1987 Dodge Raider from North America
Love it. Wish I could figure out the carb problems
Seat belts don't grab or work. Engine was replaced with rebuilt one in 2004. Very difficult getting passed by California smog check after that (had to have three different rebuilt carbs installed).
I now have a big problem going up hill. In town, I often have to crawl up medium/steep grades in the lowest gears. On the highway I often crawl over summits in 2-4th gear. (I do live at elevation, so these summits are around 8,000+').
I'm hoping it is not a compression problem, and purchased new spark plugs today to see if that makes a difference. Weird thing is, it has much more power on some days for no apparent reason.
The absolutely best car I've ever driven in snow, and I've done a lot.
The short wheel base combined with the standard high clearance makes it awesome in the snow.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th July, 2010
23rd Feb 2011, 19:43
Replace the stock piece of crap Mikuni with a new Weber. I put a Weber 32/36 on mine, and it's like a new truck. It'll get up to highway speeds without wheezing now, and can pass cars without a quarter mile prep time. However, if you're in CA, I don't think the Weber is legal there? But it sure makes the truck run like it's supposed to...
17th Feb 2012, 13:29
Hi, about the Weber carburetor that you installed on your vehicle? Could you answer which one is it, DFEV or DGEV 32/36 Weber?
17th Dec 2012, 10:12
I have a 87 Raider also, really enjoy it except for the carb. It's running, but it's pretty rough at low speed. Can you give me any more info on the Weber you chose to replace the original?
Vacuum and electrical hookups? Changes needed or the same connections? Source?
Thank you, John.
17th Mar 2013, 12:10
We have a Raider also, and have put much money back into her... PuttPutt. We have replace the heads, valve train, timing chain & removed the silencer shaft (?), in the last few years. We also spent 200 dollars to have our pile of a carb rebuilt... only for it to remain a pile.
Now, we have purchased a Weber carb and are encouraged to hear the positive feedback. My question is, what did you do regarding the fuel pump? We are thinking of mounting a new rear mounted electric pump... I am curious to know what others did... Thanks.
27th Sep 2014, 18:25
Hi, glad the carb change worked for you. I have a 1987 Raider, and I'm going to order a Weber. I am concerned about the ECU, distributor and the like. Were you able just to unhook all that stuff, or were there problems there? Thanks for reading this.