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    1975 Datsun 620, 2006 Dodge Ram w/Cummins
  1. 2wheel-lee

    75 datsun exhaust

    FYI, my 1975 620 has the original exhaust and muffler. The exhaust tubing is 1-3/4".
  2. 2wheel-lee

    new here with a 620 'prerunner'

    I can no longer see any of the pics, so I can't see what your front suspension looks like. When you radically change the suspension design, there's a lot of stuff going on there, and R&P isn't necessarily the answer. If it's not done correctly, a R&P steering could actually make it worse. I've driven some really poorly built prerunners, so I can understand what you may be referring to. Bump steer alone can make for a scary drive. Static geometry is one thing, dynamic is something else. I could only suggest doing research on steering design, and work to resolve some of the problems the best you can.
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    What lowering blocks?

    2" to 3" blocks are no problem with all the springs present - especially with the stock engine. This has been done for ages without problems. Sure, manipulating the springs by a reputable spring shop may be better, but blocks are sufficient (an unreputable shop will cause nightmares). Depending on how low you want to go, 720 4x4 spring packs will lower the truck about 1-1/2", so that and blocks may be a good, easy combination. NOTE: If you're installing them like the pic above, make sure to cut the U-bolts. You should never have any part of the truck lower than the bottom of the rim (larger rims help).
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    Converting to rear disc

    On my 620, I'm using the Wilwood parking brake caliper on adapters that I made. I'm running Isuzu discs and stock 620 parking brake cables with a new end fitting. Unfortunately, most of the adapters on the market don't work on slammed trucks - and especially not with frame notches. My caliper is forward and down (about 7:30 when looking at the left-hand side.
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    620 5 Speed Swap and Differential Gears

    Another variable is tire size. Smaller diameter tires will increase the RPM and improve acceleration. If you're running lower profile tires than stock, note that difference as well.
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    Exhausted broke

    I normally commute in a Honda Fit EV. It surely isn't a race car, but being an EV, it has some darn good get up and go - especially from a stop. Both on-ramps to get on the freeway have two lanes that merge into one, and both lanes get the green at the same time. I love getting the jump on otherwise faster cars to be first at the merge point. There have been a number of cars who realize what I'm doing only too late to really power up and pass me. I'm so easily amused with this car.
  7. 2wheel-lee

    Quick cheap 620 paintjob

    You did nothing wrong! You made a subtle funny....the two issues you pointed out would have been resolved if they were covered (to protect them from paint/overspray).
  8. 2wheel-lee

    Quick cheap 620 paintjob

    I see what you did there. 🙂
  9. 2wheel-lee

    Tach, cluster lid and tailgate questions

    Classic....a BMX bike in the back of a 620. That's so 80's in California right there.
  10. 2wheel-lee

    620 rear axle questions

    It looks like the grease catcher on the left has been cut. The edge doesn't appear to be even. It also looks like it has an 1/8" wear mark of sorts next to the cut. I ended up removing my catchers when the axles were redrilled for a different bolt pattern.
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    KA24DE vs SR20DET realistic price of swap

    If you're going to eventually go with a ball joint front end, you should do that from the start with your disc brake conversion. The knuckles (caliper mounts) and discs are completely different. Any money spent on anything with those kingpins is a waste, if you're going to later convert.
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    KA24DE vs SR20DET realistic price of swap

    /\ well said. Mccusition, it sounds like you're a lot more aware of what you're getting into than you let on in your original post, so you're probably far better off doing this than we assumed based on the information provided. If you do your research here as well as on the 620 facebook pages, you'll find info on most all you need. Congrats on getting a 620! They really aren't practical for families either, but they can be great for fun projects. Heck, I'm a widower with 6-year-old twins. When the heck will I ever be able to take my kids anywhere with it? lol Fortunately, it's just another fun project vehicle for me and not my daily driver or truck.
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    KA24DE vs SR20DET realistic price of swap

    I've been planning my SR swap for over a year and a half now. The engine has been sitting next to the truck in the garage for nearly a year, but I haven't pulled the L20 yet, so it's still drive able. Though the real reason I haven't done it yet is I have had other projects in line, including a Tracker 16V engine swap in my Samurai. Pretty much all those who gave words of caution above have about nailed it. If you're reluctant to do coilovers now because of cost, you may be in for a rude awakening when you see how a swap will nickel and dime you to death. A couple hundred dollar coilover swap is relatively nothing cost-wise (and a huge help for routing the SR exhaust). The SR swap is a lot of work to do right. And I don't describe right as being that it runs. Look at many of the hack swap jobs you'll find online - if that's good enough for you, have at it. If you've been paying attention, you'll have found that most of the swaps never actually get finished and they just get parted out. I've seen many of these "packages" on craigslist. The KA will still be a job, but at least it's more documented and has fewer complexities. But...if you're a go-getter and have at least $5-8K for a 300HP SR, go for it!
  14. 2wheel-lee

    620 SR20 Motor Mounts

    OK, that's what I thought. I just did a similar exercise with a Samurai, and I also reached the peak of my picker. I have an extra '75+ core support I was thinking of cutting and using as a cap for the section I remove from the truck's core, if I decide to go that route.
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    changing lowering blocks

    I remember that some people used to flip the middle leaf. They'd grind off the leaf clamp, then use U-bolts, similar to what was done here. Yes, it's a tedious job (I tried it once) But I don't think that's the case here.

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