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Are there any upgrades to 4.7 dodge engines that fixes the oil sludge problems? Is there an upgrade to the oil pickup tube. existing one seems small to me. I am overhauling the engine and would like to incooperate the upgrades if there are any.

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Nothing other then regular oil change intervals. Consider a synthetic oil if sludge is a problem. Normally sludge is from excessive heat or poor manitenance... If really working your motor try an external oil cooler/trans cooler. This will help with the fluids

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