nobody makes bulletproof 46RE's. They are cursed the day they are born. Do yourself a favor, and start hunting a good tranny guy, and then get in REAL good with him, and have him rebuild it the *right* way when it is time.
If you are really serious about bulletproofing get rid of the Dodge, sh*&t tranny and swap in a 4L80E or even better yet a late model Allison. Advance Adapters should be able to help you out. Otherwise, just reserve yourself that you are going to live with the current set up and like Beast says get to know a good trans specialist.
Bummer. After reading all of the posts out here we all know there is definitely a market for this type of swap. Maybe if we let Advance Adapters know there really is an interest we could persuade them to jump on the bandwagon.
I really think you guys should rephrase it when you say "all" dodge trannies are s***. My tranny has 175k on it, been driven everyday, 8 months with 36's and 3.55's, and absolutely hammered off road. I have never even touched the tranny!! So if you guys are right about "all" trannies being bad then how do you explain mine? Oh must be a lemon huh? You guys may not consider it bulletproof, but after what its been through, I do! I know they are plenty of horror stories about dodge trannies that are true. But what do you want me to say? Me and my dad have owned 3 Dodge trucks and driven them forever and never had tranny problems. As there are stories of people having trouble with them there are also stories of people having no problems with them. So in conclusion, if you've had problems with your tranny don't totally condemn "all" dodge trannies, just like i don't praise "all" dodge trannies.
My Ram's auto tranny has 107K miles on it and has never had anything more than a flush and filter done to it. I have a friend whose Ram's tranny went out at less than 40K miles. I think alot of it is just the luck you have.
yep you got a lemon can I have it : I have rebuilt the one in my ram twice first one a 94k ish then it blew a gear ro seomthing I was never told exactly what it was but he blamed me for it cause the trans pan had a dent in it until I yelled at him for about 20 minutes explaing it hadnt even been off road since I got it back the first time ( I know a hole month and now mud but I was working 60hours/ week to pay for it I'm only 17) less then 1k miles later half of wich were highway but that was under covered warantee.
Good point Outlaw and your tranny is a prime example of a good one. However, I venture to guess that if you compared service records between a 4L80E and a 46 or 47RE you would find far less failures with the 4L80E. You have a good one that's great. You're the first guy I've seen on this board to tout the reliability of the Dodge trans. So far mine has been fair, but it's a 2001 with only 9000 miles and to be honest the shifting characteristics aren't anything to write home about. My 47Re behind my V-10 was in the shop a week after I bought the truck and made regular trips to the dealer after that. My dad's 4L80E has never seen the service bay.
the dodge trannies are basically 727's gone electric---they are for the most part good trannies, but once you start upgrading the power and stuff then the problems start---this is what I've been told by my tranny guru who builds t/c's, v/b's and trannies for our cummins powered trucks---I encourage you to call him--his # is on his web site---ask for
Bill--- http://www.dieseltrans.com ---this guy was in the racing industry and knows his stuff and he's a great guy to boot---I will say that we are looking into the 4l80e as an alternative to our super overpowered trucks---eventhough our dodge tranny can be built to withstand our outrageous torque it is quite a lot of money and thus the looking into the 4l80e....we can get the adapter from cummins to do this, but don't know about you guys with gas rigs--- chris
What's funny to me there Outlaw, is the fact that you failed to notice just which of the trannies are failing---the 46RE's. You do NOT have a 46RE, you have a 46RH. 1998 and above trucks have the 46RE's, and they suck. You are right, some people get lucky and don't have problems. But I have mostly heard of only problems with the 46RE's and my tranny guy will verify it. You show me any 46RE thought does not have inherent problems, and I will be the first to step up and say I'm wrong. I had a 96 as well, and I absolutely loved the truck! That is why I bought another one, a 2000. Little did I know what was in store for me...If I had, I would have kept my 96 and would be running in the 11's right now on the 1/4 mile track with the amount of money I have sunk into this rig...
Just a little note..... My first tranny went out at 1500 miles, two weeks after i bought the truck, with 32 miles on it! I personally have had, well lets just say i'm on about my 5th tranny when i make up my mind on what i'm going to do this time. (Although i think i can save this one)
For one thing I'm prretty sire they didn't make drastic changes from the 46RH to the 46RE. Also I never compared saying my 46RH is the only one thats good. There is a reason why I put "ALL" in quotation marks....you know, so maybe it would be noticeable. The word "all" refers to a different number of trannies. Also Beast, how many people do you talk about thier dodge trannies being good. Its easy to say that most people you talk to have problems with thier trannies when you may not talk to many that don't have problems. If you talk to an even number of both then I will take back my statement. Also, if you hate dodge trannies...buy a chevy and move on! I"ve had problems with chevys, I didn't bitch, I bought a dodge and moved on!
Hahaha...that was pretty comical. There were quite a few changes from the 46RH to the 46RE's, I have been doing my research. Do you want specifics? It would be a pretty long list...! After all that I have been through with my truck, why would you even conceive that I would trade my truck in on some else, when I have clearly stated before that I still Love my truck, and that anytime something goes wrong with it, I IMPROVE the defective part and move on! You are trying to compare your tranny to a newer truck's tranny...it is like comparing apples to oranges...just not happening. Don't take offense, remember, this is my OPINION, not a fact for you to believe, if that is the way you see it. I don't have time for people to sit there, while they are still DRIVING their truck, and tell me to trade my truck in if I "don't like it" when it is OBVIOUS that I do. Just take a look at my sig pic for cryin' out loud...I am probably the biggest Dodge Enthusiast out there! Just ask anyone who knows me! Anyway, I am not yellin at ya, and definitely never meant any offense, as we are all adults here. Simply put: The transmissions from pre 1998 are totally different, that is all I was saying. Geez. Can't we all just get along? LOL! :
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