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Old 05-11-2010, 09:52 PM
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Zack, I don't get it. I have 3.55 gears and same truck, heavier boat and it pulls great as long as I have it in tow/haul mode (mds on vs. off didn't change for me when pulling). Do you pull at 60-65mph? It seems all truck/vehicles have a hard time with 60-65mph when pulling, they do better at 70+ for shifting, unless you have 32" tires and 4.10 gears. I'm really surprised you're having so much shifting with 3.92's. hmmmm????? sorry dude, guess you'll need a Cummins next round!
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I too experienced these issues. First off, I believe someone posted that it is a 6-speed tranny. I am pretty sure it is only a 5-speed. Tow/haul just changes shift points slightly. After a few hours of shifting up and down, I finally remembered I had the digital gear shifter. Put it in 4 and it runs at 2500 rpm with 4000 lbs. at 60-65mph. it doesn't gear down unless you go up a really steep hill. Run at 70 mph, and it will shift down a lot more on even minor hills. I don't have an O/D off button. I only have a Tow/Haul and I asssumed 5th was my overdrive. I may be completely mistaken with all of this info, but 4th seemed to work great. I got a Mufflex 18" on my truck and the constant shifting was getting annoying.
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Are you sure it's kicking down a gear or is it the torque converter unlocking?
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I too experienced these issues. First off, I believe someone posted that it is a 6-speed tranny. I am pretty sure it is only a 5-speed. Tow/haul just changes shift points slightly. After a few hours of shifting up and down, I finally remembered I had the digital gear shifter. Put it in 4 and it runs at 2500 rpm with 4000 lbs. at 60-65mph. it doesn't gear down unless you go up a really steep hill. Run at 70 mph, and it will shift down a lot more on even minor hills. I don't have an O/D off button. I only have a Tow/Haul and I asssumed 5th was my overdrive. I may be completely mistaken with all of this info, but 4th seemed to work great. I got a Mufflex 18" on my truck and the constant shifting was getting annoying.
Technically speaking it is a 6 speed transmission but because of the 2 second gears, it's classified as a 5 speed. The extra second gear is a true passing gear and isn't used in upshifting. Check out this link for more info http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=55657

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I have 3:55 gears and pull around 4500 pounds. You are lucky to have 3:92s. Always pull in 4th gear. That should solve your problem. My experience with tow/haul does nothing more than change shift points when going up in gears. Turns off mds. No difference with torque converter staying in lock up. In driving gear, truck acts the same with or without tow/haul.
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I have 3:55 gears and pull around 4500 pounds. You are lucky to have 3:92s. Always pull in 4th gear. That should solve your problem. My experience with tow/haul does nothing more than change shift points when going up in gears. Turns off mds. No difference with torque converter staying in lock up. In driving gear, truck acts the same with or without tow/haul.
The only impact Tow/haul has on MDS is it increases the rpm beyond the MDS's operational range.

To turn off MDS you have to put the trans in manual mode.
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^^^ That makes sense. When pulling the boat, I am in 4th gear, so the mds is off. For my use, tow/haul makes no difference. I supose it would if I where pulling more weight.
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