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Old 01-05-2013, 03:33 PM
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Hey Jim,

I was in your exact shoes in 05 when I first picked up my Ram... I looked to the forums for potential performance upgrades and the fellow Ram brethren (like Matt at Moes) were always doing R & D to see what makes our Hemi's go. Now, in terms of shifting, the powerband on our Hemi's comes in at higher rpms and the way our stock shifts are, it tends to shift before it reaches it. At wot it's ok but when your cruising around town it shifts too early for me. That's why I installed a floor shifter and I manual shift about 70 percent of the time. As for the Y pipe, take a look at your stock Y, don't know why Dodge pinches it when it goes 2 to 1 so that's definitely a bottleneck. I run the 180 for a couple reasons, it keeps me from running lean and the pcm tends to advance timing with it cooler which gives it a crisper throttle response. The stock tstat is 203 degrees which Dodge uses to get a complete burn for emissions. When i go to track i will swap in a 170 tstat which makes it perform even better...

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