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RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

You will never recoup your money with the 6.2L...... just kidding. That only gets brought up when talking about a diesel option upgrade, not gas option upgrade. I have a friend who has a 6.2L AT4. Awesome engine. Pulls his camper like a champ although I cannot say the same for the truck. It squats more than I am comfortable with, but there are ways to fix that. Since the OP's question appears to be related to the little engine struggling and there is no reference to improved MPG...how is this relevant? The diesel discussion usually has someone claiming they can pay off the diesel based on better MPG and then recouping your money becomes a key part of the discussion. Not so here. To the OP: Yes, the 6.2 will give a noticeable boost in power and as mentioned the newer transmissions with more gears are a big help keeping the engine in it's happy place (rpm wise). It was a joke because most people bring up how you never recoup your upfront cost only when talking about a diesel engine upgrade, but it never gets brought up in a gas engine upgrade even though the 6.2L requires premium fuel while the 5.3L doesn't. So you are paying about $5k more upfront and you have to use fuel that is 30-60 cents higher all for more towing power. Sounds familiar to a diesel except their is no fuel mileage benefit. However, I was just being facetious, hence the reason I said I was just kidding....... PS: Most owners say they recoup their money on fuel mileage AND resale(which is true for most). I have never seen anyone in these forums claim they recoup their money on fuel mileage alone. PSS: It was a joke....
ShinerBock 09/15/20 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

You will never recoup your money with the 6.2L...... just kidding. That only gets brought up when talking about a diesel option upgrade, not gas option upgrade. I have a friend who has a 6.2L AT4. Awesome engine. Pulls his camper like a champ although I cannot say the same for the truck. It squats more than I am comfortable with, but there are ways to fix that.
ShinerBock 09/15/20 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

I hope the SEC applies the laws consistently! Anything Elon got away with should not be punishable to any other company/executive. Don't think that would be the case. Elon has enough money to bribe or lobby his way out of things like he has in the past, Nikola does not.
ShinerBock 09/15/20 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

I have changed the fluid in both diffs on 2014 twice already and still have the stock gasket.
ShinerBock 09/12/20 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F450 owners

A vehicle with a 31.9" inch tire diameter, 4.30 rear axle ratio, and .632:1 final gear(10-speed) ratio will be at 2,000 rpm at 70 mph. The older 2011-2019 with the 6-speed trans, which has a .674:1 final gear ratio, would be at 2,130 rpm at 70.
ShinerBock 09/11/20 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Just saying I am not comfortable with up to 10,000 psi of hydrogen in my close proximity. So I will not be buying one. There are lots of vehicles I will never buy so don't take that personally. For instance I will not be buying a Shelby Mustang or any Corvette but I am very happy they are available for your use. I do hope your company gets all the pieces together and makes the technology not just safe but economically viable. Will you be looking at getting the Badger with hydrogen? So you are more comfortable in something where your odds of dying is much greater? That is like not being afraid of driving a car even though your odds of dying is like 103 to 1, but afraid of catching an illness where your odds of dying is like 22,000 to 1. Doesn't make sense....... My company does not make hydrogen, they only make fuel cells. Although the viability of hydrogen is increasing. Earlier this year, I read an article where scientist have found a catalyst from common metals that made it 25 time more efficient to make hydrogen than previous methods. No, I will not be in the market to get a a new truck any time soon. Plan on keeping this for at least another ten years. Although, I would much rather have a hydrogen fuel cell truck over a BEV truck if there were more fueling stations around me. I would not even care if the fuel cell costs more since it is more about the viability of the vehicle working with my needs rather than cost. Saving money does nothing for me if I can't use it like I need to.
ShinerBock 09/10/20 01:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

I believe there are way more cases of BEV's catching on fire due to rapid discharge of the battery due to battery damage than fuel cell explosions. Just sayin'.Yes and more petrol fuel vehicles spontaneously combust than BEVs. Hydrogen is rare but catastrophic. Wait, so you are bringing up a downside or obstacle of a future tech? Should we call you a naysayer, hater, or Mr Magoo like the BEV fanboys do to anyone who does the same about BEV's? My company owns a fuel cell manufacturer which makes fuel cells for CNG class 8 vehicles. We are also testing hydrogen fuel cell units. They are a lot safer than many people who have never actually tested them before think. Although, no amount of testing or facts will change the beliefs of a person who has already made up their mind on something. In another note...... Saw this today on my FB feed. Was too funny not to share. https://i.postimg.cc/5Nt1T2Rs/Pump.jpg height=450 width=450
ShinerBock 09/10/20 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

I believe there are way more cases of BEV's catching on fire due to rapid discharge of the battery due to battery damage than fuel cell explosions. Just sayin'.
ShinerBock 09/10/20 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: RPMs dropping uphill, Ford f-450

If the OP's truck has a pickup bed on it from the factory, then it is not detuned. Chassis cab trucks have to go through a different emissions certification than complete trucks, and this difference in emissions certifications is the reason why they make less hp than complete trucks. Basically, chassis cab trucks have to control NOx at full load while complete trucks do not. This allows for the complete trucks to make more power since the EGR is not used under full load like it is on chassis cabs. OP, even big mighty diesel trucks will slow down with enough weight, drag, and grade. As stated before, I would lock out 6th when towing that heavy up grades. Like mine, your truck has two overdrive gears, 5th and 6th, and in my opinion 6th is overdrive for unloaded or small loads while 5th is overdrive for medium to heavy loads. Now if it generally doesn't slow down up these hills and it is just starting to then that is another issue and the first place I would look is your fuel filter. It may be clogged and you are not getting enough fuel to make the power needed. If you have a way to check actual and commanded fuel rail pressure then this will let you know you are either not getting enough fuel or the truck is defueling to keep temps in check. If it is commanding more that actual than you are not getting enough fuel and likley have a clogged filter. If it is commanding less than max(26-29k psi) and actual mirrors what is commanded then the engine is defueling itself to keep temps in check. Another issue may be turbo overseed which the turbo for those years was notorious for, but it would have thrown a check engine light for that.
ShinerBock 09/10/20 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Yeah, I read that Nikola's stock took a big jump right after the announcement. So it could all just be a ploy for stock manipulation. Yeah, up 48% in one day...... It is very beneficial for someone to create hype like this all over the media and forums like these. Almost makes you wonder if people are doing it on purpose sometimes. .......... The market is driven by speculators. Those seeking to make a profit, quick or long term, are fast to buy on any promising news and that drives the price up. And they are just as quick to bail on any hint of bad news and that drives the price down. And automated computer buy/sell programs compound the problem. ............. We are not saying anything bad about electric vehicles here so no need to get defensive. We are just saying it is click-bait or stock "buy-bait" due to the broad and general hype created by the marketing departments of these companies. ..... I was certainly not getting defensive. I have no real interest one way or the other. But this topic typically brings out the "EV will never replace my ICE" naysayers. Surprisingly, it has not really happened this time. Then you are reading what we were saying wrong because that is not what we were saying so no need to get defensive. This topic also brings out the people that say "EV's will replace all ICE in just several years" and anyone person who thinks logically and disagrees with them they call naysayers. On the topic of being called a naysayer......I think you guys are not listening to what we are saying or injecting your own thoughts into what we are saying. We are not saying that EV's aren't growing or will not eventually take over ICE vehicles, we are just saying that it will take much longer than several years and there are a lot of hurdles that still need solved before EV's take majority or even a quarter of the market share. It would be foolish with the adoption of any new tech to not think about these kind of things. As they say in psychiatry, you can't solve a problem until you acknowledge them.
ShinerBock 09/09/20 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Yeah, I read that Nikola's stock took a big jump right after the announcement. So it could all just be a ploy for stock manipulation. Yeah, up 48% in one day...... It is very beneficial for someone to create hype like this all over the media and forums like these. Almost makes you wonder if people are doing it on purpose sometimes. .......... The market is driven by speculators. Those seeking to make a profit, quick or long term, are fast to buy on any promising news and that drives the price up. And they are just as quick to bail on any hint of bad news and that drives the price down. And automated computer buy/sell programs compound the problem. Well of course, but there is a huge difference between purposely creating hype that doesn't come to fruition with the given time frame versus actually increasing demand by actually creating a good product. In many cases, these kind of media hype events are because the company needs more capital. That is what FJ12ryder and I are saying. We are not saying anything bad about electric vehicles here so no need to get defensive. We are just saying it is click-bait or stock "buy-bait" due to the broad and general hype created by the marketing departments of these companies. Most companies wait until they have a finalized/tested product and specific production dates before making media events like this, not untested concepts and vague production targets.
ShinerBock 09/08/20 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Yeah, I read that Nikola's stock took a big jump right after the announcement. So it could all just be a ploy for stock manipulation. Yeah, up 48% in one day...... It is very beneficial for someone to create hype like this all over the media and forums like these. Almost makes you wonder if people are doing it on purpose sometimes. https://i.postimg.cc/8cbTCpjv/Nikola-stock.png height=450 width=650
ShinerBock 09/08/20 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

"Thus far, the Badger has been a mere rendering that has lit-up social media feeds." This seems to be the prevailing views of these vehicles. Maybe someday someone will actually build more than a prototype. The gamer world was always full of this type of vaproware. Everybody would get all worked up and then would come the big announcement: "Maybe next year". This happens a lot in many industries. Marketing departments create hype to increase share prices and gain more investors. It also garners more publicity for their brand due to the fanboys of such tech sharing it all the time. The fools and newbies of these industries would fall for it, but those with some common sense that have been around a while usually don't.
ShinerBock 09/08/20 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Grand Wagoneer

We were looking to replace the wife's Infiniti in the coming year. My current choice was the Lincoln Navigator or Aviator, but we may have to wait until this thing comes out to see it in person. I wonder what engine options it will have. A 3.0L Ecodiesel would be perfect for her although I would prefer a 6.4L or even better supercharged 6.2L.
ShinerBock 09/04/20 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

I can provide info on what Ram is doing, "just in case." The answer is NOTHING. My 2019 injector pump failed at 15k miles. Left me on the side of the road 2 hours from home. They towed it to the nearest shop. The truck that is. That's about the extent of it. I had to pay for them to tow my travel trailer. Once I paid Chrysler for them to arrange the trailer tow, no one showed up to get it. I had to end up making my own arrangements to get it home. It took them about a week and a half before they finally figured out what happened. When they figured it out, they told me that the pump was on backorder due to the corona virus shutdown. I was going to have to wait 4 months until the parts were available. They approved a rental vehicle, but I was told that due to the coronavirus, they couldn't do that either. I escalated the claim internally at FCA. They pretty much de-escalated it back down to the case manager. This means that they weren't going to buy it back or replace it. The only choice I was left with (I needed a vehicle) was to trade the 4 month old truck in at the dealership where it sat. They didn't have a good selection of vehicles (also probably due to the coronavirus) but did have a 3500 on order that was similar in options to my 2500. I ended up buying that one. If there was an option to trade it to another manufacturer's dealership, I would have, and never purchase another Chrysler product. It's kind of hard to trade a vehicle that is disassembled and sitting in a shop. So again, to recap on what to expect from Chrysler to make it right if it happens to you.....nothing. Sorry to hear this. You must go through vehicles often. Just last September you were talking about how great your 2018 Ram 2500 6.4L 3.73 was pulling 8,000 lbs, then you had a 2019 CTD with over 15k miles on it by August, and now a another brand new truck. I wonder why the Chrysler dealer is saying that the pump is on back order for four months. Looking at the Cummins PDC(Parts Distribution Center) inventories on my Cummins Cumpas program at work, they have had plenty of these pumps in stock for a while. Odd....
ShinerBock 09/02/20 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

I will give you an example. Back when I was looking for a fixed geometry turbo, I could have went with an S369 turbo whis is a huge turbos and would have moved my peak torque points further down the rpms range which I did not want for towing. I could have gone with an S361 which would have would have made boost sooner than stock pushing my peaks to lower rpms, but would have little top end power. I ended up going with an S364.5 which is the middle choice between these two which makes peak torque at a little more rpms than stock but with more top end. All without changing my fuel maps so the amount of power being generated, efficiency, and when would have changed with each turbo by adding/decreasing air even without altering fuel. Why, because the engine just injected fuel and the each of these turbos efficiency maps dictated how much air it can utilize at each rpm. You cannot do this with a gas engine because you would have to adjust the amount of fuel for the amount of air being added. Each one of these turbos would have not only changed the rpm when I made peak power but also the efficiency at each rpm. With electronically controlled VG turbos, you have more control and can adjust the vanes to make peak power at various rpms, however, you also have to keep emissions and drive pressures in check.
ShinerBock 08/29/20 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

^^^^ Your right.... more fuel more torque. In order to burn fuel you need air. Read my post and think about it until you understand it. I'm not sure where you are actually disagreeing with me now? But that is just it. You are assuming that these engines can get the same amount of power out of X amount of fuel. That is not the case and it is dependent on a lot of factors especially when emissions are involved that require you to stay below a certain NOx level. You can have two Cummins ISB engines sitting side by side with different turbos on them, and depending on the efficiency maps of the turbos will dictate how much power and efficiency each engine can achieve at X rpm. Same would be true if they had the same turbo, but different bore/stroke ratio or different cams.
ShinerBock 08/29/20 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

You can increase an engine's displacement/torque by increasing bore, stroke, or number of pistons. The Cummins and Powerstroke are both 6.7 liter engines so will have similar cylinder pressure when they are making 1000 lbft of torque. Stroke vs bore makes no difference. Torque is a function of the fuel burned per revolution. Increasing the boost or the bore or the stroke puts more air in the cylinder to allow for more fuel to be injected. If you can burn 10% more fuel per revolution you should see about 10% more torque. You are describing a gas engine here, not a diesel. A diesel is regulated by fuel, not air. In order to increase boost in a diesel, you have to increase fuel. A diesel basically adds fuel and utilizes what ever air is available which is why turbos generally make diesels more efficient since it adds more air that what it can naturally take in. You can "artificially" alter the peak with fuel and boost control with a VG turbo. Also, a bore/stroke ratio, along with the cam, does play a huge role in an engines efficiency and when it is most efficient. We are at another disagreement. On the last disagreement, you said that you highly doubt that my truck gets better fuel economy pulling mt RV in 5th than 6th because you never seen a BSFC showing that. I proved that it does get better fuel economy with a BSFC map. So prove me wrong. Show me a BSFC of the 6.7L Powerstroke. If you can't, then it is all subjective.
ShinerBock 08/29/20 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

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ShinerBock 08/29/20 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

Edit: It should be noted that the Cummins is tuned for a little higher rpm than the Powerstroke. (Powerstroke makes peak HP at 2600 rpm vs 2800 for the Cummins and peak torque at 1600 vs 17 or 1800 rpm for the Cummins). Likely the Powerstroke BSFC map would favor lower rpm. The Cummins in the map above is not the HO Cummins. It is the standard output that reaches peak torque at 1,700 rpm. Horsepower on the top end is irrelevant here. I would wager that bore/stroke ratio would have a significant impact on where this island is for each engine. The Cummins is a longer stroke engine(.86:1) with more of what I refer to as natural torque on the low end. Meaning that it makes a lot of low end torque without utilizing as much boost or additional fueling to alter its peak. The Powerstroke is still a long stroke engine(.91:1), but utilizes VGT to alter peak torque placement. The Duramax L5P is actually a short stroke(1.04:1) and achieves peak torque at 1,600 rpm as well. Because of this, I would be willing to bet that the Cummins would have it's island at a lower rpm range than the rest. Just my hunch.
ShinerBock 08/29/20 08:51am Tow Vehicles
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