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As far as mileage is concerned, there is a difference between the auto 4.10 and the 3.55, but the 4.10 pulls better on the hills. The 3.55 gets better mileage on average. I've heard of 3.55 getting 19-21 mpg when broken in, but my 4.10 rarely gets over 18 and the roads are mostly flat here. My towing mileage with my Prowler 28 was 10-11 in hills or with a headwind and 11-12 on the flat. This I am sure is because on the flat, I can stay in OD longer.
My towing mileage with my new Titanium 28E33 so far has been a surprising 14 to 15. This has mostly been in Tennessee and northern Mississippi which has pretty good size hills but no mountains. This is in spite of the fact the overall length of this fiver is five feet longer and the GVWR is 3200 lbs heavier! The difference is the aerodynamic shape of this new "cab-over" front end cap which slides through the air much like a boat through water. The dealer allowed me to test-tow a 29E34 before I ordered mine and on the on-ramp at 3/4 throttle it reached 60mph at least 20 seconds sooner than my old trailer. The dry weight of the Titanium was the about the same as the loaded weight of the Prowler



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Just added Banks PowerPak. Seeing a dramatic increase in performance and gas mileage. I am in the process of changing from 3.55 to 4.10. I am guessing that my mileage increase will be a giveback.


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Thanks for the information Warren! I read all I can find on experiences with the Titanium 5ers. We are planning to trade for one this summer.BTW, I've got a 96 Dodge/Cummins/auto/3:55. I took it to a Cummins repair center and had the tranny(bad anyway) rebuilt with BD HD parts and TC. It is the best money I've spent on the truck since purchasing it.

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Just added Banks PowerPak. Seeing a dramatic increase in performance and gas mileage. I am in the process of changing from 3.55 to 4.10. I am guessing that my mileage increase will be a giveback.

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Ray, IN
I also have a 96 Dodge/cummins/auto/3.55, and I am concern about the tranny, what is BD HD parts & TC. What did this do for your tranny. Thanks

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DJT

Check out turbodieselregister.com to get all sorts of info on Dodge Diesel trucks.

VB means valve body, TC is torque converter and are parts of your automatic transmission. I had mine modifed by Diesel Transmission Technology (dieseltrans.com) in addition to their TC and VB I also purchased their smart box which allows me to modify the way the transmission operates when towing. Specifically I can select when the tranny shifts out of overdrive and I can cause the transmission to stay locked up so my exhaust brake will help when towing down hill.




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I have a Dodge 3500 with manual transmission, 5-speed, 3.55 rear end and added a Banks Stinger because my RV is very heavy. After 40,000 miles, I continue to get a consistent 23 MPG on the highway, 19.5 around town and 15.5 pulling 18,000 lbs. The Banks more than made up for the 3.55 rear end, but the manual trans really makes a difference in mileage and I don't have to worry as much about blowing a transmission.


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Since I went out and bought a 2500 Chevy, maybe I shouldn’t be adding my two cents worth here. BUT before that….I was very serious about buying a Dodge, either a diesel or gas. That is before talking to several Dodge owners at various campgrounds across the country and hearing over and over about their crummy auto-matic Trans. And how several of them were on their 2 or 3. What’s with Chrysler? After coming out with a knock out design and surely one of the best diesel’s made how can they merit producing this caliber of--------traney? John

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Reinvented,
I also have the 3.55 rear end and was told by the Dodge dealer that I could not change to the 4.10 without changing the whole rear end about $3000. I thought I could just change some of the gears in the rear end. Is this possible?

So please tell me how you are going to make the switch. Thanks

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