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Old 05-07-2016, 02:56 PM   #1
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Question for owners of Ram 6.4l trucks.

I traded my 2006 Ram diesel for a new '16 Ram 2500 6.4l. We have a 24RBS Jayflight about 6000 lbs loaded. Our first trip with the new truck is this weekend and I'm already missing my diesel. We mostly traveled flat roads at 55 to 65 mph. The transmission never shifted into 5th gear with tow haul on.
Does this engine not have enough power to pull in 5th gear (high overdrive)? I know TH locks out 6th gear.
The truck has 3.73 gears so the engine was turning 2000 to 2500 while cruising.

I will say I like the acceleration better with this 6 speed Trans vs my old 4 speed.
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Did you see if it shifted into 5 with the TH off? Try with cruise control off take it back up to 65 let off the throttle and see if it will up shift.
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I did not try with TH off and I only used cruise about half the time.
I should also mention there was no strong winds either. Maybe 5 mph.
I'll experiment more on the trip home.
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T-H should not prevent it from going into overdrive.. it just changes the shift point up by about 500 rpm
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T-H should not prevent it from going into overdrive.. it just changes the shift point up by about 500 rpm
The tow/haul setting does disable the higher overdrive gear (#6) in my 2011 RAM. 4th gear is direct, 5th is the lower OD gear, which is enabled in T/H. And you're right about the shift point change. I just keep it in 4th gear at 2300 rpm and cruise along. Rarely downshifts, and the transmission stays cool.
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Well, the trip home was a little more satisfying. I did turn T/H off and the transmission would shift into 5th. The truck seemed to cruise at 55-60 in 5th without struggling. It did drop to 4th on some hills. The problem with T/H off is if I eased off the throttle it would up shift to 6th and then back to 5th when I eased back on the pedal. I used the shifter buttons to limit up shifts to 5th and that seemed to work good.
I think I will get use to this new engine/trans quickly and it will do the job easily but it sure is different than the old diesel.
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My dad just traded his 2006 5.9 in on a 6.4 The main thing is to be aware of where a gas makes its power vs a diesel. I think the peak torque on your old 5.9 was either 1400 or 1600 RPM and on the gas engine its much higher. I would recommend you keep TH mode on, its not hurting anything and where the truck wants to be, or you could use the manual shift mode. Gas engines like to rev and theres nothing wrong with it but they will never tow like a diesel. However modern diesels aren't as good of daily drivers as a gas engine IMO either. Both have plusses and minuses and I think you made a good choice.
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Yep, I understand the differences between diesel and gas engines as you said but I was thinking with 410 hp and 429 tq it would handle 5th gear a little easier than it does. I'm use to cruising at 1800 rpm and not downshifting.
I plan to use TH most of the time while towing locally but maybe on long highway trips I think 5th gear will work good.
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Well, the trip home was a little more satisfying. I did turn T/H off and the transmission would shift into 5th. The truck seemed to cruise at 55-60 in 5th without struggling. It did drop to 4th on some hills. The problem with T/H off is if I eased off the throttle it would up shift to 6th and then back to 5th when I eased back on the pedal. I used the shifter buttons to limit up shifts to 5th and that seemed to work good.
I think I will get use to this new engine/trans quickly and it will do the job easily but it sure is different than the old diesel.
Thank you for posting your experience. Unlike you, few of us have towed with both gas and diesel virtually 'back to back.' You describing your recent experience towing with both is valuable to those struggling with the gas/diesel decision.
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That's why I'd opt for the 4.10 gears. You don't need TH when just cruising down the road. Stick it in 5th and settle in. TH will make the tranny more nervous and want to shift down sooner. With my Ram 2500 CTD I only use TH when running thru town or accelerating. I turn it off when in the mountains or on the hwy. I prefer to shift myself with the +/- button.
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