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Old 08-28-2014, 11:44 PM
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Ok - so when I went shopping for my current RAM back in May, I was on a mission to buy a 4X4. I have no intentions of "off-roading" - beyond gravel/dirt roads, deer camp, and having the extra traction when the snow and ice of the winter show up.

That being said, this is the first time I have shopped for a 4X4 (only other one I have owned was a worn-out old Border Patrol Expedition with a dysfunctional transfer case).

Anyway - I bought a BigHorn Crew Cab - which comes with (only one offered) - the "Electronic Shift On-Demand" transfer case.

I noticed when comparing models, the Express had a different setup - with different options on the selector for the 4X4. I believe the literature calls that one "part-time", though it too can "shift on-the-fly", I believe.

Anyway - I've read some gripes elsewhere (since buying my truck) about the "on-demand" version - mostly calling it not a "real" transfer case... others calling it more "all wheel drive" instead of 4X4.

What is your real-world experience with this transfer case?
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:47 PM
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I would add - I have spoken with dealers (sales people), and a couple of guys in service departments - and have recede dramatically conflicting info... and even online there are conflicting claims.
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Hi Batt4CHRIST,

The one in your truck allows for on demand (full time) 4 wheel drive. There have been many many discussions about the 4 High, 4 Low settings on yours and I really can't answer one way or the other as I don't have one. What I DO have is the "Part Time" transfer case with the 355 LSD. When I go to 4 Low it locks the back axle and the front drive wheel giving me three driving wheels and pull it will! Now before we get into one of those "It does not work like that" discussion I have tested and retested this and if you even think about turning on pavement you will loose some fillings because that baby will tell you straight up it doesn't like the back wheels turning at different speeds on high traction surfaces.
4 Auto has the distinct advantage of being able to act like an all wheel drive system regardless of traction conditions. A very nice feature.

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Ok - so when I went shopping for my current RAM back in May, I was on a mission to buy a 4X4. I have no intentions of "off-roading" - beyond gravel/dirt roads, deer camp, and having the extra traction when the snow and ice of the winter show up.

That being said, this is the first time I have shopped for a 4X4 (only other one I have owned was a worn-out old Border Patrol Expedition with a dysfunctional transfer case).

Anyway - I bought a BigHorn Crew Cab - which comes with (only one offered) - the "Electronic Shift On-Demand" transfer case.

I noticed when comparing models, the Express had a different setup - with different options on the selector for the 4X4. I believe the literature calls that one "part-time", though it too can "shift on-the-fly", I believe.

Anyway - I've read some gripes elsewhere (since buying my truck) about the "on-demand" version - mostly calling it not a "real" transfer case... others calling it more "all wheel drive" instead of 4X4.

What is your real-world experience with this transfer case?
When off-roading in the Rocky Mountains for a week this summer, I tested out both my "AWD" and "4HI" settings. Maybe, just maybe, when in AWD, there was a fraction of a second delay in the front tires engaging when I punched the throttle in the gravel...maybe. And maybe, just maybe it was a little easier to make a sharp turn in AWD than 4HI without all of that tire slipping noise. Essentially, it drove like in 2WD when in AWD but the rear tires didn't spin.

In the end, for most everything I was doing, I simply used AWD or 4LO. I went everywhere I wanted in AWD and only used LO for the gear ratio when climbing or descending steep grades.
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Its not AWD, its full time 4wd. It is still a transfer case and not a differential, although the effect is somewhat similar.
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I actually really like the 4wd auto, flip it on first sign of snow or ice and just leave it there till I feel safe. I do notice a split second delay though in the front wheels engaging which is something I don't notice in 4 hi.
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which version is more expensive and which do the sales men try and push most on people walking in asking for 4wd?
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On demand is more expensive. I have avoided buying them since a few of my friends have grenaded the on demand tcases. (GM). I have not heard of any serious malfunctions on the rams however I don't particularly like the options that accompany the on demand cases. SLT trucks are fancy enough for me. Lol
I have not had a salesman try to push me one way or the other for t cases.
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I wasn't pressured either. I knew what trim I wanted and that I wanted 4x4, the on demand case comes in the Lone Star. I figured it would be nice to have in case I get stationed somewhere where it snows or the roads ice over, because when that happens the whole road doesn't necessarily ice over all at once and I can avoid damaging my t-case. However, part time vs full time 4wd was not a factor that played into my decision to get a Lone Star over an Express.
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The awd set up in an enhancement and costs more. Both have 2wd, 4 low, and 4 hi (both are locked) but the awd system allows you to stay in 4wd auto mode even if you are on dry pavement. It will kick in if you need it. I have the part time system. I drive in 2wd mode all the time, when I start to slip, I manually hit the button to move to 4wd mode, either hi or low depending on what I need. Your system will do it automatically.
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