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    Just a dumb question I'm gonna add, any one got a diagram for installing a new radio? My old tape deck is dying and it wouldn't hurt to have a usb port to charge my phone.

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    The factory radio socket will be grossly inadequate to run a new 4 channel head unit but it will give you a solid ground and useable powered fuse connection from the fuse block. A bit of hunting around for an instructional video and I found this -

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH_O-_JbiHE

    Installing a new single DIN head unit in the dash of the ram50 will be a bit easier as you won't have to contend with cutting through any metal. New head units require the head unit chassis to be grounded to the body. Some stereos like Pioneer head units (just don't go there - really...) will eventually go glitchy and fail without one. Cut out the slot in the dash as accurately as possible and file finish it so the edges are clean and square. Pretty easy to do with the dash bezel out.

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    Work is going smoothly, the engine is completely apart and going to be machined tomorrow. Bearings look ok to use but are being replaced because I'd rather know that I have a completely new bottom end. While I'm on my parts ordering spree, is a BSE (balance shaft elimination) worth it? I know a lot of starquest guys like this mod and I'm wondering if I'd benefit at all from it.

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    if you balance the whole rotating assembly, then yes it can help squeeze a few extra horses out. Otherwise, unless the balance shaft bearings are gone or the shafts are scored, it is better to leave the shafts in. You really only see a gain on all out motors.
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    The benefit from deleting the balance shafts aren't entirely based on HP. The shafts are hefty chunks of metal that create parasitic loss of torque and engine response. Due to them also rotating at double the speeds of the crank they can cause catastrophic damage from wear (plenty of guys will tell you about the shafts destroying themselves, bearings and the subsequent loss of oil pressure as a result). You can make useable gains from deleting the balance shafts and the clutch driven cooling fan (throttle response and fuel economy) and both of these mods have an impact on engine wear by reducing loads.

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