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Old 02-24-2012, 01:55 PM
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first off wasn't exactly bashing,well unless that's what u want to call it!!!
i'm a Mopar guy from way back.
64 factory v8 4 speed Cuda, 68 Roadrunner,the list goes on.
i did 6 months worth of evaluating before dropping on a 47000 truck.
i'm just telling u what is happening!!!!!!!
jeez people, i'm 54 years old and i know how to read the owners manual.
traction control is turned off.
it's in 5th not mds.
3:55 gears,everything else is factory with the exception of a camper top.
it will barely spin a tire turning a corner!!!!!
if you get a damp road you can make them spin for a fraction of a second before torque management takes over by throttling the engine back!!!
7500 miles so i don't see it getting any better,but it is 4x4.
11-12 around town,16-17 freeway unloaded,11 pulling a 21 ft Triton Bassboat.
may take it in and let them tell me something.it just feels very loaded,underpowered of the line till u get to 3-4000 then it takes off.
throttle lag sucks,and most times it will not downshift into what i would consider the correct lower gear when u floor it.
i guess it will just be something to put up with till a tuner gets on the market or i trade it off after 6 months!

radio has a screen that says daytime and auto and nite time.
daytime is bright,push the nite time and it's dim,push the auto and it stays bright!!!!

and the Suburban gets 9 to the gallon i don't care what you are doing.its the heavy 3/4 with the towing package so all the brakes,springs etc are 1 ton.it's got 35 in BFG's on it,and yes it will spin the tires!
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:20 PM
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I had the same thing happen on the touch screen radio brightness but as it turned out the brightness for the instrument cluster on the light switch was all the way over and clicked to the brightest setting and it overrides the dimming with the lights on making the screen like a lightbulb in the truck at night.
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I remember reading on a website that Dodge has changed the way of doing business a bit
Before they would do the Technical Service Bulletins, Recalls, Customer Satisfaction Notices, software upgrades ( i forget what they call it technically ), when they came out. You didn't have to ask them to do any of it.
Now, unless you ask, only TSBs & Recalls are done that way at many dealerships
CSNs & things that make your vehicle run more efficiently are not done unless you request it, I just ask my service writer to check for updates when i go in for service, except when i see something specific here on this forumZ.

My dealership has 7 service writers & i always get the same guy, except on his day off
I also try to stop & grab assorted donuts on the way to the dealership for service
Yes i do bribe the people that are going to work on my vehicle
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Old 02-24-2012, 03:46 PM
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Lets us know how you make out with that issue... Hopefully should be a quick fix...

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Make sure it is on auto color mode then make sure that your instrument cluster intensity is not set all the way to one side. I hope you tried this like I said early and someone else said it after me. This should allow it to auto dim.

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first off wasn't exactly bashing,well unless that's what u want to call it!!!
i'm a Mopar guy from way back.
64 factory v8 4 speed Cuda, 68 Roadrunner,the list goes on.
i did 6 months worth of evaluating before dropping on a 47000 truck.
i'm just telling u what is happening!!!!!!!
jeez people, i'm 54 years old and i know how to read the owners manual.
traction control is turned off.
it's in 5th not mds.
3:55 gears,everything else is factory with the exception of a camper top.
it will barely spin a tire turning a corner!!!!!
if you get a damp road you can make them spin for a fraction of a second before torque management takes over by throttling the engine back!!!
7500 miles so i don't see it getting any better,but it is 4x4.
11-12 around town,16-17 freeway unloaded,11 pulling a 21 ft Triton Bassboat.
may take it in and let them tell me something.it just feels very loaded,underpowered of the line till u get to 3-4000 then it takes off.
throttle lag sucks,and most times it will not downshift into what i would consider the correct lower gear when u floor it.
i guess it will just be something to put up with till a tuner gets on the market or i trade it off after 6 months!

radio has a screen that says daytime and auto and nite time.
daytime is bright,push the nite time and it's dim,push the auto and it stays bright!!!!

and the Suburban gets 9 to the gallon i don't care what you are doing.its the heavy 3/4 with the towing package so all the brakes,springs etc are 1 ton.it's got 35 in BFG's on it,and yes it will spin the tires!
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to those that answered on how the radio dims, thank you, guess i should have read the manual more closely.
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Old 02-25-2012, 09:06 AM
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snakebit, except for not being able to spin the tires like we did in the seventies, how do you like the rest of the truck.
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READ THE OWNERS MANUAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol it will tell you all about how to auto dim and as for crackin the tires loose my 2011 laramie cracks loose just fine you just have to turn off
MDS by shifting into 5 and turn off traction control button located on the dash. i have the 392 gears and heavy towing package and im gettin around 12-14 city and 15-17 hwy consistantly.
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Old 02-25-2012, 12:44 PM
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So if you are that dissatisfied get rid of your Ram and drive your Toyota.
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I think one difference is that if this is your first newer model vehicle with Torque Management it takes a while to get use to. I remember I had a 1988 Chevy Silverado with a 350 and you could just stomp on it and it would roast the tires. If you got it in a corner it would spin till the 700R4 shifted at around 40 MPH. That was with a 3.42 Open Diff. One thing to keep in mind at that time it was rated 220 Horsepower but it was running 225-75-16 tires. When I traded for a 2000 Model Silverado that had 285 Horsepower, 3.73 Rear End LSD, 265-75-16 tires.I was diappointed because you would stomp it and it would just lag till you got moving. So you feel like with 65 more horsepower you should see a improvement.I can see where you are coming from. In the defense of that truck it was an extended cab with alot more features than my old Chevy truck had. Also older vehicles years ago you did not have to Power Brake to get them to spin. You simply came off the brake and mashed to the floor and the wheels would start spinning and smoking. Some Peoples truck here may do that my 2012 Hemi truck with a 3.92 wont. I dont know that it is necessarily bad,(tire costs,unintentional spinning by wife) JUST DIFFERENT The 454 is moster and you have one of the last years that had some of the benefits of modern technology with Vortec.

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