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Old 10-24-2011, 08:44 PM
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how can i get more torque out of my stock 2005 ram 4x4 quad cab shot bed
with the 5.7 hemi 3:92 gears on 20'' wheels
i would like the torque for towing a camper
what kind of upgrades can be done on a beer buget

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When you say beer budget, it is like a nattie lite budget or a stella artois budget? It really all depends on how much you have to spend on the upgrades.
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well i cant do it all over night so i was thinking of starting small
i dont want to spend supercharger type money because i am thinking of just getting a used diesel but either way its going to cost something
any ideas of what to look at and maybe the apx. cost of the upgrade

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You could go with a tuner that wouldn't run you too much, especially if you buy used. That is usually the best bang for the buck mod out there.
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The typical "big three" mods will build torque, hp and increase mpg - free up your exhaust, CAI of choice, and tuner of choice. There are tons of threads on here comparing the various companies.
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realistically the best thing you can do for towing would be switching to 4.56 or even 4.88 gears, but with 4wd that'd be very expensive, and it would also kill hwy mpg. All other things likely wouldn't give you good enough results (just being honest). A tuner (superchips or diablo) with the tow tune would be the best bet for little money.
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Check out a new torque converter. That will be the best way to increase your torque. I bought one from edge racing but circle d racing and others out there sell these units. Cost on them is appro $525 and up for the unit then another $500 for install unless you do it yourself.

Also check out new gears for torque gains.

Also check out long tube headers.

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only consider a tq vertor if your going to race your truck...not for towing. Consider the easy stuff first...programmer, cai, exhaust (including new Y pipe)..don't do duals if you want tq. Next do a 180 tstat, maybe efan, u/d pulley and gears (4.56's with 20's).. after that cam up..
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how can i get more torque out of my stock 2005 ram 4x4 quad cab shot bed
with the 5.7 hemi 3:92 gears on 20'' wheels
i would like the torque for towing a camper
what kind of upgrades can be done on a beer buget

thanks


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Jeezes, what kind of trailer are you planning to tow? For years I towed a 24' camp trailer with a 1999 Ford Explorer with a 5.0 liter V8 that netted 200 hp. I'm talking ~3,000 miles a year since 2000. The trailer is rated 4,500 GVW, with all the crap my wife manages to stuff in it, I once scaled it at 4,790 lbs. I had my foot in it all the way, but I could cruse flat 65-70 on the interstate. The Explorer dragged that camper all over the northwest for nearly 10 years. It was the short wheel base of the Explorer that scared the snot out of me. I hated hills but it was white-knuckle time in the wind or when somebody passed me. The Explorer got hailed out, otherwise I'd likely still be driving it.

I still have the same trailer and my 2010 Dodge (w/ 3.55 gears) hardly notices the load. With a hemi and 3.94 gears, I think you can buy all the beer you want and still pull a 5,000 to 6,000 lb trailer with no sweat. I do suggest investing in a weight equalizing hitch and a proportional trailer brake controller. Unless you plan to tow a camper in the 8,000+ lb plus range, ignore the comments regarding taller gears, torque convertors, super chargers or other stuff. You may well have what you need already. If your camping desires are more than 10,000 lbs, sell the truck and go diesel.

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^I agree 5,000 lb trailer for hemi with 3.92 shouldn't be very bad...
but depends what weight he's pulling...

I also agree don't go with a higher stall TC if you tow, it will create more heat and that's not good for towing. The main thing for towing is gearing.
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