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2003 Dodge Ram - Zex Nitrous System - The Juice Is Loose!
How To Make An '03 Dodge Ram A Second Quicker Using Zex Nitrous
Jared "J-Rad" Martin
, Photography by Quinton Go Go Gadget Durrett
August 01, 2007
Part Two: Wire It Up
ToMonitor the system, we're using electric fuel and nitrous pressure gauges and an air/fuel gauge from Dynotune to ensure we don't run lean while on the gas. Auto Meter also offers a trick three-gauge dashpod to cleanly mount the three gauges in the otherwise-useless dash cubby.
Part Two: Wire It Up ToMonitor the system, we're using electric fuel and nitrous pressur
We can pick up fused 12V power and ground for all three gauges by T-tapping into the two wires leading to the cigarette lighter.
We can pick up fused 12V power and ground for all three gauges by T-tapping into the two w
Rather than mounting a plethora of switches in the cab, we picked up this Nitrous Switch Center from Dynotune. The 2-1/16-inch NSC fits cleanly into a factory SRT-10 A-pillar molding we picked up from the Dodge dealer.
Rather than mounting a plethora of switches in the cab, we picked up this Nitrous Switch C
We sourced power for the NSC, fuel pump, NMU, and purge solenoid from the post located on the fuse box in the engine compartment and spliced in 25-amp fuses on each.
We sourced power for the NSC, fuel pump, NMU, and purge solenoid from the post located on
The NMU is triggered by a wide-open-throttle (WOT) switch. Since Hemi engines don't have a conventional throttle position sensor (TPS) setup, we picked up voltage from the pedal position sensor (PPS). T-tap the wiring into the #5 pin on the harness located under the battery tray. To keep from running large amounts of voltage through the NSC, we installed 40-amp relays for both the Zex NMU and the purge, and mounted these on the airbox. Route the remainder of the wires from the NSC and the fused 12V power source for the heater under the wiper cowl and back to the bed alongside the fuel and nitrous lines. Install per Dynotune's clear instructions. Be sure to loom the wires for protection and zip-tie in place under the truck.
The NMU is triggered by a wide-open-throttle (WOT) switch. Since Hemi engines don't have a
To control the fuel pump, we used the toggle switch supplied in the Zex kit (not used because of the NSC) and mounted it on the lower left side of the dash for easy reach. Aeromotive recommends at least 10-gauge wire be used for both the power and the ground for the pump. Run the 12V fused power from the fuse block post to the switch and from the switch back to pump in a loom for protection. Run a ground wire from the pump to the frame, but be sure to strip the frame down to bare metal and use a star washer for a solid ground.
To control the fuel pump, we used the toggle switch supplied in the Zex kit (not used beca
With everything wired, it's time to fill the cell and hook up the bottle to test for leaks. To avoid detonation when spraying nitrous, we're using VP Racing C12, a 108-octane unleaded fuel designed for a wide variety of applications.
With everything wired, it's time to fill the cell and hook up the bottle to test for leaks
As a precautionary measure, Zex recommends running colder heat range spark plugs to further resist detonation. On this Hemi, we installed NGK's 4306 plugs, which are one heat range colder than the stock 5306 plugs. As well, we ran a slightly tighter gap: 0.040 inch as opposed to the factory-recommended 0.044 inch. To ensure we have sufficient spark, we also installed a set of Taylor 8.2mm plug wires; misfires or weak coils could result in big problems, so we didn't want to take any chances.
As a precautionary measure, Zex recommends running colder heat range spark plugs to furthe
Before remounting the Shaker hood, we fabricated the purge lines using bulk 3/16 brake line from the local auto parts store and a handful of compression fittings. The sky is the limit on the purge setup. Just be sure to route the lines so that the nitrous cloud is visible from the driver seat. Here, we routed the lines through the Shaker base plate and out of the openings on each side of the scoop.
Before remounting the Shaker hood, we fabricated the purge lines using bulk 3/16 brake lin
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Jared "J-Rad" Martin
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