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What axle ratio's the best to plow with?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DaySpring Services, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Im going in Saturday to order my new truck. 06 Ram 3500 cummins, single rear wheel. I going to be plowing decent size lots. I picked a 4.10 axle over the stock 3.73. IS that a good choice or should I just the 3.73. Anyone have any experience with these and gas mileage?
     
  2. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    my 98 gas had 4.10 my 04 hemi has 3.73 i wish it had 4.10
    give the truck alittle extra torque when pulling out
    john
     
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    I would say that the 3.73 is going to get you better gas mileage. I have 3.55 in a 2000, 3500 Cab and a 1/2 Dodge with the Cummins. This was my 4th year plowing with it and it has 125,000 miles. The guy I bought it from ordered it with this rear end because he goes to his cottage every weekend. I have never had a problem with it.
     
  4. Jbowe

    Jbowe Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Rear End

    Been plowing now for 7 years with my dodge and it has a 373 rear end and have never had a problem. It gets good milage on the highway as well as plenty of torgue when I need it. I also piloted with it between Anchorage and Prudoe Bay for three years. Ran up over a 100,000 miles on it as well as the plowing. During that three year period I never had to put a dime into the turck with the exception of normal maintenance and tires. PS It did eat brake shoes regularly though because of all the slow driving and the mountain passes that you have to go through.
     
  5. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Maybe I should just go with the 3.73 instead.
     
  6. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    im running 4.10 with locking rear end
     
  7. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    What are you guys getting for mileage?
     
  8. Jbowe

    Jbowe Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Ride Hard

    I'd make one suggestion though and if your plowing in really cold limates like I am I'd change the filter from the cloth to the steel. You can get them at any speed shop here so I assume you can do ti there as well. Its the only problem I have had in over 300 k miles
     
  9. Jbowe

    Jbowe Senior Member
    Messages: 167

    Richard NY

    You have a 1500 quad Hemi? How does it hold up with the plow? I have been told that the front ends are to light. I just bought one with 4500 miles on it and my mechanic where I have my plows put on said he would not recommend it at all. Not near as heavily build as the pre 2001's were with the straight axels.
     
  10. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    The 1500 Plows like a dream. No problems or complaints here. I dont know why they say you cant plow with it. Just cant really see it hurting it. I'd be keeping this truck if I wasn't going to lots next year.
     
  11. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    My 96 has 4:10 with ltd slip rear, I get 16ish. Tons of torque- this truck can move a house.
    The same setup with 3:56 standard ratios (no ltd slip avail in that) gets 24ish.

    BIG difference in mileage
    I'm considering adding an over/under drive unit to make up the difference for highway use.
     
  12. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
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  13. Up North

    Up North Senior Member
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  14. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    JMO but if your not towing heavy and mostly just driving it or plowing get the 373 with the cummins motor
     
  15. polarplowing

    polarplowing Member
    Messages: 59

    3.73's and you'll be happy.

    I would definately go with the 3.73's, I have a 98 cummins 3/4 ton with 3.55's I believe and my gears are too low for city/highway driving. If you are going to be working in the field, or only pushing very large amounts of wet heavy snow, or pulling trailers at the limit of your truck, than go with the 4.10's, but for city/highway driving and plowing snow than I would stay with 3.73. I get around 16 mpg in the city and 19 mpg highway. But I do have a 5speed and a large flatbed. Just my 2 cents.

    Ryan
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
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  17. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
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    I think I'll go with the 3.73. It should be enough torque with the cummins and save my mileage.
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    If it's daily driver transportation, 3:73. If it's a work truck, 4:10. Gas mileage sucks but you'll charge better (higher RPM), work the transmission less, and move the proverbial mountain.
    My 5.7 liter Hemi, 3/4 w/4:10 rears got 5.1 mpg this last season. It never moved with-out a blade and a salter. On it's way to push snow. Be interesting to see what it gets this summer.
     
  19. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
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    I was getting 13.5 with my hemi last year. It has a 3.92 in it.
     
  20. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Remember I have the Cummins.... ig difference in milage between the CTD and the gassers already noted in many places.... Even with the 3.73 you'd have trouble seeing 16 in that 360ci.