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Old 02-10-2014, 10:00 PM   #1
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'12 Ram 2500 CTD

I've been looking to upgrade our tow vehicle for a while now and my dealership has a local 2012 2500 diesel on the lot that seems reasonably priced. It has 22K on the odo and a H&S delete kit. A call to the former owner didn't reaveal any bad news, the guy just doesn't keep vehicles very long. Is there anything good or bad to know about this particular year of truck?
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Old 02-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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Your best bet is to go to the cummins forum and look around there, lots of knowledge!
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Look at cumminsforum.com. Great site with a ton of info. I love my 2012 cummins 3500. Great truck although mine is stock. I wouldn't be opposed to buying a deleted truck, only concerns are it's illegal if you have to have emissions checks, the warranty is voided, and there is no way to really know if they juiced it at times. I'm exempt from emissions checks in Ohio since my gvwr is over 10k. I've often contemplated deleting my truck, but the warranty is nice too. Other than that, I've never owned a dodge before, but this truck is great. Comfy and has no issues pulling my 5er. Fuel mileage is a little less than the Ford I had prior. But I would definitely buy another Ram again. Good luck in your search.
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I recall that the tow rating with the 3.73 rear end aren't that high...you need the 4.10 ratio for the high tow ratings.

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:34 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I checked into the cummins forum. Lots of stuff there for sure. It's at a local dealership that I trust and they put me onto the previous owner. He deleted it because he wasn't happy with his fuel economy. The tuner was stored in the floor compartnet unlike my buddy who keeps his in close reach for his tire smoking dually. The guy said he got rid of it because he didn't tow very much. I'm not sure what the gear ratio is, how does one find that out? BTW, Regarding emission laws I'm in South Dakota & there isn't much that's illegal here!
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:55 AM   #6
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I'm not sure what the gear ratio is, how does one find that out?
The dealership can look it up from the truck's VIN.

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The difference in gear ratio on a 2500 is negligible, you will run out of truck WAY before you run out of power with either gear choice.
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I have a 2011 Ram 2500 with 3.73. Came from a Ford 7.3 Powerstroke with 4.10's. Trust me the Ram will run circles around the Ford with power to spare. Don't let the 3.73 rearend deter you from the truck... with all that power and torque you will never know the difference. I love the Ram! I have had two camping buddies buy Rams since I bought mine... one was a die hard Ford man! I put about 10,000 towing miles on the truck last year and enjoyed every mile.
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The dealership can look it up from the truck's VIN.

You can also email Chrysler directly. I did that when I was looking at a used truck before we ordered ours. They sent the full build sheet.
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The difference in gear ratio on a 2500 is negligible, you will run out of truck WAY before you run out of power with either gear choice.
Here's the max towing numbers for a 2012 Ram 2500, Crew, short bed, 4x4, 6.7 with A6...

3.42 - 9650 lbs
3.73 - 12650 lbs
4.10 - 14650 lbs

Numbers are from the 2012 Trailer Life Towing guide...
http://dcd96xmek71bc.cloudfront.net/...ide_lo_res.pdf

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