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  • Thanks all for your responses. Good advice, I have lined up another test drive. I too, had heard that there was a super insulation package with the diesel and that at highway speeds the diesel was hardly noticeable. I'll give a couple more a try and we'll see what happens. Thanks again.
  • eric16eric16 Posts: 38
    Just a thought, I would look at going with 31" tires, to see if they would fit.

    Just a thought

  • sakosako Posts: 25
    i did but they're only about 1/2" bigger than the stock ones. still to small for the truck i think.
  • brett039brett039 Posts: 56
    Does anyone know if the Cummins Diesel (and the entire drive train) requires a break in period before towing a trailer?
  • markcordmarkcord Posts: 113
    I just ordered a 2000 V10 QC with (among other things) the snow plow prep pkg. I was planning on running 33x12.50x16.5 Kelly DTR's (which I currently run on an 88 GMC-had the BFG mudders but they suffer from sidewall separation when they get some miles on them-and the Kelly's are light years better in the rain and about $30-$40 cheaper per tire). What size wheels were you using 10" or 8"? Did the rubbing occur on the inside or the outside of the tire?
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516
    The official answer is "no" - Both Cummins and DaimlerChrysler state that the Cummins is "ready to work" from delivery. Most people do wait about 1000 miles or so before pulling trailers.
  • sakosako Posts: 25
    markcord-good question about wheel size-the answer is i don't know, but i think they were 10", but i wouldn't bet on it. they're at the shop so i can't tell you for sure. outside of the tire is the answer to rubbing, but only when turning. the guy who sold me the rims told me he got 53k out of the tires 'n was pleased with them 'n the guy at the shop said 30-40k, what did you get before sidewall troubles? ram it baby
  • RichinKsRichinKs Posts: 416
    Theres more than just the engine to breakin. How about break pads getting set, differential gears breaknig in to. And the transmission. I would wait till at least 500 miles no matter what any manufactuere says.
  • I have a 95 cummins 4wd ext cab LWB and tow a 6500 lb trailer at highway speeds, 2000 rpm - 70 mph, and it is quite. There will be a little more noise at low speeds in town where the engine sound can bounce back to the cab from buildings ect. but for the fuel milliage, 22 on interstate (not towing)match that on gas,and the pulling power,no way I would change back to gas. I was pulling with a 3/4 ton GMC 350 bored and high torque cam, had 200 k mi on two engines and three tranny. Where I was in second gear and 40 mph I am now in 5 th gear and 70 mph. Go back to gas--shoot me first! A little noise-- thats the sound of POWER.

    Go for it.
  • markcordmarkcord Posts: 113
    I got about 45,000 out of them (which I was pleased with-much better than the All-Terrains I ran before). Then I had a separated sidewall (couldn't keep air in the thing for more than a day) on the right rear and had bubbles between the knobs at the outside edge of the right front. The Kelly's are just a shade narrower than the BFG's and just a shade taller. They have a straight thru groove similar to an aqua-tread that makes them great in rain, puddles, etc. I would highly recommend them (especially at $120 per tire).
  • markcordmarkcord Posts: 113
    Sorry about that-they were $112 per tire.
  • 4myjob4myjob Posts: 19
    Hi There
    LadyBlue...I thought you said you were leasing your vehicle - you might not want to sell the undersear compartment if that is the case as they may expect the vehicle to come back to them with it (sorry guys).

    Re Diesel Fuel of the reasons that I bought the diesel was so that I could go farther between stops. I'm running around out in the boonies of Montana and have never had a problem finding fuel (although I may have to look a little harder). And even the smallest towns have 24 hour pumps anymore.

    I special ordered my truck and it was missing a couple of the options (99 QC 4x4 SWB Cummins). To make a long story short, I made them order another truck for me. As I had sold my old truck and needed the new one for work, I kept the "new" truck until the "new new" truck came in (picked it up Saturday). In the interim, I put 7800 miles on the "new" truck, most of that off road. At about 7000 miles, the front shocks had loosened up and I was told that they needed replacing. I've since heard rumors that folks are having trouble with the front ends on these things if they do anything other than drive on paved roads. Anyone have a similar experience?

    Finally, I named the truck (license plate). Can't remember who suggested "EWE", but that got things started. The result is "1TUFEWE"...coming from the phrase "Built Ram Tough". I've since heard stories of folks that I've never even met talking about my plates!

    Oops, one more thing. There has been a lot of talk about tire sizes, but one question still what point do you need to adjust your speedometer/odometer? Once I wear these tires down, I want to go with a good set of 265/75/R16 M&S.

  • sakosako Posts: 25
    markcord-thanks for the info.
  • sakosako Posts: 25
    anybody know of a good place to get chains for your tires, i.e good chains at a good price?
  • tuff2tuff2 Posts: 1
    I want to order a 2000 dodge ram diesel 4x4 auto. I also heard that dodge might be coming out with a new diesel engine sometime soon but when?
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    Break in Period,
    As Kcram said, the official answer is no, but Cummins advises against using the Cruise Control for long drives for the first 500 miles or so. They recommend using the pedal, varying the speeds and loads, and generally operating the vehicle over a wide range of throttle and load conditions.
    You should adhere to an adequate cooling down period on the new engine after a run.

    This is the best web site I've found for winter Tire Chains of any description. Whether you own a car, truck or payloader, ( or Dodge Duallie ) they have 'em all.

  • sakosako Posts: 25
    thanks for the lead--rk. i'll check 'em out.
  • jloucksjloucks Posts: 1
    I'm trying to buy a 2x4 2500 diesel Quad Cab short or long bed but nobody seems to have one available. I don't need 4x4 ability, but wouldn't mind if the mileage differences were minimal. Anybody know the mileage difference between 2x4 and 4x4 models?
  • sakosako Posts: 25
    rk--i ordered my chains from the site you posted. thanks again.
    kcram--can you find the part # for the rear underseat storage for a qc ram; i'm shootin' air otherwise. thanks rammin' it
  • ladyblueladyblue Posts: 326
    Good to hear from you! You're absolutely right - I am leasing. However, barring any major problems with the truck, I plan to buy it when the lease runs out. Glad to hear you got your "new new" truck. And I love the tag! I believe it was kcram who suggested "ewe."
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Good to hear from you again - glad you got the ewe you wanted!

    The 265s are actually going to be a factory option for the 200 model year on 2500s; I can't wait to see what brand they use. Your dealer will have to reflash the speedo module to correct your speedometer and odometer (they will be off), becuase it is now a fully electronic system - no longer just a matter of swapping teeth in the gearset.

    As for the shocks, the front end DOES loosen up quickly, and let's just say the factory shocks do a wonderful imitation of a ShopVac. Get a set of Rancho 9000 shocks, front and rear - they're adjustable to the load and the road (priceless considering your line of work). They're usually around $90 each, but I'll tell you, you won't be sorry!!
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    KCRAM, on the site for the production reports for the dodge ram quad it says the off road is on hold, TBD. what does the tbd stand for? Is is something like "to be dated" i have no clue

    i just ordered a 2000 ram 1500 4x4 quad sport with the off-road. so i am very curious.

    another thing, my dealer says that he doesn't have any new price inf. yet, i gave him mine that i got off of he said that he should have had them by now. why doesn't the dealer have prices but the internet does?

    thank you,
    Eric G
  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Very possible that the 265s are standard, I've only seen some preliminary information. I do know that 235/85s are definitely standard on 3500s now, up from the 215/85s they've used for ages.


    TBD stands for "to be determined", and it does refer to the date that an option will be available. When you see an option listed as TBSD at, it generally mean the supplier of the option or parts is not ready, and can't give a firm date for full availability.

    The listing does very clearly say that only the vehicle price is 2000 and the option prices are carried over from 1999 - be careful. Edmund's, KBB, Carpoint, and the other main sites always wait until the full price list is available.
  • ericgericg Posts: 38
    thanx kcram,
    i already ordered my ram, the price is going to be 500 over invoice, regardless of price.

  • Hey, I ordered a 99 Ram QC 4x4, love it havent had a problem with it yet, I heard they are offering an off road package for 2000? Have you heard anything about that. I was also wondering the take off speed is very slow for my 5.9 is this common with most Ram trucks. thanx ahead of time. Mark
  • rlkruegerrlkrueger Posts: 98
    Not that it's an issue right now, but when I do need tires, will I be able to put the 235's on my 99 3500 without modification? I would guess that the tire prices may be a little cheaper even though the tire size is bigger. I was told the 215/85 series are expensive due to the small number of these in demand.

  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    Yes, there will be a new off-road package, aimed at the Chevy/GMC Z71 and Ford F150 off road packages. It lists as follows:

    code AWL - OFF ROAD GROUP - inc: 4.10 sure grip axle, "Off Road" badge, fog lamps, HD service group, fuel tank skid plate, LT275/70R17 on/off road tires, tow hooks, 17" aluminum wheels.

    It is not available with 4 wheel anti lock brakes, which actually are a hindrance when really off-roading - sometimes you want to lock up a wheel when rock crawling or in the dirt.

    As for the sluggish 5.9L, many Ram owners do get good results with the K&N filter system.


    The 235s will fit on the existing wheels without rubbing, but you will need to have the speedo adjusted since th 235s are substantially taller than the 215s. I agree with you about the price and availability of 215s - I have always had to order tham and wait.
  • madmackmadmack Posts: 39
    I heard the off road package will only be available on the 1500. Any truth to that?
  • I'm getting ready for my third set of tires in 51k mi. Started out with Goodyear 245-75 r16 10 ply for 27k mi. Changed to Uniroyal same size did only 24k. I've beel looking at Kelly Trail Mark KS 285-75-r16. Anyone delt with this tire?

    HI Marckcord:
    what size are the kelly tires you are talking about? What type of driving are you doing to get the 45k
  • khammond1khammond1 Posts: 8
    I have a 99 ram 2500 4X4 5.9L 4spd auto with less than 1500 miles. I have noticed a loud ping when shifting from drive to reverse. It seems to be coming from somewhere in the rearend. Is this normal for a Dodge?
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