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Old 07-28-2016, 10:01 AM   #1
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Upgrading Ram 1500 to 2500

Currently pulling a Salem Cruise Lite 261bhxl (~6500 lbs loaded) with a Ram 1500 crew cab 4x4 5.7l Hemi, 3.92 rear diff.

If I were to upgrade the TV to a 2500 diesel, are there must-have features and options I should look for? I'm not familiar enough with the more-capable trucks to know what to look for.

Right now I have my sights set on another crew cab 4x4 with an exhaust brake.

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Old 07-28-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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I've been looking at the same truck (ram 2500 diesel). I believe, all of them from 2011 and up come with an exhaust brake (they're loads of fun!).

Other than that, I have no real input. But I would like to hear what others have to say as well.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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The Dodge diesels have a few options for rear diff. 3.55 up to 4.10. I'd personally do the 3.73. Best of both worlds for towing and unloaded performance and miliage. The 3.55 will have the lowest towing ability but the best fuel economy and vice versa for the 4.10.

If you are getting a new truck, you may want to consider what you MAY upgrade to RV-wise in the future. That may help with bed length, rear diff, ect. A lot of times, the 3500 SRW is the same price or just a few bucks more, ect.

Good luck.
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Old 07-28-2016, 02:50 PM   #4
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If I were to upgrade to a diesel I would also upgrade to a 3500 SRW so that I would not lose payload... Currently our Ram 2500 CC w/5.7 Hemi has a payload of 3,000 and I wouldn’t want less for towing a 5er...
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Old 07-28-2016, 03:08 PM   #5
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Yeah, I just noticed the MSRP of both the 2500 and the 3500 is 52k. Dealer is offering the 2500 to me for 41k. Hasn't offered to come off the price of the 3500.

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Old 07-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, I just noticed the MSRP of both the 2500 and the 3500 is 52k. Dealer is offering the 2500 to me for 41k. Hasn't offered to come off the price of the 3500.

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Trust me, they will come off. I'd do a SRW 3500. It just gives you way more options for upgrades down the road.
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Old 07-28-2016, 08:30 PM   #7
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Well, thanks for all the advice, but it's a moot point now. I went and test drove a 2500 and much prefer the torque and horsepower of my hemi. I'm not trying to start THAT discussion again--I just don't think it's right for me at the moment. Besides, nobody wants to sell me one for $30k, which I don't understand. Dealer maintains they are selling like hotcakes and everybody is wanting a HD truck right now. I'll jus wait another year or two.

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Old 07-29-2016, 12:27 PM   #8
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i have had 2 diesels and mores gas trucks than i can count i will never own another gas
truck i have a 2016 2500 6.7 bighorn and does us just great towing and store runner
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:49 PM   #9
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I have a 6.4 Hemi in my 2500 and pull my Cherokee 294BHS (~8000 lbs). I love the truck. Towing capacity of 12,610 lbs and payload of 3610 lbs.

Oh, and I paid 30k brand spank'n new off the lot.

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Well, thanks for all the advice, but it's a moot point now. I went and test drove a 2500 and much prefer the torque and horsepower of my hemi. I'm not trying to start THAT discussion again--I just don't think it's right for me at the moment. Besides, nobody wants to sell me one for $30k, which I don't understand. Dealer maintains they are selling like hotcakes and everybody is wanting a HD truck right now. I'll jus wait another year or two.

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Just curious why you say you prefered the Torgue and Horsepower of the 5.7L hemi over the cummins? Did you test drive it with the 68RFE or the Aisin? Is your hemi hopped up some how?
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