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How to Add Horsepower to a 2002 Dodge RAM 1500

by Jared Curtis; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Step ladder

  • Wrench set

Jet performance manufactures performance chips for your 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck. Jet offers three stages of chips for your vehicle, depending on the amount of power you would like to gain. The chip plugs directly into the computer of the vehicle. It reprograms the computer to increase the power, responsiveness and fuel economy of the engine. Because no special tools are required, you can do the installation yourself.

Open the driver's side door, and pull the hood release lever, located under the steering wheel. Press the release tab under the grille, and open the hood.

Place a step ladder near the vehicle to allow you to access the engine easier.

Remove the nut that holds the negative connector onto the battery with a wrench. Remove the connector, and set it aside.

Locate the engine computer by looking on the passengers side firewall. It mounted to the firewall. There is a large electrical connector hooked to it.

Remove the connector by pressing the release tabs on both sides of the connector, simultaneously, and pull it towards you.

Plug the male end of the Jet performance chip into the computer port.

Plug the stock wiring harness into the Jet computer chip. Confirm that each are secured tightly, by slightly pulling on them.

Reconnect the negative terminal to the battery. Tighten the bolt with a wrench.

About the Author

Living in Utah, Jared Curtis graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. Curtis is continuing his education in hard sciences to apply to medical school in the future. He began writing professionally in 2010, specializing in cabinet-related articles.

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