



gen1dak
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10/26/2003
20:36:17

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At present there are no other heads for the Magnums, except those offered by Mopar Performance. Even the old LA 360's had this issue, but it appears they weren't as prone to it. Other than a retrofit with LA heads (well worked over and massaged at that), there are few choices I know of at this time. As to Chrysler, unless there's a class-action lawsuit, I doubt anything will happen.



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10/27/2003
06:52:27

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It is a common problem, unfortunately. The Magnum R/T heads from MOPAR performance are much better in this regard.

Bill White
'95 CC 4x2, SLT - under construction
'03 Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi Off-Road

Mark Mathern
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10/27/2003
10:33:05

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Bill White,
You said that "The Magnum R/T heads from MOPAR performance are much better in this regard." Are these heads able to fit on my V8? What is the difference?



b1llyw
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10/27/2003
10:44:07

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They'll fit fine on your motor. They are better in terms of durabilty because the design leaves more meat, more metal in areas that are prone to crack on stock heads. And they are a more efficient design as well, making more power.

You can get them with different sized intake valves, starting at a 1.92. Here's some good info:

http://www.krcperformance.com/newcontent/newheadspage.html

Bill White
'95 CC 4x2, SLT - under construction
'03 Ram 1500 QC 4x4 Hemi Off-Road

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