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Dodge Ram Six-Speed Upgrade

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

Q. We have a 2000 Dodge 2500 Ram truck with a Cummins diesel engine and a five-speed manual transmission. We’d like to update it to the new six-speed transmission. Do you have any information on this swap?

— R.S., Dallas, Texas

A. A six-speed conversion was described in The Turbo Diesel Register (TDR) magazine. A member performed a swap to a six-speed manual transmission (NV5600) and gave a brief write-up in issue 33, page 42.

The shop that did the work was Performance Transmission in Angleton, Texas; (979) 864-3280.

TDR is an excellent resource for owners of Dodge trucks with Cummins engines and can be reached at (770) 844-1600, turbodieselregister.com — K.F.

Ken Freund’s more than three decades of auto-repair experience and 20-plus years of RVing helped him author numerous books and articles on vehicle repair. In addition to RV Clinic and Performance, he writes the Powertrain column in MotorHome magazine. Ken has been a California Automotive VO-Tech and Smog-Test Program Instructor and an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician.

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