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Road Racer here Looking for a Tow Vehicle

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Relatively new to this forum, though I joined a few years ago, have finally decided to buy a diesel ram to tow my race car.

Can anyone advise me on which Gen trucks to stay away from because of various pitfalls the breed has?

Also, I head the best trucks with little to no problems were 2001-2003 is that accurate?

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I would go with a common rail. 03-07. Or if you don't mind a little wrenching an old 12 valve. 97-98. The newer ones will be much more comfortable for longer hauls. What do you road race?
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I would go with a common rail. 03-07. Or if you don't mind a little wrenching an old 12 valve. 97-98. The newer ones will be much more comfortable for longer hauls. What do you road race?
Not familiar with the term you used, "Common Rail" What does that refer to, educate me on that, thanks!

Here's what I raced in 2015:

https://nasaspeed.news/cool-rides/he...ment/meech003/


Building a 1990 Talon AWD for obvious reasons-pushing the limitations of matter:

https://nasaspeed.news/cool-rides/he...t/meech-rotor/

PS- Talon will be in neighborhood of 2900lbs trailer another 2200lbs, any diesel is more than adequate to tow, but just want the Gen with the least problems

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They all have their various pitfalls. Every single automatic dodge has put out in stock form is junk, if you buy an auto, be it the 47/48re or 68rfe, set aside a budget to do a trans. 03-07 5.9 is what a lot will go for, I'd go 06-07 for efi live and a little better interior whilst retaining the 5.9 and 48re. What kind of budget do you have to work with? That is a fairly decent determining factor in what generation you will be after.
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Umm you^^^ forgot some.... 04.5-2010 5.9L or 6.7L are awsome trucks. Common rail is a style of injection, a rail is pressurized which then feeds all 6 injectors. The earlier year truck were direct Injection, meaning a fuel line was supplied to each individual injector. Common rails make more power with less hassle.
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Umm you^^^ forgot some.... 04.5-2010 5.9L or 6.7L are awsome trucks. Common rail is a style of injection, a rail is pressurized which then feeds all 6 injectors. The earlier year truck were direct Injection, meaning a fuel line was supplied to each individual injector. Common rails make more power with less hassle.
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They all have their various pitfalls. Every single automatic dodge has put out in stock form is junk, if you buy an auto, be it the 47/48re or 68rfe, set aside a budget to do a trans. 03-07 5.9 is what a lot will go for, I'd go 06-07 for efi live and a little better interior whilst retaining the 5.9 and 48re. What kind of budget do you have to work with? That is a fairly decent determining factor in what generation you will be after.
One of my greatest fears especially running a NAG-1, I'm spoiled on a durable automatic on the car. Truck Automatics are a new ball game for me. I have some friends in Cleveland that can probably rebuild and beef up the 68rfe. As far as budget, I would prefer to stay around 12k-14k then invest another 4k in a side build for a transmission as a failsafe.

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he asked my thoughts i game him mine.
03-04, no emissions, no extra injection event to blacken the oil right after changing it. lots and lots of people regret selling the early 04's
10-12 pre DEF 6.7 and can be deleted with ease, have new body style.
14+ as it's the new suspension.

OP; if you plan on leaving it stock power, the autos will handle just fine. you start beating on it and it'll die a short death. leave the hot rodding to the car, and leave the truck stock to TOW and it'll do just fine. in stock forum.
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03-04, no emissions, no extra injection event to blacken the oil right after changing it. lots and lots of people regret selling the early 04's
10-12 pre DEF 6.7 and can be deleted with ease, have new body style.
14+ as it's the new suspension.

OP; if you plan on leaving it stock power, the autos will handle just fine. you start beating on it and it'll die a short death. leave the hot rodding to the car, and leave the truck stock to TOW and it'll do just fine. in stock forum.
Yes, I plan on leaving it Stock with exception of beefing up a spare trans and keeping it in stock, running a bigger trans cooler and power steering cooler. Thanks for the post, more research to do on the 03-04's and locate one that is a virgin.

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