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Unread 03-11-2010, 11:42 AM   #1
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My new diesel tow rig

Hey guys, I just picked up a new tow rig/DD

2001 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT 4x4 Ext Cab with the 5.9L Cummins

98,900 miles on the ODO
Power Doors
Power Locks
Cruise Control
Bedlined
Tow Package
Goose Neck hitch
(lots more that I am forgetting)













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Unread 03-11-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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congrats, looks like a beautiful truck

diesel > *
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Unread 03-11-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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Nice truck. God speed on the VP44


Just kidding, that's an awesome towrig
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lol I've heard all the bad things that go along with this truck, but I am gonna take good care of it and keep up with regular maintenance and hope for the best
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That is gonna get you to the trail and back easily. 5.9 L of Juice *Drooling*
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Unread 03-11-2010, 03:08 PM   #6
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lol I've heard all the bad things that go along with this truck, but I am gonna take good care of it and keep up with regular maintenance and hope for the best
Get a 3 pillar pod. Boost. Pyro, and fuel pressure. That way you can tell when the lift pump goes so you don't kill the injection pump




Oh, and hope it doesn't have a big "53" stamped on the block
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I have no idea to be honest, where on the block would it be? and how do I tell if it is actually a HO motor? will it say it on the valve cover?
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Drivers towards the front on the block, right above the oilpan....if there's a "53" cast into it....well, around 160k, start looking for another motor
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gotcha, I'll have to take a look when I get out of class.

Now as for gauges I have been looking at this kit: 98-02 Dodge Ram Custom Diesel Gauges Package

What 3 gauges should I go with? I was thinking Fuel Pressure Gauge (100psi or 30psi?) Trans Temp Gauge, and I'm not sure what to go with for the 3rd. Boost?
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I thought you said it was a "H.O", so its a 6spd, right?


If it's a 6spd MT, then don't bother with trans temp. Get fuel pressure, boost, and pyro (EGT).
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See the dealer tried to tell me that if i had the auto then i had the HO but i haven't been able to find any accurate info on that.

Secondly, I've been told that if i tow at all that a trans temp gauge would be a good thing to have.

My last question is that if I have the tow package then I automatically have the oil cooler and tranny fluid cooler right?
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If its an automatic, its NOT a HO. Only in the 3rd gens did the HO have the option of the auto.


It being a auto, get a trans temp gauge! Get a trans temp gauge!

and start saving for a DTT or similar trans.
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thats what i've heard. not very good things about that tranny. but i bought this one knowing that the tranny had been serviced regularly and had been well taken care of
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Stock Dodge trannys even babied don't tend to make it much past 100k. I know, someones grandpa's dogs brothers friend has one with 5,000,000 miles and its never had the fluid changed, but in the real world, they don't hold up.

Get a BIG trans cooler, and a trans temp gauge. If you leave the motor stock (boring), it'll help limp it along...
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gotcha, thanks Caribou. The gauges are definitely on the list. And I might as well throw on the deep tranny fliud pan as well.
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