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Old 09-06-2013, 04:39 PM
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The smooth shifting is one thing, but the 8 speed also makes a huge difference in available power. I'm not totally convinced the 8 speed makes the truck any quicker, but when you need power it hits the power band much more quickly then any vehicle I've ever driven. It makes the throttle response feel a lot better and it makes the truck feel more powerful. It really shines when passing on the highway. In stead of having to gut back, build the care into power band and then pass, I can hit full torque right away and just pass.

I'm not a motor head so don't quote me on any of this. I'm going purely off how the two trucks felt to me when driving them side by side.
I agree on the older transmissions, smooth = slipping = heat, and we all know heat is what kills auo transmissions. However, on the newer transmisions with the ability to electronically lock and unlock the torque converter at will, and torque managment programming, a smooth shift no longer is an indication of a slipping clutch pack. I think people will be pleasantly supprised and the amount of power the 8-speed will be able to put up with once people dive into the serious modding of this new generation of trucks.
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I have hesitated to say too much with just under 1,000 miles on mine yet, but I have to agree this engine/8 speed tranny combo is impressive so far. Power comes on fast and smooth and you barely feel shifts--easier to see them by watching the tach sometimes. And watching the tach is instructive--I don't think smooth equate to slipping here. Makes sense if you think about it, but isn't normal for those of us with long truck experience.

The same acceleration rate that would result in a very noticeable hard, toss you back when it kicks down shift in the past with 4 speed autos is much less harsh. Unless I really tromp on the accelerator, mine accelerates quite fast while not rising much above 2000 rpm and not dipping much below 1500 for each shift as it goes through all the gears. If you like your head tossed back when you hit it to pass you might be missing that unless you really tromp on it.

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Don't even think about it. Buy the 8 speed.
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At 1500 engine RPMs, the eight speed/3.21s will push the truck along at just over 68 MPH, the six speed/3.92s at the same engine RPMs will move along at just over 56 MPH. That is a difference that will affect MPGs between the two.
And with the wonderful 8 speed trans and perfect 3.55 axle ratio that for some inexplicable reason Dodge is no longer allowing in most of the Hemi powered 2014 models, 1500 rpms results in a 61 mph speed according to my tach and speedo (and digital speedo too).
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I sure hope the 3.55 becomes available again. I've got the 3.21 and while it's not bad. the 3.55 is closer to what I'll eventually need as I get too old to tent camp and move to a camper.
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The 8spd has been great so far. It always seems to be in the right gear even when Im towing. It doesnt ever search for the gears either, which I kind of expected. I have just over 3000 miles onit so far and love it. 1st gear is tall and a great creeper gear. 3.92's mated up with this is just fun to drive. Im not sure if it is really faster than the 6spd but it sure feels like it. All you guys that are not sure whether to wait or not. I say wait for the 8, if you cant find one now. Good luck!
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Test-drove both, took the 8-speed home. Love how quickly (the whole powertrain) adapts to my driving style; seems to downshift just when I need it, and upshift very swiftly.

It's just a damn good truck, everything about it fits my needs.
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Remember when you were a kid and probably had a 3 speed bike? Later, you graduated to a 5 or 6 speed bike. Remember how much easier to pedal and smoother shifting it was?

There is no comparison between the 6 and the 8. The 8 has far greater advantage and comfort than the obsolete ole 6 speed.
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I'm on too many truck forums, and have had three transmissions strand me, so, transmissions are a sensitive subject. But, I read somewhere that somebody had an overheating problem with an 8 speed. Anybody here come across this thread? Maybe not this forum, but somewhere. Does the new Ram transmission have a temperature gauge like the F150 has for its transmission?

I've got to test drive the Hemi 8 speed.
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Yes, both the 6-speed and 8-speed transmission temperatures are an option to view in the EVIC. I haven't paid much attention to where my 8-speed temperature runs though since it isn't one of the gauges I choose to show.
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