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Old October 11th, 2010, 07:02 AM   #61
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250,000 on my cummins and just rebuild the auto for the first time. 247,000 on a stock auto that was taken care of.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 03:13 PM   #62
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250,000 on my cummins and just rebuild the auto for the first time. 247,000 on a stock auto that was taken care of.
where did you go?

I have an 04.5 cummins that I love.....I did a lot of research when I bought mine as well. you are doing the right thing.
everyone has their opinions. I personally went with what I could find based on motor reliability. I knew the dodges were prone to 3 things.
1) Front end......bearings, tie rod ends and ball joints.
2) Lift pumps
3) Tranny's

Within the first 10k miles I had already done the lift pump and front end. (lift pump before I even made my first payment btw.....wifey wasnt happy)

tranny came along at 142K.....was still driving and shifting fine, but on a tranny service discovered pieces of the E-clip that hold the overdrive gear on laying in the pan, so I decided to do the job.

I have put 60K miles on the truck since I bought it and the only thing I have had to do is an alternator....that is probably because I plow with it though. I now have 169K miles and still going strong......change fuel filter often, oil every 10K (filter every 5k) with mobil 1 5w-40 and keep all grease zerks full.

I had driven ford and chevy diesels, when I climbed into the cummins I was sold.

Best advice I can give you is to go test drive some stock ones, and decide for yourself......dont drive one already chipped or tuned cuz you will always compare back to that.

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one more thing......I have driven a dmax both empty and towing about 10K lbs.....empty that thing was wicked fast, but towing that 10k it was a turd. It did have a Edge Juice programmer to.

I like being able to tow my 30ft 5th wheel camper setting the cruise and having it never kick out of overdrive
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Old October 11th, 2010, 03:22 PM   #64
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one more thing......I have driven a dmax both empty and towing about 10K lbs.....empty that thing was wicked fast, but towing that 10k it was a turd. It did have a Edge Juice programmer to.

I like being able to tow my 30ft 5th wheel camper setting the cruise and having it never kick out of overdrive
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you not supposed to tow in overdrive?
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what kills overdrive when towing is the constant downshift-upshift from lack of power needed to keep it in a certain gear......if you can tow in overdrive without the constant downshifting it is perfectly fine. this is what my and several other tranny guys have told me.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't you not supposed to tow in overdrive?
in older trucks yes, that's correct. But in the newer trucks that isn't necessarily the case.

See your owners manual for your specific truck for reference.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #67
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mu buddy has the dmax with the lly motor in it.... chipped, intake, exhaust... pullin hm 32' camper on the e way hes gettin 35mpg with it running 315 procomps
No he doesn't.
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in older trucks yes, that's correct. But in the newer trucks that isn't necessarily the case.

See your owners manual for your specific truck for reference.
Well I know in my vehicle you aren't, I guess I thought that was the case for all automatic transmissions.
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Duramax.... its has enough power to do what its made for plus more..... Plus there great on gas.. 3500 durmax dually with semi truck wheels and tires get 19mpg...
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Duramax.... its has enough power to do what its made for plus more..... Plus there great on gas.. 3500 durmax dually with semi truck wheels and tires get 19mpg...
04.5 cummins....edge ez programmer and stock rims and wheels 23.5mpg (overhead says 26 )
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'04.5 Cummins 3500 SRW, quad cab, long bed, 4x4, automatic

I have dumped a ton of money into the front end upgrading and replacing tie rod ends, ball joints, steering shaft, wheel bearings, etc...

I have 152,000 on the motor/tranny. I change the oil every 12,000 or so along with the fuel filter. I did a tranny fluid replacement through the dipstick around 84,000 and finally dropped the pan and changed the filter/fluid around 125,000. I have had NO issues with injectors, the tranny, the motor, etc.. I did lose the fuel pump around 85,000 or so. They replaced it with an intank pump and have had no other issues.

As for power, with no chips or programmers it has pulled anything and everything I have needed. It has not been babied and even hauled a load of Hummer wheels and tires in a huge enclosed trailer back from Texas. I grossed out over 28,000 pounds. I took my time getting up to speed, but it got me right down the road with no issues. A buddy of mine ended up buying a powerstroke and spent a lot of money to get it to pull as well as my stock Cummins. You simply can't beat the straight 6 design.
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04.5 cummins....edge ez programmer and stock rims and wheels 23.5mpg (overhead says 26 )
to be fair you are comparing a SRW to a DRW.
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04.5 cummins....edge ez programmer and stock rims and wheels 23.5mpg (overhead says 26 )
I beta tested the Edge EZ. I never got any better than about 18-19 mpg.
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was on the truck when i bought it.....its 3 position but only one of the positions work I know it still works cuz when I unhook it, I lose power and economy.
saving up my pennies for a smarty
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I pulled it and had a guy in Muskegon rebuild it. Went with a a precision single disk TQ. So far so good. I run it with the lock up switch on towing in OD. All the way from 60 to 75 mph.
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I pulled it and had a guy in Muskegon rebuild it. Went with a a precision single disk TQ. So far so good. I run it with the lock up switch on towing in OD. All the way from 60 to 75 mph.
sweet.....shift pretty good?

I went with HTS in Lowell.....guy ships tranny's all over the country including alaska.
I got his ultimate duty build....with red line bands blah blah blah.....billet flex plate, billet input and intermediate shafts, with a suncoast triple disk torque converter. says same tranny is in a pulling truck that has over 1400hp and holds just fine.....should be good for the engine upgrades I wanna do!

funny thing is I had to drive to grand rapids for a work meeting and had a coworker ride with me.....he never said a word to me, but the next time there was a meeting he told my boss that he refused to ride with me because my tranny was shifting hard so therefore it was on its way out and he didnt want to be stranded
to top it off, he restores hot rods (or at least thinks he does) and doesnt recognize a tight trans. when it shifts it does hit pretty hard, absolutely no slippage.
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gotsand how much does a tranny rebuild like that end up costing you?
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gotsand how much does a tranny rebuild like that end up costing you?
tranny rebuild itself with the red line bands is about 2200 if I remember correctly.
its the upgrades is what gets you.....that setup set me back $4600.....1300 on the torque converter the other 1100 split up between the 2 shafts and billet flexplate
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mu buddy has the dmax with the lly motor in it.... chipped, intake, exhaust... pullin hm 32' camper on the e way hes gettin 35mpg with it running 315 procomps
Bullshit.
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I like my ford with the 7.3 and 6 speed manual. Its 99% stock and it stays that way. Have had a couple things break, but nothing that couldn't be readily fixed.

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