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Im thinking of getting fun for my Ram 2500. Anyone running any programmers? Air intakes? Exhaust? Advice or ideas would be nice. Thanks.

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Not on a Cummings just a Powerstroke...
I have a Edge Attitude w/ juice 5 maps and a MBRP 5" turbo back system on my PSD...the basic three.
I did it for fuel mileage for the most part....I can get 22-23 with just the truck on the highway and I get about 13 give or take a half mile or mile pulling my 24 foot race trailer loaded....So not too bad.
Plus it goes pretty good in level 5 .....lol

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Nick doesn't make engines.

I have a DP Tuner on my PSD. You can decide exactly which different tunes you want. I have seven on mine. A couple of idle control set ups, a valet mode, a higher HP econo tune, a towing mode, and even one that uses the OEM Ford Exhaust Back Pressure Valve as an exhaust brake. Good value, easy to work with.

Intake and exhaust don't improve mileage, so I'm staying away from that. Lots of options. If you're gonna hop it up and want to lean on it, certainly an exhaust gas temperature gauge is valuable. An exhaust system can reduce the exhaust temperature a little just by allowing it out.

I'd look for a forum specific to the year of your Cummin's engine. You'd probably get some valuable ideas there.

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Thanks for the info. I have to put any upgrades on hold. Fan clutch locked up and ripped the heads off some bolts. Chrysler says I have no extended warranty. I know I bought one. I might be screwed.

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Ouch, bad deal.

Find a forum though. Often there are some simple things you can do to change how things work. On a lot of PSD engines, you can install a diode or a resistor in some locations, very cheap, to increase oil pressure, change a reading of a sensor. These things can be accomplished very well via a tuner, but at more expense. It's worth experimenting with.

Having done the straight exhaust and modifying the intake on my bus before, I didn't notice any great gains. More sound, which is fine. If I do anything to the exhaust, I'll go with a Walker BTM (Big Truck Muffler) to reduce the egt's and maybe the Ford HD air cleaner kit. They both will probably reduce my mileage in the end, but it makes it a little more fun.

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Blah my 08 PSD has a few addon's. However with the new DPF system on my truck. Options are limited and still not totally proven.

For now I just stick with my Stock Twin Turbo system that is so quiet you barely know its a diesel Course till I stomp on it

Only thing I do want to get ASAP is a remote start/turbo timer. Winter gets to damn cold

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Nick doesn't make engines.

I have a DP Tuner on my PSD. You can decide exactly which different tunes you want. I have seven on mine. A couple of idle control set ups, a valet mode, a higher HP econo tune, a towing mode, and even one that uses the OEM Ford Exhaust Back Pressure Valve as an exhaust brake. Good value, easy to work with.

Intake and exhaust don't improve mileage, so I'm staying away from that. Lots of options. If you're gonna hop it up and want to lean on it, certainly an exhaust gas temperature gauge is valuable. An exhaust system can reduce the exhaust temperature a little just by allowing it out.

I'd look for a forum specific to the year of your Cummin's engine. You'd probably get some valuable ideas there.
+1 on the custom tunes from Jody at DP tuner (7.3L specialist)
I disagree about the intake and pipe not helping.
The banks system I'm running really uncorked the motor and helped pre tuner.
(I am using the full system with the power elbow)
I do plan on adding the ford severe duty AIS intake when $ allow.

Talk to the guys at HMP. They are the closest to Chicago
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The banks system I'm running really uncorked the motor and helped pre tuner.
(I am using the full system with the power elbow)
I do plan on adding the ford severe duty AIS intake when $ allow.
LOL! I never said it didn't help power, but it won't help mileage.

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I heard some tuners may hurt the catalytic converter. So you might want to go with an entire new exhaust system.
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Blah my 08 PSD has a few addon's. However with the new DPF system on my truck. Options are limited and still not totally proven.

For now I just stick with my Stock Twin Turbo system that is so quiet you barely know its a diesel Course till I stomp on it

Only thing I do want to get ASAP is a remote start/turbo timer. Winter gets to damn cold
long time no see.

hows the twin turbos? can you spin the wheels ? The single turbo take a while to kick in, on the earlier models.
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Good news! I am covered under the Cummins motor warranty. Thank god! I found a couple diesel forums too. Thanks.

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hows the twin turbos? can you spin the wheels ? The single turbo take a while to kick in, on the earlier models.
Twin is ok but still get turbo lag.. just a slight difference..

Now I do avg about 15mph both city and highway.. which is really nice and thats playing around..

since i have been traveling so much to tracks.. its been awsome having it so quiet

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Good news! I am covered under the Cummins motor warranty. Thank god! I found a couple diesel forums too. Thanks.
w00t.. thats going to save you a lot of money.

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I just installed the edge juice with attitude on my 04 SD. I am trying to coax more miles out of it so I am done playing with it for now but all I can say is race extreme is one hell of a fun setting!!!! When money allows after the holidays I plan on getting a turbo back exhaust system. I liked my last exhaust on my GMC from Warpspeed so i will probably be buying from them again. I was already getting about 16.5 to the gallon before the programmer so we'll see what I can get out of it now. I think the worst part of the install was laying under the truck and drilling the manifold. Mostly because I was to impatient to wait for the truck to cool off. The rest was a breeze.
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