Q. How much does it cost to do a conversion?
A. Generally you can expect to spend $10000. for parts to do an automatic truck. This is figuring on spending $5000. for a motor. Keep in mind you will be able to sell your used parts and make some of that back. If you choose to have someone do the labor for you, expect $4000-$6500 for that.
Q. Where do I find a motor?
A. There used to be some good resources for new motors cheap, but with the popularity of the conversions, those have dried up. Your best bet is to find a donor truck from a salvage yard, or ebay.
Q. Can I get a step by step manual for doing the conversion?
A. We are filming a DVD that will be available shortly. This is just a narrated video of us doing a conversion. This should give you an idea of what will be involved in your swap.There are so many variables in doing a conversion, that a step by step manual would be very difficult. If you need a step by step manual instructing you what to do for every nut and bolt, this is probably not a project you should tackle yourself. For example, you have the choice of 3 generations of cummins motors, at least 10 different transmissions, fans, fuel systems, etc. That is for just one particular truck. This is a project that is personalized by you. There really is no right or wrong way to do this. It requires some mechanical knowledge as well as basic fab skills, and some basic knowledge of automotive wiring. Once you decide what combination you want, we offer the best conversion parts available. We help you get together the parts list that you will need. We provide you with wiring instructions, advice on the swap, and phone support to answer questions along the way.
Q. I call and call but why does no one answer the phone?
A. We are extremely busy in the shop and providing phone support to our customers. If we are not able to answer the phone we will return your message. If you do not leave a message we do not know you called.
Q. How much is a complete kit for my truck?
A. We do not offer a "kit" per say. Once you have decided what combination you want. We will help you put a parts list together to do your truck.
Q. But I would like a kit that includes everything that I am going to possibly need.
A. We try to keep fabricated parts to a minimum. Therefore a lot of parts are available at Dodge, Ford, and the local parts houses. To keep the costs down we provide you with a Dodge dealer where Destroked customers can buy parts and take our discount. If you would like us to get all of the parts for you, we can. However paying a shop to do your shopping is expensive. We prefer to give you a list of parts you need, and have you purchase them without paying a markup.
Q. Will my gauges work?
A. Yes. This is a simple thing to make happen. From inside the truck, you probably won't know that anything is different.
Q. Is it true that I should use a 12valve motor because wiring on a commonrail is a nightmare?
A. This is simply not true. People have made a big deal over the wiring on the commonrails due to misinformation. The truth is that the wiring is relatively simple and we will help you through it.
Q. What starter do I use?
A. All of our adapter plates use the Ford 6.0 Powerstroke starter. They are available from us or PA Performance for $129
Q. What does it cost to do an Allison conversion?
A. If you have an Allison built, the total for all parts including the transmission will be about $7500.
Q. Why must I use a flat face converter for the 5R110?
A. When we design adapters we build the best possible part for the application. It did not seem logical to build a shimming plate so you could retain a converter that is stalled incorrectly for the Cummins. It would make sense that a torque converter for a V10 would have a different stall and torque curve than a 6BT Cummins. The same would apply to a 6.0 Powerstroke. We recommend that since you are doing this much work to your truck don't skimp on a very important part. Get a converter that is matched to your setup for the best possible fuel economy, drive ability, and towing capability.