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Ford F-250 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, Dodge Ram Pickup 2500, Ford F-350 Super Duty, Chevrolet Silverado 3500, Dodge Ram Pickup 3500, GMC Sierra 2500HD, GMC Sierra 3500, Fuel System, Performance Mods, Fuel System, Diesel, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Truck
#88 of 448 How to increase power in an older diesel?
Dec 11, 2005 (4:48 am)
I have a 1999 Dodge Ram Quad cab, 4X4, Laramie 2500 diesel with 246,000 miles on it. Have never done any extras to the engine so far, but now would like to pull a 5th Wheel RV for a couple of seasons before selling the pickup or trading in on a new one. The trailer weighs about 14,000 lbs with all gear, tanks full, etc. What 'chip' or other features can I add to this engine to give me that extra power needed? In addition, can/should I do anything to the transmission/rear end? Thanks for the helpful info.
Dec 11, 2005 (5:31 am)
I am thinking about buying an 06 Dodge mega cab Diesel, how has the cummins been from a reliability stand point ?
#90 of 448 Re: Buying [mercer3]
Dec 11, 2005 (7:01 pm)
Cummins compaired to what? tractor truck. I know to many people with 7.3 powerstokes not standing up to much towing. The only thing is i`ve read mercadies is going to stop on cummins 2007 i believe so get one while you can.cummins says it`ll run over 300,000 miles inbetween over haul. I think its the best motor on the market. After all cummins knows how to buildem.
#91 of 448 Re: Buying [mercer3]
Dec 12, 2005 (7:36 am)
The new Common Rail Cummins has not been out for long enough for me to get a good feel as to how long it will be reliable. The older 12 valve was as reliable as you can get, I have seen them at over 400,000 miles and the engine still runs good. My dad has a 24 valve that has 250,000+ miles on it and still runs good.
#92 of 448 Re: How to increase power in an older diesel? [pompano]
Dec 12, 2005 (7:45 am)
You can put on high flow air filters and exhaust, injectors, and turbo modifications. As for a "chip", I prefer power modules that go after the computer than a simple chip that goes in the computer and just increases fuel flow. On the 98.5-02 Cummins Quadzilla will have a $349 XZT towing module that adds 60Hp or $499 adjustable Xzilleraider that adds up 120Hp, these should be out by the start of the new year.
#93 of 448 Re: Buying [tom250ibs]
Dec 12, 2005 (8:03 am)
I agree with everything tom250ibs stated! I have also heard the rumors that ALL the diesel truck motors are switching hands. The biggest rumor is that Caterpillar is coming into the ball game with one of the big 3 manufactures trucks. Caterpillar also knows how to build them (if they will build them in the US). My opinion on mileage is this: I would think you could easily get over 300,000 on a Cummins, if you take care of the recomended PM's.
#94 of 448 Re: Buying [deiselden]
Dec 12, 2005 (4:31 pm)
I know, i should be up on my news better, but who`s cat going with? I like cats also, not quit as much as cummins.
#95 of 448 Re: Buying [tom250ibs]
Dec 13, 2005 (5:56 am)
Keep in mind that these rumors have been flying for several years. However, it is no secret that GM and CAT have been in bed together for quite a while. So my only guess is GM will bring it out, if it ever comes to the table? There is also small talk of International possibly coming into the picture. I love it, all these guy's know diesels, unlike 2 of the big 3 trying to make thier own diesels or contracting a Japenese (Isuzu-GM) to make it for them. If you search hard enough on the internet you can find some very small talk on this subject. Rumors, rumors, who knows if any of this will ever come to light? All I do know is this: I sure would hate to see Cummins leave, they have the best engine in the market place at the present! Hopefully worst case with Cummins, is they would switch over to another manufactures truck.
#96 of 448 Re: Buying [tom250ibs]
Dec 17, 2005 (1:27 pm)
Thanks I am thinking of buying a 06 mega cab pickup with the 5.9 engine, I have been impressed with what I have read. JM
#97 of 448 Re: Buying [mercer3]
Dec 22, 2005 (5:35 pm)
Check out Bd Forum Site. To tell you the truth i`m really impressed with my dodge, i`ve no regrets in buying that truck really like it, so i geuss i`ll say if you deside on one i hope you like it as much as i like mine. Merry Christmas!