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Ram HEMI Power Engineering Chat (12/08/2010)
Wednesday December 8, 2010
6:21 [Standby] This event will begin at 6:30 EST


6:29 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
There's been speculation on newer, more powerful engines for the Rams. Some say the 6.4 could be one of them. Any word on that?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:29 Alex
6:30 Hello and welcome to the Ram Truck HEMI engineer chat. Today we have with us engineers for the HEMI V8 engine and drivetrain for the Ram 1500 and 2500 trucks. We are looking forward to all of your questions on the current or past HEMI engine lineup.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:30
6:31 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Hello, I'm so excited that you guys are doing this tonight, I have a couple of questions about the awesome HEMI

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:31 Pasquale
6:31 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
How much more Mpg's will a new hemi achieve, with the ZF 8 speed transmission?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:31 Robert
6:32 Alex, Glad to hear that you already know about the 6.4L. As far as future product and application plans, we're not allowed to discuss. What do you think you'd like that bigger power truck to do... what capability would you be looking for?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:32
6:33 Pasquale, go ahead... shoot. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:33
6:34 [Comment From GuestGuest: ]
My 2010 RAM has been in 3 times for MDS econo mode issues causing driveline vibrations. My online forum use reveals many others with this issue. Dealer agress that "this just is not right" but dealer has called Dodge Master tech each time and they state "known problem we are aware of, with no known fix yet." Any way to just turn off MDS?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:34 Guest
6:35 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Rumour has it that the Grand Cherokee's HEMI will have direct injection around mid 2011 say July, is the Ram's HEMI getting the same at about the same time?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:35 Pasquale
6:35 [Comment From Pau MPau M: ]
Why is Chrysler struggling with the release of the Integrated Trailer brak controller for those 2010 Ram pickups that did not have the option factory installed. My truck for example has the two grey connectors yet my dealer will not sell me the controller or flash my truck. The kit was promissed in mid november. But when I checked this week it is still not available.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:35 Pau M
6:37 [Comment From DexterDexter: ]
Are there any plan's for a Diesel for the 1500

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:37 Dexter
6:37 Robert, on the ZF 8 speed question, we cannot discuss future product product plans. Do you have other questions? Thanks Gary

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:37
6:37 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Hi, are general comments/questions regarding Rams part of this discussion or is it limited to Hemi only?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:37 Brian
6:38 Hey Brian, yes this is for the HEMI specifically. Stay tuned to RamZone for other future Ram Trucks chats on other topics

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:38
6:38 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Could you please tell us what is in store for future fuel efficiency standards for the next gen hemi engines?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:38 HemiHead
6:38 [Comment From Jimmy TJimmy T: ]
Any word on a diesel 1500 motor?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:38 Jimmy T
6:39 [Comment From KevinKevin: ]
Will adding a cat back duel exhaust help performance?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:39 Kevin
6:40 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
My 2010 RAM 5.7 has been in dealer 3 times for drive line / engine vibrations. Dealer has talked to Dodge Master Tech each time and they state "known problem, but no fix as of yet." Dealer agrees its "not right" but dont know what else to do thye said. Is there a way to turn off MDS?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:40 Todd
6:40 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Is the Ram getting the 8 speed transmission at the same time as the Grand Cherokee which is rumoured to be in July 2011?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:40 Pasquale
6:40 [Comment From Jimmy TJimmy T: ]
It would be great to have a powerful truck that gets great gas mileage

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:40 Jimmy T
6:41 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
With a 6.4 with mad amounts of power, giving the ram an SRT name would be great.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:41 Alex
6:41 [Comment From Mike FordMike Ford: ]
I own a 2009 2500 heavy duty Dodge with the 5.7 hemi.automatic trans...K&n air filter , tru dual Flowmaster exhaust,no other mods I get around 14mpg on the hiway...my question.. what can I do or have done to improve my fuel mileage?????

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:41 Mike Ford
6:41 [Comment From EdEd: ]
I for one, would like to see more low end, although the 5.7 was a HUGE step up from the 5.2/5.9 in high end HP, the torque numbers were pretty close, and the Hemi makes most of it's awesome power in the mid/high rpm range.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:41 Ed
6:41 Pasquale, I'm not able to discuss future plans, but I'd be interested in knowing what you believe the application of DI would bring to the HEMI? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:41
6:42 [Comment From DF ericemeryDF ericemery: ]
If these guys are gun shy, I have a question or two, that you might (or might not be able to answer)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:42 DF ericemery
6:42 Guest & Todd - The MDS system calibration is very aggressive to maximize fuel efficiency; which means low transmission lockup speeds. Can you describe the "driveline vibration" and when it when it occurs? MDS is disabled only when the driver selects ERS (electronic range select). Have you tried this feature?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:42
6:43 DF Ericemery: Shoot and we will do our best

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:43
6:43 [Comment From haroldharold: ]
Why does my truck and other Hemi's have a loud tick coming from the engine, which is very noticeable when idiling? I already had the manifold bolts changed and it's still loud. Some trucks don't have it and some trucks do why?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:43 harold
6:43 We're getting some great questions tonight.

Naturally, we want to keep our future plans close to the chest. So, we're not going to be able to offer any insight as it relates to questions about small displacement diesels, SRT-10 Rams, 6.4-liter HEMIs, direct injection and 8-speed transmissions.

However, we're making careful note of your interest in these technologies. Certainly, your feedback tonight will help us understand what's important to you.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:43
6:43 [Comment From JAMES M TOTANSJAMES M TOTANS: ]
UNDERSTAND THE requirement for 5w-20 weight oil due to the MDS system.........would a synthetic 0W-20 be also acceptable?thanks

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:43 JAMES M TOTANS
6:44 [Comment From SnowChiefSnowChief: ]
Ford and GMC's 2011 trucks have higher capablities overall compared to Ram's Hemi and in particaulr, the Cummins. Towing, payload and front-end capablities (e.g. for snow plows) are higher in most Ford and GMC models compared to Ram models. For some, these capablities do not make much of a difference since Ram's capablities are good enough for the average pick-up driver. However, if you need to tow a 5th wheel of 21k lbs, for example, the Ram is not really a contender. Could you comment on the capabilites the future Rams may have?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:44 SnowChief
6:44 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
As far as what a ram with a 6.4 should do... go fast, be able to look good while going fast and sitting still. It should be a tad lower than a regular 1500. maybe some street tires.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:44 Alex
6:44 MDS is also disabled when Tow/Haul is selected

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:44
6:45 [Comment From RickRick: ]
Speaking of MDS, once suggestion that I have is that you make MDS feature selectable within the info center. To satisfy EPA, enable it by default but allow owners to turn it off. MDS may keep people from buying because if you put on aftermarket muffler, engine sounds horrible when MDS active.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:45 Rick
6:45 [Comment From Pau MPau M: ]
My 2010 RAM 1500 ram vibrates slightly at about 80 KM/HR. Like the tranny is geared too low for the engine. and the engine is struggling. Is this normal because I have the 20 inch wheels

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:45 Pau M
6:45 [Comment From RichRich: ]
Wht is the issue with the Hemi and the notorious "Hemi tick"? I purchased my 2008 Ram brand new and it started making a racket right about 400miles.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:45 Rich
6:45 HemiHead, Fuel Economy can never be good enough, can it?? It's always one of those classic trade off / optimization questions. The standards that have been set before us will be a challenge to meet. EPA has set the bar. As far as what the future will be, we're still working on it. No hard answer for you now.
Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:45
6:45 [Comment From GabeGabe: ]
I'm interested in going the forced induction route and would like to know about the internals. Cast or forged and what you would consider to be the weakest part...rods, pistons, crank?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:45 Gabe
6:46 [Comment From RamTexRamTex: ]
Is the Ram SRT 10 coming back anytime soon? I know the viper is gonzo for now at least any idea when it might come back?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:46 RamTex
6:46 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
The Hemi has 2 spark plugs per cylinder but they are both different, what's the reason behind this and if I wanted to replace them both with Iridium plugs of the same heat rating would this be fine? also is there something I can do with these plugs that will allow the engine to be more fuel effiecient?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:46 Pasquale
6:46 [Comment From TomTom: ]
why does my 2010 Ram 1500 bighorn 4x4 have some sort of limiter when it comes to wheel spin? there are times when I want maximum wheel spin and cant ge it?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:46 Tom
6:47 [Comment From AlexandAlexand: ]
I heard rumor's that the Dakota will be renamed and using the Grand Cherokee's or Durrango's chassis. Are you able to comment on that? I think it would be cool to come back out with a sport truck again with a HEMI would be pretty cool, since the chassis has independent suspension and some good road manners.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:47 Alexand
6:47 Pasquale, you're obviously interested in the future product plan, but it's off limits for our discussion. What are you driving now? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:47
6:48 [Comment From Justin BoggsJustin Boggs: ]
Gary, for the megacab owners. Could the ECM be reflashed to include the MDS programming to gain mpg's on the highway?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:48 Justin Boggs
6:48 [Comment From RockyRocky: ]
What about a hybrid 1500?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:48 Rocky
6:49 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
My truck is on order (1500 Sport/Quad/5.7/4x4), and I'm not intimately familar with MDS yet as a result. Where can I find out what "wide range of driving conditions" are that would allow the MDS to kick in?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 Ram Nut (Chris)
6:49 [Comment From AndrewAndrew: ]
What are the tourque specs for the throttle body on the 2010 hemi?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 Andrew
6:49 [Comment From ChubbyChubby: ]
i have a 2010 1500, i hate it when the MDS kicks in in first gear. should it be doing that?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 Chubby
6:49 [Comment From RickRick: ]
Is running at least 89 octane an absolute requirement? What happens if you run 87?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 Rick
6:49 Rick, MDS is really for fuel economy as opposed to emisssions. To achieve the fuel economy you really want to leave it enabled. To disable MDS you would have to put the vehicle in a tow mode or overdrive off - Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49
6:49 Jimmy, so you'd grab a new SRT truck if we had one again? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49
6:49 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Is there a manual way to allow me to turn on fuel saver mode so that the engine saves more fuel? will there be updates to the software at regular intervals to allow a more aggressive fuel saver mode?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 Pasquale
6:49 [Comment From DF ericemeryDF ericemery: ]
The 392 Hemi in the Challenger is making some impressive power. Are there plans to put that engine in more vehicles?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49 DF ericemery
6:49 Kevin, generally yes, a cat back exhaust system will improve wide open throttle performance, at high engine speeds. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:49
6:50 DF ericmery: Check back to the first anser in the chat regarding the 392/6.4

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50
6:50 For 2012MY all manufactures have adopted the Society of Automotive Engineers standards for trailer tow requirements. Up until this point, all manufacturers were able to rate their trucks based on whatever metric they chose. As a consequence, comparison ratings between manufacturers could not lead the customer to a direct comparison between manufacturers. The SAE standard has minimum requirements for performance on selected grades (hills). Most of our products would rate significantly higher if sold by other manufacturers. Unfortunately we are now starting to test our products to the new standards so ratings will be different for upcoming models.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50
6:50 [Comment From SnowChiefSnowChief: ]
How would Dodge compare its Hemi 5.7L to the new Chevy 403 HP Vortec (6.2L?)? if someone has boiled down their truck chioce to a Hemi versus a Vortec and need HP, why would a Hemi be a better chioce?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50 SnowChief
6:50 Alexand - As we announced last year, the Dakota will go away after the 2011 model year. We're looking at a number of options as they relate to a replacement.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50
6:50 [Comment From jusjay727jusjay727: ]
checkin in to nsee whats the new news on the 6.4l

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50 jusjay727
6:50 [Comment From PhillipPhillip: ]
Where is the ERS?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:50 Phillip
6:51 [Comment From RickRick: ]
DI...nothing wrong with squeezing a bit more power out. The reason I bought the 2009 RAM is it was the only thing that provided about the same performance as my Tundra. I do miss the 6-spd auto in the Tundra as it was a better combination than the 5-spd in the mopar. I figure with DI you could get a bit more power and still maintain reasonable gas mileage.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:51 Rick
6:51 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
I want to install a kit that allows me to run E100, pure ethanol on my HEMI, the system involves installing an electronic item on the fuel injectors so that duration is increased and the engine will not give out P codes. I believe the DI will make the HEMI more fuel efficient and give it a little more of a flat torque curve and maybe a little more horsepower.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:51 Pasquale
6:51 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
Another thing that would be cool is the rebirth of the ram SS/T. I personally drive one, and the 6.4 would be awesome to back up the name "super sport truck"

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:51 Alex
6:51 [Comment From RockyRocky: ]
Any word on a 2011 Hybrid, there had been talk now it disapeared

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:51 Rocky
6:52 Tom - Wheel spin is limited by both the Traction Control system and the Transmission control to avoid damage due to overspeeding the driveline. Try using the "Traction Control off" button but only use this when necessary. - Mike

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:52
6:52 [Comment From RickRick: ]
but with tow haul, do you get the full range of the tranny i.e. converter lock up?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:52 Rick
6:52 [Comment From Dave KDave K: ]
Is it a problem to drive with the MDS disabled for long periods

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:52 Dave K
6:53 [Comment From Justin BoggsJustin Boggs: ]
For megacab owners, can the ECM be reflashed to have MDS? I would love to see better highway mpg's?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:53 Justin Boggs
6:53 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
Right around most shift point, low to moderate gas, city driving. You just feel vibration in steering wheel, seat, kind of everywhere. Kind of feels like driving in 3rd gear in a manual when you should be in 2nd gear - just vibrates. Dealer felt it immeidately and Dodge Tech claims MDS - no fix. IF you drive super aggressively and fast, blasting thru and past all these shift points you dont feel it. Did not try ERS but service did, said no change. Will try Tow Haul and see if better. But not quite the solution I need ;^)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:53 Todd
6:53 Harold - what year is your truck and when was it purchased - Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:53
6:53 [Comment From haroldharold: ]
I added a 2'' lift (spacer on top of the shock tower) on the front of my truck (Dodge ram 1500 4x4). Now I get a bad vibration or shake when accelerating from a stop ONLY in 4x4 mode. I had the alignment done after the install. Why is that?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:53 harold
6:54 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Will adding aftermarket CAI and exhaust void the drive-train warranty?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:54 Brian
6:55 Mike Ford, the HD truck is just that... pretty heavy duty. The mods that you've made shouldn''t really change the FE. The only items are probably the obvious... the engine was calibrated for Mid Grade, so you may be able to gain a little bit of spark advance by ensuring good fuel. The others are probably apple pie type items like ensure that the tires are up to pressure, try to coast as much as possible to avoid sending energy to the brakes. You may be able to get some benefit from a lower rolling resistance tire as well, but I'm not sure what to recommend. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:55
6:56 Pau M: For your trailer brake, this may be a dealer supply issue. If you continue to have problems, please contact Ram Customer Care with information available on the contact us on ramtrucks.com

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56
6:56 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
That is a bummer Gary, and I would like to know, if I may achieve more mpg and power in a 2010 hemi Ram without tarnishing its reliability.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56 Robert
6:56 [Comment From DF Laramie1997DF Laramie1997: ]
Gabe, I am interested in knowing what you're response is to the "HEMI tick" issue that has been around since the debut of the gen II hemi 2003. Most that I have heard is retention clip design to help keep the valves seated, but I am VERY interested in hearing an official response on the noise that plagues some of these motors.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56 DF Laramie1997
6:56 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Have the 2009 Dodge Ram 1500, love the truck but when it goes into fuel saver it rumbles. I can tell by the change in engine/exhaust noise that it is on. Is this standard?I've heard from my Dodge dealership that Dodge is

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56 RobL
6:56 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
Relaying a forum question that someone wanted to be asked tonight on this chat: """.... why is it that before the Hemi reaches op' temp I can cruise uphill at 30 -50km/h (ambient air temp 10 degrees celcius or colder), with the MDS coming in, and yet cruising at 90 km/h on a flat road with no headwind and once in MDS will jump back out if I happen to so much as twitch my foot (ambient temp could be 30 or minus 30 doesn't seem to make much difference). I know there is a software update for those who complain that the MDS engage/disengage is too noticable for their liking (Pussy's), I actually prefer some "Feel" and the 4 cylinder rumble lets me know that it's engaged, and I can even tell now when it's about to come in, it almost sounds like it's 1/2 in or running on 6 cylinders. """

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56 Ram Nut (Chris)
6:56 Rocky and others -- Regarding hybrid: After evaluating the response to hybrid pickups in the marketplace, Ram Truck could not build a business case for the program and cancelled development on the 2011 Ram HEV.

We are, however, going forward with a US Dept. of Energy test program to develop a fleet of 140 Ram Plug-in Hybrids for a three-year demonstration project.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:56
6:57 [Comment From jason(semopars.com)jason(semopars.com): ]
any info on the srt 10 coming back?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:57 jason(semopars.com)
6:57 Gabe, the 5.7L has a nodular iron cast crankshaft. The engine is designed as a system so that the parts have roughly equivalent life. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:57
6:57 ERS is the manual shift mode. If your truck has a console shifter, move the shifter to the left or if you have a shift lever on the steering column, push the +/- button to - and it will change the display on the dash from D to 5. In this mode, you will have all forward speeds and MDS will be disabled. If you continue to move the ERS button, it will reduce the top gear selected to provide engine braking for the vehicle.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:57
6:57 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
I would do anything to get my MDS vibrations to stop, but is driving in Tow Haul mode permanently an option?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:57 Todd
6:57 [Comment From jimbobjimbob: ]
I'd grab an SRT 8 Ram if there was one.....

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:57 jimbob
6:58 [Comment From Pau MPau M: ]
How do you know when the MDS has kicked in. Is there an indicator.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 Pau M
6:58 [Comment From KevinKevin: ]
Are there any after market add ons from Dodge to boost performance?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 Kevin
6:58 [Comment From patrick from dodgeforumpatrick from dodgeforum: ]
i think that the mopar faithful would love to see a high performance ram to compete with the l

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 patrick from dodgeforum
6:58 [Comment From SteveSteve: ]
I have a 2005 Power Wagon. I LOVE the truck! I like, not love, the HEMI. I do not like not being able to turn BOTH overdrives off (545RFE), like you can with the 2006 and up. Can this overdrive off feature be added to a 2005, with a simple software update or something? Thank, Steve

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 Steve
6:58 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Yes, I echo Rocky's words. What happened to the 2011 Hemi Hybrid?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 HemiHead
6:58 Jimmy T, sorry, no discussion of future product plans... BUT how much would you expect to pay to get that Diesel? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58
6:58 [Comment From NickNick: ]
any info on a quad/crew rt/ model?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:58 Nick
6:59 In Tow/Haul, you don't get 5th gear (0.67 ratio) but you get 4th gear (0.75 ratio). Also, downshifts are made at higher speed and upshifts are delayed. A better choice to disable MDS is to use ERS and change the cluster display from D to 5. MDS will be disabled in this mode.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 6:59
7:00 James Totans, synthetic is acceptable, but stick with the recommended oil viscosity. The engine and MDS is calibrated to operate most efficiently on 5W-20 oil. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:00
7:01 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
Just a comment: A ram diesel with an 8 speed would be appreciated and may spark huge increases in sale numbers, while giving your Ram loyalist efficienct and bragging rights.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:01 Robert
7:01 [Comment From patrick from dodgeforumpatrick from dodgeforum: ]
the mopar faithful would love a raptor fighter

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:01 patrick from dodgeforum
7:02 Rick - Tow/Haul is designed to provide improved vehicle performance and transmission cooling when towing. Torque converter lock-up is favored to reduce transmission temperatures while towing.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:02
7:03 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
I know it's come up time and again that many would like to see a manual transmission option in the Hemi, but with it being dropped in the 4.7 now, will we ever see it as an option? Some of us still think of trucks as trucks, with manual trannies...

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 DF HammerZ71
7:03 [Comment From DexterDexter: ]
I have a catch can installed on my 2010 Ram, 5.7l. Is there any problem with doing this. Everything I found online say's no. Was wondering what you think.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 Dexter
7:03 Pasquale, I knew that they were different on the 4.7L, but didn't think that they were different on the HEMI. The plugs can be replaced with precious metal plugs as long as they are the same geometry and heat range. The plug won't offer significantly imprioved FE though. There may be a slight improvement due to the lower wire mass of the PM plug. It helps with the flame initiation because there is lower heat transfer to the plug wire. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03
7:03 [Comment From Jimmy TJimmy T: ]
I have about 4,000 miles on my RAM HEMI and I am only getting about 11.5mpg (and don't beat on it). Why is it so low?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 Jimmy T
7:03 [Comment From DaveDave: ]
What is ERS

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 Dave
7:03 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
Another forum question relayed here to see if you can explain: """Why some of the 4th Gen 1500's have such a huge rake and some don't?"""

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 Ram Nut (Chris)
7:03 [Comment From DrewDrew: ]
Just wanted to say hi and im joining your chat.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:03 Drew
7:04 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
Another forum question, hoping you can answer """How come Dodge hasn't recalled the hemi Engine to fix the Hemi Tick. I understand that if they replace the rear two bolts on each side the Tick goes away."""

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:04 Ram Nut (Chris)
7:04 harold - most likely the shake you are feeling in 4WD is shudder in the front halfshafts. The higher ride height on your truck increases the driveline angles beyond their range and result in the shudder. The mods should not cause a durability issue with the halfshafts, but shudder will be there in 4WD. Check the aftermarket folks for a set of replacement halfshafts that are "shudderless"; specifically made for use with lift kits. - Mike

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:04
7:04 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
so could I install the ethanol kit on my HEMI without worrying about any problems, I am aware of the limitations and cold weather issues with ethanol but my question is if the issues were solved could the HEMI run on E100?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:04 Pasquale
7:05 Brian, if you purchase the Mopar Performance CAI and Cat-Back Exhaust, it will not void the warranty.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:05
7:05 Rick - 89 octane is recommended for optimum performance, but it is not required. The engine will run fine on 87 octane as well. Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:05
7:05 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Any fix coming for the MDS Fuel Saver vibration problem?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:05 RobL
7:05 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
why does the HEMI in the Grand Cherokee have 360 HP and 390 lb ft torque and in the Ram it's rated at 390 HP and 404 lb ft torque?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:05 Pasquale
7:05 [Comment From RickRick: ]
Is the mechanism in place for the V V T on a 2009 identical to the one that comes in the 5.7 challenger?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:05 Rick
7:06 Andrew - Service manual shows the 2010 5.7L throttle body torque spec as 5.6NM (50 in lbs) - Gary

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:06
7:06 Alexand, we can't get into future plans... A HEMI sport truck could be pretty fun though. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:06
7:07 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Any fix coming for the MDS/Fuel Saver vibration problem? Have a 2009 Dodge 1500 Ram and I can easily tell by the rumble/engine/exhaust tone it is in fuel saver mode.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:07 RobL
7:07 [Comment From jason(semopars.com)jason(semopars.com): ]
id greab a srt 8 ram too

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:07 jason(semopars.com)
7:07 [Comment From Steve BSteve B: ]
Why did the Ram not make a 6 speed trani for the 2010 2500? Seems like a no brainer that it should have.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:07 Steve B
7:08 [Comment From TomTom: ]
This "oil can" aftermarket add-on that is out there....is this a good thing?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:08 Tom
7:09 Pasquale, we cannot recommend that you run E100 in your truck. The engine is not designed to use this fuel. Ethanol is a great solvent and the components have to be designed to withstand the lack of lubricity. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:09
7:09 Tom: Are you refering to a catch can?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:09
7:09 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Is there a way to maunally lock the torque converter on the 545 RFE in any gear so as to increase fuel economy?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:09 Pasquale
7:09 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>ERS is the manual shift mode. If your truck has a console shifter,>>> Same process if no Console Shifter?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:09 Todd
7:09 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Once this chat is over, will that be the last we hear from the engineers or will we be able to see blog articles here on RamZone weekly? That would be cool, coming from the inside about future HEMI development, etc.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:09 HemiHead
7:10 HemiHead: We definitely have you covered. This is just the start of more chats and content from the engineers.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:10
7:11 Dave - ERS is Electronic Range Select. The feature is on the transmission shifter, and allows the driver to select a gear they wish to remain in. For example, if you want the transmission to stay in 4th gear; toggle the switch until the display says "4".

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:11
7:12 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Mopar has some cold air intake systems, how much power and or torque gain can be expected from these sytems on the 5.7 HEMI?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:12 Pasquale
7:12 Dave K, The MDS is designed to take care of the engine so it is fine to run for extended periods. If it determines the conditions are right, the MDS system will turn off for a short period and then re-engage itself. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:12
7:12 Steve - From what I remember, OD off is selected when the button at the end of the shifter is pressed twice. Once puts you in Tow/Haul and twice puts you in OD off which is 1:1 or direct gear.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:12
7:12 Justin - for the megacab owners. Could the ECM be reflashed to include the MDS programming to gain mpg's on the highway? This version of the 5.7L does not have the MDS hardware installed in the engine so no flash exsists.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:12
7:13 SnowChief, well, as you probably know, we can't get into future product plans, BUT the capability of the RAM trucks will continue to be strong. The Cummins will provide the best RAM capability for towing. That's quite a trailer. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:13
7:13 Dave - See a response above where I stated what ERS is.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:13
7:14 Pasquale: You can get the full details right from the Mopar direct connection tech lin at 888 528 HEMI

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:14
7:15 Ram Nut - MDS will function when the engine speed is between 1000 and 3000 rpm, and the engine is hot. Then whenever the torque required to move the vehicle is able to be met with 4 cylinders the engine will switch to MDS mode. Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15
7:15 [Comment From RoccoRocco: ]
I have a 2008 ram 4.7L. Recently I've been getting 15.5hw/12.5city gas mileage, when a few months ago it was up around 18.5hw/16 city. It was 64k miles now. I don't think spark plugs have been replaced..will this help? What else could be the cause? Thanks.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15 Rocco
7:15 [Comment From RickRick: ]
Why not just give the consumer the ability to turn off MDS all together through the information center on a semi permanent level where it will stay off forever unless you turn it back on? I mean, is there a reason you don't give that ability?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15 Rick
7:15 RobL - You can select the ERS mode (discussed previously) or Tow/Haul mode to disable MDS at every key start.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15
7:15 Pasquale, The Ram and Grand Cherokee have a number of different engine components - camshafts, intake manifold, air induction, and exhaust system. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15
7:15 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>>>>>A better choice to disable MDS is to use ERS and change the cluster display from D to 5. MDS will be disabled in this mode.>>> Is this OK perpetually if your MDS vibration is severe?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:15 Todd
7:16 [Comment From PhillipPhillip: ]
Agree with the Raptor fighter. I have two of them in my heighborhood and I hate seeing them because I know we have nothing for them.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:16 Phillip
7:16 [Comment From jason(semopars.com)jason(semopars.com): ]
what about the lack of shifts in the tranny's and the 30% drive train lose we suffer from, the shift points could really be improved, especially the lag in them...

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:16 jason(semopars.com)
7:16 [Comment From SteveSteve: ]
Can you elaborate on why no replacement of the rear axle fluid under normal driving conditions compared to earlier model rams requiring them every 15,000 miles?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:16 Steve
7:16 [Comment From majorlosermajorloser: ]
How often should the fuel filter be changed on a 2010 Cummins?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:16 majorloser
7:17 [Comment From Mike FordMike Ford: ]
Thanks Greg.. Does my hemi engine have mds??? I have not noticed any difference in engine or exhaust sound. It is a 4x4,2009 2500 hvy duty,auto trans.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 Mike Ford
7:17 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Thank you for your time.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 Tom
7:17 [Comment From JohnRJohnR: ]
A lot of talk on here about vibrations when in MDS/Fuel Saver mode. My Ram 1500 '09 has this problem. Is there a fix coming???

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 JohnR
7:17 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
I would like to know about the E100 Ethanol too, it was solved right?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 HemiHead
7:17 [Comment From patrickpatrick: ]
Is there any way to reprogram MDS to stay on under more throttle pressure? And any better shift programs for the tranny? I have read on this forum that superchips shifting program is better than stock?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 patrick
7:17 [Comment From ChubbyChubby: ]
why does the MDS kick in in first gear?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:17 Chubby
7:18 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
A lot can be done to improve low end torque while still retaining positive fuel economy when not under load by using Variable Cam Timing, Are there any plans for taking advantage in this technology in the Hemi?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18 DF HammerZ71
7:18 Steve B - Actually the current 5 speed transmission has 6 forward gears that are all used at certain times under varying drive conditions. For 12MY we are renaming the transmission as a 6 speed.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18
7:18 Rick, The correct term is actually VCT (variable cam timing) and yes the mechanisms are the same. The calibration is adjusted to each vehicle. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18
7:18 Pau M, this condition is relatively normal due to the lower profile tire. The engine is not really struggling here. There is some driveline vibration with lockup, but we did that to maximize fuel economy. Couple of questions for you... does it do this when you're accelerating and passing through the speed, or when you're cruizing at 80 km/hr? Does the vibration change at higher speeds / go away?? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18
7:18 [Comment From RoccoRocco: ]
I'm wondering on the 2008 Ram 4.7L flex fuel engine if it is safe to run an 89 or 93 tune and use this gas. Will it be harmful to the engine in any way?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18 Rocco
7:18 Chubby - when you say MDS in first are you in normal drive mode, or have you pulled down into a gear? Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18
7:18 [Comment From KevinKevin: ]
What is Mopar Performance CAI?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18 Kevin
7:18 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
A follow up on the CAI. The stock CAI is great with one minor issue. The ribbed flexible rubber hose between the filter box and the TB. What wasn't a smooth hose used? It seems to me the airflow would be much better and would eliminate the need for installing a whole new CAI since you can't get just the tube.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:18 Brian
7:19 Dexter, an oil catch should not cause any issues with your Ram's 5.7L Hemi.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:19
7:19 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Does the HEMI take advantage of higher octane as did the 4.7L H.O? In other words the 4.7l H.O would produce more power and torque using 93 octane vs 87 because it had knock sensors and all the hardware software to enable that capability, does the HEMI have that? If not is there a way we can add it on?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:19 Pasquale
7:19 [Comment From GabeGabe: ]
I'd buy a crewcab srt-8 Ram

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:19 Gabe
7:19 RamTex, sorry.. not allowed to discuss future product info. Did you own a RAM SRT 10? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:19
7:19 [Comment From silverbullet08silverbullet08: ]
i have an 2005 ram 1500 hemi, what is the weakest point in the engine? i have added 6.1 springs and rods in the heads for the cam swap i just completed

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:19 silverbullet08
7:20 Pasquale - There is no way to manually lock the torque converter since this would affect the emissions and certification of the truck. Unfortuately the EPA does not allow this.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20
7:20 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Any thoughts of a CVT transmission in the future ?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20 Tom
7:20 [Comment From jimbobjimbob: ]
The Ram RT is a cool ride but i figure if you are going to try and build a performace truck then an SRT 8 Ram would be the logical answer

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20 jimbob
7:20 [Comment From JackJack: ]
How do I recalibrate the electronic accelerator pedal?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20 Jack
7:20 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
I read that RAM was going to start downplaying the HEMI due to fuel efficiency reasons, then I hear it's being more prominent, can you please explain the mixed messages?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20 HemiHead
7:20 Todd - If you have a console shifter, move the shifter to the left or right to change your top gear.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:20
7:21 [Comment From TomTom: ]
yes ,sorry. catch can. Are these a good idea?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:21 Tom
7:21 Phillip and Patrick -- Fourwheeler magazine rates our Power Wagon a better offroad truck than the Raptor. As the most capable factory-built off-road truck, why would you want to settle for second-best?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:21
7:21 Steve - Ram is making improvements on drivelines every year, and the axle is no exception. With the latest materials and lubricants, longer maintenance intervals have been achieved where possible, But if the vehicle is used for heavy towing, sees extreme high or low temps, or other severe service conditions, the axle lube requires changing per the owner's manual! Mike

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:21
7:22 Pasquale - the HEMI is calibrated to deliver optimum performance on 89 octane fuel, there is no need to go to 93 octance fuel, it will not produce more power. Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:22
7:22 Justin, MDS has more than just software, so that can't be done. There are other hardware changes in the engine to enable MDS, as well as wiring, etc. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:22
7:22 Tom: Mopar is developing a catch can, though we would not be able to comment on an aftermarket part. You can find out more info directly from the Mopar line 888 528 HEM

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:22
7:23 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
Will the current hemi be updated again, or will the next Rams feature a new Hemi or revised 6.1?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:23 Robert
7:23 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Good to hear!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:23 HemiHead
7:23 Kevin, Mopar Performance Parts offer a Cold Air Intake for Dodge Ram w/5.7L Hemi. Go to mopar.com or call 1-888-528-4364. - David

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:23
7:23 HemiHead - The Ram Brand is very proud of our Hemi engines, we currently promote it and plan to continue... and by the way, it is very fuel efficient also. 390 HP and 20MPG on 4X2 is pretty impressive.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:23
7:24 Sorry for any delay in seeing your questions folks. We are getting a fantastic response on this chat and are getting to them all!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:24
7:24 [Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
Evening guys! I'm very close to buying a new RAM 1500 (2011), but my biggest concern is the computer/electronics. Is there a way, or will there ever be a way/button to COMPLETELY disable all traction control, stability control, trailer sway control, and all that stuff? I've never had it and don't really want it. Plus once and a while I want to take advantage of my HEMI engine and leave a nice cloud of smoke and some black skids!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:24 Michael
7:24 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
You asked >>>>Can you describe the "driveline vibration" and when it when it occurs?>>>> ANSWER: Right around most shift point, low to moderate gas, city driving. You just feel vibration in steering wheel, seat, kind of everywhere. Kind of feels like driving in 3rd gear in a manual when you should be in 2nd gear - just vibrates. Dealer felt it immeidately and Dodge Tech claims MDS - no fix. IF you drive super aggressively and fast, blasting thru and past all these shift points you dont feel it. Did not try ERS but service did, said no change. Will try Tow Haul and see if better. But not quite the solution I need ;^)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:24 Todd
7:25 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
ok about the ethanol but which parts need the lubrication, is it the fuel pump? I don't think there is an issue with the lubricity when it comes to the engine and it's components, is there? Also I was told that all cars today have ethanol resitsant seals (since the early 90's at least) so I don't think the solvant part is a issue is it?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:25 Pasquale
7:25 HemiHead, Not sure what you mean "solved". The engine was not designed to use E100 and premature engine wear will result. Also the calibration cannot recognize the use of this fuel so that the engine will run lean with probable damage. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:25
7:25 Tom - What would you see as benefits of offering a CVT transmission?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:25
7:25 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Since corporate customer service has expressed a lack of interest in customer input/comments, how do we pass along our input to the Engineering folks other than waiting for these chats to be scheduled? Or ask questions?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:25 Brian
7:26 Rick - Unfortunately the EPA does not allow us to have unique calibrations for certain customers. Select ERS to 5 and MDS will be disabled. No harm for the vehicle under this mode.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:26
7:26 Todd - Using ERS 5 will not harm your vehicle.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:26
7:28 Brian: We are listening all the time and love to get our owner feedback. Any time you have a suggestion, you can leave it for us on RamZone.com and we will be sure to get it to the rigth people! If you have comment now, you are live directly with the engineer team.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:28
7:28 Jason - The transmission shift points have been optimized for fuel economy. This is something we take seriously and test for daily.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:28
7:28 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
My MDS is fine at highway speeds. Suttering mess in town traffic speeds.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:28 Todd
7:28 RobL, When the MDS kicks in, the engine runs in 4 cylinder mode for fuel economy. What you are hearing is the difference in pulses in the exhaust pipe and yes it is normal. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:28
7:28 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
Are you able to say if a sport truck is in the works? or are we not able to discuss that at all?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:28 Alex
7:29 Mike Ford - The 2500 RAM Hemi does not have MDS.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:29
7:29 [Comment From Steve SSteve S: ]
Allow me to clarify my comment about not loving the HEMI but only liking it. I DO NOT like the gear ratios of the 545RFE behind the HEMI. With better gearing; lower first, second, and third gears, the HEMI would be better able to reach it's full potential. Right now it lacks because of the high-r.p.m. horsepower and torque peaks.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:29 Steve S
7:29 Alex - What's your definition of a sport truck?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:29
7:30 Ram Nut - the MDS works on available power that can be produced with 4 cylinders, and there is a large difference in the required power to move the vehicle between 30 km/hr and 90 km/hr. If it is cycling in and out, it means you are at the edge of 4 cylinder output. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:30
7:30 SnowChief, the HEMI torque curve is competitive across the board if you compare them. The torque plays a key role in tow capability. You only achieve that power number at the single peak point. The Vortec has a strong reputation too. I think that I'd recommend the HEMI because of the overall package. The fact that you may have a few less horsepower won't really come into play. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:30
7:30 [Comment From JasonJason: ]
What is the weakest link of the HEMI, in terms of performance?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:30 Jason
7:31 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
YEs, ability to turn MDS off, and let me spend my gas money as I wish ;^) Odd thing is I didnt start feeling vibrations from MDS until about 2000 when it became bad.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:31 Todd
7:31 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
could the MDS hardware be installed on a megacab or is this something not worth pursuing?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:31 Justin
7:31 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Eric, were the different components to the Grand Cherokee put there to increase engine smoothness and refinment at the cost of 30 HP?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:31 Pasquale
7:31 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
How many Ram Engineers are here tonight?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:31 HemiHead
7:31 jason(semopars.com), others have the same question... but we can't get into future product plans. Sorry. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:31
7:32 Tom - An oil catch can on a 5.7L Hemi will not impact other functions. - Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 Michael - you asked Is there a way, or will there ever be a way/button to COMPLETELY disable all traction control, stability control, trailer sway control, and all that stuff? I've never had it and don't really want it. RAM has a switch on the dash that turns off the traction contol to allow some level of wheel spin.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 Pau - what model year vehicle do you have to determine if have an indicator. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 Hey Hemi, we have a total of seven in the room tonight.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 Patrick - I would not suggest using any superchips shifting program. Any modifcations to the transmission software may result in premature damage to your transmission. Countless hours of durability testing is done with OEM calibrations to insure that premature clutch damage will not occur. The calibration is designed for optimal fuel economy for us Mopar engineers.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
the 2500 hemi trucks do not have MDS

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 Justin
7:32 [Comment From JohnJohn: ]
How come the spark plugs have to be changed every 30K on the hemi? That's 16 plugs and close to $200!!!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 John
7:32 [Comment From Steve SSteve S: ]
Overdrive Off, is a feature found only in 2006 and up Rams. The 2003-2005 Rams only have the Tow/Haul (disable 5th) feature.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 Steve S
7:32 [Comment From RickRick: ]
Is the 6th gear actually just the converter lock up?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 Rick
7:32 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
If I disable MDS at key start won't my gas mileage drop? This would defeat one of the reasons I bought my '09 Ram.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 RobL
7:32 Pasquale, actually normal gasoline (10% ethanol) has quite a bit of lubricity especially in the valve and valve seat area. As mentioned to HemiHead in a later message, the electronics cannot sense the greater percentage of ethanol so then engine will run very lean, Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32
7:32 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
CAI is cold air intake

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:32 Justin
7:33 [Comment From RichRich: ]
Can 2009 heads be bolted to prior year blocks? Are the intake ports different or can older intakes be used as well?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:33 Rich
7:33 Todd, you can drive in Tow Haul all the time, but it'll be a FE hit. Operating the engine at lower revs is really key for fuel economy. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:33
7:33 [Comment From SnowChiefSnowChief: ]
Gregg - Thanks for the response regarding RAM future capablities. The tralier I have is a camper. It weighs about 19k lbs dry and about 20+k lbs loaded. I wanted to buy a 3500 Ram but the towing capablity was only about 17+k lbs. I opted for the 2011 GMC 3500 DRW as it was that or the F-350. I was dissapointed Ram did not offer something with more towing capablity. Chysler informed me the warranty on the Ram would not be honored if issues arose with the Ram if I towed my tralier.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:33 SnowChief
7:33 [Comment From Pau MPau M: ]
Hi Gregg, the vibration is only noticeable when you do about 80KMs. I t goes awy if you move at higher speeds than 80 or so

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:33 Pau M
7:34 [Comment From DexterDexter: ]
Just want to say thank's to all you guy's for taking time out of your day to answer all of our question's. Much appreciated.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:34 Dexter
7:34 No problem Dexter. Thanks for joining us tonight!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:34
7:34 [Comment From majorlosermajorloser: ]
I still own my 1998 SST. A newer version with the SRT-8 Hemi would be awesome.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:34 majorloser
7:34 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>>Todd - If you have a console shifter, move the shifter to the left or right to change your top gear. >> NO, I HAVE THE LEVER ON STEERING WHEEL

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:34 Todd
7:35 [Comment From GeauxHuntingGeauxHunting: ]
I have seen many people see an increase in MPGs when disabling the MDS. What are your thoughts on this?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:35 GeauxHunting
7:35 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
Why don't you guys bring back a modern hemi version of the Magnum 5.9 L. I know a lot of 5.9 and 5.7 Ram guys that say the 5.9 seems deprived of its true potential, why not combine the two engines and have an efficient Hemi magnum 5.9?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:35 Robert
7:35 Steve - If your 05 truck is only equipped with OD off, then there is no way to convert the switch to have Tow/Haul and OD off as an 06MY and newer vehicle is. The transmission calibration can not be used in 05MY.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:35
7:35 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Can someone pleas fix the popup ads with videos on this chat? It's not allowing me to see the chat.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:35 HemiHead
7:36 Jimmy T, What kind of driving are you doing? Also, please tell me about your truck... which model, what wheel / tire, what axle? You should run three tanks of gas and keep track of miles / gallons to get a real handle on the actual FE. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:36
7:36 Hemi: They will not appear in the next chat we do, but for this one, we cannot change it.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:36
7:37 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
Also had loud whine start right at 50 mph and stop when foot off gas. Louder than radio. Goes away promptly as 60 mph. They repalced pinions in diff and shimmed it. Was quiet again for 500 Miles but its back.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:37 Todd
7:37 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
is it ok to use a hotter heat rating plug on the HEMI so that we can get better fuel efficency? How about adding knock sensors to the HEMI so that it can take advantage of higher octane fuels including ethanol?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:37 Pasquale
7:37 [Comment From JasonJason: ]
What does a catch can do? how does it help?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:37 Jason
7:37 Pasquale, No the components were not chosen based on refinement. This was a conscious power choice for each vehicle. The truck has freer flowing induction and exhaust system which contributes to the power improvement. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:37
7:38 [Comment From 95RAM36095RAM360: ]
thanks for your time

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:38 95RAM360
7:38 [Comment From DaleDale: ]
I only have one complant. My 06 pulling my 26ft toy hauler got better gas mileage then my 09???

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:38 Dale
7:38 SnowChief - Thanks for info on your trailer and towing needs; we at RAM are looking for that input! So a 20K trailer is a req't for you; we'll work on it!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:38
7:39 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
What is ERS?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:39 Adrian
7:39 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Being able to keep the engine in the desired power range for better fuel economy

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:39 Tom
7:39 [Comment From DodgetomahawkDodgetomahawk: ]
The first example of the recent hemi motor,was it found in the super 8 concept,along with tiptronic 45rfe trans???

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:39 Dodgetomahawk
7:40 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
Thanks for doing this chat Engineers. Way cool. Like Brian mentioned as customers we never feel like our technical complaints make it to those who probably care most and consider it their puzzle - the engineers.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:40 Todd
7:40 RobL, nothing in the works that I know of at this point. We're listening though... you are probably reading the other comments too. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:40
7:41 Justin, you are correct, the 2500s do not have MDS. The reason is that due to the limited time that the vehicle would be in MDS mode, we didn't want to upset the customer with a constant in-and-out condition. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:41
7:41 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Is it possible to have a HEMI engineer's e-mail so we can talk about HEMIs and give constant feed back about what we want? also we can help generate ideas that might be usefull for the future :)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:41 Pasquale
7:43 John, The spark plugs on the hemi are of conventional construction. 30K is typical for this style of plug. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43
7:43 JohnR, on the vibrations, no fix that we're aware of, but we hear the comments tonight. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43
7:43 Hey Pasquale: The RamZone contact form is your direct line to anyone at Ram Truck. Just send us anything and we will get it to the right people

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43
7:43 Jason - An oil catch can sometimes helps the factory PCV system.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43
7:43 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Any of you engineers ever work for the competition ?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43 Tom
7:43 [Comment From Rich (Altair)Rich (Altair): ]
I apologize if this has been asked already (just got home from work) but is there any possibility of the 5.7l Hemi being made available with a manual transmission?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:43 Rich (Altair)
7:44 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
The srt10 is the perfect definition of a sport truck. It had mad power, big tires, a solid transmission, and just looked mean.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 Alex
7:44 [Comment From SHAINSHAIN: ]
has there ever been a 4-cyl. hemi?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 SHAIN
7:44 [Comment From BruceBruce: ]
Why do some Ram 1500's have the 1500 model designator on the side, and some do not?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 Bruce
7:44 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Will a switch to a different exhaust performance/aftermarket cure the problem of the exhaust pulses when in fuel saver 4 cyl mode?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 RobL
7:44 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
what kind of premature engine wear are we refferring to if E100 were to be used? the reason I ask is because the 4.7 and 4.7 FFV have the exact same engine it's just the programming that's different, is this right?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 Pasquale
7:44 Todd - regarding the axle noise question; what model year is your truck?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44
7:44 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Thanks for the reply on how to submit comments/questions. Since they do not pertain to the Hemi, I will post them on Ramzone.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:44 Brian
7:45 Chubby - when you say "MDS in first gear", are you in auto drive mode, or have you pulled it down into a gear? You should not be getting MDS in first gear. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:45
7:45 Brian: No problem, and look for more frequent chats in 2011

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:45
7:45 Steve - I'm sorry, you are correct. It has been a long time since I've worked on one of these vehicles. I understand your concern. When in Tow/Haul, the transmission will select 3rd gear and stay there when loading conditions are high. Tow/Haul is designed to prevent transmisison overheating and optimize fuel economy when towing. Wish I could get you OD off since that's why it was changed on the button in 06 and beyond vehicles.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:45
7:45 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Any thoughts of bringing out a forced induction hemi ?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:45 Tom
7:46 [Comment From Pau MPau M: ]
HI Brian. 2010 RAM 1500 HEMI LARAMIE CREW

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46 Pau M
7:46 Rich, The bolt pattern of the 2009 heads are the same as the prior generation of the engine. The ports and intakes are significantly different - that is partially how we achieved the increased engine output. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46
7:46 [Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
I'm aware of the button on the dash to disable some traction control. But i'm looking for a way to completely turn it all off. Under certain circumstances I do not want ANY traction, stability, or trailer control. Is there any way to do this on the 2011 1500's? Its a big deal to me as shopper right now.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46 Michael
7:46 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
I'm surprised at the amount of people worried about mileage. the fact that the 390hp hemi is able to get 20mpg is a blessing. I personally get 8-10mpg with my 5.9, and I love my truck.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46 Alex
7:46 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Are there any female HEMI engineers on staff or are they all guys like Dexter indicated.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46 HemiHead
7:46 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
ok so if we were to add a lubricity additive to E100 which would make it E90 for example and the software issue were to be solved then we would be able to use E90 or whatever it would be because we wuld include the lube additive, is that right? :)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:46 Pasquale
7:47 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
"Roberts" My friend (with 2010 2500 no MDS) and I (with 2010 1550 with MDS) went on a 400 mile trip with both truck, no reall diff in FE between trucks.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:47 Todd
7:47 [Comment From TomTom: ]
Are there plans in the future for more live chats with you engineers ?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:47 Tom
7:48 Rich - the manual transmission version of the Ram 1500 was eliminated a few years back due to poor sales volumes. Is a 2500 Ram MTX an option for you? - Mike

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:48
7:48 Tom: Absolutely! Look for more starting in 2011 and more engineering content on RamZone.com

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:48
7:48 Rick - the 545RFE is actually a 6 speed transmission. We are calling it that in 12MY. The six ratios are as follows: 1st - 3.0, 2nd - 1.67, 3rd - 1.5, 4th - 1.0, 5th - 0.75 and 6th - 0.67. All gears are used in ERS and under normal driving conditions under certain driver inputs. ERS display is consistent with the gear ratios shown above.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:48
7:48 Brian, the ribbed hose doesn't really cause a much pressure drop. Lower induction restriction is good for power, and we didn't want to leave too much on the table. The MOPAR CAI won't have the same noise characteristic either. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:48
7:48 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
with new transmissions coming out in the future, could information be published for transmission swaps in previous ram models?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:48 Justin
7:49 [Comment From DodgetomahawkDodgetomahawk: ]
Can the earlier 45RFE be updated by software patch into a 545RFE type transmission by dealer.?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:49 Dodgetomahawk
7:49 Robert, why go back? The 5.7L outperforms the 5.9L in every way. Are you really asking that you want a bigger Hemi yet :) Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:49
7:49 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
Do you have anything against using a diablo sport predator on the 06 HEMI rams?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:49 Adrian
7:49 Rocco - you asked: I have a 2008 ram 4.7L. Recently I've been getting 15.5hw/12.5city gas mileage, when a few months ago it was up around 18.5hw/16 city. It was 64k miles now. I don't think spark plugs have been replaced..will this help? The service manual recommends spark plug replacement prior to 64K. If the vehicle is misfiring this will help with your problem

Rocco you also asked: I'm wondering on the 2008 Ram 4.7L flex fuel engine if it is safe to run an 89 or 93 tune and use this gas. Will it be harmful to the engine in any way? The 4.7l recommended fuel is 87 octane rating. This will not harm your engine but will also not provide you a benefit

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:49
7:49 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
Target end for this chat and will complete transcipt be posted?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:49 Todd
7:50 Todd: It will end at 8:30 and the archive will stay up at this link and on RamZone for everyone to read

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:50
7:51 [Comment From DaleDale: ]
Why is the front struts different on the TRX4, then other 4x4 rams?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51 Dale
7:51 Todd - If your truck is 2009 or newer and you have a shifter on the steering column, then there is a toggle button on the shifter to change the transmission gear states. This toggle button engages the famous ERS function. This should be covered in your owners manual which nobody reads. lol

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51
7:51 HemiHead, we have lots of female engineers here!! In fact, my previous boss (in charge of ALL Engine and Trans calibration) was a she. Gregg (father of three girls)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51
7:51 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Why was a ribbed rubber tube used on the stock CAI when a smooth tube would provide better airflow?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51 Brian
7:51 majorloser -- fuel filter change intervals for Cummins: 15k mi./12 mo.; 30k mi./24 mo.; 45 k. mi./ 36 mo.; etc.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51
7:51 [Comment From billbill: ]
When should be plan to see a better mpg RAM even though its only 2-3 off from a gmc

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:51 bill
7:52 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Ok Eric so basically if one were to put a cold air intake and a catback exhaust on the 2011 Grand Cherokee then they would get closer to the HP rating in the ram? is this right?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:52 Pasquale
7:52 [Comment From Mike FordMike Ford: ]
Thanks again...Would it be possible to obtain/ receive a transcript of this chat session,lot of good info to look over.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:52 Mike Ford
7:52 Ram Nut, What model year is Truck? And what two bolts are you refering to? Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:52
7:53 Pau M, so it's there in a light load cruise... not anything to worry about, but judging from all the comments, something we need to get into. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:53
7:53 Dale -- TRX suspension is off-road tuned.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:53
7:53 Jimbob, we are always looking at models that interest and excite our customers. The RT reaches out to the value oriented performance buyer. All of our corporate (Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge) are much more expensive and aimed at ultimate performance.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:53
7:53 Mike Ford: Transcript will remain indefinitely for you to read right here at the link and on Ramzone

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:53
7:54 Adrian - See previous post on ERS. It is used to select lower transmission gears for the automatic transmission. It's position is on the shifter and has a +/- display on 09MY and newer vehicles.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:54
7:54 [Comment From gtx471gtx471: ]
Just wanted to say I really loved the PowerWagon concept, especially the "Utiline"-style bed!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:54 gtx471
7:54 Michael - some level of traction/stability control is always on (if the vehicle is equipped) even when the button is pressed. This is a common feature with competitive trucks; we've checked! It's just the nature of feature; the truck is trying to look out for the driver.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:54
7:54 Jack, on the pedal cal... you don't. It's set by the cal guys and is not really something that can be altered. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:54
7:54 [Comment From BobBob: ]
When will the Case IH Red and New Holland Blue colors be available for RAM trucks?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:54 Bob
7:55 DK Hammer - The factory calibration is optimized when the factory camshaft and other related components offer a great mix of low speed torque along with mid range performance. - Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55
7:55 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>> Re: MDS : RobL, nothing in the works that I know of at this point.>>> But my dealer said the techs they tlk to said they were working on a fix. Take it these master techs dealers talk to are not you guys?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55 Todd
7:55 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
As a retired telecom Engineer I want to thank the Engineers for taking the time to chat with us. I was always irritated when I got info from customer's second hand or not at all.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55 Brian
7:55 Robert, the HEMI engine will be around for a while. What the future holds... we're not allowed to comment on. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55
7:55 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
I echo Pasquale's comment! It would be great to be able to somehow e-mail them directly from this site instead of just having our e-mail forwarded around.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55 HemiHead
7:55 Bob -- Should be able to order the new colors in approx. 60 days.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55
7:55 Pasquale, In short, don't do it. Engine wear, hard starting, poorer fuel economy, and less distance traveled on a given tank of gas. Any engine COULD be made to run on it, but it is not a simple change to do it right. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:55
7:56 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
Another forum question, relating to this chat: ""i'm curious as to why if the 6.1L push rods when used in the 5.7 Hemi, the Hemi Tick is quieted Why don't the engineers put the 6.1 push rods in the 5.7 themselves? ""

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:56 Ram Nut (Chris)
7:56 [Comment From Paul MPaul M: ]
RE MDS INDICATOR. MY RAM is a 2010 1500, Hemi, Crew Cab laramie

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:56 Paul M
7:56 Some of engineers have worked for GM and Ford. We also drive their products regularly and have technical discussions with them during professional seminars. We all have the same issues.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:56
7:57 [Comment From billbill: ]
Is there going to be a better mpg hemi in the near future possibly 23+?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:57 bill
7:57 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
There is no competition to Ram!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:57 HemiHead
7:57 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Just as an FYI to the Engineers regarding trailer towing. Most of the 36ft - 40ft 5th wheel trailers being made for full-time use or even casual use have a GVWR of 17k - 25k. The 3500's need to have the ability to handle those trailers both pulling them and stopping them.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:57 Brian
7:57 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
So what's the word on the HEMI HYBRID?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:57 HemiHead
7:58 7:31 Todd, so it was not there until after 2000 miles on the truck? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:58
7:58 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
With so many "modern" engines designed to use the 100k mile platinum plugs, why is the Hemi designed to use standard, 30k copper cores (that are a major PIA to change I might add)? Even my older '02 4.7 HO utilizes platinum plugs.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:58 DF HammerZ71
7:58 [Comment From fritofrito: ]
I have a 2009 charger daytona...#125 of 400....how many daytonas were made in 2009 in different colors and what colors are they?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:58 frito
7:59 RobL, you're correct, the fuel economy will suffer without MDS. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:59
7:59 Hey Frito: This chat is specific to Ram Truck HEMI engineers. If you contact us via the redletterdodge.com, we will get you an answer.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 7:59
8:00 [Comment From JasonBJasonB: ]
If you use a catch can you have to drain the oil every once in a while from the catch can. Does the can stop oil deposits from the PVC system?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 JasonB
8:00 [Comment From ChubbyChubby: ]
i am in auto.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 Chubby
8:00 [Comment From JohnJohn: ]
Let me rephrase my question: what are you doing to design for a spark plug that will last 100K miles? 30K is simply unacceptable even for a HEMI.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 John
8:00 [Comment From DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)DF lghtngblt02 (Billy): ]
Will the Hemi ever be used in something other than a Ram, Challenger, or Charger?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)
8:00 [Comment From 95RAM36095RAM360: ]
Is the 20mpg statement regarding when driving on highway? if not whats the around the city MPG's?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 95RAM360
8:00 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>>>Todd - regarding the axle noise question; what model year is your truck? >>> 2010 RAM 1500 5.7 Big horn

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 Todd
8:00 [Comment From BrianPBrianP: ]
do the hemi's actually have hemispherical combustion chambers?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:00 BrianP
8:01 Dodgetomahawk - Check with your dealer for the latest transmission software updates. Not all recent updates are available due to emissions and certification issues with the EPA. However some updates are available. Please see your dealer and he can answer.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:01
8:01 [Comment From MickMick: ]
I have an 04 1500 slt and it stalls randomly ive taken it to three different places and they dont know what it is?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:01 Mick
8:01 [Comment From Rich (Altair)Rich (Altair): ]
Mike - Thanks for the reply, currently not a good option for me but if I had a need for the additional towing capability in the future it certainly would be.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:01 Rich (Altair)
8:01 [Comment From MrPEZO (Frank)MrPEZO (Frank): ]
Bruce the rams that have the 1500 on the side are the 2011

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:01 MrPEZO (Frank)
8:01 Justin, on installing MDS hardware on the Megacab.... major task. I'm not saying it is impossible, but a big task for FE. There are lots of tails in the engine control system that would be challenging. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:01
8:02 Shain - 4 cyl HEMI - yes Chrysler sold these in the 80's

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:02
8:02 Adrian, the DiabloSport Predator Tuners will void your trucks warranty...so buyer beware! - Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:02
8:02 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Unsure if my question got through, what about the HEMI Hybrid we all read about on Jalopnik and other forums?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:02 HemiHead
8:02 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
http://jalopnik.com/5216884/2010-dodge-ram-hemi-hybrid

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:02 HemiHead
8:02 [Comment From HemiHeadHemiHead: ]
Here's the Hemi Hybrid link again, any news on this? http://jalopnik.com/5216884/2010-dodge-ram-hemi-hybrid

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:02 HemiHead
8:03 Jason, Answered this one earlier, but we absolutely try engineer the parts as a system and to given them equal life (with the exception of "wear" components). If you are going to "lean" on the engine through boosting or other means, please be aware that this will void the warranty. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:03
8:03 HemiHead -- repeating earlier answer, due to poor marketplace response to hybrid pickups, work on the 2011 Ram hybrid program was cancelled.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:03
8:03 GeauxHunting, I would be sceptical of someone saying they get better FE without MDS. How did they disable the MDS?? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:03
8:03 [Comment From TomTom: ]
You engineers need a round of applause for bringing us such a awesome truck . Keep up the good work and hopefully you guys have heard what we are looking for in the near future .

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:03 Tom
8:04 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
I'll also be posting a copy of this entire transcript on DodgeForum.com for any members...

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 DF HammerZ71
8:04 [Comment From jimbobjimbob: ]
Can you answer this question about the future? Will Dodge be committed to performace in the future in the aspect of Ram Trucks in a 4x2 application?? :)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 jimbob
8:04 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
I Love Dodge trucks but I'd like to see you guys building trucks that really start to kick Ford and GMC butt

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 Doug
8:04 Pasquale - a higher heat range will not improve your FE. The HEMI is already equipped with knock sensors to allow maximum operation on 89 octane fuel, but operate safely on 87 octane. The HEMI is not equipped to operate on enthanol. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04
8:04 [Comment From RichRich: ]
the ribbed hose doesn't really cause a much pressure drop. [Comment From Brian Brian: ] Why was a ribbed rubber tube used on the stock CAI when a smooth tube would provide better airflow? As previously posted../--> the ribbed hose doesn't really cause a much pressure drop. Lower induction restriction is good for power, and we didn't want to leave too much on the table. The MOPAR CAI won't have the same noise characteristic either. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 Rich
8:04 [Comment From 09RAM09RAM: ]
Sorry i just joined and had only one question. Are there plans for a 6 speed tranny in the half tons. thanks

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 09RAM
8:04 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
also all 4x4's need to have locking difs

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 Doug
8:04 [Comment From azzo540azzo540: ]
what about a powerwagon option with diesel and hemi not just hemi

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:04 azzo540
8:05 Brain - Thanks again for the information regarding the latest towing trends in the market. What are your expectations regarding towing on grades with these loads?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:05
8:05 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
The RT seems a little overrated to me. Seems like it is just a single cab ram with a hemi you could find in any other ram 1500. I know the gears are different and it has R/T badges, but I'd love to see something to really make it stand out.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:05 Alex
8:05 [Comment From KevinKevin: ]
Just bought a 2010 Power Wagon. You guys did an awesome job on this truck.I have only had a chance to go off road on the beach so far. I buried it on purpose up to the axles. I unhooked the front sway bar,aired down the tires and locked the front and rear diffs. Walked right right out of the hole with no problems. I can't wait to get it in some mud!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:05 Kevin
8:05 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>>>What the future holds... we're not allowed to comment on. Gregg >>>

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:05 Todd
8:06 Sorry Brian.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:06
8:06 Bruce, the 1500 badge was removed for a "cleaner" appearance on the door, but we got a lot of customer feedback, like yours, so we added it back for all 1500's in the 2011 model year.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:06
8:07 [Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
Can you define 'some level'? a percentage or specifically whats disabled? I've test driven the RAM and also the Silverado/Sierra. I know with the GM products you can hold the traction button for 15 seconds to turn off everything.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:07 Michael
8:07 [Comment From RoccoRocco: ]
Since I have installed a K&N CAI and the superchips Fuel economy tune, I have been getting worse MPG's. At this point, would an aftermarket exhaust help out? Any other suggestions? Thanks.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:07 Rocco
8:07 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
What the future holds... we're not allowed to comment on. Gregg>>>> BUT THEY KNOW SOEMTHING GOOD! ;^)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:07 Todd
8:07 Mick - Make sure the transmission oil level is at the proper level. Low transmission oil level can cause the engine to stall when braking aggressivily due to the lock-up clutch coming on by having the transmission briefly losing pump prime by having the oil sloosh forward in the oil pan.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:07
8:07 Azzo --the weight of the diesel would compromise the Power Wagon's off-road handling and agility. The 4:56 gearing on the Power Wagon's HEMI makes it perfect off-road.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:07
8:08 [Comment From Steve SSteve S: ]
While pulling my 5,000 pound travel trailer, up 6% or higher grades, I always have to manually downshift my 2005 Power Wagon to second gear. This keeps my r.p.m.s around 4,500-5,000 to maintain 60-65 miles per hour. Is this going to cut down the engine life even though the peak h.p./torque do not come in until these engine speeds?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08 Steve S
8:08 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
"Ram Nut, What model year is Truck? And what two bolts are you refering to? Eric " Question on forum came from a member with a 2007 1500 XLT. I am assuming the mean the rear exhaust manifold bolts but I'd just be guessing.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08 Ram Nut (Chris)
8:08 RobL, Can't be sure, but there is a good chance that you will actually exagerate the noise. Most aftermarket exhausts are sold as "low restriction" which may actually let more of the pulses be audible. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08
8:08 Tom, There no are plans for a Supercharged Hemi at this time. - Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08
8:08 [Comment From BretBret: ]
I have an 08 Ram 1500 4.7 2wd. Now that I'm up around 40K miles I'm noticing the tired wear more on the passenger side than the drivers side.. also notice that when it's wet, and the wheels spin a bit.. it's always the right side.. is this normal? My dealer keeps telling me it's because I'm over inflating my tires, however, I keep it @ what the sticker says and it's always between 30-36psi.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08 Bret
8:08 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
>>>>7:31 Todd, so it was not there until after 2000 miles on the truck? Gregg >>> YES drove smooth at first. Noticed it at 2K. My wife thought I has wondered over yellow line and hit wake up strips - thats the way she says it feels.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:08 Todd
8:09 [Comment From CajunDodgeCajunDodge: ]
I have a question. I have a 2008 Ram 1500 ST 3.7L. I came from a 1981 D-150, 318. Granted, budget restrictions had a big impact on my choice of trucks and fuel prices/commute to work afffected my engine choice. That said, my question is, why put anything smaller than a 318 in a Ram? Thank you and I appreciate your time.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:09 CajunDodge
8:09 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
are there any recommendations for aftermarket programmers (bully dog, predator, etc.)?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:09 Justin
8:10 09RAM - Actually your transmission is a 6 speed. See a previous post from us engineers. Thanks.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:10
8:10 [Comment From ToddTodd: ]
My problematic harsh MDS would be a great one for Dodge to inspect/dissect for learning purposes.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:10 Todd
8:10 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Regarding this comment: >>>>>7:58 7:31 Todd, so it was not there until after 2000 miles on the truck? Gregg on the exhaust to cancel the exhaust tone in 4cyl/fuel saver? Could they shift or malfunctiion?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:10 RobL
8:10 [Comment From DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)DF lghtngblt02 (Billy): ]
or Durango, Magnum, Jeep, and 300?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:10 DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)
8:10 Justin, all of our automatic transmissions are electronically controlled along with the engine. essentially they are mated together. transmissions would not be backward compatible because of engine and emissions complexity.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:10
8:11 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
from 2009 to 2010 the hemi ram gained owing capacity with no significant change how was this possible?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 Doug
8:11 Michael - last we checked, even holding the button down on GM products still only partially disables their ESC. Test it on wet or slippery pavement; we'll do the same.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11
8:11 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Eric, I have a solution for the hard starting, lower milage and all that, this is why I'm interested in the wear factor of it, I understand that to do it right takes a lot of consideration but if I can ad an additive to ethanol so that it has the same lubricity, then it will work, is that right?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 Pasquale
8:11 [Comment From GeauxHuntingGeauxHunting: ]
I believe they disabled it with aftermarket programmers or tuners.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 GeauxHunting
8:11 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
Gregg, most after market tuners (Superchips, Diablo) now offer the ability to disable MDS

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 DF HammerZ71
8:11 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
All the rams should have limited slip!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 Adrian
8:11 [Comment From DodgetomahawkDodgetomahawk: ]
What are the engineers opinions on dry sump oiling and will it make inroads into oem in large fashion or not.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 Dodgetomahawk
8:11 [Comment From Rich (Altair@DF)Rich (Altair@DF): ]
Can we expect to see the 6.4l Hemi offered in the 1500 at any point? Possibly as an SRT?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:11 Rich (Altair@DF)
8:12 Pasquale, Induction and exhaust changes might potentially give you more output assuming that the electronics can adjust; however you are missing the big chunk of the system. The truck cams have higher lift and the intake manifold has an active feature which significantly improves output. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12
8:12 Dodgetomahawk -- To the best of our recollections, the modern HEMI did debut in the Dodge Super 8 HEMI Concept.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12
8:12 Hey Rich: Most popular question on the 6.4. Scroll up to the first answer.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12
8:12 JasonB-You should drain your catch can during every oil change. Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12
8:12 [Comment From ChubbyChubby: ]
I love my Hemi truck. 2010 Bighorn QC

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12 Chubby
8:12 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
How come the HEMI with knock sensors doesn't take advantage of 93 octane fuel?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:12 Pasquale
8:13 [Comment From CajunDodgeCajunDodge: ]
I have a question. I have a 2008 1500 ST 3.7L. I came from a 1981 D-150 318. Granted, budget restraints and fuel costs affected my choice of engine size, but my question is, why put anything smaller than a 318 in a Ram? Thank you and I appreciate your time.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:13 CajunDodge
8:13 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
I don't expect to pull one of those big trailer's uphill a mountain at 70mph but it would be nice to do it at 55 - 60mph. Other issue is stopping those trailers. The 3500's need to have big disc brakes assisted by an engine brake.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:13 Brian
8:13 [Comment From DF HammerZ71DF HammerZ71: ]
And yes, almost everyone who disables MDS with an aftermarket tuner has reported better fuel economy. Of course, besides disabling MDS they are also running a different PCM tune than what you ship stock...

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:13 DF HammerZ71
8:13 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
I read that your dropping the 1500 to a 150 and so forth is this true?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:13 Doug
8:14 Doug -- No truth whatsoever to that.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:14
8:14 Pasquale, good question. The E85 capable engine gets different (upgraded) valve seats and valves. The alcohol does not provide as much lubricity as gasoline. The calibration is also unique so that it looks for alcohol content in the fuel and adjusts accordingly. If you run your engine on E85 all the time, it will behave well and last as designed if you follow the recommended service , but it is harder on the engine than running gas. HEMI is not recommended for E85 application. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:14
8:14 [Comment From challynutchallynut: ]
Actually, I think that the addition of the 1500 on the 2011 rams cluttered the door too much compared to the 2009 and 2010 rams

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:14 challynut
8:14 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
What can I do to increase the HEMI fuel economy by 20%?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:14 Pasquale
8:14 [Comment From Santiago (s11098k)Santiago (s11098k): ]
Is it true that ram will be upgrading the power on the 6.7L cummins come 2011?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:14 Santiago (s11098k)
8:15 CajunDodge - The 3.7L performs very well for certain customers. Specifically, contractors who do alot of traveling around construction yards who don't tow trailers and have minimum weight. A 3.92 ratio is much preferred over the standard 3.55 ratio. Cost is the main reason why customers chose this option.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:15
8:16 Santiago: Today's chat is HEMI focused. We will have another Cummins chat in early 2011. In relation to your question, we do not have any information currently on upgrading power on the 6.7

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:16
8:16 Rocco-We would recommend talking out the Superchips and returning to the stock calibration for best MPG. Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:16
8:17 Bill - RAM engineers work on improving MPG, performance, and reliability every year so stay tuned!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:17
8:17 [Comment From Santiago (s11098k)Santiago (s11098k): ]
Is it true that RAM will be upgrading the power on the 6.7L cummins after 2011?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:17 Santiago (s11098k)
8:17 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
Is there a way to manually turn on MDS on the HEMI? Or could we opt for a more aggessive MDS system that makes the HEMI more fuel efficient?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:17 Pasquale
8:17 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
Given the Hemi is better than the 4.7L in both power and MPG, I suggest the Hemi be made the standard motor in the Rams and the 4.7L the option one pays more for. Doing this will reduce the cost of production of the Hemi, it seems to me.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:17 Brian
8:18 [Comment From RichRich: ]
I regularly tow 4-7,000lb loads. Stock transmission tuning, the Ram is downright terrible even with Tow/haul mode engaged. Now, since I installed the Superchips tuner where i can alter the partial upshifts/downshifts, the Ram is effortless in towing. Regarding the 6speed...It's really not a true 6spd as the transmission does not go through 6gears, but only 5. It's either 2nd or 2nd-prime that gets engaged. That is ind of misleading if you say the trans is a 6spd. You should state that it's a PT 6spd and not make it seem that it's a fulltime 6spd.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:18 Rich
8:18 [Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
Will do -- i'll try it on wet pavement. I held the ESP button on my friend's new Chevrolet the other day and left some serious marks on dry pavement, though.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:18 Michael
8:18 [Comment From pomygaspomygas: ]
Are you confident that you can stay ahead of new Ford 5.0 engines. What to you have in store for the future hp wise to address this?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:18 pomygas
8:18 Brian, the ribbed tube also provides flexibility so it helps avoid vibration issues in the cab. The flow losses are pretty low (compared to a straight tube). You're right though, there are some losses. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:18
8:18 Billy, As you might have guessed from the above chat, we can't talk about future plans, but you did forget one usage - the Grand Cherokee. Do you have an application in mind? Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:18
8:19 Hey pomygas...I am sure Ford would love to know ;)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19
8:19 Justin-We do not recommend any aftermarket tuners. Our factory guys do a great job with the calibrations.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19
8:19 [Comment From RobLRobL: ]
Regarding this comment: >>>>>7:58 7:31 Todd, so it was not there until after 2000 miles on the truck? Gregg --Same problem here, my dodge ram drove fine in the beginning and after a few 1000 miles it started making noise. Are there isolators dampers on the exhaust to cancel the exhaust pulse-tone in 4cyl/fuel saver? Could they shift or malfunctiion?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19 RobL
8:19 [Comment From JonJon: ]
a question on oil changes... i'm suprised my 2010 1500 wants an oil change after just over 2000 miles of use, is this normaly expected ?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19 Jon
8:19 Adrian - So you want limited slip differentials to be an option on all axle ratios?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19
8:19 [Comment From eric from dodgeforum.comeric from dodgeforum.com: ]
We need a Raptor "killer". Any hope that the hemi can pull it off with the current technology?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19 eric from dodgeforum.com
8:19 [Comment From FredFred: ]
Why does Dodge Ram have such weird ratios in their automatic transmissions? If the 545 had 10 ratios it would still be silly to have two overdrive ratios so close together. But it only has 5 ratios....so here's a thought. Rear axle ratio stays same at 3.55, first "gear" ratio should be about 3.5, 2nd "gear" about 2.35, 3rd 1.67, 4th 1.0, and 5th about 0.7 ; with these ratios the acceleration would be much better and fuel mileage would be almost identical, and the Ram might actually win some acceleration comparison tests! The ratios in the "68" transmission are just as bad.... Is it so difficult to alter the ratios?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:19 Fred
8:20 Rich - it is not currently available, but we appreciate your input, and your interest has been noted. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:20
8:21 [Comment From AlexAlex: ]
I'm out of here for the night. Thanks to all the engineers that have helped us out in this chat. Look forward to more chats!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:21 Alex
8:21 [Comment From Santiago (s11098k)Santiago (s11098k): ]
sry i didnt know the messages delay...

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:21 Santiago (s11098k)
8:22 DF HammerZ71, the platinum (or other precious metal plugs) don't really add horsepower or other running advanatage. We are always weighing the value to our customers versus perceived value. In the past, we've not been able to justify the change, although you're not the only one that has commented on the plugs. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:22
8:22 [Comment From RichRich: ]
[Comment From Pasquale Pasquale: ] What can I do to increase the HEMI fuel economy by 20%? This is asking alot, but you can install 4:56 gears if you are doing driving under 60mph. This will give you a good booost in mpg due to the way the transmission is geared

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:22 Rich
8:23 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
No I think it should be standard.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Adrian
8:23 [Comment From TomTom: ]
So you want limited slip differentials to be an option on all axle ratios? YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Tom
8:23 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
Mine doesn't have Limited slip and I wish it did

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Adrian
8:23 [Comment From Steve SSteve S: ]
A BIG THANKS to all of the engineers on here tonight!!!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Steve S
8:23 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
all rams should be limited slip but have the option of a elocker

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Doug
8:23 John, Spark Plug... the type of plug we chose was not long life. You can change to a precious metal plug of the same geometry and heat range. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23
8:23 Rich - 2 prime is used in Tow/Haul. Depending on your model year, an improve Tow/Haul calibration is available through your dealer for all 09 and 10MY vehicles. I'm sure you will notice an improvement in towing performance vs the original calibration. 6 forward gears are used depending on driving conditions.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23
8:23 BrianP, It is as close to a hemisperical shape as we could and still achieve the high compression ratio (10.5:1) and the in-cylinder charge motion. The one piece that other people forget about is the valve layout Most engines have the valve in line with the engine. The Hemi has them cross-wise for improved flow. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23
8:23 [Comment From DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)DF lghtngblt02 (Billy): ]
"Billy, As you might have guessed from the above chat, we can't talk about future plans, but you did forget one usage - the Grand Cherokee. Do you have an application in mind? Eric " Yes I would like to see it in the Dakota as a Performance Truck, like an SRT or RT

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)
8:23 [Comment From TomTom: ]
DF HammerZ71, the platinum (or other precious metal plugs) don't really add horsepower or other running advanatage. We are always weighing the value to our customers versus perceived value. In the past, we've not been able to justify the change, although you're not the only one that has commented on the plugs. Gregg Who would want to leave a spark plug in a aluminum head for 100,00 miles . Thats a appetite for disaster .

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:23 Tom
8:24 [Comment From bobbob: ]
no more stick shift in the p/w?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:24 bob
8:25 Chubby - in auto mode you will get MDS regardless of gear. How do you know it is in first gear? If you are at a light enough load to invoke MDS, the transmission should have upshifted to a higher gear. Once you exceed 25 mph, if the request is low enough it will go into MDS operation. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:25
8:26 Hey everyone. We are wrapping up getting caught up with all the qestions. We will try to get you answers for all the ones that are already in.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:26
8:26 Adrian - you commeted: "Mine doesn't have Limited slip and I wish it did" Limited slip diff's are availble from Mopar

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:26
8:26 Ram Nut (Chris), we're not aware that there was any such response. We made some calls, but couldn't get any technical details on the difference between the two push rods. (not sure that there is anything significant). We'll follow up. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:26
8:27 [Comment From Rich (Altair@DF)Rich (Altair@DF): ]
Just wanted to state my agreement with some of the other commenters, personally I think limited slip should be an option if not standard on all the trucks. I would also love to see the Hemi make it into the Dakota as Billy suggested.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27 Rich (Altair@DF)
8:27 [Comment From MichaelMichael: ]
I agree that a mechanical or E-Locker would be very helpful on the 1500s.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27 Michael
8:27 [Comment From MiradartMiradart: ]
Great job guys. Dodge Rules! Just promise me that when some penny pinching MBA comes into your area, you take them out and have then shot. Now there's a 14 cent solution for you. Good value all around. LOL!! Just kidding. :) Just call them names and tell them to go back to school. Take care guys!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27 Miradart
8:27 [Comment From JustinJustin: ]
I want to say thank you to all of the engineers. Appreciate your time and I love my megacab!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27 Justin
8:27 Brian - Ram qualifies all it's trailer capacities for all U.S. grades including Eisenhower grade in Colorado; ask the Ford or GM folks if they do this! Thanks again Brian - our customers that tow trailers are really important to us, We also get feedback directly from the Dodge Rodeo and Cummins folks that help us make our vehicles truely capable of what we advertise!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27
8:27 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
The problem with 100,000 mile plugs is that dissimilar metals (plug vs head) will corrode together. Not a good thing. Better to change them every 30k or 3 years in my humble opinion.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:27 Brian
8:28 Fred - The ratios on the 68RFE are nearly identical to the Allison LCT 1000 transmission used in the Chevy Duramax as well as the Allison LCT 2500 series transmission used in commercial vehicles. As you know, transmission gear ratios are a function of rear axle ratio as well as engine torque at certain rpms. This is a complex system issue that depends on various other factors that determine the optimal vehicle performance attributes.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:28
8:28 [Comment From GuestGuest: ]
Bring us the 5.0 cummins, and a new hemi for our 1500's an HD

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:28 Guest
8:28 [Comment From RichRich: ]
So 2nd-prime is never used in regular driving mode?

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:28 Rich
8:28 [Comment From RyanRyan: ]
Hi just wondering if you will make your trucks a tad cheaper and up the mpg in the cummins and the hemi v8 and are you gonna change the name to Ram 50

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:28 Ryan
8:29 [Comment From AdrianAdrian: ]
thanks to all the engineers on the chat tonight

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 Adrian
8:29 Jimbob, what do you think? After all, Ram & Hemi are synonymous with performance! We will do everything we can to provide the most relaible performance oriented truck that we can. We can't comment specifically on our product, but hopefully you won't be disappointed. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29
8:29 [Comment From PasqualePasquale: ]
thanks everyone for your answers, I hope we can have another session like this much sooner :)

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 Pasquale
8:29 [Comment From Matt99Matt99: ]
thanks engineers for your time. I have a quick question that might have been answered. The retaining clips in the rear differential have already sent mine to the grave. Why are they included if it works without them and they cause damage

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 Matt99
8:29 [Comment From DougDoug: ]
Thanks you guys

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 Doug
8:29 [Comment From RichRich: ]
Thank you Techs for your time and Input. Def helped answer a lot of questions here that have plagued the forum for a while now.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 Rich
8:29 [Comment From DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)DF lghtngblt02 (Billy): ]
Thanks for all the feedback! Good Work.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 DF lghtngblt02 (Billy)
8:29 Paul - for a 2010 RAM your MDS operation should be indicated in the electronic vehicle information center "EVIC" in the dash at the top of the display. When in MDS mode, you should see "ECO" displayed. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29
8:29 Bill, We understand that we can never get good enough fuel economy. Can't comment on future applications, but you can bet we are working hard on FE improvements. Keep in mind too, that fuel economy is not really just a powertrain thing. It's a whole vehicle thing. Some of the items we're working on are not in the powertrain at all. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29
8:29 [Comment From eric from dodgeforum.comeric from dodgeforum.com: ]
Thanks guys! great info!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:29 eric from dodgeforum.com
8:30 [Comment From jimbobjimbob: ]
Forget about MPG! Ram SRT 8 please

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:30 jimbob
8:30 [Comment From Ram Nut (Chris)Ram Nut (Chris): ]
Thanks for the feedback. Great idea! Hopefully this transcript will be available for a while. Would also be helpful (interesting) to know what Engineers were on the chat with us. Hoping you can add that to the forum post. Thanks again.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:30 Ram Nut (Chris)
8:30 [Comment From Rich (Altair@DF)Rich (Altair@DF): ]
Big thanks to the engineers for doing this! Hope to see more chats like this in the future!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:30 Rich (Altair@DF)
8:31 [Comment From Laramie From DFLaramie From DF: ]
www.dodgeforum.com Would like to hand out a large thank you to you guys for putting this on. The information has been fantastic!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:31 Laramie From DF
8:32 95RAM360 - the 20 mpg is the highway rating based on the EPA required drive cycle. The city MPG will be in the 13-14 range. Please refer to the Dodge.com website for more information on the fuel economy ratings. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:32
8:32 Rich - 2 prime is used for high speed kickdowns above 60 mph to get better vehicle performance on the highway. We are looking to use it on upshifts in low speed city traffic in the future but this hasn't been decided yet.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:32
8:32 Todd - on your 2010 RAM 1500 with 5.7L; get back with your dealer and get the axle fixed for good. There may have some issues with service parts. If your dealer has a question, have them get someone from the Customer Satisfaction Team.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:32
8:32 [Comment From MiradartMiradart: ]
Chrysler has got the BUZZ back. Momentum takes time to reverse, but you guys are on the right track. It's like 1994 all over again!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:32 Miradart
8:33 [Comment From RobertRobert: ]
thanks for chatting with us Mopar gear heads! Im sure all these people love Mopar and the beast that Hemi is and always will be! keep making advancements to your products and we will keep pouring our money to you for further R&D!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:33 Robert
8:33 [Comment From BrianBrian: ]
www.ramforumz.com wants to thank the Engineers and everyone else for their participation.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:33 Brian
8:33 Our model names will continue to be 1500,2500, & 3500.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:33
8:35 Thanks so much everyone for joinging us! Answers are still coming in from our engineer team, so hold tight if your published question is waiting on one.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:35
8:36 Steve, don't worry about using the engine. It will be fine pulling that trailer. The dyno tests that we put it through are more difficult than what you're doing. I want to understand, though, why you need to manually downshift? If you just push to the floor, do you not get the downshift? Is it just that the trans will "hunt" between 2d and 3d gears? Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:36
8:39 Pasquale, Not sure what additive you are proposing so I can't comment on how it will address the probable wear. When the valve or valve seats wear the potential for valve burning is greatly increased. Also, the fuel map has to be spot-on or detonation/pre-ignition willd destroy the engine. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:39
8:39 Bret-Check your trucks alignment and moniter your tire pressure. - Dave

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:39
8:39 Eric, Thanks for the comments on a Ram based high speed desert racer. If you are in big time need, our friends at Mopar offer a Ram Runner package for our current 5.7 Light Duty. The Hemi is a great off road performer in the power wagon. In fact, the power wagon recently beat the raptor head to head in an independent comprehensive off road test!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:39
8:40 Todd, 8:08 Well, we've discussed the characteristic that this wasn't there at first, but came in at 2000 miles.... you've stumped us. As the trans lockup clutch wears in, it should get better for shudder. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:40
8:43 Bob, we currently only offer the automatic trans in the Power Wagon. We don't have any plans to change.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:43
8:43 Jon - you asked: "a question on oil changes... i'm suprised my 2010 1500 wants an oil change after just over 2000 miles of use, is this normaly expected ?" Your 2010 has an automatic oil change indicator system. This system monitors the truck usage and will indicate when an oil change is needed based on this usage. The system is calbrated to indicate an oil change in needed 500 miles before the expected change point to give adequate time for the service. For a 2010 vehicle, the earliest this indicator will come on is 2500 miles for a severe duty drive cycle. These intrervals were extended for the 2011 MY. Thanks Gary

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:43
8:44 Dodgetomahawk, dry sump oiling systems are typically done for two reasons in racing - reduce parasitic losses and to lower the engine in the chassis. That said, the cost is significant and generally do not have extended life. I do not believe that you will see significant inroads in the general market. We try to achieve as much of the benefits of these systems as we can through managing the oil spash in the crankcase via windage trays and oil pan designs. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:44
8:46 Doug - On Hemi towing capacity: RAM meets strict towing standards at the ratings published. In 2010, the truck was rated higher after extensive work optimizing the vehicle performance on key grades out west; passing Fords along the way!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:46
8:46 CajunDodge, my experience with the 3.7L 1500 is that the truck will be pretty good as a drive around, light duty application vehicle. You hit the nail on the head, the smaller engine will work harder to move the vehicle - this makes the engine operate in a more efficient range. By operating in a more efficient manner, you will get the fuel savings. BUT, as you know, the power to weight ratio is smaller, and the vehicle performance will be less remarkable. I guess I'd say, don't be afraid of using the engine, it can handle it. The engine is designed to work hard. Keep in mind that the calibration will go into enrichment at the really high loads, so don't keep your foot into it all the time, or you'll see a hit in fuel economy. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:46
8:47 Ryan, great input! We are constanting trying to add value to our trucks and increase fuel economy. Our model names will continue to be 1500,2500, & 3500.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:47
8:48 Pasquale, the engine is optimised for mid grade fuel, but can run efficiently on regular fuel. Yes we could have cal'd the engine to run on premium, but most people do not want to pay the premium associated with this fuel. Eric

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:48
8:51 Pasquale - No there is no method for manually turning on MDS. MDS operation is calibrated to be used as aggressively as possible for the truck. - Brian

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:51
8:51 RobL, no active tuning in the exhaust. Depending upon what noise you're hearing. If it is that loud, I wonder if you're getting a rattle somewhere else. The exhaust system is designed to quiet the stronger / lower frequency pulses when you're driving in MDS mode. Your exhaust doesn't have any active features in it though. Gregg

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:51
8:54 Pasquale -- The best way to maximize fuel efficiency is to observe the appropriate driving habits and ensure that your tires are properly inflated. As for 20percent improvement? That's a challenge we'll have to look into.

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:54
8:56 Hey guys, that wraps up the last of it, so thanks again to everyone that participated, and look forward to chatting again in the future!

Wednesday December 8, 2010 8:56
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