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Old 08-10-2013, 03:45 AM
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I've been researching and doing forums for awhile. What I've noticed is folks ignore the differences in 4x4 options between a gasser and a diesel. Here's an example, I have a Cummins diesel 4x4 purchased with a lift (but I don't take it off-road). I have a Cummins diesel 2wd just for hauling.

These rigs are purpose built for hauling loads in my humble opinion. In other words 7,500 lb rigs crawling rocks, climbing hills, banging through trails on short jaunts risking ball joints, track bars, Pitman arms shocks etc............... (is it me)?

I think the Ram 1500 4x4 is THE 4x4 for off road use (mine is a 98 SLT quad and only weighs 5,100 lbs.) I'm sure the Hemi 1500's weigh less than diesels.

I would like to see a random discussion on this issue. I have friends who want the diesels and jack them up, put big tires on them and stick them in the mud.

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I completely agree with you. Diesels are good for several things, but getting into mud isn't one of them IMHO. Yes, it can be done, but when you've got a 900lb engine up front that's a whole lot of potential for puling the front end in. I've always had a diesel truck for work, and I just replaced my '08 SuperDuty with a '13 SuperDuty crew cab long box. I also have access to my boss' F250 w/ 6.2L and when we need to get our hovercraft into the river for work we always take the 6.2L because it has never been stuck... unlike mine which just sinks in the lovely muskeg up here. In the 3 months I've owned the '13, it's had to be pulled out 3 times already just because the front buries itself and I'm running the same M-55 rubber on the 6.2L.
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The limiting factor with wheeling a 1500 is the axles , IFS is nowhere near as strong as a straight axle, and the axles themselves are weak and small, with small bearings ,The trucks are fine for mild 4 wheeling, but if you plan on spinning a 33" or bigger tire tire through the mud , expect to be snapping axles , I had an 06 1500 , and it was a good truck , but nowhere near the truck my 12 Powerwagon is !!!!
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Out here in Commiefornia guys like to haul their big toy hauler 5er's into the desert back country to ride their off roaders and bikes. Those big 5ers can be heavy and hard to pull on back country dirt roads. From what I can tell the diesels are the trucks for this job. So, I can see lifting them and putting large tires for this purpose. As to mudding, I've seen tons of damage to many vehicles because of this. I won't do it simply because I haven't got the kind of money needed for repairs. Crawling is out of the question without a specialized vehicle.
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and a diesel isn't designed to spin the RPM needed for true mudding where you have to spin the tires to keep them clean
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These answers are the best case I've seen for what I view as appropriate. I hope many others can view this (for example, the only good excuse in here for off roading a diesel (lift kits, tires, & shocks concerns pulling toys on off-road aggressive terrain) 100% AGREE with all on this post).

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