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    1996 2002 Dodge Viper Buyer s Guide Video

    Are you thinking of buying a used Viper and want to know what year Viper is best for you? Or are you a current Viper owner and curious about some of the options and running changes from year to year? This is a 1996 to 2002 Gen 2 Dodge Viper Buyer's Guide video I made to help answer some of those questions and give you everything you need to know before purchasing a used Gen II Viper.

    I tried to cover items I felt are important for first time Vipers buyers to know. Of course I cover some of the basics, but I also go in to the finer details, differences and running changes from year to year plus I share some rare and not often seen items. Hope it helps anyone that is thinking of buying a Gen II Viper. Feel free to add anything that I might have missed or you feel is important in the comments.

    https://youtu.be/HIrJfwS-JDQ

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    Great Post Cuda Cody , thanks for sharing !
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    Outstanding Video and great information, but how can one check the paperwork if people like you kept it and did not pass it on to the next owner.

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    Great job Cody!! You have a great looking shop!!
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    Sorry I didn't make that more clear. The paperwork shown in the video is for cars I still currently own.

    Thanks for the positive comment and taking the time to watch the video.

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    Outstanding Video and great information, but how can one check the paperwork if people like you kept it and did not pass it on to the next owner.

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    Nice job on the Video.. It will be a nice resource for those people that are looking for a Gen II and ask what to look out for...
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    So good! ��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda Cody View Post
    Sorry I didn't make that more clear. The paperwork shown in the video is for cars I still currently own.

    Thanks for the positive comment and taking the time to watch the video.

    Good deal I learned a lot about the Iconic GEN II cars.

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    Very nice! That's my 2001 Viper Race Yellow RT/10 at the 25:00 mark when he's talking about cat-back exhausts and hi-flow cats.
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    OMG Cody! Amazing video. Thanks for taking the time. After 22 years of ownership, I still learnt a little bit.
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    This was great, thanks for putting it together. Timely as I start the journey to find a Gen2 GTS.

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    A great trip down memory lane! Very well done Cody!

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    Nice job. Very comprehensive. Thanks for sharing!

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    Great video, it's very obvious that a lot of love and dedication went into it!! So thanks a ton for sharing this!

    One detail I need to ask: you mentioned that the cam was changed in 1998 to address the NGR. So far, I was thinking that the smoother cam was introduced in MY 2000 and that MYs 96-99 all came with the lumpy cam. My cam does feel quite lumpy... ;-)

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    My98RT10, Thank you for the nice comment. You are correct in the major cam change came in 2000 along with the lifters and piston updates. If I recall correctly the cam change in 1998 was a super minor change and not many people even noticed it. I do hope I'm recalling it correctly and I can assure you I'm doing my best to remember everything as it happened back over 20 years ago. I have some old press releases that the factory issued to the press that make mention of the change in 1998. It says "Minor changes in camshaft events " and "Under the hood, weight has been further cut from the Viper through tubular exhaust manifolds; a low-overlap camshaft helps to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy; and an electronic radiator fan control reduces noise." On a side note, it's neat seeing the press info that shows Dodge was targeting a specific market and buyer.

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    But back to your cam question, I think it was such a small change that the part number did not change but instead just had a revision letter added to it. Something like the 96 & 97 cam 4763708AA so the 98 and 99 might be 4763708AC. I'm not 100% positive on the part numbers so don't write it in stone just yet. The 2000 to 2002 cam should be 5037151AA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by My98RT10 View Post
    Great video, it's very obvious that a lot of love and dedication went into it!! So thanks a ton for sharing this!

    One detail I need to ask: you mentioned that the cam was changed in 1998 to address the NGR. So far, I was thinking that the smoother cam was introduced in MY 2000 and that MYs 96-99 all came with the lumpy cam. My cam does feel quite lumpy... ;-)

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    Thanks. I am impressed by all the paperwork you still have. Didn't know that all this came with the car back in the day.

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    Great video, very clear and easy to understand for the newbie Viper owner. Nice toy box, gotta love them mopar muscle cars in the background, I have a few laying around also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1BADV10 View Post
    Great video, very clear and easy to understand for the newbie Viper owner. Nice toy box, gotta love them mopar muscle cars in the background, I have a few laying around also.
    +1 Great vid!!
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    My goal was to keep the video under 50 minutes, but that meant I had to cut some stuff out. Now looking at the video I wish I would have spoke a little quicker in the paperwork area and kept some of the stuff that I cut out (like the details about when this card was used in Vipers). But ultimately I cut it out of the video.Image1.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by My98RT10 View Post
    Thanks. I am impressed by all the paperwork you still have. Didn't know that all this came with the car back in the day.
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    Really loved it and , as a new owner, learned a great deal. Thanks for making it and your garage is simply awesome. Steve

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    Good video. Noticed the pinball machines in the back. Glad to see I'm not the only pinball collector on the site.

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    Nice video.

    Mitch Wherly there is a picture of you with the VCA raffle ACR roadster!

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    Anyone know if Peter Wong still owns the RT/10 ACR?

    Quote Originally Posted by ViperSRT View Post
    Nice video.

    Mitch Wherly there is a picture of you with the VCA raffle ACR roadster!

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    Thanks so much for taking the time to make this informative and interesting video

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    Cody, that is a great video! Thank you. I've watched it twice and will view it again soon.


 
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