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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-11-2007, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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shopping for a 2nd gen

I'm new to the community and would like to start by asking 5 speed or 6 speed? I'm a car hauler. I currently have an '02 7.3 Powerstroke auto. crew cab w/only 82k on it, which by the way is for sale. But anyway it's an awsome truck, I've always been a ford guy but it gets crappy fuel milage when pulling and i've put $3000 worth of tranny work (1st a front pump the a new ford tranny) of which the 75k warranty only has about 55k left so i'm trying to replace it with a "real" truck according to my dodge buddies. but i don't know whether to go with a 5 speed or 6 speed HO. Or do I spend the extra money to go to a 3rd gen w/a 6 spd. to avoid the injector pump probs of the 2nd gen?
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Well i just bought a 2nd gen with a 6 speed Ho. and I LOVE it. From what i understand from here and all my friends, you wont have an injector pump problem if you take care of it, keep a check on your fuel pressure and youll be alright.
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I agree too, those 2nd Gen HO motors get awesome fuel economy and are built a slight bit tougher. Not the best for adding a ton of power though. I'd get a 2nd HO vs. a Common Rail. The 2nd HO's had Dana's and all you'd need to so the Injection doesn't go out is just add a FASS which would also help your fuel economy further and get your fuel alot cleaner.
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Thanks guys that's pretty much what I had heard. except a friend of a friend said that the nv 56 was junk, that they tried to stuff too many gears in too small of a case but now i'm hearing that they are actually tougher trannys with higher grade gears and this true?
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i have a five speed and i will admit i wish sometimes i had that sixth gear but anyways welcome to the world of dodge what real men drive. there are no bow ties or shinny blue ovals here
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i have a 5spd no problems yet its all holding up i replaced the clutch not to long ago with a centerforce 550hp 1100ft tq no slippage yet the only thing ive ever heard about the 5spd is that since the 5th gear is located in and exterior set people have had problems with shearing of the idealer gear pin theres a place in oklahoma city, ok that makes them and there better and cheaper then stock i cant think of the name of them but some one on here might know i met a guy that lives in wyoming and he knew of them hopefully that helps
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I really like me 5spd and whould chose it over a 6spd i have drove both thats just me though. Oh yeah ill sell you my truck for a good price
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I love the five speed, mine was a auto up until about two weeks ago. I like it alot better then the six speed I drove a few weeks ago.


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The Cummins is a medium duty engine in a light duty application. The PSD is a light duty engine in a light duty application.

No to say that the PSD is junk, I don't think they are, at least not the 7.3L. I wouldn't touch a 6.0 or 6.4 with a 10ft pole.

I've run a lot of V8 diesels on up to the Cat 3208. I prefer the I6 design over the others. More torque vs. hp, too.

The 5 and 6spd trannys all have their quirks, but what piece of equipment doesn't?

6spds shift hard for some, but not others. I've driven a 3rd gen with a NV5600 before, and I liked it. Only driven 1 truck with a NV4500, but it was in a GM truck, and they are slightly different. Liked that one, too.

The 5spd has the 5th gear nut issue, but they have a fully splined shaft for them and IIRC, a newer style nut. Works MUCH better.

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