Towing Capacity 2018

Towing Capacity 2018

This is a discussion on Towing Capacity 2018 within the RAM 1500 Diesel Towing & Hauling forums, part of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel Forum category; So I just did so research and purchased a 2018 1500 3.0l bighorn. 3.92 rear end. Can anyone explain the discrepancy in the 2018 towing ...

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    Towing Capacity 2018

    So I just did so research and purchased a 2018 1500 3.0l bighorn. 3.92 rear end. Can anyone explain the discrepancy in the 2018 towing chart where it lists 2 numbers (7000+ and 8000+) for this same truck/setup?

    Thanks,

    Dan

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    One of the trim levels comes with a very restrictive grill insert that reduces the cooling capacity and in turn the towing capacity.

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    Any idea what trim level that is? I know the Laramie grill doesn’t allow as much air through...

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    Big Horn grill said to be bad for Air Flow ,
    "Laramie Long Horn" grill said to be good.
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    Image of a Laramie LongHorn grill ,
    and a typical Big Horn Grill ,
    and a regular Laramie , more chrome and less Air circulation .
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    Hmmm... is it the grill.. or something else?
    Wonder if the GDE tune would help at all..

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    Quote Originally Posted by AOFA View Post
    Hmmm... is it the grill.. or something else?
    Wonder if the GDE tune would help at all..
    It's the grill, there have been a few people that posted the difference in running temps before and after swapping out the grill. The better flowing grills are the basket weave, the honeycomb and the snout style grill. If you have the BigHorn slat style grill, you can just change the inserts.
    Yes GDE will help with towing and they'll even recommend switch the grill

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    GDE tune will help the motor run better and their transmission tune with exhaust brake, but if you really want to tow heavy loads, I would swap to the Laramie Longhorn grille, LT tires, maybe get D&J's oil cooler , some rear air bags and a weight distributing hitch. I'd still keep an eye on oil temps, and defer to our resident towing guru= Vern. If you can keep the oil and coolant temps down, a tuned Ecodiesel will make a sweet tow rig. BTW, look closely at your Bighorn grille, darned thing is very restrictive!
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    BigHorn grille inserts don't flow that well. I swapped my Laramie grille inserts for a set from a Laramie Longhorn. Much better flow.

    If you want to tow heavy without fear of high oil temps, consider a large external oil cooler. Your coolant temps will drop as well
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    Change the grill. You should be in the mid 8’s.

    What we need is a Tradesman with a power front seat.
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    I have the honeycomb grill (blackout edition) looks really unrestrictive. There is almost nothing to the grill....
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