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Diesel Truck for hunting

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Old 02-13-2004, 06:35 AM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting

Just a few words of advice. And I speakf ro most diesel owners here. That new rig you have is HEAVY. You have to watch where you drive, especially with that duelly and highway tires. No more cutting across the field to check the 700 yds targets [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] You are probably 3 times the weight of your old Toyota pick-up, better part of 8500 pounds.

Ask me how I know [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img] I parked my diesel on a logging road (it had rained for probably 2 days prior to this). I went in and hunted, came out 5 hours later and she was sitting on the frame. Well 6 hours later we got her out. Not a fun experience.


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Old 02-14-2004, 02:39 AM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting

I have had my '97 Dodge 3500 4x4 Cummins automatic tranny since Dec '96. After nearly 200000 miles I am still satisfied with it. The only problem was a shut-down relay at less than a year old.

My engine must be different than the newer ones talked about here. The preheater heats the intake manifold which only flows air. Being a direct injection engine, the heat is no where in the path of the fuel.

Also, the Banks kit comes with all guages and boosts the torgue to 611 lbsft with the '97 engine.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:46 AM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting

To RandyinPA,

The Duramax with the Allison is a descent rig if you are pulling a trailer all the time, they only come with 4:10 rear ends, Ford gives you two options 3:73 and 4:10, not sure on the Dodge. I have friends with all three trucks, the Dodge started out very quiet and then got loud as time goes on ( he is up to 50,000 miles now and is twice as loud as when new). The Chevy-GMC with give you the smoothest ride and largest interior, but the Ford with the new 6.0 is the best of all that I have been around.
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Old 02-21-2004, 02:56 PM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting


Maybe I missed something here.

What do you mean the Ford with the new 6.0?

If your speaking engines, they have been 7.3 for years?

What's the 6.0?

Dodge is 5.9 did you mean the Dodge went to 6.0?

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Old 02-21-2004, 03:58 PM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting

The new FORD 6.0L is right, out pulls, and races Dodge or Chevy both. Do a search on it and you'll find loads of info.

They make the 7.4L and the new 6.0L both. Stock, the 6.0 has more torque and HP than the 7.4L Powerstroke. 300/600 I believe, and it's quiter with better gas milage ta boot.

Chevy and Dodge just got spanked! Again! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

But they'd still make good pilot cars...
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Old 02-22-2004, 06:53 AM
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I do believe a Dodge owner posted he has over 600 FP of torque in his.

What diesel do you own Brent?

DC [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

PS--Maybe Ford would have something if they did away with the "glow plugs". Had enough of those damn things when I owned a Ford Diesel and so did a friend of mine. No problem with the Dodge in that respect.

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Old 02-22-2004, 07:42 AM
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Re: Diesel Truck for hunting

The new 2004 Ford 6.0 L has 325 HP at 3300 RPMs and 560 FP Torque at 2000 RPMs The new Dodge coming out 2004.5 has 325 HP at 2900 RPMs and 600 FT lbs or torque at 1600 RPMs from the factory Dodge and Ford are fighting for bragging rights with the HP and Torque. [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] I drove one of the new Dodges Ram 3500 Dooley 4X4 Diesels 4 door with the manual 6 speed trans. I like the Cummins but the back set is a little smaller than the Ford 4 door and I was trying to stay in a budget I could afford so I was looking for a used truck and the Dodge has only maid a 4 door in 2003 and 2004 models. [img]images/icons/mad.gif[/img]
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