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post #46 of 55 Old 03-11-2010, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thats what I was thinking too, I remember looking at a manual gauge and I believe it went up to 30 as well. Now will that kit that I linked to have all the sending units that I need to hook it up?

Stupid question probably but since my truck has the tow package, it automatically comes with a tranny cooler and oil cooler correct? Finally, if my truck was an HO motor would it say HO on the valve cover or is it based off of transmission type? I haven't been able to find any information on that


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Thats what I was thinking too, I remember looking at a manual gauge and I believe it went up to 30 as well. Now will that kit that I linked to have all the sending units that I need to hook it up?

Stupid question probably but since my truck has the tow package, it automatically comes with a tranny cooler and oil cooler correct? Finally, if my truck was an HO motor would it say HO on the valve cover or is it based off of transmission type? I haven't been able to find any information on that
Generally speaking, most gauges come with the various senders needed to hook them up - the challenge will be if any adapters are needed for a clean install.

Your truck may already have an auxiliary cooler (in addition to the one built into the bottom of the radiator), it should be easy to spot the connections coming out of the radiator and of course the cooler itself mounted in front of the radiator. If this is the case, obviously skip an add on cooler and go for a deep trans pan with a drain plug, such as the MAG-HYTEC model or similar - in fact, I think that trans pan can be ordered with an optional trans temp sensor hole pre-drilled/threaded, so that would save some time.

As far as the HO thing, IIRC in 2001 the only way to get an HO engine was coupled with the 6-speed manual - the automatic (Model 47RE) wasn't capable of handling the power of the HO engine. There should be a label on the side of your valve cover that states the rated HP, I think in 2001 California certified engines were rated at 215 HP and the rest (for non-CA states) were rated at 235 HP. The manual only HO engine was rated at 245 HP.

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thanks chris, I wasn't quite sure about the HO thing or not. So it definitely isnt an HO. As for the coolers, there is one in front of the trans as well as one below the radiator if i remember correctly.

Will a deep trans pan add a considerable amount of life to the tranny? So with a deep pan, cooler, and the gauge on it will the tranny last?

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Nice Truck! I have pretty much the same truck, 2001 2500 4x4, I got a bd x-monitor for the guages, and a mag-hytec deep trans pan so far, not really going to go any further, maybe upgrade the lift pump. I got great mileage with 35"s but when I switched to 37"s it went down considerably, next set of tires will be 35"s again unless I find a hp dana 60 and regear. Congrats! I will never own any diesel but a Cummins! edit: and painting the camper shell, got it and a carpet kit for $250 off craigslist

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thanks chris, I wasn't quite sure about the HO thing or not. So it definitely isnt an HO. As for the coolers, there is one in front of the trans as well as one below the radiator if i remember correctly.

Will a deep trans pan add a considerable amount of life to the tranny? So with a deep pan, cooler, and the gauge on it will the tranny last?
Well, no automatic trans will last as long as a well cared for engine, that's for sure - it eventually will fail, the big unknown is "when"?

Adding a deep pan (and therefore more fluid) will help it run cooler under load, and that is always good.

The other issue that kills transmissions is the basic shift strategy used on modern vehicles designed to produce "smoother" shifts. This is achieved by stretching out the shift process and using lower line pressure so that the shift isn't as firm/harsh. This generates heat, and the slower/smoother engagement of the clutches is hard on the friction material and mating surfaces. To address this, I'd add a shift kit (I'm sure Trans-Go makes one for this trans) and use the parts/intstructions in the kit for Street/RV/Tow (or whatever they are calling the basic upgrade). This will increase line pressure, make the shifts much firmer/faster and help stop unnecessary wear on the clutches, as well as reduce heat. (FYI - most trans shift kits include parts to modify the trans for street/tow use and race use...sometimes they may refer to it as "stage 1, stage 2" and so on..obviously you don't need the race parts, so just do the basic street/stage 1 upgrade.)

While none of this will guarantee the trans will last forever, it will certainly make it last longer than it otherwise would have.

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I have heard great things about Goerand Brothers transmissions, maybe one day
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Here are some new pics of it after I washed it up this afternoon.











the only thing your truck is missing is :
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and a smoke switch. the Smoke switch works wonders btw. Did it on mine. it's awesome, but not so much for the tree huggers

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This thingis definitely not getting stacks lol

It may get a chip later down the road, but I'm not a fan of the black smoke

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Very nice choice! A year and half ago I bought a 2006 Dodge 2500 Cummins Diesel myself. Love it!

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Thanks Eric! So far I love this thing. Great fuel mileage (in comparison to the jeep) and I can actually haul stuff in the bed. Which even just owning this thing for less than a week, I have noticed has come in extremely handy. I think I made a good choice

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