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TSB 23-55-97

Body Gap and Flushness Requirements

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Date: Oct. 10, 1997

Models:  1998 BE Ram Truck  Quad Cab

Discussion:
The following information provides the designed intent for body gap and flushness requirements (Fig 1) between the front doors, rear cargo doors and the cab and the amount of under flushness for the rear cargo door vent window. Do not make any attempt to adjust the front or rear cargo doors or the rear cargo door vent window unless they exceed these specifications.

NOTE: Design intent for door flushness (both front and cargo doors) to roof line will vary based upon where the measurement is taken (see Fig 2) and both doors are overflush to the roof line. Additionally, the cargo door vent window will be underflush to the body at all measurement points.

LOCATION
DESCRIPTION
GAP
FLUSHNESS
A
Front Door To Windshield Molding
N/A
Underflush
2.0 mm 2.0 mm
(0.079 in. 0.079 in.)
B
Front Door To Roof
5.0 mm 1.5mm
(0.197 in. 0.059 in.)
See Figure 2
C
Cargo Door To Roof
5.0 mm 1.5mm
(0.197 in. 0.059 in.)
See Figure 2
D
Cargo Door Vent Window To Cargo Door (Top)
5.0 mm 1.5mm
(0.197 in. 0.059 in.)
Underflush
3.25 mm 1.5 mm
(0.128 in. 0.059 in.)
E
Cargo Door Vent Window To Cargo Door (Rear)
5.0 mm 2.0mm
(0.197 in. 0.079 in.)
Underflush
3.25 mm 1.5 mm
(0.128 in. 0.059 in.)
F
Cargo Door To Quarter Panel
5.5 mm 1.0mm
(0.217 in. 0.039 in.)
Flush
0.0 mm 1.0 mm
(0.0 in. 0.039 in.)
G
Cargo Door Vent Window To Cargo Door (Bottom)
5.0 mm 1.5mm
(0.197 in. 0.059 in.)
N/A
H
Front Door To Cargo Door
5.0 mm 1.5mm
(0.197 in. 0.059 in.)
Flush
0.0 mm 1.0 mm
(0.0 in. 0.039 in.)
I
Cargo Door Vent Window To Cargo Door (Front)
Alignment - In line Within 1.0 mm (0.039 in.)
Cargo Door Vent Window To Front Door
N/A
Underflush
3.25 mm 1.5 mm
(0.128 in. 0.059 in.)
J
Front Door To Hood/Fender
5.0 mm 1.0mm
(0. 1 97 in. 0.039 in.)
Flush
0.0 mm 1.0 mm
(0.0 in. 0.039 in.)


FIGURE 2 - Upper Door Flushness
LOCATION
DESCRIPTION
FLUSHNESS
Measure Parallel To Roof
X-1250
Center of Sun Visor Bracket Area
2.1 mm (0.083 in.)
X-1705
Forward Edge Of Black-out Tape On Outside Of Front Door (B-Pillar)
4.1 mm (0.161 in.)
X-1900
50 mm (2 in.) From Front Edge Of Rear Door
3.3 mm (0.130 in.)
X-2300
6 mm (0.250 in.) From Rear Edge Of Door
0.1 mm (0.004 in.)

Refer to the 1998 Ram Truck Service Manual (Publication No. 81-370-8108), page 23-66 for front or rear cargo door adjustments or page 23-43 for information regarding the cargo ,door vent window service

notes: Information only bulletin.


Thanks to Bob Bergevin and Barry Drodge for supplying this TSB information

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