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    Hi Everyone,

    I am *almost* the proud new owner of a 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10. The car has low mileage, a new clutch, and is completely stock--and from what my research has told me, Vipers are fairly bulletproof if they are not modified.

    I'm not gonna lie, though...I definitely feel like a newbie, since this is my first Viper-buying experience. But I have been working on changing that by doing lots and lots of research. It seems like the largest foreseeable costs are insurance, tires, and gas. With that said, I'm curious if anyone could throw me some very rough numbers of yearly maintenance. And, with the car having a new clutch, I'm also curious what the next big replacement might be, and ballpark of cost.

    Any insight, advice, or constructive criticism would be hugely appreciated. I've been reading posts and forums non-stop, but it'd would be nice to connect with come fellow Viper enthusiasts directly.

    Thanks so much! Looking forward to this new adventure.

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    ViperDefender,
    Welcome to the Viper Club of America Forums. Please let me know if I can help you with anything club related: [email protected]

    Can't wait to see your Viper!
    CJ

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    Thanks! Looking forward to the day I can post pics.

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    Im not an owner yet and im still soaking up info as fast as i can find it and i know ill still feel like a n00b once i get mine. Not to mention insanely giddy. Nice name too

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    Thanks for the name compliment! It's got some double meaning to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperDefender View Post
    Thanks for the name compliment! It's got some double meaning to it.
    Fan of the show and a vet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalonTSi90 View Post
    Fan of the show and a vet?
    Halfway there! Fan of the show, yes--and also because I'm frequently defending the Viper against those who believe it is an untamed death machine that wants to kill you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperDefender View Post
    Halfway there! Fan of the show, yes--and also because I'm frequently defending the Viper against those who believe it is an untamed death machine that wants to kill you.
    Of course not, its a limited edition adrenalin infused life mobile!

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    ViperDefender, good luck with the Viper, you will see there is no other car on the planet that brings out the jealously and hate in some people, why because its the coolest car on the road and everybody knows it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve e View Post
    ViperDefender, good luck with the Viper, you will see there is no other car on the planet that brings out the jealously and hate in some people, why because its the coolest car on the road and everybody knows it.
    Thanks, steve e--I totally agree!

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    Looks like I'll be taking delivery in a couple of weeks, so I'll post some pics when it's rolling into my driveway.

    Quick (stupid?) question: it is as loud as HELL...is that normal? I'm told that it's stock, but man oh man, it's close to deafening. Maybe I'm crotchety beyond my years.

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    No, stock it is not loud at all. The previous owner has probably done some exhaust work, as most do since it's lacking in the sound department.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracervr4 View Post
    No, stock it is not loud at all. The previous owner has probably done some exhaust work, as most do since it's lacking in the sound department.
    Thanks for the insight--I'll have to put that on my list of things to straighten out.

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    Have the head gaskets been replaced? Some gen1s had paper HGs and are known to leak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracervr4 View Post
    Have the head gaskets been replaced? Some gen1s had paper HGs and are known to leak.
    They are the originals, as far as I understand, so I'll look into that as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedracervr4 View Post
    Have the head gaskets been replaced? Some gen1s had paper HGs and are known to leak.
    I have a new set of cosmetics for $225.00 if you need them

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANGER73 View Post
    I have a new set of cosmetics for $225.00 if you need them
    Thanks for the offer, what do you have?

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    Anyone use Viper Parts Rack (.com)? They have some mid/high-flow cats that are supposed to "reduce sound".

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    Can't wait for some photos welcome to the site and the coolest car in the world!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purple Haze View Post
    Can't wait for some photos welcome to the site and the coolest car in the world!
    Thanks so much, I can't wait for some photos either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperDefender View Post
    Anyone use Viper Parts Rack (.com)? They have some mid/high-flow cats that are supposed to "reduce sound".
    Viper Parts Rack is owned by JonB, who was a VCA member from the beginning. He also purchased the inventory from Viper Parts of America. In my dealings with Jon, I would say that VPR is very trustworthy and the staff knowledgeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperCeeJ View Post
    Viper Parts Rack is owned by JonB, who was a VCA member from the beginning. He also purchased the inventory from Viper Parts of America. In my dealings with Jon, I would say that VPR is very trustworthy and the staff knowledgeable.
    That's great to know, thanks so much for the info.

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    I have a new set of cometic head gaskets for G1 Viper. Just about a 50% discount.

    http://www.cometic.com/i-24767577-do...bore-each.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANGER73 View Post
    I have a new set of cometic head gaskets for G1 Viper. Just about a 50% discount.

    http://www.cometic.com/i-24767577-do...bore-each.html
    Ah, gotcha--thanks. I'll probably pursue the side sill area first, but will definitely keep this in mind.

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    If by side sills you mean the side exhaust covers, I have a brand new set available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRANGER73 View Post
    If by side sills you mean the side exhaust covers, I have a brand new set available.
    Mine are a little heat warped, so that is also something I have interest in. Any pictures? If not, no worries--my first step will be taking off the side sills/exhaust covers and seeing what the story is with the pipes.

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    welcome to the VCA Hope you enjoy the car
    2001 RT-10, 2008 SRT-10, 2013 GTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2001-V10 Power Nut View Post
    welcome to the VCA Hope you enjoy the car
    Thanks--so do I!

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    Anyone use and have a good experience the theviperstore.com? It and Viper Parts Rack seem to be the most comprehensive Viper-specific selection.

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    I have purchased from Parts Rack before, they are good, don't know anything about viper store
    2001 RT-10, 2008 SRT-10, 2013 GTS

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