The 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by PLOWMAN45, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 PlowSite Veteran
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    the people that own ram trucks here how do you like The 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission paired with diesel ?
     
  2. JustinPittsburg

    JustinPittsburg Junior Member
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    Pretty happy with mine. We just finished up a year long trip pulling a 10k travel trailer. 40k miles, pulling all over the west with zero issues. 70k on the truck with no issues. Getting a Boss VXT put on Wednesday for the northern NH snow so I can't speak to how it plows yet but I anticipate it'll do fine.
     
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    103K on mine, towing and plowing. No problems yet. Hate the push button thing to get it in first gear.
     
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  4. John_DeereGreen

    John_DeereGreen PlowSite Fanatic
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    Unless you’re plowing a ton of gravel, do yourself a favor and get the DXT instead of VXT.
     
  5. Bighammer

    Bighammer Senior Member
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    Just got mine a couple months ago. It's my first automatic and it seems decent, but it does feel different plowing. I had better control with my nv5600. The transfer of power is more precise and predictable with a clutch and throttle, over just a throttle.
     
  6. cl733

    cl733 Senior Member
    from Canada
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    I have put 110K km on my 09 68rfe, and most of the time its been pulling a 8000k lb trailer and pushing a 10ft blade, the 09 trans and previous were destined for doom after a 160K km, cross flow leaks in the valve body, but mine has 196K on it now and still shifts and drives beautiful, I did add the BD pressure fooler in the trans wiring harness to try and up the line pressure a little, and i also added a in series under the box trans cooler to help keep the trans temps down while im plowing
     
  7. Hydromaster

    Hydromaster PlowSite Veteran
    from 406
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    I have 150K on my 68rfe.
    80% highway 20%towing our TT in the mountains.
    It shifts and feels to me the same as It did when it was new.

    I change both filters and most of the trans fluid every 64K.


    Jmo
    I think most of the transmission issues arose from guys treating their trucks like sports cars and racing them.

    ( It’s my highway queen, I have another truck forrunning around town and Plowing with)
     
  8. Blaster99

    Blaster99 Junior Member
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    If you work this tranny it will fail eventually. Get the Aisin it will last longer. If you do the mods on the 68rfe it is a good tranny but that does come at a cost.
     
  9. Mark Oomkes

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    What mods?
     
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    PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 PlowSite Veteran
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    Yeah i see most are ordered with an asin
     
  11. Kvston

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    Aisin made the 68RFE...The 68 is better than the 47 or 48. Not an Allison, but you get a Cummins instead of a Duramax so its a wash.
     
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    PLOWMAN45

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    Well i saw this you tube channel i will get the name a ford with cummins and allison
     
  13. Mark Oomkes

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    #1 You can't order these transmissions. Ram builds them with or without depending on the model.

    #2 You can't get an Aisin in a 2500.

    #3 You can get an Aisin in 3500 and up models even if it only has the 6.4 gasser.
     
  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
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    No way!

    These have been around for ages. Even in 250s and 350s. It all depends on how much money you have.
     
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    PLOWMAN45

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    i would only get a 3500 diesel at that