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Old 03-08-2012, 12:58 AM
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Hey everyone!

My name's Andrew and I'm currently a Dodge Dakota owner. I am going to be upgrading to a Ram, either 1500 or 2500, I just can't really decide. This is where you come in! I've done some research and don't want a diesel anymore. I'm wanting gas engine for sure, either 5.7 or 5.9. If you guys could reply with your findings, experiences or any other knowledge you have about the engines(hemi/MDS hemi/magnum), drive trains, suspensions(live axle/IFS) or anything else to help me make a decision on my new truck, it would help a bunch!

To keep in mind, I do my own work on my truck and love Wheelin'!

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gasoline engines now are the 6 cylinder, i think 3.7 L
small 8 cylinder 4.7L about 318 size
Hemi 5.7L
Then the diesel

the 5.7L is in the 1500, 2500 & 3500 series, the 1500 has MDS, it cuts down to 4 cylinders when horse power is not needed, it can be bad or good, depending on how you use the truck
The 1500 has a car like ride with coil springs
the others have leaf springs & are a REAL use truck
The 1500 has a light use transmission

The rear ends available are
3.21 ratio, best gas mileage, would be ok if you only pull or haul stuff under a ton
3.55 ratio with or without LSD, fair mileage, a little bit better for towing & hauling
3.92 ratio with or without LSD, a bit less MPG, much better for towing/hauling, most recommended ratio with LSD
4.11 ratio less mileage again, great for pulling heavier loads

Get the tow package, no matter which model & rear end ratio that you decide to get, it gives you the heavy duty radiator, & other very useful advantages

I suggest that you don't get a Ram with the RES radio, it is the Base model radio
The 3 letters will be on the radios face, lower right bottom corner

Good Luck & keep researching
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:57 AM
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I highly recommend getting a regular cab short bed outdoorsman, as long as u don't need room for more then 3 passengers (most people want it but don't need it) and u don't need an 8 foot bed (again most people don't) then this truck should satisfy all ur needs, it'll tow 10,000 lbs, its a little faster than a crew cab since it weighs atleast 600 pounds less, its also available with nearly every other option including hemi 5.7 alpine system nam power seats etc. bit if u can do without all the extras than get the express or tradesman, they're probly the best deals in full size trucks today. I have a 2012 express.
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i wanted a 2500, but bought a sport 1500. my truck is a toy and i couldn't justify the extre coin for the 2500.
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I had a 97 regular cab, a 2007 hemi quad cab, and now an 05 4.7 regular cab again, all 1500's. I'm looking for another quad cab, those back seats come in handy and now that I'm married I got dogs. A short bed regular cab with a leer shell is really pratical, otherwise I need the quad. You can't go wrong with a 1500 quad 5.7 hemi, the 4.7 is a pretty strong engine also, mpg is about the same. Oh yeah the quad seems like twice the truck than the regular cab when you wash it.
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Are you looking at used or new? As said the new engines are the v6, the 4.7L v8, and the 5.7L Hemi v8. Personally if you use it for anything at all more than a daily driver, to and from work, and want it to have some oomph get at least the 4.7L. The 4.7L is fairly strong, I like mine. If you want to race or whatever then get the hemi. All the engines are great and reliable.

If you are looking at used, I'd definitely get the 5.7L over the 5.9L. The hemi will get better mpg, it is more reliable, and has way more power.
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Also, if you didn't know, the 4.7L was changed in 2008 and the older version was 235hp 295lbft, the newer version is 310hp 330lb ft. It's a pretty significant difference. The 5.7L hemi was also changed around 2009 I think, the old version was 345hp 375ish lbft, the new version is 390hp 410lbft.
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I wanted a big horn but could not find one at the time, but now my SLT is the way I wanted whatever I got so I am Happy
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I would recommend the 1500 crew with the HEMI 5.7! I purchased mine after a lot of research and test drives. It has more hp than any stock truck I have driven and better handling. I also have the tow package and wouldn't recommend purchasing one without it!
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I got the 2500 for these reasons:

I need to tow 10K. I mean comfortably within the capacity of the truck, not at the limit.
I wanted the Mega Cab with the 6.5' bed
I wanted a solid front axle 4x4 (Hated my IFS 4x4 previously -weak)
I believe the truck will be longer lasting with stronger parts throughout
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The cost of the 2500 was negligible considering the overall price tag
The ride quality of my 2500 is Fantastic (compared to my 04' duramax)

I came from diesel to the Hemi. also and have been very content with the capability of this motor
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