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    Hello. I'm new to this forum and D-50 ownership (kinda) lol. When I was in high school I drove a 1990 Dodge D-50 2wd reg cab 5spd and if I remember right it had a 2.4L EFI. Might be wrong on that I'm not to familiar with these motors yet. Of course I was young and stupid and didn't appreciate the truck as much as I should have and ended up selling it for next to nothing. Now years later I recently purchased a 1988 Dodge Power Ram 50 Sport Ext cab 4wd 5spd(km145?) 2.6L(G54B?). I bought it pretty cheap and the truck is in fairly good condition. As far as I can tell I have the head that has the jet valves and from what I read they are not very good and tend to crack. The truck also needs a new intake manifold. My plans for this truck is to beef up the motor some (nothing to over the top). I was looking into getting a weber carb and a intake manifold to would be better to use with a weber carb. If nothing is available I would use the stock intake manifold. I already need a new intake so thought id upgrade with the carb. I was also looking into getting a upgraded head that would perform better and more reliable. When I changed the head I would have the bottom end done. So anyways here's what I'm getting at... What weber carb do you guys suggest for a basically stock motor that eventually have a upgraded intake/head granted I can find them? What kind/where can a stock or better intake manifold be found? What heads are interchangeable with the 1988 2.6L? Sorry for my ignorance. Ill try to catch on quick.ig

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    Welcome to the board! Now as far as intakes I have found nothing for aftermarket or performance unless you make it, so you will be stuck with stock. Go with a Weber 32/36 upgrade fuel pump to electric Carter P4070. Head either stock 2.6 non- jet valve or a 2.0 non-jet valve and chain drive head will fit as well from a G52B. That is the set up I have on my truck 2.0l chain head, weber 32/36, carter 4070, and header.

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    Hey thanks for the input Mopar_ja. I found a used intake manifold in a salvage yard this morning for 65$+ shipping a few hundred miles from my town. They sent me some pics of it and looked decent so I bought it. As far as the carb I will be going with the 32/36 with electric choke. From what I've read the next biggest (38?) would be over kill for my motor. On the head I haven't started looking yet cause I'm still unsure which one to get. By chain head I'm assuming you mean chain drive cam? I'm not sure if there was a belt drive head option. Not doubting you it's just my lack of excessive knowledge and part interchange on these motors.

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    Yes, chain drive cam and they do make a 2.0l with timing chain and a belt you want chain. check out the sticky under general maintenance Camoit left about putting a 2.0l head on a 2.6 if you want to go that route. Since you are replacing the head it is a perfect opportunity to get one with out the jet valves.

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