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Old 03-29-2011, 10:51 PM
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Hi guys, I wonder if anyone can help me? I searched but I couldn't find anything on what I want to know.

I've heard from more than one person that the front end and suspension of the Ram 2500 is too light duty for the weight of the CTD, and it gets hammered apart and needs parts sooner than it ought to.

Is this true, true only of earlier models but not those later than a certain year, or not true at all? Thanks
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Let me guess. This person does not, and has not, ever owned a Dodge Ram diesel.
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sounds like one of those
my friend has a mechanic friend that says, & his friends agree ....
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sounds like one of those
my friend has a mechanic friend that says, & his friends agree ....
Actually one of them owned an '03 2500 CTD, I saw it and it was a well cared for example, and he told me the front end had recently needed lots of work because it was too light duty for the heavy diesel.

If you don't think it is so then fine, I'm not some naive goof spouting rumour, I'm seriously looking to upgrade in towing ability from my 05 hemi to a Cummins example, and the 2500 seems to fit the bill, but there is a belief in people I have talked to that says the 2500 front end isn't up to the task in the long run of carrying the diesel, without premature need for service.

Was everyone I talked to out to lunch or was there and is there a concern with the robustness of the 2500 front end? Or was there once reason to say so but it's been corrected? That's all.

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I had a 2002, 2500 diesel HO and never had front end problems. Maybe he was referring to death wobble?
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Didn't say anything about wobble. I looked the 2500 wobble up on this site and I don't think that happened to him, though he didn't say it didn't do that either.

I was just thinking that when you hear something (2500 prone to front end problems with the diesel) from several independent sources you would be a fool not to consider their might be some truth to it and to try to find out more.
I couldn't find any threads on it and not many people are jumping on this topic except the few who seem to interpret asking the question as trash talking the sacred , so maybe it's not a real issue.
Thanks for your input.
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2wd or 4x4? That will make a difference on wear. Our older (late 90's early 2k's) work dodges were getting the front end rebuilt about every 30k miles and I just rebuilt my front end on my 2500 (105k miles, gasser) a few months ago after a serious case of DW at 50mph. It was about $550 to replace everything except the upper and lower ball joints and $3.00 to replace my underwear.
The inherent problem is that the parts are not greasable. Just replace them with quality greasable parts and it will be fine.
My buddy has a 2wd 2004 CTD with about 80k miles and he says his is holding up fine but then it sees nothing more than city driving. This same friend ran wrecker for about 10 years and he did have to pull quite a few 90's era dodges where the front end had collapsed. Of course if you beat on anything long enough it's going to break so who knows how these trucks were treated.
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You can expect to replace your factory ball joints after about 40K miles. Thats not just a dodge problem but with every diesel pretty much. Other then not many other problems.
Hd's havent really had as much as a problem with death woble as 1500's did since it was mostly from the cv axles being on hard angles
The new ram HDs front ends are really beefy. The first time my buddy and I saw one it was on display at the racetrack. We could here everyone walking in the gate laughing since all they could see was our legs hanging out from underneath the truck. I was impressed

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