Author Topic: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge  (Read 10330 times)

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #165 on: August 14, 2017, 11:53:21 AM »
I was 4.10s on 31" tires, it's a different world. I never hogged an undergeared 12v.

My 6.7 with the VGT and electronics has a ridiculously broad powerband and its severe undergearing doesn't apply. I've forgotten what it is to need to care whether I'm at 1500 or 2500...
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #166 on: August 14, 2017, 02:04:16 PM »
my truck doesnt really pull under 2000.  if im hawging up a hill knowing im loosing the battle ill drop a gear when im at 2200.  because of the torque management you loose a lot of your power until 3 seconds after the cluch is dumped to next gear.  2200-2800 are my change points when 100% loaded be most effective. 

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #167 on: August 14, 2017, 02:47:45 PM »
What annoys me the most with my truck that the first ~1/3 of throttle travel is all I use, the other 2/3 of throttle travel is useless. talk about a lot of feathering on the throttle! It pulls hard as soon as the turbo spools at ~1,500-1,750rpm (didn't pay attention) and all way to redline but EGT is a big limiting factor.

I've been putting off from getting my truck to run right, fix quirks here and there. meh. There were cobwebs on it from sitting since the picnic lol.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #168 on: August 24, 2017, 10:09:17 AM »
I talked with tech guy at Power Driven Diesel while I was at work yesterday. I decided to give the tow pig some attention last night

He told me to try turn in the pre-boost screw a little. I turned it ~1/2 in and that helped the start a lot, surprisingly but still too much cranking than my liking.

I installed their AFC LIVE and AFC MAX TRAVEL to my truck. Easy install. I went for a drive and look like I need to fiddle with it. I turned the max boost knob all way shut but still see too much boost, ~40-45psi. I turned the pre boost knob all way shut which made my truck a total turd.

Indeed is a 'tuner' for the 12 valve p-pumped Cummins, just that it's all mechanical and controlling max psi and how fast the psi can build to AFC. My AFC LIVE is stage 2 so I have that "KILL MODE" switch on it lol. I haven't try the kill mode as I don't really need it. I was on I-390 and was having trouble to not speed sooo much. It go from 50 mph to over 70 fast enough to hardly give me enough time to fiddling with the tuner before I need to back off and brake.

To sum it up, AFC LIVE is legit. I most likely will have better success if I'm running stock or slightly bigger fuel injectors and DVs. Good buy.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #169 on: August 24, 2017, 01:51:49 PM »
SA-07HD Sulastic shackles ordered.

I'll like to follow this up with a review.

Sulastic shackles do work really well..... only if there's enough weight in the bed. 100% empty bed and no spare tire they do nothing as it's just too light to function. spare tire under the bed and two tubes of sand (~120lbs?) by the tailgate is about perfect. Rear end suspension absorbs bumps nicely and all jarring are gone. Loaded heavy or towing they act just like normal shackles.

Worth the money? Depend on what you're looking for.... They definitely are not worth it for dedicated tow rigs. They're worth a look at for daily driver/multipurpose trucks.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #170 on: September 25, 2017, 10:21:02 AM »
I finally pinpointed my power steering leak. The leak got worse so it became obvious it's coming from hydrobooster. This also kinda confirmed that eithef vacuum pump and/or power steering pump is leaking motor oil. Not sure on what to try next as I tried to fix the oil leak between the two pumps twice so far. Probably installer's error (me) or from running low on PS fluid and messed up the seal on the coupler some how.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #171 on: September 25, 2017, 11:06:03 AM »
coupler is all engine oil lubricated, so if low PS fluid is to blame the pump bearings have to have failed and the shaft is walking
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #172 on: September 25, 2017, 11:14:42 AM »
My 2nd attempt was with NEW vacuum pump and PS pump.  Ugh.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #173 on: September 25, 2017, 11:19:39 AM »
smike and I both had extremely good luck replacing vacuum pump seals only.
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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #174 on: September 25, 2017, 12:11:23 PM »
smike and I both had extremely good luck replacing vacuum pump seals only.

That's what I did on my first attempt. I'll get another seal repair kit and hit y'all up?

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #175 on: September 25, 2017, 01:05:13 PM »
i replaced mine and got it good on the first try in my 24valve.  the eBay kit came with PVC tools and parts to do the job twice.  traded out the OEM single lip seal for a double lip seal that straddles the grove cut by worn oem seal 

i dont remember the specifics but i think the steering pump stayed under the hood then the seal was changed on the bench in the vac pump.

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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #176 on: September 25, 2017, 02:13:13 PM »
 That sounds right. I used the second seal from that kit, no issues.

Shitty that new parts == failed fix.


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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #177 on: September 25, 2017, 02:16:51 PM »
PS is one thing that hats contamination..
its 90% of what comes  back defective..
I never wanted a red car.. always thought they were tacky and common...
I now have 4 very not common cars and they are all red.. :o


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Re: 97 Dodge Ram 2500, AKA Shitty Dodge
« Reply #179 on: September 25, 2017, 02:20:24 PM »
PS is one thing that hats contamination..
its 90% of what comes  back defective..

My PS still work just fine, surprisingly. PS fluid leak is at hydrobooster somewhere. The motor oil leak is between vacuum & PS pump.