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RE: Saving the Clutch

I believe there are kits out there that make it so you can use low without engaging the front axle. This is what makes maneuvering with a manual much easier on the clutch. This! I installed a 2-low kit on my 2001 Ram 5 speed manual, made backing very easy on the clutch, could actually have it fully engaged while backing. I installed one on my 2013 as well and it has made a huge difference. I don't believe that they are available for the 3rd generation Ram/Cummins trucks because of a different engagement system. In 2013 they went back to the axle disconnect which makes the 2 low kit possible again.
blofgren 01/23/21 09:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: That’s A Bunch Of Grass!

Impressive!
blofgren 01/12/21 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Yep, the 7.3L Super Duties are sweet, especially with the ZF6 manual transmission; they are just a great combo. The resale value of these trucks speaks volumes. I looked hard for a 1999-2002 F350 CC 4x4 DRW Lariat prior to buying my Ram but they are very tough to find in great condition. Most that have them know what they have and aren't interesting in selling.
blofgren 01/10/21 10:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Good grief... :B
blofgren 01/10/21 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Easy, the 7.3L badge is slightly shorter and has a black background and the 6.0L has a silver background. They are actually quite different when looking at them. Also, the mirror backs are different, and most FX4 trucks are 6.0L trucks. There are ways to tell if you know these trucks (I had a 2003 F-350). :BAnd you can see these minor differences at 100-150 feet apart, and closing speeds of 120-140 mph in a quick glance? As the Brits would say: Pull the other one. :) My point exactly ,but hey its just for fun . Yes, most of the time I can and my 10 year old son can as well (I think sometimes better than me!). :B
blofgren 01/09/21 09:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Okay folks, here are the results. The raw data is within the image file, and I have consolidated the data below: Ford: Total of 40 (6.7's dominated the Ford category, no surprise. It was good to see some 6.0's out there, bullet proofed I'm sure. I did not identify a single 7.3, but I know they are still out there!) Ram/Dodge: Total of 34 (Obviously 6.7's dominated. Most of the 5.9's I identified looked to be well kept and towing older 5rs) Chev Duramax: Total of 25 (Most all of the Dmax were late model rigs, mostly single axle. I identified 4 LBZs. I have an affinity for the LBZ's, even though I have never owned one) Topkick/Freightliner: Total of 3 (2 Freightliners and 1 Topkick) 1/2 Ton's towing 5th Wheel: Total of 4 (I changed my data collection on this one to reflect any 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel, rather than what I feel is "overloaded". There are a few folks on here who seem to be hypersensitive to the issue, so I'll keep that data and opinion to myself. Of the 1/2 tons I saw, two were Ford and two were GM, all late model. One was at a love travel stop fueling up, one was in a campground, and the other 2 were on the road) https://i.ibb.co/5cJhCdR/Tow-Data-2020-Completed.png Are these trucks in passing ,going the other way , how do you tell the difference from an early 6.0 to 7.3. I have learned that the only way to tell some of the earlier 7.3 Suoerduties to the later 7.3 is the badge on the front fender, the early ones were in the front of the fender the later were lower rear part of the fender, as were the 6.0 Also got to be be quick in passing to be able to tell the early 99 Superduty 7.3 from the V10, nearly the same badge on the front of the front fender. Just curious Easy, the 7.3L badge is slightly shorter and has a black background and the 6.0L has a silver background. They are actually quite different when looking at them. Also, the mirror backs are different, and most FX4 trucks are 6.0L trucks. There are ways to tell if you know these trucks (I had a 2003 F-350). :B
blofgren 01/08/21 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

The low RPM massive torque while pulling with the Cummins is one of the things I noticed right away when I bought my truck over having 2 Ford PSD's. I need to hit a considerable hill while towing before having to downshift my truck out of 6th gear, and it is only on really tough pulls that I need to go down another gear from 5th. The other thing I've noticed is that the Cummins never sounds like it's working hard, even when pulling heavy. I'm quite sold on the inline 6! :B If you like the way your 2013 Cummins pulls you'd be extremely impressed with the 2020 Powerstrokehttps://i.imgur.com/oaiazEil.png I'm sure I would but it will never happen!
blofgren 01/07/21 08:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

The low RPM massive torque while pulling with the Cummins is one of the things I noticed right away when I bought my truck over having 2 Ford PSD's. I need to hit a considerable hill while towing before having to downshift my truck out of 6th gear, and it is only on really tough pulls that I need to go down another gear from 5th. The other thing I've noticed is that the Cummins never sounds like it's working hard, even when pulling heavy. I'm quite sold on the inline 6! :B
blofgren 01/05/21 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Here is a quote from the article that mentions 1356 rpm as where peak torque is developed: Ram and Cummins increased boost from the variable geometry turbocharger and upped the fuel delivery system’s flow rate. The changes for 2021 account for an additional 75 lb-ft. of torque versus a 2020 model. It’s worth noting the torque figure of 1,075 lb-ft. applies to the High Output version of the 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel, which is only available for the Ram 3500 HD. If you opt for a Ram 2500, the truck will come with the standard output Cummins engine with 850 lb-ft. of torque. Another key difference is where the peak torque hits in the rpm band. The standard output Cummins provides peak torque at 1,700 rpm, while the High Output version will do so at 1,356 rpm. The journalist was talking to a Ram engineer to get his information and after thinking about this I have a theory of a misunderstanding taking place. I’m thinking the engineer may have been comparing the standard vs HO engines. The engineer may have been talking about the rpm where torque is created and said something like “standard output engine makes peak torque of 850 lbft at 1700 rpm. The HO does that at 1356 rpm”. So maybe he was meaning the HO produces 850 lbft at 1356 rpm. Until I know more I’m choosing to believe the new 2021 peak torque is 1075 lbft @ 1800 rpm. I too think 1800 rpm is more realistic. The older articles that still reference 420 hp quoted 1075 lb-ft @ 1800. 1356 rpm is also too precise to be meaningful - not 1355, not 1357, but exactly at 1356 our engine makes 1075 torque... Most torque and hp ratings go down to a granularity of 50 rpm, not single digit precision. I also doubt the torque makes a sharp downturn @ 1801 rpm, and make a linear drop to 2800, that's just not how engines naturally behave. If this engine can sustain 1000 lb-ft to around 2200 rpm, it'll make a very fat torque curve. The closest curve I can find is the B6.7 marine tuned to 419 hp: https://mart.cummins.com/imagelibrary/data/assetfiles/0055798.pdf This engine holds near constant 420hp from 2200 to 3000 rpm. I bet the truck engine is close, because there're only so many ways to make 1075 lb-ft @ 1800, and also make 430 hp @ 2800. This makes total sense. I'm staying far away from the Ram dealerships because it could be dangerous to test drive one! :B
blofgren 01/02/21 05:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

what happened to shiner I enjoy his comments. chevman I would have expected him to be knee deep into this! Hopefully he hasn't abandoned this site like many other great posters throughout the years have...
blofgren 01/02/21 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Cummins 1075 lbft peak torque at 1356 rpm

Torque charts are nice but just remember that's at full throttle and maximum boost while consuming maximum fuel. Not something you encounter when towing down the highway. For me what's more important is the torque the engine can make while towing and making the towing the easiest while making the best fuel economy. This is very difficult to quantify except for the fuel economy performance. In my mind the Power Stroke is the leader in this category for the 2020 models and I suspect will continue to lead for the 2021 models. The true leader is the one that has the lowest operating expenses and downtime after 3-400k miles....and we all know which one that is! ;) Happy New Year! :B
blofgren 01/01/21 10:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

I think the employee pricing is on 2020 models. For 2021 the US MSRP of the Ram Limited HO Cummins is about 4500 more than a similarly equipped Ford Platinum. In Canada the Ram has a 9k premium over Ford. Well, $9k is still less than recovering from a CP4 disaster would cost..... ;)
blofgren 12/29/20 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 new truck sales

My close friend manages a fairly large Ford dealership and claims that Superduty sales are up 15% and that the Kentucky plant is working 3 shifts trying to keep up with demand. They'll have lots of CP4 high pressure fuel pumps now that Cummins has gone back to the trusty old CP3! :B
blofgren 12/29/20 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Looking forward to seeing the results! Thanks for posting.
blofgren 12/27/20 05:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2021 questions

Personally, I would ABSOLUTELY go for the HO engine. As far as CP3 vs CP4, I'd wait to get a true confirmation on that before allowing that to weigh in on the decision. For what it is worth, the CP3 on my 2012 did fail. And while a failure there isn't as expensive as a CP4, I would say they both can happen, and both are rare. Sure wouldn't make a difference on a decision to buy if I were in your shoes..... The big difference between a CP3 and CP4 failure is the damage that results to the fuel system with the CP4. With the CP3, replace the pump and carry on; not quite so simple with the CP4....
blofgren 12/22/20 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

Well this sounds promising. I really didn't think Cummins would continue producing engines with that POS CP4 pump.
blofgren 12/21/20 08:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

Helped my old man install new injectors and sleeves on his 2003 7.3L today. And by help I mean I did 95% of the work. Man, the stuff I had to remove just to get to the valve covers. There was hardly any room on either side of the engine and the back two injectors were a pain in the arse getting the sleeves out. I can see why taking the cab off is standard practice on major repairs. To be fair though, the back two injectors on the Cummins is a pain as well, however, I don't have to take a bunch of stuff off just to get the valve covers. It would suck if we messed up and had to take all that stuff back off again since we have to put it all back on just to turn it over to verify the job was done correctly. Luckily we(I) got his 7.3l back on the road without a hitch. And the old trusty 7.3L is easy compared to the 6.7L Powerstroke. When we got the first 6.7L at my work a few years ago I remember looking under the hood with some of our mechanics and we all mentioned how ridiculous it was.
blofgren 12/19/20 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

^^^^ It comes down to risk. Any one of these trucks can have serious problems but I would say the likelyhood of any of them requiring major engine repair before 200k miles is slim. Those who are comfortable with those odds can choose amongst the three manufacturers based on whatever criteria suits their fancy. Those paranoid that sometime over the next 10 years they might have to pay 3 extra hours of labor to R&R the cab if they buy a Ford end up having to select from two manufacturers. Finally someone who feels he needs room between the fender and block to store his football is left with only one to choose. Aw, come on, you're envious because you can't store your football under the hood and it is a pain rolling around in the cab. :B I think it would be quite a bit more than 3 hours labour to R&R the cab. And it also requires taking the truck to a shop that is equipped to do so, whereas you can wrench on the Cummins at home with no problem. And the last time the cab was off of my Ford, I had to take it back to have it repositioned because it was installed too far forward which left a big, ugly gap between the cab and box. Overall, it was a real PITA.
blofgren 12/19/20 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

I prefill mine and install it from the top with no problems.
blofgren 12/19/20 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

For all my 60 years of owning and driving many vehicles I have always done my oil/filter changes with very few exceptions. Then last summer DW 2004 Buick Rainier 5.3 V8 was totaled by a red light runner. We bought a Ford Edge ST with the 2.7L twin turbo V6. I have to take Ford word on the face that there are twin turbos under the hook as just about every square inch is something under the hood. I could not even find a route out of the bottom of the engine bay to run out the power cord for the battery maintainer when we stored it for the winter up North. I had the dealer do an oil/filter change before we left with points we got when we purchased it, and will most likely continue doing that. It is not that I am not capable, as I changed the oil in the two year old Can Am Spyder we purcahsed 7 weeks ago, which involve removing a lot of tupperware body panels. It is just the Ford Edge seems to have a big virtual circle with a diagonal red line on it on top of the engine similar to the Power Stroke and Duramax. I have a little over 200k miles on my 6.7 Power Stroke and never had to do any engine repairs, but I do have to change the oil on it and I actually enjoy it and I know which one I would prefer to perform an oil change on and doesn't require any special tools to prevent a big mess https://i.imgur.com/DJ1EggTl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/BADmQr5l.jpg That is about the only advantage the Powerstroke has over the Cummins from a service/repair perspective. Now that I've changed the oil in my truck a few times, I'm actually pretty quick at changing the oil filter from the top with no mess. I'll take that over removing the cab to do just about everything else (the cab was off my 6.0L PSD twice). ;)
blofgren 12/17/20 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
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