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I've been toying around with the idea of upgrading my fueling, adding compound turbo system and a Snow Performance methanol ...


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Old 03-02-2017, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've been toying around with the idea of upgrading my fueling, adding compound turbo system and a Snow Performance methanol injection system on my Ram 3500 Cummins. The truck runs pretty good now but like anybody else I wonder what more power would feel like?? Some of you guys that are running 800/1000+ hp tell me if the expense is worth the extra power and headaches?? Was there a certain point that components started breaking??


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More power is always a good thing. Most of it depends on how deep your pockets are. "Too much power" means to me when you are spending "household" money on your truck instead of where it really belongs. Just my .02. I'm in no way being "preachy", just my opinion.
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No such a thing as too much power.
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I'd ask myself what you are going to do with all that power. If it's just to brag and you have the extra cash then do it up! With new 3500s being able to pull enough to require a CDL I think they already have enough. :-)


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Too much power is when you can't put it to the ground. Power no good if you can't hookup and move
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I'm wondering at what level does stock parts start to break (or the point of diminishing return)?? I'm running over 600hp now and the trucks seems to tolerate it well. For daily driving I leave it on eco tune with perhaps 430-440 hp but occasionally take it up to level 4. If I add the methanol injection I'll be near 700 hp and a compound system would certainly push the envelope. I'm thinking the Aisin stock transmission could safely hold 700 as long as it doesn't live there. Revmax offers and upgrade for the Aisin good for 850. Again, somewhere along the way drive shafts, axles, u joints start to explode. I'm just looking for a solid number to shoot for that the stock driveline will tolerate given an Revmax Aisin upgrade.

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but will the driveshaft/u-joints/rear axle handle it?


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but will the driveshaft/u-joints/rear axle handle it?
That's the question
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It might not be the power itself, but how you use it. Pulling a sled---drag racing---or just driving "normal" and goosing it every once in awhile. I think that long sustained pulling(like a sled) or the sudden launch of drag racing, when all the torque is applied suddenly is when most damage is done to parts(driveshafts, u joints, trans, clutches, tires, gears, etc etc. Maybe more research on sites that have guys that have built some of these "super" diesel trucks might shed some light on just how much some of these parts will take in any given situation.
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