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post #1 of 2 Old 03-17-2019, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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2013 dodge bighoen 1500 plowing info needed

Has anyone out there have a plow on their 2013 dodge ram 1500 Big Horn?

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The 1/2 tons with Auto mode have the Borg Warner 44-44 transfer case which is engaged by clutch packs. There are some threads out there with hundreds of pages worth to read through on how this operates. Basically in Auto mode the truck is 2WD until a slippage is detected as said above. Once the slippage has been corrected, back to 2WD you go.

Be advised, 4WD "Lock" mode does not actually keep you in 4WD. Again, the truck will only engage 4WD when it detects loss of traction. There is a mix of reports out there saying the truck will disengage 4WD until you come to a complete stop, or some say it will disengage when you release the gas pedal. But there is no true constant 4WD available on the 44-44 case.


I was wondering how it is plowing, I'm going to add my 7.5 fisher blade to truck but now I find out about the electronic 4x4.
Its not a true locking 4x4 system.
If in 4x4 auto means if your rear wheels start to spin front will kick in.
If in 4x4 lock it means about the same think its not in a true/positive lock like my 2004 ram 4x4, seems they use a clutch pack for this and it keeps pressure on the pack until the rear wheels spin at least a half turn then fronts kick in.
I guess Dodge put one over on all the 2013 and trucks who have this transfer case 44-44 by labeling the dash switch with 4x4 lock.

So with the snow we get here in Boston area anyone have a plow on their 2013 and how does it perform in say a foot of snow?

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post #2 of 2 Old 03-17-2019, 06:25 PM
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Not sure how helpful this will be, but here's my experience: last winter I bought a 2014 Ram 1500 4x4 Outdoorsman with the 8 speed auto tranny. I had the intention of putting a plow on it, but the Ram folks, as well as the Western and Boss dealers all said it was a no go. Had something to do with the electronics in the drivetrain. In any event, I kept my 2002 Ram 1500 4x4, 4 speed auto tranny, and mounted the Western HTS on it. Added the aftermarket pro-wings, installed timbrens, running Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs...works great for the residential and small commercial jobs I do. Haven't gotten stuck yet. I also baby the tranny by pausing for a second in neutral between forward and reverse, and I always plow in low range. A tranny specialist said that takes a lot of strain off the transmission and helps it to run cooler. Also added an extra cooling fan up front, which made a huge difference to keep the temp down. So, to make a short story long...that's my experience anyway...it might be better to rethink putting a plow on that buggy.
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