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Preping new truck (2006 Dodge Ram 2500)

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by tysonmatc2, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    Long story short, I was on my way to work 2 weeks ago in my 02' F-350 and on coming car lost control and hit me head on, totaled out my truck and had just got done putting on my new Fisher Minute Mount hardware and wiring. Now I just picked up a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 with 5.9L cummins. I just got the mounting package yesterday for it ($950 :realmad: ) but I need it to plow so what do ya do.... This is the first Dodge I have ever owned, wanted to go with the 5.9L cummins though so figured now was as good of time as any. I bought a set of Timbrens for the front, a heavy duty tranny cooler along with a 12V fan to mount on the cooler to use when plowing. My belief is that with the plow on the cooler won't get near the air flow so the fan should help. I am also going to be getting EFI Live tunning along with an Edge CS monitor to monitor the Boost, Pyro, and Tranny Temps. I just ordered 285/70/R17 BF Goodrich AT's load range E yesterday so those should be on soon as well. Looking for any input on what else to check or prepare for. Thanks!
     
  2. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    I have the same truck, no problems at all with keeping it cool.

    Absolutely love my truck .
     
  3. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    What do you plow in, 4 lock or 4 low? 1st or 2nd gear also? Thanks much!
     
  4. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    I've ran 35" tires the past 2 seasons with a 10ft blade and been able to plow 50% of the time in 2wd with weight in the back. When 4wd is needed its always been 4hi. I've never used 4lo.

    I dont mess with the gears, D or R and I always leave my truck in Neutral when its just sitting to allow the transmission to circulate oil. I use Neutral whenever possible including before going into reverse so there is no pressure from D to R. IMO very important to saving your transmission.

    Another important thing I do when I start my truck and its cold out is I put it in Neutral. Most people think that just because you started your truck to let it warm up that the transmission will warm up also. But with your truck in P, the transmission fluid is not flowing and is still freezing cold even though your truck is warm. USE NEUTRAL!!

    Also go to the stealership and get them to unable your idle control. Very cool feature to use when cold outside.
     
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269


    What he said - the 48RE is a great transmission but you need to take care of it to keep it happy. As stated, in Park there is no fluid being pumped in the tranny, you need Nuetral to keep it moving. Also, keep it cool which it looks like you have covered. There are other tricks like removing the check ball/valve on the return hose as over time it gets gunked and restricts flow of fluid to the tranny killing it. Depending on the mileage I'd replace the govenor solenoid and pressure solenoid as well since they like to gunk up and fail.

    Other than that you seem to have everything covered. Put something in to monitor the temps though.
     
  6. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    I actually have the brand new Borg Warner Solenoids (govenor and pressure) sitting in the glove box right now, I could feel the slight hesitation between 1st and 2nd if you were light on the pedal and read that is was the problem is 99% of the time. I also have to replace the ball.catch on the detent cable as it shifts hard out of park.
     
  7. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    Your going to hate the new truck :) Plowin snow with the Cummins is very impressive. I hope the Fisher is a V blade.... if not you will never make the engine work.

    Watch out for all those power options. No factory trans can take the punishment the Cummis can produce. IMO 06 07 are the best bang for the buck out there...
     
  8. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    Yeah, it's an 8'-6" Stainless Steel Fisher X-treame V Plow. I am hoping the stock trans will hold up for at least one or 2 seasons, I got all the piss and vinegar out of me with my powerstroke 6 speed, I am babying this truck because after getting it all setup and ready I won't have the extra $$ to rebuild a trans right away, so naturally that will be the first thing to go...
     
  9. cmo18

    cmo18 Senior Member
    Messages: 815

    If the truck has been treated with respect, the transmission will last way longer than a year or two. I know guys who have plowed with the same truck for 10 years and never put a transmission in it.

    As stated above, its an excellent transmission. Take care of it and it will take care of you.

    Just remember anybody can destroy any transmission
     
  10. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    This is great advice here. Transtar makes a flow through selector valve for your 48RE that allows full flow of fluid in Park if you want to add that, it's a cheap and easy mod that makes dodge transmissions happy. There's also a TqConverter anti drain-back valve that's made from spring steel and that can fatigue. Replace that when you're inside doing the rest of the fun stuff. Both of these mods add up to about $17 in parts.
     
  11. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    I should add, check out genos garage for CTD accessories and upgrades. Get the MagHytec Deep 5+ pan on your 48RE while you're at it. The transmission will take about 21qts to change the fluid if you add this. Also, don't chince on fluid, Amzoil, or Real deal name brand ATF+4. I've used the stare brand and it's lacking enough friction modifier to work right. YMMV though, My CTD has all suncoast/Alto Red friction in it.
     
  12. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I also have an 06 Cummins and was wondering if anyone plows with the winterfront over the radiator, I would like it to help warm up the truck faster but if it is not a good idea I won't bother. Also what are you guys holding your heavy plows with, my Western MVP sags my truck to the bumpstops, anyone doing anything besides Timbrens?
     
  13. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Timbrens and 1100 pounds behind the rear axle.
     
  14. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,886

    Very good post here...change your fluid out in the spring and fall. If you have a stock trans, this will help keep it alive much longer.

    Do NOT run any programmers without putting at LEAST a good torque converter and valve body in it. With an aftermarket valvebody, fluid is allowed to flow in park as well as neutral.

    If you want the high idle control, but don't want to mess with the dealer, find someone with a Smarty (aftermarket programmer) and have them program the truck on level 1, and then take it right back off. It will automatically enable the high idle and won't cost you a dime.

    If you'd like more information on aftermarket stuff, go check out www.competitiondiesel.com...stay away from CumminsForum!
     
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    My V10 isn't as heavy as the cummins but it is heavier than the other Gassers and shares the same coils as the cummins, I went with progressive rate coils from Rockauto.com. I can't remember the make but I can check. I'm hoping to put them on tonight and re-mount the plow to see how it holds it and I'll report back. They were fairly cheap at $125 shipped for the pair. Otherwise a lot of guys with the Cummin's go for Supercoils.
     
  16. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    mnglocker, can you give me links for those parts? I have quite the project to do to my tranny thus far and would like to get all of the parts at once and get it done.
     
  17. DAFFMOBILEWASH

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,596

    Had my 06 since early 08. Pushes and pulls every day of its life. I find there is more than enough power with the factory settings. Any more and you are playing with fire.

    Lots of weight in the salter to help off set the nose dive with the V plows on the front. Adding Super coils to mine in the new year for the factory springs are mush. Often hitting the bump stops without the plow.
     
  18. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    This would be the Location closest to you:
    http://www.transtar1.com/location.asp?ID=96

    Give them a call and tell them what you have and you're needs.
     
  19. tysonmatc2

    tysonmatc2 Member
    Messages: 43

    Thanks, just called them, he is going to do some checking and call me back. He was not sure about the anti drain back valve but was going to get back to me.
     
  20. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    It's basically a check valve/small leaf spring on the valve body.