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Old 06-27-2014, 09:27 PM   #21
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Hey Guys You are all missing the most important thing in the Ram : its the eight speed transmission ! This makes up for the 342 rear end and where you get the towing cap.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:59 PM   #22
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Hey Guys You are all missing the most important thing in the Ram : its the eight speed transmission ! This makes up for the 342 rear end and where you get the towing cap.
The HD trucks only have six speed transmissions. You are referring to the 1500's with the eight speeds.

OP, I have a '13 3500 Ram with 3.42's and tow right at 18,000# with no problems at all. I have no fears of going anywhere and have lack of power. Believe me when I say it's there. When I get in the hilly area's I just lock it into 5'th gear and roll on. It's pretty much the same as a 3.73 gear in sixth. There is definitely no lack of pulling power.
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I was reading about the Dodge 3500 just recently. It blows away anything Ford and Chevy have to offer in the same class.


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I was reading about the Dodge 3500 just recently. It blows away anything Ford and Chevy have to offer in the same class.


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My '98 Ram diesel had a three speed tranny with OD lockup. The gear ratios were so wide that the numerical axle ratio had to be high. However, my '13 Ram diesel has a computer-controlled six speed which means that engine rpms can be kept in the zone of maximum torque (800 ft/lb). Shifting from gear to gear is done only as needed, so the axle ratio becomes less important. Don't get me wrong, I loved my '98! It was a roaring beast and I hated to see it go. But the newer truck is so much stronger, easier to drive, and very comfortable.
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Sold my jeep and got a Dodge 2500 Laramie diesel this morning! I don't know whose more excited- me or my wife!




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Old 06-28-2014, 06:58 PM   #27
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Congrats of the Big Dodge. You will love it. So will the DW. I bought mine used with 12k on it and it came with the AMI electric running boards. She loves when she opens the door her running board slides out.


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I have the 2014 CTD with the 3.42 gears. It's a wonderful thing . Just got back from a trip in the mountains, and this truck just eats it up. This is a fantastic pickup. The transmission works great, the exhaust brake, and the 3.42 gears work great in this truck. I can't believe I waited this long for a real pickup.
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Oh and I did forget the exhaust brake (Jake Brake). What an awesome job it does slowing down the truck when pulling a trailer. Hardly ever have to use hard brakes.


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Yup! It's a wonderful truck. It's so smooth and quiet. I really like that. I have every intention of keeping the engine stock. As I get older I find the after market exhausts and tuners make the truck loud while towing, and it's tiring at the end of the day. For me anyway. I wanted a truck that would handle the weight and was also powerful while being quiet. This new Ram does all of that.
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