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RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

Grit dog you made me look and calculate it out. Right at 11,000 hours.
VernDiesel 08/22/19 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Eco Diesel Tow and Off Road Review

An ok piece by tfl. I wish they were more gear head truck guys. 98 Glad you like the truck. fwiw it’s amazing how much better it gets with engine & trans tunes. More power & more power to the ground (less nanny) better economy plus turbo brake, cleaner oil, less codes. Maybe you already have them just sharing. You probably have 2 or 3 years of warranty left and it will be year from when the 2020s hit the steer before well at least before GDE has a tune fully tested & ready for it.
VernDiesel 08/21/19 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

Good read on the 68RFE. The versions of the 8 speed that come in the 1500 5.7 & Ecodiesel and I’m assuming the 6.4 is rated to 520 TQ. FWIW I do have an engine & transmission tune in my ED. About 465 TQ as conversion to how Ram would rate it. Truck is used to tow TTs & boats daily and especially across the west. This transmission has been great up & downshifting, quick crisp shifts, no hunting, pulling grades plus it’s held up 592k now. No repairs 5 fluid changes 3 filter changes. Truck has towed to almost 16k CVW over 6 percent grades. I think it will prove a game changer for the 6.4 2500. That’s not to say that the 68RFE doesn’t work just fine in the flats and with moderate weight especially if it’s not pushed hard.
VernDiesel 08/21/19 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

“Issues with violating the clean air act” Not saying there is a right or wrong here, or that you are but don’t blindly follow the gov and assume what they are doing is fully about our best interests. And that’s no matter what title a bill is given. Always good to be able to take a step back and re evaluate, research the bill from different perspectives etc. Who doesn’t want clean air? Shinerbock made some good points if you are from a morality standpoint strictly looking at the air we breathe. It makes a point that the title of the bill and the reality of the results are not strictly aligned. The harder thing about it is that the over arching thing, bigger progressive government theory vs experienced based conservative government awakens him to or challenges his world view. Some men seek to centralize power & control some to disperse it. Everyone else unwittingly or wittingly largely supports one group or the other.
VernDiesel 07/25/19 04:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

You are right about the debt. The debt IS increasing out of control and will eventually crush our economy if not brought under control and expansive entitlement programs are allowed to be expanded as many progressives be them dems or reps are working on. Well and presidential hopefuls are hawking for votes from the entitlement benefit seekers. But Tax cuts have grown our economy so much that net tax revenues are up. Same as happened with JFK & Reagan’s policies. This has been our actual economic experience as opposed to ideologically driven political agenda promotion & theater. I don’t know about the RV Industry as a whole (it seems up) but both the major RV manufactures we transport for Airstream & Forrest River are up in sales and both are currently building new plants. Though that may partly be due to excessively high taxes in progressive run gov states where snowbirds from WA, OR, CA, NY, NJ etc flee overtaxation and get a 6 month “residence” in conservative run low tax states like AZ & FL. Lol they voted for the free benefits and are now running from the taxation that came from it. As to boats Fineline that we transport for manufactures of Gladiator ski boats are again up year over year in sales. Fan of you & your posts but makes me question where you are getting your news and or how that news has been crouched or is being presented. As to the 6.4 2500 8 speed short of fuel cost I suspect you will really like it. It’s a solid motor, trans, and many say the optional rear air suspension makes for the best riding 3/4 ton in the market. Though I don’t know what elevation you are talking about towing in & how much that will affect power etc. I know naturally aspirated motors loose power to altitude where as turbo charged motors practically speaking don’t.
VernDiesel 07/24/19 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

Ram is way up the last quarter and YTD. It was posted on here for all the truck Mfgrs recently. The economy hasn’t been up this much and this strong since Ronald Reagan in the 80s when he cut Carters socialist oriented policies and people & business got out from under progressive government tax & business control policies. The economy might not be slowed until after we make the mistake of voting in another progressive global government oriented president. Although the last president assured us we would never see this kind of growth & prosperity again as he put his foot on economic growth & pushed our jobs abroad but I’m sure he thought a different administration would come in than did and continue with the global socialist agenda. I think even the left wants sales to roll for awhile they just want it to be battery powered.
VernDiesel 07/24/19 05:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

The GM 6 speed and especially the ZF 8 speed (among other things) has much better gear spacing. FWIW I have 580,000 miles on my (mid of 3 levels) ZF8 speed used daily to transport TT/THs & boats in the 4 to 9k range behind 465 TQ with zero repairs.
VernDiesel 07/23/19 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

I suspect Ram will eventually answer the Ford 7.3 / GM 6.6 with opening up the 6.4 to the full 7.0L. (426ci) And 500 foot pounds of torque seems attainable. Buick made up to 510 TQ from 7.4 (455ci) back in the day. You might also consider waiting until October when both the new 480 TQ Ecodiesel & 3.0 GM diesels should hit dealerships both supporting new dramatically improved emissions systems that should make current emissions ills largely a thing of the past much like early gasoline cat converters compared to today. Obviously enough power to tow your TT only with dramatically less fuel and a quieter smoother ride.
VernDiesel 07/22/19 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

12k is pushing all the spec limits for a regular 1/2 ton platform or 9k for a TT no matter the Mfgr. And that’s with proper weight distribution and proper motor & gearing etc. I think the take rate should be something like 70 percent Hemi 20 percent Pentastar 10 percent Ecodiesel depending on how the truck is to be used. It’s weird how many people are defensive like a new motor is to replace their old favorite when that’s never been the objective. Pick the best motor to fit your needs & objectives variety & choice fits more needs and sells more Rams. Ram dropped the pointless 4.7 and added the diesel to keep 3. Chevy will have 4 with the small diesel Ford 5 with their small diesel.
VernDiesel 07/07/19 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

You will get all kinds of answers on what it costs on both depending on how a guy does his maintenance such as pay a dealership to do it, do it yourself, others shops plus area of the county what kind of oil do you choose etc etc etc
VernDiesel 07/06/19 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

You did post pics! Congrats nice looking setup. Can’t beat the deals on the 4th gens now. With the 3.55 or better Pentastar, ED, or Hemi, all 3 would tow that pretty well. Weird how many people want to pick a best motor when there is only “a best” for how a given truck is used. 1320 I dig the ole 12 valves but I think your 2nd post in this thread is as factually inaccurate as your first post. Perhaps it’s missing pertinent details. To speak to what I have experienced If those THs were 6,500 pounds or less and you kept to 65 mph or less my ED would use less fuel than the 5.9 not more. I say that as mine always uses less fuel than the 5.9s in our transport company. Been on many cross country deliveries running together. 575,000 miles used for commercial RV transport. If you were running slow enough to average 13.68 or under above scenario my ED following you would likely have gotten well into the 15s and not 9.6 mpg. Faster or heavier and yep the gap narrows quick but never have I used as much let alone more fuel than anything else where we have run together. Is the 5.9 a better built longer lived workhorse absolutely.
VernDiesel 07/05/19 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Eco Diesel

It’s at least 90 percent will last to 150k without major repairs. Most light duty stuff is built to exceed this criteria. I transport TTs from Mfgrs to dealerships commercially with my ED. At 371,000 mine after having been low on coolant a couple times until I got the leak resolved pushed a head gasket. I swapped in a new motor which now has 207,000 on it. The 150k thing seems to have a lot of people confused right now.
VernDiesel 07/04/19 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Test Drove a 6.2l Yukon Denali

Buy it then get the black bear tuner to change the throttle response. Magically you will realize you did buy a 400 HP truck. Then go put another 100k on it.
VernDiesel 06/25/19 05:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy Duramax 3.0 Diesel

I’m interested in this engine lots to like for towing half ton appropriate loads and mileage for big miles. I’m very skeptical of aluminum block motors though especially for something that will get worked or may get the wick turned up.
VernDiesel 06/17/19 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

Wife doesn’t have to fuel over at the big truck islands. You or her can fuel with the autos only on the end pump commonly and only every 600 miles instead of 400 miles. Lots of Wyomins due to landscape put on more than 15k annually with someplaces taking 90 miles between fuel stations. But I agree with the 15k being one useable guideline. Not everybody is a hot rodder like you Shiner. If it’s easily fast enough for DW she might care more about the fuel economy. Extra horsepower only means something if she feels the need. Both have plenty of pulling power for his trailer in fact the Pentastar would with the 3.55. Have her drive all three see what she likes the most.
VernDiesel 06/17/19 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

Living in WY fuel economy is going to be important. For unbiased actual fuel consumed based raw fuel economy numbers see fuelie for both Eco & Hemi numbers. I go west across WY towing Airstream TTs kept to 65 I average 15 mpg coming back East unloaded cruise on 83 mph I average 23 mpg. I do this often to the tune of 570,000 miles on my 2014 truck. Like Perrysburg I can get 30 mpg kept to 65 on my ED. The difference in fuel economy between the two is stark. Also 100,000 mile powetrain warranty on ED 60k on Hemi. 6,950 gvwr ED 6,900 Hemi but ED weighs about 80 pounds more than Hemi. My ED has 1,300 payload for things I would put in the bed via sticker but I’ve had 3,000 pound skids of tile in it with Timbergrove airbags. All 4th gens have 3,900 steer & drive ratings for a capable & competitive 1/2 ton platform for towing & hauling. With WDH, scales, setting TW to 12 percent and using actual Ram specs you can tow to an 8,000 pound travel trailer without exceeding any legal or Mfgr spec IE with safety stability. Ram pumped out 2018 EDs into December as EPA didn’t get the upgraded engine & new body approved for the 2019s. Ram did this so that they would still have EDs until the 2020s arrive. Which it’s already been announced to be available for order 3rd quarter of 2019. Good news is it makes them available to you at a good discount compared to when I had to pay a premium to get one. Thing is the only selection is already on dealer lots until the 20s start to arrive at the end of the year. We are going to need pics of the new truck towing the utv or you chickened out and it never happened. ;)
VernDiesel 06/17/19 03:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 1500 3.0L ECO DIESEL upgrades

13k tow rating on any 1/2 ton platform is stupid & only invites problems from the uninformed. Now Ram is being stupid as Ford. 8k is a reasonable max for a TT for a 1/2 platform axles & suspension assuming you have an appropriate power plant, gearing, (now pretty much assured with 8 & 10 speeds) & WDH. With conservative tow tune my ED converts to about 268HP 465TQ and has the 3.92. Well I transport TTs & boats commercially with it mostly 5 to 8k. It has plenty of torque & gearing to get it moving from a stop to say 55 in short order. It also has enough low end torque to make it very efficient & comfortable on the flats at 65 mph. But a 6 percent grade will pull it down to 55 mph sometimes flat on the floor. Once you have sufficient torque to move the load you need/want more horsepower with it to move it faster. Unlike torque I’m not sure there is horsepower overkill or unusable horsepower. I mean certainly there can be more horsepower than you need but more than it makes (at 268) would be useable & welcome when pulling a long 6 percent interstate grade. To my point for mine and many users towing application if 465TQ is comfortably enough with its gearing to get the load moving and 268HP leaves me wishing I had a little more horsepower on the interstate grades.. well I would rather have kept the only 465 TQ and saw 300 HP instead of 260. I’m sure emissions & fuel economy have a lot to do with this. All that said it will be a really nice truck crazy efficient seeing 30 mpg Hwy unloaded. Main thing is that they have corrected the bearing failures issue and with J2807 apparently they solved the cooling issue. I’ll trade the zero or hero for dead reliable any day. As some here know I believe me not catching low coolant soon enough led to mine pushing a head gasket at 371k. Truck has put on another 200k since then for 571,000 on the odometer.
VernDiesel 06/12/19 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TufTruck springs

No load, Harsher 3/4 ton like ride with 1211 or firmed up factory ride with 1223V with some initial compression leaving a level-ish or slight rake truck IE less than factory rake but no sag. That is figuring setting up truck & TT adjusting loading and WDH according to CAT scale results. IE to replace unloaded steer weight (3,200-3,300) and toward 12.0 percent tongue weight or 720 pounds. (For WDH you calculate TW by subtracting unloaded truck scale weight from loaded truck scale weight) I have to say though consider the HD axle to frame bags such as the Timbergroves. $359 and you are done. No need to buy adjustable shocks for the front to offset additional rake from the higher setting aftermarket springs. Improved factory ride through better dampening and less NVH. Quick & easy adjustable airspring pressure for an appropriate spring rate no matter the load. I transport TTs from the Mfgrs to their dealerships commercially 560k miles on my 2014 Ram 1500 ED. From 700 on the tongue to an empty bed to different times as much as 1,000 on the tongue & a 8/900 pound Harley in the bed all in the same cross country round trip. Would have 15 psi then drop to 5 then Inflate up to 20 in the bags plus WDH. Always rides smooth and handles with control and dampened and a slight rake. Twice I forklift loaded pallets of tile to the cab edge of the bed 2,800 & 2,900 pounds. Load rated tires and 25 psi no issues. Was she overloaded yep but no sag and fine for a local move. Point is I’m spoiled. I see no reason to buy perhaps stiff harsh riding big rake aftermarket springs. If you click the link you will see this is not the cheapie thin plastic like in coil bags that have to be aired up prior to loading and have the cheapest plastic lines and fitting that eventually leak. This is brass fittings heavy convoluted rubber bags like semi trucks. Food for thought. https://timbergroveenterprises.com/ram-1500-options
VernDiesel 06/01/19 12:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TufTruck springs

This is the one they generally recommend the 1223 variable rate for best empty ride yet 50 percent more carrying capacity at the limit. Since it raises the back of the truck some many also add either the Bilstein 5100 or the Eibach pro truck both quality & adjustable to get both a bit of lift and your proper rake back. https://www.sdtrucksprings.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=17042 I transport TTs commercially with my Ram 1500 ED & a 6,500 pound TT is daily fare for my truck. I didn’t want the lift I wanted better control dampening & ride so I went with a quality axle to frame air bag set like this; BTW you don’t need the fancy on board compressor any cheap plug in or cigarette lighter powered compressor that you store under your seat will quickly fill these bags even under load. For that matter you hit any free truck air or gas station air compressor. https://timbergroveenterprises.com/old-home Edit sorry can’t seem to make the links work. With only a 6k TT & a WDH you shouldn’t be anywhere near your 3,900 pound axle limits. Adjust your loading & WDH towards 12.0 percent tongue weight (I find it ideal) and you would only have about 720 pounds of tongue weight. This leaves room for passengers & any stuff that you have to put in the bed. BTW 560k miles transporting TTs mostly plant to dealerships. Great truck for moderate weight, great transmission, efficient engine.
VernDiesel 05/31/19 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram truck 426 hemi

I read the new GM 6.6 is rated 401 hp and 469 torque. Guesstimating If Ram does a truck 7.0/426 it might come in around 425 HP 475 TQ. No idea about the upcoming Ford.
VernDiesel 05/21/19 04:42pm Tow Vehicles
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