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Old 12-22-2013, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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ZF Tranny for 2016 Ram HD

Dear Ram,

Please offer the following manual transmission in the 2016 model year of trucks. A careful review of the specifications will reveal that the upgraded transmission supports up to 958 ft/lbs of torque. This would allow us to reap the full benefit of the current Cummins engine and even push the boundaries of its power.

In addition, there there is a 9 speed transmission (with a reverse gear & crawling gear). This would support a second overdrive gear to reclaim the milage crown from our automatic cousins.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG TrucksTruckEcomid

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Erm...This is a medium duty transmission. We might be HDs as far as consumer vehicles go but we are light duty as far as commercial vehicles go.

Also, that transmission weighs double what a G56 weighs (418 lbs vs. 200-225 lbs depending on fluids).

Finally...you'll be lucky if they offer a manual anymore by then. Couple of reasons - manual transmission take rate is below 50%. Configuration wise, why have three transmission options when you can have 2? It's business. Even the new Vette's manual take rate is under 40%. Autos are bought in higher quantities = cheaper to produce, they are becoming more efficient = helps CAFE.
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Erm...This is a medium duty transmission. We might be HDs as far as consumer vehicles go but we are light duty as far as commercial vehicles go.

Also, that transmission weighs double what a G56 weighs (418 lbs vs. 200-225 lbs depending on fluids).
The Aisin is a "medium duty transmission" that also weighs a bunch more. ~80 lbs or so.

Plus manuals seem to be making a bit of a comeback:

Stick shifts popular again, despite lower gas mileage

My bet is Ram is still making a profit on its manuals which justify the option. So if you are going to make a manual why not make a humdinger of a manual?

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I'm seeing a lot more manuals on lots for sale than I did a few years ago.
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I like owning my manual. Wouldn't have it any other way. Would be great to see a high output manual from Ram, then I would trade my G-56 up by then.
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Dear Ram,

Please offer the following manual transmission in the 2016 model year of trucks. A careful review of the specifications will reveal that the upgraded transmission supports up to 958 ft/lbs of torque. This would allow us to reap the full benefit of the current Cummins engine and even push the boundaries of its power.

In addition, there there is a 9 speed transmission (with a reverse gear & crawling gear). This would support a second overdrive gear to reclaim the milage crown from our automatic cousins.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG TrucksTruckEcomid

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Now, if they would only offer this tranny in an automatic, I'd sign on the dotted line. Sorry fellas, I can no longer drive a stick due to my injuries, but realistically, an automatic version of this would suite both our needs.
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If i could get a full power engine with a manual. I'd probably have bought one.

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8 forward speeds- I dunno that the general public would receive that very well. I think that would make a manual get old fast!!
I am sure however, that the quality of that unit is far beyond the G56!
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With 8 forward gears you can probably skip a few gears...having 3 OD gears to pick from would be great pending speed/load demands.

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While you are probably right, only a small percentage of the folks out there would think or know to do that. Me personally, I have effectively pretty much turned my 2013 Jetta sportwagon TDI from a 6 speed to a 3 speed! 1,3,and 5 for my rural driving here!
Of course, that does put the brunt of the wear on fewer components , leading to more repairs.

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With 8 forward gears you can probably skip a few gears...having 3 OD gears to pick from would be great pending speed/load demands.

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Well, you could add a "splitter" to the current G56 and double your gears. I contemplated that with my 99' at one point just for something to do and increase the low end for off road and have higher OD's for the highway. Last time I looked the splitter and modified drive shaft was South of $2,000.00. Kinda cool having the "extra" lift knob under you gear shift knob and shifting like a "big rig". I did love driving my manual tranny.

Found this from my "how to" bookmarks.

http://www.gearvendors.com/mhfacts.html
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O.k., wow those prices have gone up!!! North of $3,000.00, now.
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