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2022 November Cummins Challenge - Odometer

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Congrats again to @GoldCountryCA, October's winner.
High tech or low tech, since 1925, it's been standard on most vehicles.

For this month's challenge, show us your odometer and maybe tell us how you got some of those miles!

We do have some basic rules:
  • Members MUST have at least 20 posts
  • Unless otherwise stated you may submit up to 5 photos
  • Voting will take place the last week of the month
  • Feel free to PM me with ideas for future themes
Winners will receive:
  • One year of premium membership (no ads, focused browsing mode, and more)
  • A profile badge to show off your winner status
  • A place in the CumminsForum.com winner's gallery
  • Their winning photo featured on the homepage until the next contest starts
Good luck to those who enter!
~MR
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Who's Your Choice?

  • steve05ram360 - #3

    Votes: 17 29.8%
  • tubehead - #10

    Votes: 8 14.0%
  • Jimmy N. - #12

    Votes: 23 40.4%
  • override - #13

    Votes: 5 8.8%
  • Silver70 - #14

    Votes: 4 7.0%
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My truck... nothing special about it but it has gone thru a lot over the years... bought it in 2006.

Early on running thru Utah to visit all the national parks...






After the 11 year makeover thread... In this thread I pulled out all the stops in an effort to get the max mpg's out of it. to date I have had 1 tank 25.0x mpg, 1 24.1 mpg, 1 24.2 mpg and a lot of 23 mpg tanks. Average over the last year was a 21.6 mpg across 16k miles. Previous was a 20.7 mpg over 30k or so miles.




And here it is last month with new tires on it...



November 1st it rolled over 480,000 miles.




Favorite Mods are:

Auto to Manual conversion. I thru in a late g56 trans which has served me well. The synchros are done and will get swapped out next time I do the clutch.

Air box mod V4.1 this mod has the 3.5" boost controlled exhaust dump coupled with a velocity stack on the bottom of it. What this did was give me the mpg benefits of the closed air box plus the CAI like performance when the valve opens at approx 4~6 psi of boost. I absolutely love this mod. I ran a DGAS tank a few weeks back and it gave me a 21.3 mpg return while doing 70~75 at times, zero regard for eco driving or mpg numbers



Interior seat rebuild... Its been a few years since this install and it continues to perform well. Foam is holding up nicely and the cover still looks like new.




Truck Mods:
50 hp injectors
ATS Arcflow intake elbow
Fuel cooler
Air box mod (now running the stock intake tube)
30" magnaflow muffler with cat in place
Dual 15" Volvo fans R&D of the fan kit DIY fan test chamber
Aluminum driveshaft
Lightest weight OEM wheels @ 21# EA
Lightweight pulleys (yeah they do improve throttle response, I leverged that in tuning to achieve better mpg's)
64mm HTT modded stock turbo with silencer ring (does not do much for silencing, more for turbulence at the compressor wheel, still whistles)
AFE exhaust manifold
Turbo & exhaust manifold blankets
200* t-stat

More pics over the years found here - > Steves Truck Journey | Dodge Cummins Diesel Forum (cumminsforum.com)
 

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Missing some photos odometer shots on the last couple entries…

We’ve only put about 4,000 miles on the 2004 and 20,000 miles on the 2020. So we don’t really have much of a story on our Rams yet.
 

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I’ve had many Cummins trucks and have loved them all. While I can’t say I’ve put all the miles on this truck I have had it a while and love it. I don’t tow the Jeep cross country much lately so this truck only gets driven on special occasions. Looking forward to putting many more mileson it.
 

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I’ve had many Cummins trucks and have loved them all. While I can’t say I’ve put all the miles on this truck I have had it a while and love it. I don’t tow the Jeep cross country much lately so this truck only gets driven on special occasions. Looking forward to putting many more mileson it.
I may be a little biased, but I think the early third gen qclb’s are the best looking Cummins.
 
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If low miles matter, then this '82 AM General might qualify this month. And with an NHC 250 Cummins it could, even though it's a low output engine. And it does have an Allison, which should be worth a few points.
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I recently got it with most of the 2,021 miles already on it, and it's average speed has been quite low as the hour meter shows about 1,730.

It's now or never I guess, because if the theme was mileage, as in mpg, this one wouldn't stand a chance.
Not when they supposedly get around 3 mpg on a good day.

EDIT: Forgot to point out that the crane is also a rotator, making it that much more useful.
Oh, and the front winch is good for 20K lbs, the rear 45,000.
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Mine is a 2006 Mega Cab with a 2007 Cab from a 1500 and TIPM/Cluster from an 07 that I've informally dubbed Mega-Stein, Title shows rebuilt in GA, somehow ended up in FL until my buddy bought it and rode her dirty all the way to TX. Truck was riddled with problems when I came along to buy it and lemme tell ya we have had our disagreements and fights but there's a marriage of sorts between us and the vow stands; if it break's I'll fix it.

Before I put any money down or made a decision to purchase the truck my buddy and I made an arrangement that I could take the truck and spend up to $1500. If by the time I hit the limit I wasn't interested he would pay me and take back possession of the truck. Well needless to say I at least doubled that amount before I was done, he still was willing to buy the truck back though since I had basically fixed all of the issues it had.

Pre-ownership of the truck I had an immense amount of help and can't thank enough @krashDH @andyman and @cumminsturbofreak hit it outta the ball park acclimating me to AlfaOBD and the way the TIPM works in these trucks.

During this time I fixed:

  • ABS issue resulting in no speedo, cruise control and all brake related lights lit on dash
  • New wheel speed sensors
  • New Rear speed sensor
  • New 5 Position switch for EFI Live

Night I brought the truck home a hole rubbed through a trans cooler line and puked oil all over the left side of the truck; no matter the real work was about to begin.

  • Repaired and re-loomed the engine bay and transmission harness
  • Repaired the OTIS harness and upgraded to an EVIC
  • New Water Pump
  • New Serpentine Belt
  • New Thermostat
  • New LED Fog Lights
  • Valve Lash Adjustment
  • Flush and Fill Radiator
  • New overflow housing cap
  • Made all new battery cables, new 4 point battery terminals
  • Fixed trans cooler lines
  • New downpipe clamps (exhaust leak)
  • New turbo drain line (leaking)
  • Repair multifunction column stock
  • Repair wiper motor
  • Replaced steering wheel
  • Replaced TIPM Housing
  • Replaced D.S. battery tray
  • Troubleshoot and fix the electronic 4x4 shift motor (4x4 light on - no shift/intermittent 4lo shift)
  • Dropped the oil pan more times than I cared too - Big Iron oil pan and updated gasket fixed leaks
  • Dropped trans
  • New Billet flexplate (Billet one in it was damaged)
  • Re-stall DPC Converter (300 under stock)
  • New rear main seal (Preventative maintenance)
  • Front/Rear Pinon seals replaced (both leaking)

I got a good 3k or so out of the truck before I went off and snapped the billet input shaft right after those famous "You sure you wanna do that?" words. She sat for quite some time before I got around to rebuilding the transmission. This was a first for me but....

  • Dropped Trans again
  • Send off T/C for Cut, Clean and another re-stall (1600 this time)
  • New sonnax input
  • New pump stator
  • Firepunk overhaul kit
  • Clean and go through VB
  • Derale remote filter housing
  • Mishimoto trans cooler
  • Changed over to Dex/Merc fluid
  • Added a CTS3

I've got about 300 miles on the rebuild, in fact I dropped the pan yesterday to check everything and so far so good! I really feel that at this point the reliability is back in this truck and could easily be a DD if I wanted too. She had 124k when I started fixing it and I just rolled 128k the other day, 4k miles isn't much compared to the amount of money and time I've got in it but it's paid for and the best thing.....She's pre-emissions!

If you care to know what all has gone on you can find the original thread here which also will lead you to the new 2.0 thread, everything is mostly documented.

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Current State of Truck:





 

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Taking my family from Galveston coast to Colorado and everywhere in between. Not many’s miles so I plan to keep and pass it down to my oldest.
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I'll be back in the next few days to get the voting started! If you haven't entered yet, now's the time to do so.

This month's theme was odometer; if you have not included a pic of your odometer, please go back and toss one in so I can include you in the poll! 😊

~MR
 

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I’ve had many Cummins trucks and have loved them all. While I can’t say I’ve put all the miles on this truck I have had it a while and love it. I don’t tow the Jeep cross country much lately so this truck only gets driven on special occasions. Looking forward to putting many more mileson it.
This was my vote, my brother has the 2004 version of the same truck, that used to be mine. Best engine/transmission combination in the Dodge lineup to date, and I own the HO/Aisin now.
 

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Anyone else see the irony in this month's contest?

While it's supposed to be about odometers this month, steve05ram 360 has done tons of research and testing in his quest for better mileage, and posted many good threads accordingly. As a result, his Dodge gets impressive mileage.

Meanwhile, my M936 is probably at the very bottom of the Cummins mpg scale. Those claimed 3 mpg this one gets is probably based on on-road use in high range, but it's mostly used in low range in the dirt. Good thing it can be fed less expensive red diesel.
 

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Anyone else see the irony in this month's contest?

While it's supposed to be about odometers this month, steve05ram 360 has done tons of research and testing in his quest for better mileage, and posted many good threads accordingly. As a result, his Dodge gets impressive mileage.

Meanwhile, my M936 is probably at the very bottom of the Cummins mpg scale. Those claimed 3 mpg this one gets is probably based on on-road use in high range, but it's mostly used in low range in the dirt. Good thing it can be fed less expensive red diesel.
I think you miss interpreted... Its not mpgs, its the number of miles on the truck and how that jorne went.... At least thats how i took it....
 
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