Lifted 01 Ram Sluggish When Towing
Hey Guys, I got a 01 Ram 1500 5.9, has a Skyjacker 6" suspension lift with 37" tires, basic bolt-ons CAI, Headers, Magnaflow Exhaust with testpipe. My problem is when I go camping which is up in the mountains ( I travel up and down some huge hills) it seems very sluggish, now before the lift I had no problems, I could pull that same trailer up and down those mountains with no sweat. Now its a different story I feel like the truck is struggling and I'm working it way harder than it should be worked.
Now to alleviate this problem I have done some work. First I purchased a Superchips programmer whitch has the "Tow" tune on it and allows me to adjust for tire size. Then I got desperate and ordered a throttle body spacer, that seemed to do absolutly nothing.... Then I got serious and did a Dana 60 front and rear axle swap from a 98 2500 with 4:10 gears, full tune up, the truck runs great, Long arms, 6" skyjacker leaf srpings in the rear to get rid of the blocks, and a air bag suspension in the rear. Now when the trailer goes on the truck it barely budges but still I feel its struggles more than it should going up those hills.
So.....I'm just looking for some advise. Right now I see 3 options, 1 I could put on some smaller stock sized tires just for towing, this may help but its going to look ridiculous and I feel I will be off balanced with the truck being so high and the wheels so thin. 2 would be getting a higher gear ratio like 4.56's which is a lot of money, or 3 just give up on this truck towing all together.
Last edited by twizttid; 09-30-2013 at 09:51 PM.