Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Hanson, Massachusetts
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Re: Questions about the 97 Ram 1500
I believe the gvw is 7700 for the 1500 and my 2500 is 8800. With towing the trannies get hot so maybe put in a large aux tranny cooler, the 3/4 tons come with one and if it has a snow plow prep package then it has it too with heavy duty springs and an overheating indictor light for the tranny. The inline check ball in the tranny cooler line next to the radiator can stick closed which means the tranny will overheat! Mine did! The tranny shop guy told me about it and I never did anything about it until it was too late, he fixed it by cutting it out and just using rubber hose. The only down side is the tranny fluid drains out of the lines into the tranny pan so theres a brief hesitation before it engages at initial start up...
I would say the od would make it a 4 speed, and be sure to always shut off the overdrive when towing unless going down hill...