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  • Repeated Excessive Tire Wear and Failure On Just One Tire of Tandem Axle Trailer
  • Excessive tire wear on just one tire of a tandem axle trailer could indicate a few things. First, and the easiest to check, it could be a problem with some component of the suspension. You will want to inspect the suspension on that side and look for signs of excessive wear such as egg-shaped holes, bent or broken pieces. If you are not sure you could compare the bad side of the trailer with the good side. Another possible issue is that there is something wrong with the running gear...
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  • What is the Diameter of the Threaded Part of Camco Cam Lock 44363
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled Camco Cam Lock # CAM44363 to measure the diameter of the threaded part of the lock. It is just under 3/4 of an inch at 0.733 inches measured with digital calipers.
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  • Do CIPA Custom Towing Mirrors Install the Same Way as Factory Mirrors on 1996 Dodge Ram
  • The CIPA custom fit towing mirror # CM83011 and the matching passenger side, # CM83010, will install in exactly the same way as the factory side mirrors. The CIPA mirror mounts match the factory mounts. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. And of course if you have any other questions let me know. These are manual mirrors so if you are looking for electric operated mirrors you would use # CM-73000 for a 1996 Dodge Ram. The only difference in installation...
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  • Weight Distribution and Sway Control Hitch for 27ft Dutchman Classic Towed by 1996 Dodge 2500
  • Selecting a properly-tuned weight distribution/sway control system requires that your hitch be rated for this application - it will say so on its safety sticker - and that you know your trailer's fully-loaded ready-to-tow tongue weight. The linked article offers several methods to measure tongue weight (TW) including the Sherline scale # 5780. To the loaded trailer's measured TW you need to add the weight of anything in the truck that sits behind the tow vehicle's rear axle, such as filled...
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  • Availability of Class IV Hitch for 1996 Dodge Ram Sport
  • Assuming your truck has the factory bumper, we offer two compatible hitches, the Curt Class IV # 14001 or the Draw-Tite Class IV, # 41923. Both hitches have the same weight capacity and would install in the same manner. This being said, I prefer the more heavily gusseted Draw-Tite model. You'll want to ensure that your truck is rated to tow up to the capacity of the hitch. If the truck capacity is lower, you'll need to abide by the lower capacity. To complete your towing system,...
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  • How to Wire Up a 12 Volt Accessory Circuit of a 7-Way Connector
  • When installing a 7-way connector like the # PK12703 that you referenced you will want to wire up the 12 volt accessory circuit with 10 gauge wire like the part # 10-1-1 and run it through a 40 amp breaker like the part # 9510 to the positive battery post of your vehicle.
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  • Hard Wiring Brake Controller On 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup
  • You will need a couple of items to hard wire the brake controller to your 1996 Dodge Ram 1500. If you do not have a 4-way connector at the rear of your truck you will need to install the Tow Ready T-One Vehicle Wiring Harness, part # 118329, to get a 4-flat connector at the rear of your vehicle. You will then need to hardwire the brake controller to your vehicle with the # ETBC7 kit. I have attached a drawing that shows the wiring diagram when installing the # ETBC7. The installation...
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  • Replacement Glass Recommendation for the CIPA Magna Custom Extendable Towing Mirrors # CM-73000
  • Yes, for replacement glass for the CIPA Magna Custom Extendable Towing Mirrors # CM-73000 that you referenced the correct replacement driver side glass would be part # 70801.
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  • Installing WeatherTech Bug and Stone Deflector on 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • For your 1996 Ram truck, you'd want to use the WeatherTech stone and bug deflector, part # WT50055. However, the only way to install the deflector is to use the tape as shown in the installation instructions. I unfortunately don't offer an option that would use fasteners instead of the tape.
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  • Brake Controller Wiring Functions and Installation on a 1996 Dodge Ram
  • I can tell you the functions of the brake controller wiring but I would need more information about the truck to explain a complete installation on a 1996 Dodge Ram. On the brake controller white is ground, black is for 12 volt power, red is input from the brake switch, and blue is output to the trailer brakes. To determine how it should be wired to your 1996 Dodge Ram I would need to know if the truck came with a factory 7-Way or 4-Way trailer connector or no trailer connector at all....
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  • Replacement 7-Way Bumper and Truck Bed Connectors for 1996 Dodge Ram 3500
  • The Curt 7-pole 5th wheel wiring harness you referenced, part # C56071, and the Hopkins replacement 7-way # 42125 will work together in your 1996 Dodge Ram 3500. They will connect together behind the bumper and give you 7-way connectors at both the bumper and in the truck bed. Part # 42125 is compatible with your 1996 Ram 3500.
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  • Adjustable Ball Mount with 10 Inch Drop that Can be Used with Friction Sway Control
  • For an adjustable ball mount with a 10 inch drop you can use # MT70067. Then for a sway control bracket you could add # RP26003. Both take a ball with a 1 inch diameter shank. I have included a link to the right to all of the balls we carry that have a 1 inch diameter shank.
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  • How to Get a Brake Controller Harness Connector Through a Small Hole for Installation
  • The easiest way to get that connector through the hole would be the reverse of how you got the Voyager harness through the hole. You will need to cut the wires and then pass the wire end of the connector through the hole and then reconnect the wires using solder or butt-end connectors. I wouldn't recommend removing the wires from the connector and then reinstalling them as they can be kind of difficult to release and if you were to get the wiring of the connector wrong you could damage...
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  • Suspension Enhancement For 1996 Dodge Ram 4 X 4 Pickup Truck
  • Suspension enhancement like the Timbren Vehicle Suspension, part # TDR1525H4, are not intended to lift the rear of your 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup. These are designed to help act as a shock absorber when a heavy load is placed on the back of your truck and do not affect the ride when no load is present. I have attached a link to our product page for suspension enhancement that is designed to fit your truck. You can use the dropdown menu to find your model and style truck to narrow your search...
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  • Is There a Quick-Connect Under-Dash Brake Controller Port on 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • If your 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup has a factory 7-way or 4-way connector at the rear bumper then it will also have a quick-connect brake controller port under the dash. If so, you can use the Hopkins Wiring Adapter # HM47755 that you referenced. If you have a 4-way you will also need # 37185 and you'll need to complete the wiring that is located under the driver's side wheel well by splicing into it to continue it back to the plug. If you do not have any factory trailer connector...
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  • Brake Lights on 1996 Dodge Ram Come On and Stay On Sometimes when Connected to 5th Wheel Trailer
  • It sounds like there is a short or some back feeding through the tow package wiring when the 5th wheel trailer is connected. The easiest thing to check would be the trailer and truck connectors. The need to be clean and corrosion free inside and out. Make sure none of the wires attached to the back of the connectors are touching each other. It could also be the brake controller. In the truck cab you will need to sever the blue wire several inches from the back of the controller. Then...
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  • Installing Bully NR-Series Stainless Steel Bull Bar # NR-201 on 1996 Dodge Ram Truck
  • According to my contact at Pilot Automotive, no drilling is required to install the # NR-201 on your 1996 Ram. All necessary hardware and bracketry is included. The NB-201 is indeed a fit for your truck, as confirmed by Pilot.
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  • Will the Curt 7-Way and 4-Way Trailer Connector # C57100 Fit on a 1996 Dodge Dakota
  • Yes, the Curt 7-Way and 4-Way Trailer Connector, # C57100, will work as a replacement for your factory installed 7-way trailer connector without requiring any splicing or cutting. You will simply unhook the rectangular connector from your existing 7-way connector and plug it into the back of the Curt connector. The actual 7-way socket on the Curt connector will be larger than your current 7-way connector, so it comes with its own mounting bracket so you can mount it to your truck.
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  • Are Special Fittings Needed to Install a Transmission Cooler on 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins 5.9L I6
  • For your 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 with 5.9 Liter I6 Cummins diesel, you will not need any additional fittings to install transmission cooler # D13504. The cooler comes with the Insta-dapt radiator adapter and no other special fittings are needed. I have included a link to the installation details and a link to our informational article on transmission coolers for you.
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  • Differences between the Derale Series 8000 Transmission Cooler and the Dyno-Cool Transmission Cooler
  • The main difference between the Derale Series 8000 Transmission Cooler, # D13504, and the Derale Dyno-Cool Transmission Cooler, # D12904, is the construction. The Dyno-Cool cooler is a Tube-Fin style cooler has aluminum fins surrounding the tubes. The aluminum fins dissipate the heat from the transmission fluid in the tubes. The Series 8000 cooler is a Plate-Fin cooler. Plate-fin coolers are similar to tube-fin coolers, but they are more efficient. On these coolers the fluid is forced...
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  • Troubleshooting Dim LED Tail Lights on a 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 with a Flatbed
  • I recently had a similar problem with the LED lights on my flatbed that I have on my 2000 Dodge 3500, except all of the tail lights on the left side of my bed were dim. My issue was a poor ground connection and I would suspect that would be your issue as well. I recommend inspecting all of the ground locations as well as the ground wires coming from each of the lights. Look for loose connections or pinched wires. If your lights use the plug-in style pigtail harnesses (see photo), look...
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  • How to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 with Factory 4-Way
  • On a 1996 Dodge Ram that came with a factory 4-Way trailer connector there is a factory harness you can plug into to install a brake controller. The harness is located underneath the dash, to the left of the steering column, taped to another harness near the emergency brake pedal. I have included a link to a video that should help. For the Dexter brake controller, # 58-8 you referenced, you would need wiring harness # 3020-P. To wire in your 7-Way that you have you will need to hardwire...
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  • Tailgate Lifting and Lowering Assist for a 1996 Dodge Ram
  • The Tailgate EasyLift, # 74211, will fit your 1996 Dodge Ram. It is designed to make lifting and lowering the tailgate easier. It essentially removes most of the weight of the tailgate making it easier to move. I have included a link to a video review of this item for you. DeeZee has not made and tested a fit for their Tailgate Assist on a 1996 Dodge Ram which is why that vehicle is not listed as a fit.
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  • Gooseneck Hitch Options for a 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 4X4 with an 8 ft Bed
  • We have several gooseneck hitch options for your 1996 Dodge Ram 3500 with the 8 ft bed. I have attached a link to all of your options for you to check out. Of the available hitches, I recommend looking at the Blue Ox Diamond Gooseneck Hitch, # DH1101. This hitch is easy to use and does not require any levers or springs to remove or reattach the gooseneck ball. The ball can also be removed and turned upside down to give you full use of the truck bed and limiting the potential of losing...
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  • Fifth Wheel Bracket Kit Recommendation for a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500
  • If you have the industry standard rails like what are pictured in the pic that I attached you would just need the Reese Universal Installation Kit # RP30439 and you would be good. You will want to compare the dimensions of the rails in the picture to what you have to know. This bracket kit is a universal kit that has been confirmed to fit your 1996 Dodge Ram Truck. I attached installation instructions for this kit, and if you need the bolts that attach the rails to the brackets you would...
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  • Hopkins Agility Brake Controller Hums and Has Weak Output in 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup
  • The Hopkins Agility Brake Controller, part # HM47294, has both a power level control (the two plus and minus buttons on the top of the unit) and a sensitivity control (labeled S, on the left side). Both of these controls will have an impact on the braking power applied to your trailer brakes. Since the controller provides enough power when you press the manual override button it sounds like the unit is working properly but just needs to be adjusted. The display indicates power level...
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  • Will a Trailer Hitch from a 1996 Dodge Caravan Fit a 1994 Dodge Caravan
  • It looks like there was a design change in the Dodge Caravan that started with the 1996 model year. Because of this a hitch for a 1994 Dodge Caravan will NOT fit a 1996. Trailer hitch # 75176 that you have referenced will fit a 1994 but not a 1996 Caravan. For a 1996 Dodge Caravan the equivalent hitch would be # 75119.
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  • What are the Dimensions of Optronics Flush Mount LED Backup Light BUL35CB
  • The LED backup light # BUL35CB is 5-5/16 inches long x 3-7/16 inches wide x 2-5/16 inches deep. You will also need a wiring pigtail, # A45CB to install this light. For a grommet, use # A33GB. I have included a picture showing the light dimensions for you.
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  • Will Gutterless Mount Kit for Carr Light Bars, Part # CARR221502, Fit 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup
  • The Carr Gutter-less Mount Kit for Light Bars, Part # CARR221502, is intended to allow mounting of various Carr light bars on vehicles that do not have rain gutters. Rain gutters are u-shaped channels above the doors that direct rain water to the front and rear of the vehicle. This kit is a correct fit for your 1996 Dodge Ram Pickup so long as you do not have rain gutters. You can tell if you have them by running your finger from the vehicle roof down across the top of the door; if...
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  • Westin Sportsman Grille Guard Recommendation for a 1996 Dodge Ram 1500
  • I spoke to my contact at Westin and he informed me that the only option you have for a Sportsman Grille Guard on your 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 would be the Westin Sportsman Grille Guard # 40-0605 He said that there is no adapter or hardware kit available that would allow you to install a grille guard from a Chevy/GMC truck on your vehicle.
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