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Old 10-25-2007, 09:40 AM
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Default 3500 Dodge Diesel Heavy Duty

looking at a Mega Cab with a 410 rear.

Anyone drive one, what is your experience, has the new 6 speed Aisin? tranny. How about MPG?
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:55 AM
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I think only the chassis/cab dodges have the aisin tranny--check on that--I think the reg 2500/3500 trucks have a dodge auto 6 spd tranny. For some reason most that I see have the 3.73 rear gear. However, all the truck/diesel shootout mags have a dodge with the 4.10 rear........so that's probably what I'd go with.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:27 AM
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I have an 04 2500 4WD with the 4:10. It pulls anything I have hooked to it without issue. It also goes over or through anything I have tried driving through, including pushing snow with its front bumper. Mileage not great but not terrible, I get 17 or so empty going back and forth to work (country driving) and get 11 to 13 pulling 8 to 9,000 lb at 70 mph. You will see better numbers quoted, they are probably 2WD, 3.73, or both. Some are pure bs too. OVerall I LOVE the truck.
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Old 10-25-2007, 11:32 AM
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If you do alot of distance pulling, I'd probably think twice on the auto trans.
We just got a new Dually w/ the auto, and it's pretty poor.
She trembles from the line, and doesn't have enough gears.

She has about a 3k redline, but there's a 1k rpm difference between top gear & the next lowest.
What happens is, she doesn't have the stones to keep her in top gear, but the next lower gear, she screams.

Also, I find the standard seats to be very uncomfortable on long drives.
I like the dodge, and the cummins is great.
If I was looking for a rig to do some local tugging, I wouldn't think twice.
But again, if you do long runs, our chevy w/ the allison has it all over the dodge.
Both in comfort & trans.
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Old 10-25-2007, 01:11 PM
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She has about a 3k redline, but there's a 1k rpm difference between top gear & the next lowest.
What happens is, she doesn't have the stones to keep her in top gear, but the next lower gear, she screams.
I wonder if it had the 4.10 if it would have an easier time with the gears being far apart. There has to be a reason that the only trucks that dodge will put head to head with chevy and ford has the 4.10 gear
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:08 PM
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I'm pretty sure she has the 4:10. I think it's because the ratios in the tranny are odd.
The cummins definitely seems to have a sweet spot where she makes the best power, and on the highway w/ a load, she struggles to stay in it.
A different drivers' seat, and a stick, and she'd be great.
She's definitely a tugger, but man, a run to florida from here will KILL you.



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Old 10-25-2007, 03:31 PM
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The new six speed autos are really sweet.

That tranny should last you years and years and miles and miles as long as you don't abuse it.

I believe it's called the G56.

I have a 07 2500 4 speed auto with the R48 Tranny.

It has been very reliable. I have the 3.73 rear end and really like it. The only reason I would ever consider the 4.10 is if I towed all the time. You will see much better fuel economy with the 3.73 and IMHO it will tow just as well.

The newer trucks have a tow/hual function that changes the shift pattern and accomodates towing nicely. You will also have the ability to turn the overdrive on and off.

I don't think you will be disapointed with whatever you decide.

Check out this site for more info than you could ever read through. It's a Dodge site.

http://www.dieseltruckresource.com/


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Here she is right here, MEGA.... CTD.... 3500..... SRW.......4:10 rears..... Auto tranny is 48RE..... 4 speed...... Drag the a$$ outta the earth.....!
17 Highway and 15 City.........



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nice truck!
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Old 10-25-2007, 07:34 PM
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Man I just keep seeing that rig popping up all over..... nice tires and wheels
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James ,
Whats up..... good to see you over here......
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:58 PM
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Man that is one awesome truck. I am in the market for a diesel rig and it is a toss up between the Dodge mega and the Ford crew. Thank you for the photos.
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2007 DRW Cummins with 3.73 gears on alcoas....... works perfect!!


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Old 10-26-2007, 04:47 AM
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is your truck lifted?
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d-hlaw..........

Awesome................
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d nice rig man... I seen the pics of that rig when you first got it on the other site.... very sweet.

Dantilu... I only really just skim throught the posts on this site as of late. It's been gradually loosing the feel it used to have. There are still some good posts and some great people, but, it's just not the same.

Sorry didn't mean to hijack this thread

Heres a pic of mine, only a 2500 but still tows the heck outta anything I put behind her
5.9 with 3.73's compromise of good power and mileage

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james,
Yup your must be ready for the wheels to come in.......

Looks good.....
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Dantilu - 10/26/2007 2:43 PM

james,
Yup your must be ready for the wheels to come in.......

Looks good.....
Man you have no idea, and new KM2's sitting in the shed doesn't help. Leveling kit went in and my new wheels are still 4 weeks away. It took about 4 yrs to get my old Ford F350 set up the way I wanted back in 97, so I guess by those standards I'm making good progress with this one.
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You know what I need............

Is some of those white yard stones.....

Would really cut down on the mowing........
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bradmd - 10/26/2007 4:47 AM

is your truck lifted?
Stock height with no rubbing.
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