Yes, we now have a separate thread and we won't be hijacking the other one. Let's play trucks!
When I first got the truck, I noticed that between 3rd & 4th gear the transmission seemed to hang at 34-36 mph at low throttle, sort of bouncing between the gears, before it would shift. At medium and high throttle I got a heavy shudder between shifts. From what I've read, and discussed with a couple of shops, it appears the shudder is caused by fluid leaking by the valve body plate. This causes a medium pressure/low pressure/medium pressure fluid change in the case at low speed. At higher trhottle input you have higher pressures so the pressure differential caused by the blow by creates the shaking. You can imagine how violent that must be to shake the whole truck.
Apparently this shudder is the root cause of two failure modes. The 3rd gear forward sprag can break & the most common failure is a cracked transmission case. So the shop recommended the valve body plate kit plus a case brace. The case brace is basically a stiffener designed to keep the case from flexing to the point of failure. I also put on the deeper pan as more fluid is better for cooling and more fluid seems to attenuate pressure differential between shifts.
Results? The shudder is almost gone, shifts are crisper - but could still use some tuning there - and fluid temps dropped almost 5 degrees from average temps.
So I think I've done what's needed to preserve the transmission outside of a total rebuild.
I do want to install a FASS fuel filter/separator system in place of the stock fuel filter system to keep water and air out of the fuel pump and injector lines. I don't think I am gonna go crazy with lift pumps, intake air elbow, turbo upgrades, etc...
I really like the Edge monitor and the features to monitor engine operating conditions. I also like being able to shift on the fly between tune packages vs. how we have to meddle with unloading and loading tunes with the Diablosport programmers on our cars.
I did some playing the other day and the Mrs. was with me. We had to go into SE Portland from our home over on the SW side of town. On the way back, I finally cleared traffic as we entered the freeway, including a real ass driving a small black foriegn something who cut me off at the on ramp. I honked at him and he flipped me off.
So, I rode his tail a bit as we headed up the hill. He finally pulled over and I noticed his driver's window was down. I was on the third position tune and got on it, rolling a bit of coal and putting some of it through his window.
The wife said, "Wow, this thing has some power!" and I said, "Yeah but watch this..." I slowed down a bit, put the tune on #4
and as that guy pulled up even with my tailpipe, I nailed it again, filling his car with smoke. He had to slow way down and that meant he slowed all the cars behind him. I could hear them honking at him as I made my way further West.
The wife was watching the rear view mirror and all she could say was, "OMG" and then she started laughing.
This 2017 is my sixth Dodge truck and I'm very happy with it.