Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Dodge Tech
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino







Search
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old July 25th, 2006, 08:14 AM   #1
PavementPounder
I am the law.
 
PavementPounder's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Posts: 29,824
iTrader: (224)
Ram Police package vs. HD Service Alternator

http://www.pfmmag.com/MarchApril2004...cedodgeram.htm

note the bit about the high amp alternator:

Alternator and Battery
The Ram 1500 “heavy service” package includes a 136-amp alternator. In
comparison, the police package Intrepid has a 160-amp alternator and the “heavy
service” package Durango also has a 160-amp unit. A 160-amp alternator is simply
not available on any factory option with the Ram 1500 truck.

So far, the 136-amp unit has kept up with the electrical demand on retail trucks
sold by Thomas Dodge and used for police service. Just the fact that the pickup
does not have a high amp-draw rear window defroster may allow the 136-amp
alternator to keep up.

With all LED lights and a below-average amount of cop electrical gear, the
136-amp alternator will keep up. However, if the Ram is outfitted with the
normal radar, in-car video, MDT, halogen lightbar, spotlight, redundant
communication equipment with GPS or AVL, block heater, flashlight chargers along
with power outlets for cell phones and a halogen lightbar... the 136-amp
alternator may not be enough.

This emphasizes the problem for even a dynamic and progressive local dealership
in providing a “package.” If a particular component is not available through the
fancy footwork of “optional options” at the dealer level, factory fleet
engineering will need to step in and coordinate the upgrade. This may be a slow
process, regardless of the manufacturer.

Two options are available to handle the higher amp draw. One is to add a
dealer-installed 160-amp alternator. The 160-amp alternator is available on the
Ram 2500 series truck as a part of the Snow Plow Prep package. The difficulty of
retrofitting this factory alternator at the dealer level depends on the engine.

The high-amp alternator is a drop-in, bolt-on replacement on the Ram 1500 with
the 4.7L engine. However, putting this 160-amp alternator on a HEMI-powered Ram
1500 requires a change in drive belt, engine pulley and idler pulley, in
addition to the obvious harness and termination lead changes and the alternator
itself.

The other less costly option is the use of twin (auxiliary) batteries, again
dealer-installed or available at most truck/RV dealers. Thomas Dodge indicates
the dual battery option is the least expensive route.

On the topic of power draw, the “heavy service” package includes a 700-amp
battery from the 2500/3500 models, replacing the 600-amp battery, which is
standard on the Ram 1500. The Ram we tested had the 750-amp battery, which comes
with the optional Trailer Tow Group.
PavementPounder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 3rd, 2006, 08:43 PM   #2
ScOoTeR
GLFWDA Member #07520
 
ScOoTeR's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-09-05
Location: Howell
Posts: 21,222
iTrader: (35)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PavementPounder
....package ................package ..................package ................providing a “package.”..............Plow Prep package...............“heavy service” package................

Homo.

:tonka:
ScOoTeR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:01 PM   #3
GreaseMonkey
Senior Member
 
GreaseMonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-04-05
Location: Washington, MI
Posts: 17,873
iTrader: (22)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScOoTeR
Homo.

:tonka:
LMAO
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by kerryann View Post
I am not a lesbian but if I was I would do her.
GreaseMonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 3rd, 2006, 09:03 PM   #4
nixxerRsixxer
Homewrecker
 
nixxerRsixxer's Avatar
 
Join Date: 11-06-05
Location: humanresources
Posts: 3,280
iTrader: (1)
Send a message via ICQ to nixxerRsixxer Send a message via AIM to nixxerRsixxer Send a message via Yahoo to nixxerRsixxer
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScOoTeR
Homo.

:tonka:
confirmed
__________________
He had a steady job and watched what he spent.
He'd say I don't believe in payin' no goddamn rent.
I'll squirrel away every goddamn cent
and buy my own damn house in Kalamazoo.
nixxerRsixxer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > 4x4 Talk > Dodge Tech
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:15 AM.


Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright ©2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©2005 - 2012 Cracker Enterprises - Powered by Linux
vB Ad Management by =RedTyger=
Page generated in 0.08497 seconds with 18 queries