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Here is some info on the new trucks, thought people might want to know.

I pasted this from a few sites on ww.car-truck.com
The manual transmission line-up will include both a regular and HD version of the NV4500 five-speed. The regular version will be standard with the 5.7 HEMI and the 8-liter V10. The NV4500HD will be standard on the regular output 5.9 liter diesel. The HO diesel will come with the NV5600 6-speed.

Four-wheel-drive 2500/3500 Rams will be available with two new transfer cases the NV271 and the NV273. The new cases are quieter then the 241SD/241HD that they replace. The new cases are stiffer and use fewer pieces, they are designed to last 50% longer the current ones. They are capable of handling 40% more torque than the current cases. The two models are essentially identical, the only difference, the NV271 is a manually operated, the NV273 is electronically operated..

As far as towing goes, it will depend on how the truck is equipped. The Gross Combine Weight Ratings (is the maximum combined weight for the truck and trailer) will range from 15,000 lbs. for a 2wd 5.7 HEMI equipped Ram 2500 to 23,000 lbs. for a HO Cummins equipped dually 3500. Gross Trailer Weight Ratings (GTWR is the max allowable weight for a trailer and its cargo) range from 8,850 to 15,750 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight ratings (GVW) are all higher for 2003. The 2wd trucks equipped with the 5.7 will be rated at 11,000 pounds, that kicks up to 11,500 in 4wd trucks. The 8-liter V10 will also be rated at 11,500. Cummins equipped Ram's will be rated at 12,500 lb. The 2500 will have a maximum payload of 3400 lbs. the 3500 will be able to carry 5590 lbs. (with the diesel).

The Engine lineup for the 2003 2500/3500 trucks when the debut in September of 2002 will be 5.7 liter HEMI, 8.0 liter V10 and 5.9 liter turbo diesel (in regular and high output). The V10 used in the new big rams is the same unit used in the current trucks. Dodge considered designing a new HEMI V10 but decided that the cost was prohibitive. The 6.1 liter V8 version of the new HEMI design will be available for the 2004 model year.
 

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Nooooo!!!!!!!!!! I thought the new bodystyle was only going to be on the 2002, 1500 model? I don't like that front end, it's uuugly, but I guess it will grow on me. At least it's not IFS, there is a god!
 

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I think your right, they look farther back or maybe lower profile, have you seen the new chevy's with the big light in the middle and one smaller light on each side?? It looks really bad.
 

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thats not an official picture, that is just a crude photoshop job someone did. they put a new style 1/2 cab on a old style box
 

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Now that you mention is the coloing is pretty bad as well as some other flaws, nice spot.
 

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Thank goodness. for a second there i thought dodge was totally out of their head. there's still hope...
 

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I like the looks of the new Ram. The front facial just got bigger and bolder just like the early 90's Ram's did from the late 80's Ram's. It's history repeating its self.
 

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Pics from the Chicago Auto show:

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Aaron, thanks for those pics. Those rear fenders are really f'd up though. I do not like that stretched out look it gives. I hope at least they turned that space into some kind if locked storage at least.
 

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Aaron made those with photoshop..j/k
Sweet photos aaron, good thinking...the motor does look like it sits very low. Maybe the coloring is off a little but that orangy/red is UGLY.
 

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Not photoshop, but if you go to:

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You can go to live cameras from the show, and pan/zoom it, and then save images. Pretty cool!

I think the orange is a combination of the lighting and the camera, though.

Seems like the show is laid out diffrently today. All Dakotas and 1500s, no HD Rams in sight.
 

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personally all of the new rams disgust me. The bodies are sooo ugly. I cant believe the new 1/2 tons went to the ifs. Does anyone know if the 2500 and 3500 are going to keep the solid axlesin the front?
 

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i SERIOUSLY doubt that dodge would even THINK about not having a turbo diesel anyone remember the 7.3 nonturbo ford diesel? yeah it had NO power. there is no way (even with the cummins being as strong as it is) that they could make the hpr or the torque to keep up with the powerstroke (no mention of the durmax since they are a POS)

-joe, Don't worry the 2500 and 3500 are going to thankfully stay solid in the front for as far as anyone knows
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heres the story: http://car-truck.com/chryed/buzz/b020702.htm .
the straight axle is still gonna be used.
2003 3500 w/single rear wheel HO Cummins Turbo will be owned by me if business starts up...
 
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