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Old February 12th, 2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Well I found and purchased my tow rig....04 Dodge Ram with a Cummins

books at 27,200 and I picked it up for 19,800

109,xxx on the ticker
Already has an Edge EZ programmer
Already has a sprayed in bedliner
Needed tires so I just picked up a set of Yokohama Geolander A/T-S wow, these are great tires...

Was previously owned by a local small business, used by their salesman, interior is mint, and they were kinda anal on the maint. Service at the dealership showed me the records on this truck and it has had all the fluids drained, flushed and filled a few times (including diffs). So the higher miles werent a huge issue.

Only thing I didn't like about the truck was it did not come with a block heater cord. :miff: Block heater was there, just no cord. Picked one up from a Cummins dealer yesterday for 12 bucks and now she likes starting in this sub-zero crap

Out on the highway I reset the mileage puter and was sticking right around 26 MPG I realize that these read about 2-4 MPG high, but that would still put me at 22 MPG hwy!

Already ordered some westin Stainless nerf bars for it, and soon to come is a Magnaflow 4 inch stainless turbo back exhaust, and an A-Pillar triple gauge pod with Boost, EGT and Trans temp gauges (will post pic of that as well)




gauge pod and gauges I am getting

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Old February 12th, 2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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nice truck dude, now your jeep can live up to its full trailer queen potential:tonka:
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Old February 12th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #3
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Nice truck, I have an 04 2500. But it has the Hemi which tows very well, but I am sure it is nothing like the Cummins.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 11:38 AM   #4
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Hand calculate your mileage, it will give you the real numbers. I ran my truck on the highway under 2,000 RPM using little or no boost and I got 17.3mpg. I am getting about 13.5mpg city driving.

Have fun with it! I have added alot of stuff to my truck already :tonka:
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Old February 12th, 2008, 12:39 PM   #6
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Hand calculate your mileage, it will give you the real numbers. I ran my truck on the highway under 2,000 RPM using little or no boost and I got 17.3mpg. I am getting about 13.5mpg city driving.

Have fun with it! I have added alot of stuff to my truck already :tonka:
i am going to westlake ohio on monday, about 350 miles all highway....I plan on filling up right before I get on the highway, and right after I get off. That will be straight highway drivetime (cruise at 70 which is about 18-1900 RPM), no idleing (except for a few toll booths and weather providing) and I will hand calculate it.

I know that around town city driving is not going to be the greatest, but oh well....win some lose some still better that my 90 TBI 350 chevy which barely makes 10 on its best day.

I will post monday night what my mileage is for that trip, and I WILL be honest
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Old February 13th, 2008, 10:52 AM   #7
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Good choice in trucks, just what I want cept I need long box (who am I kidding I am cheap and will stick with the 12valve till it rusts in half).
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Old February 13th, 2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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Good looking truck!! I almost bought one myself but found that the Ford had more cabin space. Love the cab lights!!!
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109,000 isn't high miles for that truck. With proper maintenance you should easily get 300k+ conservatively. Be careful with the Edge EZ. I was a beta tester and used one for a couple years. I had trouble with the truck throwing codes and doing funky things like not wanting to decelerate after driving on the highway for a while. I had to shut off the engine and pull the EZ a few times. I had it replaced under warranty and still had trouble with it. Just beware of that. I loved having it though and miss having the extra ponies under my foot. Is is a 2004 or 2004.5?
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Let me know if you want some pricing on Diesel performance parts. Like the MagnaFlow Exhuast.
Nice purchase by the way!


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109,000 isn't high miles for that truck. With proper maintenance you should easily get 300k+ conservatively. Be careful with the Edge EZ. I was a beta tester and used one for a couple years. I had trouble with the truck throwing codes and doing funky things like not wanting to decelerate after driving on the highway for a while. I had to shut off the engine and pull the EZ a few times. I had it replaced under warranty and still had trouble with it. Just beware of that. I loved having it though and miss having the extra ponies under my foot. Is is a 2004 or 2004.5?
sticker says june of 2004...so I would guess 2004.5 what is the difference? which one is better?

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funny you should mention it. I am looking at getting the 4" magnaflow exhaust $420.13 w/ $25.00 shipping on Ebay. Looking at getting it real soon. What is your price?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...203338280&rd=1
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I am jealous. I cant afford a diesel.
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sticker says june of 2004...so I would guess 2004.5 what is the difference? which one is better?


Im 99% sure 50% of the time that its an 04.5. The difference is one is a 600 model If I remember correctly. Has the truck had any trans work done? I believe also the 04.5 has the 48RE instead of the poopier version 47RE trans.
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funny you should mention it. I am looking at getting the 4" magnaflow exhaust $420.13 w/ $25.00 shipping on Ebay. Looking at getting it real soon. What is your price?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...203338280&rd=1
FYI your truck comes with a 4" OD exhaust from the factory...straight pipe it dont waste your money on an aftermarket exhaust of lesser quality then your OE system.
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FYI your truck comes with a 4" OD exhaust from the factory...straight pipe it dont waste your money on an aftermarket exhaust of lesser quality then your OE system.
I was looking at that earlier when I was putting in the new batteries....it doesnt look like it has the "flattened" down pipe from the turbo like the exhaust listing says it does.

will I gain anything by just replacing the muffler and cat with a straight pipe? other than sound obviously...

I would think that it would be less restrictive therefore better flow, lower EGT's more power and better economy.
(these are the reasons for wanting to go 4" anyhow)

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I was looking at that earlier when I was putting in the new batteries....it doesnt look like it has the "flattened" down pipe from the turbo like the exhaust listing says it does.

will I gain anything by just replacing the muffler and cat with a straight pipe? other than sound obviously...

I would think that it would be less restrictive therefore better flow, lower EGT's more power and better economy.
(these are the reasons for wanting to go 4" anyhow)

:miff: stupid learning curve

Thats what its all about reducing backpressure to get rid of spent exhaust gas. From everything I have read on thedieselgarage, cumminsforum, comp diesel everyone seems to say that straight piping is all you need to do.
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so should I straight-pipe it? or go with a free flowing/straight through muffler?

(man that would save me 400 bones! )
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so should I straight-pipe it? or go with a free flowing/straight through muffler?

(man that would save me 400 bones! )
Your choice, strait pipe is almost free and muffler is quieter. I run strait right now but would prefer a muffler sometimes (long drives and being able to hear someone outside of the truck (trailer loading)).

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I am still running the stock exhaust with the cat in place. I'm worried about messing with it and getting a loud drone while towing.

The 2004 does not have a cat. The 2004.5 does. The 2004.5 added a 3rd injection pulse to try to help with emissions or something. I'm perfectly happy with mine. At 105,000 miles I am still running the original front brakes. I had to replace the rears when a caliper stuck or those would be original as well. I'm getting ready to put new wheel bearings and u-joints in the front and upgrade to better shocks now too.
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ok...so I straight piped it last night, and in the cab it is not loud at all. I really like the way it sounds, and it will really bark at ya when you get on it.

I will have to see what it sounds like when towing, if it is to loud then I will have to order a straight through muffler.

I kinda wish I had waited till after my trip next week, so that I could see what the MPG difference is. Oh well...
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