Satisfied Dodge truck owners post

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nosparkplugs, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    My 05 had that trans, and yes the L gear is awesome! I threw it in low and got out and did a slow walk beside the truck. fantasticness! But the autos are so great now and have a manual selector, i couldnt buy another manual.
     
  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yah, I hate shifting, and while I was test driving the 4500 my Blackberry rang, so I figured I would try talking on the phone & shifting:nono: not that skilled yet:laugh:
     
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Ha! O yeh that took a few weeks to get used to!! but you eventually adapt.
     
  4. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    my '97 cummins with the auto trans now has 179,000 on it. No problems at all.
     
  5. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Posts: 200

    Totally agree with this statement ...the deal these people get on these trucks is why they buy or lease them that is the only factor nothing else...they will turn them in a couple years so brand does not matter...
     
  7. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have become a pretty big dodge fan. My 2004 hemi has been problem free for 4.5 years (I took it from 75k - 142k) and has consistently done everything I have asked it to. Other than maintenance, it has not cost me anything extra.

    I bought my 2000 ctd earlier this year and LOVE it. Fantastic mileage (you ford lovers can kiss it when it comes to mileage), more than enough power, and great styling. I was planning to buy a 7.3 powerstroke next and compare the two, but after more research, I have decided to just get another 2nd gen ctd. Fords are terrible on fuel, and while the 7.3 was a reliable engine and the styling of the super duties is desirable, the 6.0 and 6.4 have been disasters.

    You can't change everyone's minds, but I gladly share my experience with anyone who is curious.
     
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    Since this is your first Dodge with a VP44 I would recommend getting an after market lift pump and a fuel pressure gauge. If you have deeper pockets a FASS or Air Dog is even better. You need to keep that VP supplied with good fuel pressure or it's going to cost you $1200.
     
  9. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    Already replaced those and added some goodies :). This truck is awesome. The fuel system seems to be the only weak link in the 24 valve.
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  10. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    An Air Dog or FASS is the best thing you can do to better lubricate you VP. Above 2000 rpm's the fuel pressure is noticeably better. I sold my 02' with a VP. It had 4" TBE, HTT 62SS, water/meth, ATS maifold, Smarty, Edge Comp, FASS, F1 1.6 injectors, CFM intake, Spearco intercooler, Con ofe, and some other stuff.

    I never got on the dyno after I added the Spearco and CFM but before that I made 450 HP & 983 TQ. In factory rated crank numbers that would be around 520 HP and 1100 TQ.

    I should be picking up my 2009 Ram 3500 from the trans shop today. With my Suncoast Mega Jr trans, billet input shaft, billet flex plate, and Suncoast converter installed. With just my Smarty I'll be able to pump it up to close to 450 RWHP and 800+ TQ. My 09' only has ARP 625 studs, DPF delete, 5" TBE, Air Dog, Edge CS gauges, and AFE Pro Dry. Getting the itch to add water injection!

    With my factory trans only 65 HP was a safe setting. I tried the 90 HP setting briefly and the converter didn't like it.
     

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