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'17 Ram Hemi upgrades?

Discussion in 'Performance' started by bramptonbodyshop, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. bramptonbodyshop

    bramptonbodyshop Active Member

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    I purchased a new Ram Laramie yesterday and was wondering if there are any chip upgrades or cold air intake type modifications to improve power/fuel economy that would be recommended? Don't want to spend much or alter the truck dramatically.... thanks in advance
     
  2. hemirunner426

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    I don't think you have the sport type hood..If you do,you can buy from Mopar a complete scat pak cool air intake system that opens up the scoops on the sport hood to funnel cool air directly to the Mopar cool air intake system.

    You would need to purchase

    Cool air intake system
    scat pak hood intake system.
     
  3. ImperialCrown

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    The truck should already have a well-thought out cold (fresh) air intake from the factory. It does have baffles to reduce resonance and drone. These baffles might be a small restriction, but it is a planned restriction.
    Straight, unbaffled cold air might sound louder, but you probably won't see any power or economy increase. Beware of false marketing claims, like K&N or Jetchip.
    The engineers realize that there is a horsepower and fuel economy race going on with the competition and they have squeezed out pretty much all they can while maintaining good emissions and drivability.
    There was a TSB # 18-031-17B released last month and # 21-013-17 was in March if your truck is eligible. The first bulletin addresses false code sets and rough idle/stall at cold startup. The second bulletin addresses better shift quality.
     
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  4. bramptonbodyshop

    bramptonbodyshop Active Member

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    Thanks.... what is that and how do I look into it?
     
  5. ImperialCrown

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    It would be dealer-only. They are software upgrades (flashes) for the PCM and TCM.
    The service advisor could look up your build date/options with the last 8 characters of the VIN and tell if the improvements applied to your vehicle or not.
     
  6. AHBGuru

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    Trade it in for the 392 or Cummins.
     
  7. TheViking

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    If you don't mind spending 1k, then an unlocked ECU and tuner/custom tune will provide a very noticeable performance gain. Especially with the high octane tunes. Most CAI's are probably a waste of money, except for looks and sound,
     
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  8. paullybob

    paullybob Well-Known Member

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    I was taught a long time ago by a very wise and seasoned auto mechanic that rarely....VERY RARELY can you get performance without sacrificing fuel economy. I have seen this to be proven over and over again...
     
  9. AC TC

    AC TC Well-Known Member

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    - well you can i way..mostly by adding advance to the timing. What you actually are doing is lower or removing the "safety marginal" that the factory have built in to compensate for fuel variations, and such.

    Today i Think that the fuel/ hp race have made factory marginals rather slim so there shouldnt be much to gain there and the ultimate prize for the gain is a destroyed Engine..
     
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  10. valiant67

    valiant67 Rich Corinthian Leather
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    Well there i one way - weight reduction.
     
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  11. Doug D

    Doug D Virginia Gentleman

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    IC said it best. The engineers have squeezed the best optimal power/fuel economy/longevity out of these engines. Not going to get much more out of it. The K&N cold air intake setups just rob you of your hard earned money and don't really help in regards to power/economy. Your '17 has nearly 400 hp - just how much more do you need? I have found the 345 hp in my '06 1500 is more than adequate.
     
  12. 2012srtchallenger

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    My last truck was a 2016 ram 15004x4 hemi. I put cold air intake and cat back exhaust it did help with power and gives cool sounds when floored.i have never increased fuel mileage but seat of the pants felt stronger.my next level would be supercharging for best bang for the buck
     

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