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RE: EcoDiesel vs Hemi up IKE

The EcoDiesel seems to be a decent performer and the mpg is good. Let's just hope they re-engineered it to last a little longer than the older ones. Some are good, but for my money, there were a few too many issues with them. If I was in the market for a 1/2 ton diesel, I would wait a year or so to see how these hold up.
ib516 10/13/19 09:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Stranded/broke down

And next ladies and gents, I noticed some unusual wear on my front tires, and got to checking things in the front end. I had some loose ball joints and worn tie rod ends. So, I just bit the bullet and replaced everything. New ball joints (upper and lower), new tie rod ends (inner and outer), and since I was in there, new complete strut assemblies which were the original ones and seemed ok but... then of course a wheel alignment is needed. The bill was $1000 all in, but I got the parts cheap and had a friend with a lift do the work. This truck has to last me 3 more years at which time I will retire from law enforcement and move. So hopefully this is the last major fix. The truck is a high miler that had 240,000 Km (150,000 miles) when I got it and now has 254,000 Km (160,000 miles) on it. I have no idea what kind of life it lived before I bought it. When I forst got it, I changed all the fluids and the engine and trans seem solid, the pan was relatively clean when I dropped it to service the transmission. The rear end howls a bit on coast down, but at least it now has new fluid, and the magnet wasn't too loaded up when I took the diff cover off to service the rear end. When doing my last oil change, I did notice I have at least one broken exhaust manifold bolt, but there may be others. It does have a bit of a tick sometimes. Not sure if that is "Hemi Tick" of the broken manifold bolt. I think I'll save that job for next year.
ib516 10/13/19 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram overtakes GM

Seems the General is trying to lure customers back by slashing prices... Chevy slashes Silverado prices
ib516 10/04/19 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
Cummins 1000tq vs 6.4L Hemi towing mpg

I found a video on YouTube of a guy who towed the same trailer over the same loop (TFL Style) with 2 different Ram trucks. One was a Power Wagon with the 6.4L Hemi and the 8 speed, and the other was a Ram 3500 SRW with the H.O. 6.7L Cummins (1000 tq). The RV was a 2020 Mallard M26 TT (~6500# dry, 8600# GVWR). The results are pretty much what I experienced in my comparisons. VIDEO with the Power Wagon VIDEO with the Cummins diesel 8.4 mpg with the 6.4L Hemi (computer 8.6) 11.6 mpg with the 6.7L Cummins (computer 10.9) I suspect a regular (non PW) Ram with the 6.4L Hemi might squeak out a little better mpg due to not being equipped with off road tires and not having the 2" lift the PW has.
ib516 10/03/19 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Time to place your bets

450/1050 is my guess Current Power Stroke has 450hp. Ok, then I change my guess to 470hp/1050tq:B Now that it has been released.... I missed hp by 5 and nailed the tq figure. :C
ib516 09/26/19 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Experience/Opinions on a 2008 F450 for Towing

Decent chassis and trans, junk engine. The 6.4L has a habit of self destructing. I'd keep looking.
ib516 09/26/19 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy 2500HD Gas

Well let’s see what this truck does compared to others on the IKE. It had zero problems beating the competition with the 6.0 in previous test on TFL. I’m thinking they still will go with a 8 or 10 speed soon. Perhaps it was not ready just yet for the 2020 model, who knows. Anyway if this engine combo pushes people to purchase a diesel then who cares. It’s your money, not mine, as long as whatever truck you buy if it works for u then great. It's probably do to trying to keep costs down. In the HD segment I believe GM dominates the gas market. And where did you get that idea from?
ib516 09/22/19 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2019 3500 diesel

Which is the lower power do they call that type 6 transmission. That’s what a friend has Aisin AS69RC comes with the HO engine. 385hp, 930tq Ram 68RFE comes with the standard engine. 370hp, 800tq IN 2020, the HO is 400hp, 1000tq, Standard output is 370hp, 850tq.
ib516 09/09/19 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2019 3500 diesel

Currently, all the diesels by the big 3 (Ram, GM, Ford) are excellent. Can't really go wrong IMO. Pick the one you like. One thing to note is that Ram has two versions of the 6.7L Cummins. A high output and a standard output. The high output comes with a heavier duty automatic transmission. Easy way to tell them apart (besides the window sticker), is the location of the transmission fluid dipstick. If it's on the passenger side, it's the standard output Cummins and the Ram 68RFE trans. If it's on the driver's side, that's the HO engine and Aisin HD trans.
ib516 09/09/19 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Freightliner vs 3500 GMC Dually at the Ike

A few other items to consider. - The Freightliner is a 500k mile rig, even when hauling heavy weights, and is significantly more money to buy and maintain than the Dmax. - Also, the M2 would weigh a lot more than the Dmax truck, so the GCW was much lighter for the Dmax. Interesting outcome though.
ib516 09/07/19 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Post the numbers when you pick it up? GAWRs, GVWR, and payload. Congrats!
ib516 09/02/19 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Pathfinder (2017-2019)

Thank you all for your kind replies. I honestly thought I responded prior to this. As we dont want to be so limited in our TT choice, we have decided to remove both Nissans from our list and go with the F-150. Did a test drive over the weekend in a 2015 with Eco-Boost. Now that's some power, with better gas mileage than the Nissan Frontier. Good choice!
ib516 08/27/19 09:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 rumors

Back when Ford was making the Crown Vics/Grand Marquis/Lincoln Town Cars, they went from a 5.0 to a 4.6 (if memory serves me right), and if this is correct, the Police Intercepter version of the Crown Vic had a beefed up 4.6. To what extent I don't know, but do know the 4.6's were pretty stout. The difference was cam profiles and duel exhaust. It made about 25hp over the civilian version. Cams were the same. Just a normal 4.6 with dual exhaust. They had oil coolers and different driveshafts for running high speed...a few other things I'm sure. But they didn't make any more power than a civilian crown vic/grand marquis with the optional dual exhaust. I remember seeing a comparison that found that the civilian version would outrun the fully equipped police version, most likely because of the extra weight of the police equipment. Ya, the Crown Vics weren't very fast in today's terms, but tough as nails. Interesting note, I "drag raced" (on a test track while doing some driver training) an old school Crown Vic against a then new AWD Taurus with the non turbo V6. They ran side by side up to about 50 mph when we ran out of straightaway space. The EcoBoost Taurus is very quick in comparison and would blow the doors off a CV any day. The EcoBoost Explorer is fun to drive, and also much quicker than the CV was, but doesn't feel as quick as the car. Problem is the car (Taurus) is TINY and hard to get in and out of. We quit buying them, and almost exclusively use AWD V6 Explorers for our patrol cars at my department in Canada. We have a few EcoBoosts, but mostly N/A V6 for now. In unmarked traffic vehicles we have pickups and a couple Chargers added to the mix. The AWD Hemi charger and the EcoBoost Taurus are about the same power and performance wise, but the Charger handles better.
ib516 08/27/19 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

I'd try a new blower fan/motor assembly. They aren't very expensive, and super easy to change out. A few screws under the dash and it's out. Could also be the resistor/fan speed control. That is also easily accessible right beside the blower. has a video on it if you're not handy.
ib516 08/27/19 09:26pm Tow Vehicles
2021 F150 rumors

4.8L V8 with 420hp/420tq Link below, mine didn't work
ib516 08/26/19 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Rebel and Rotella Gas Truck Oil vs the Ike

Pretty sure the mess all came from the oil filter, so the fumoto wouldn't help. The oil drain plug (at least in my Hemi) pours oil out the back of the oil pan with a clear shot to the drain bucket, and isn't ever messy.
ib516 08/25/19 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

I recently sold a a soccer mom. LOL, so when you owned it what were you? :B
ib516 08/24/19 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Pathfinder (2017-2019)

If you go with the Nissan, make sure you keep up on the maintenance of that CVT (fluid changes) if you use it for towing. I'm suspicious that Nissan may say it's a "lifetime fluid" which is garbage. It does need to be changed. The manual will undoubtedly have some info, so be sure to read it.
ib516 08/24/19 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

My divorce helped me downsize (everything) :) ! I had to sell my 2014 RAM 2500 and ended up in a 2001 Chevy Malibu and sold the RV. Now I'm back to RV ownership - albeit a small one and a 1/2 ton truck with high miles. I couldn't be happier. I really enjoy the small RV and the truck. That said, going from a 3/4 ton diesel to a 1/2 ton (gas presumably), the only improvement you will see is in ride comfort and maybe save a little on maintenance. With a 10k tow rating (or more, but realistically 7-8k), you can tow a decently sized RV if you want. So, those are the PROS for swapping. Buying new vs owning something that's paid for is a bad financial decision generally speaking, but so is owning an RV. Sometimes it's just about getting what you WANT. I have no regrets about downsizing the truck and RV. In fact, I like the smaller combo much better. Many of the campgrounds we frequent in the Canadian Rockies have a very limited spots (if any at all) for anything over 25 feet long. If I could change anything, I would rather have a hard sided RV instead of the hybrid, and only because the hybrid gets cold as most nights in the Rockies near the glaciers etc. get down to just above freezing at night.
ib516 08/22/19 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Eco Diesel Tow and Off Road Review

The fuel economy and towing ability of that baby diesel would be awesome - if they could be made reliable. My 2002 5.9L Cummins was a towing beast in the day, and it was only 235hp/460tq before mods. Amazing to think a 3.0L V6 has more power and tq now in a 1/2 ton.
ib516 08/22/19 09:14am Tow Vehicles
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