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Old 01-06-2006, 09:54 PM   #29
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Old 01-08-2006, 04:37 PM   #30
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Hi retired ranger, I've been reading your thread and following the comments. I feel I should chime in about now. I have a 1996 BR2500HD CTD, w/AT, 3;55 gears. I towed a 10K 5er for several years. I had the TC replaced with the BD HD torque converter and the BD torque loc installed to keep line pressure at max except for idle position. The TC problem arises because Dodge used the same TC for the CTD and their big V10 gasser. That TC executes lockup at 2,300RPM, way too high for the Cummins torque curve. The BD HD torque converter achieves lockup at 1,600RPM, right at the bottom of the B5.9 torque band. Now the BD torque loc has already set maximum line pressure, so all that Cummins torque and power is harnessed. Next, that TST plate being discussed, not before you add a larger exhaust to get rid of the extra heat first! Exhaust gas temperature climbs quickly on a hard pull. Adding more fuel(TST plate) will exacerbate this condition. You must not allow the EGT to exceed 1,300*F for that a few minutes or risk warping or burning the valves. You can actually melt the valves and seats with excess temperature. A diesel is a heat engine remember, 1/3 is used for power, 1/3 is absorbed by the cooling system, and 1/3 is exhausted. Power, a clean fuel system is vital to performance. Buy from a reputable high volume source, keep the filter changed per schedule and drain it often to keep water out because diesel fuel has a natural affinity for attracting water/condensation. Before spending lots of money, try a bottle of Stanadyne performance formula, it will clean the fuel system, and jazz up the cetane rating. The best money you'll spend is to locate a Cummins authorized repair center and have them tune-up your engine if the Stanadyne doesn't help. With the AT beefed up and a large exhaust to quickly get rid of the heat, now you're ready for that TST plate, just don't go overboard on the HP, remember the weakest part will fail first. Ideally that part is the cheapest easiest to repair/replace. I gotta quit now, my head hurts.
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Old 01-12-2006, 09:16 AM   #31
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Just thought I'd chime in...I think a LOT of what you described was the tranny/torque convertor. Just upgrading the trans. would make a huge difference. DTT worked great for me (increasing the HP from 160 to 293 didn't hurt either):-). BD + ATS have been well spoken of also.
As said change the fuel filter + maybe check/change the fuel return valve.
turbodieselregister.com is a Great resource - has saved me lots!
Gauges are a must! Especially with increased power + towing that kind of weight.
Good Luck + have fun
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Another vote for DDT. The very best money I ever spent on a truck (aside from original purchase of the truck)
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Started reading this thread & thought I would chime in too. I'm pulling a #8000+ 5vr with a DTT auto & 3.55s with large tires to boot! The best bang for your buck will no doubt be a good after-market transmission. DTT was my choice & I have ABSOLUTELY no regrets. They are expensive though. Remember, you get what you pay for, or less. I have heard good reviews about Goerends as well. BD & ATS however I have not heard as many raves about. TDR (http://www.turbodieselregister.com)is a great resource for researching the Cummins & aftermarket A\T.
Don't want to sound like I'm cheerleading for DTT but I'm sure happy with mine. Do some research & go with what your most comfortable with. Good luck.

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I have a 97 but a 5spd. I tow a 5er that weighs at least 13,000 and and it will go up almost any hill on the interstate system at 65mph in 5th.
Turbo mod upgrade is not needed till you find your EGT is unmanagable. I am still using a slightly modified stock turbo with a stock exhaust system minus the muffler and it works great. I have installed 370 injectors and a #11 TST plate (for 5spds) and a AFE aircleaner and the torque on the dyno is 930 ft lbs. I highly recomend talking to Piers as mentioned earlier as he will steer you down the right path and is a great guy.
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