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Okay - given that you're in Canada, the 'M' indicates the Lago Alberto assembly plant.

Hmmm... 'D' was the engine code for the diesel in '98 and up. Maybe yours was a late-year build in '97, and they had already started using the 'D' designation.
Regardless - yeah, your dealership just gave you the wrong info. Shocking, isn't it? :)
Here's a link to give you all the specs. on your engine:
http://www.dodgeram.org/tech/dsl/Facts/96specs.html
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Thanks, Tom.
I'll now wait and see what Chrysler comes back with this time. But it looks like the TST is the product to use to give the truck a boost.
Dennis

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This is the final segment of the HP & torque issue on my truck and I think Chrysler is still nuts. This time they have replied that my truck has 175 bhp and 230 lb-ft of torque. Based on what all you folks have said, I think they are "out to lunch" on the torque value. But, that's all folks. Thanks for all your input.

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Good grief... that's the specs. for the 6-cylinder GAS engine, the 3.9L V6. Guess they don't do much with diesels at that dealership, huh?
Rest assured, if you have an auto trans, your engine came stock with 180HP and 420lb.ft. of torque
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Tom, I am not going to drag this out any further. You guys have been really helpful. But....this latest information didn't come from the dealer. It came from CHRYSLER CANADA as a response to another enquiry I sent them. The've got to be on something.
Dennis

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Believe me, it's a lot better than some of the other discussions going on here. At least this one pertains to a Dodge truck :)

Oh... ok. Corporate desk jockeys. No WONDER they're confused :)
Ah well... have you decided what you're going to do to the engine? Be mindful of your transmission - it's an early RE model, which were the most susceptible to failure (primarily in the overdrive section) when turning up the power.
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We're heading off on a trip next week. I'm going to see how the truck pulls and then make a decision. We are definitely going to move up to a larger 5th wheel. But we will likely wait now until spring. Thanks for all your help. It's really opened my eyes. And I sure as blazes know what questions to ask next time we buy a truck. By the way, my last name is Lawrence too.
Dennis

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"Dennis" wrote:

Listen 235 HP is more than enough with proper gears. Your truck likely has a 3.55 axle ratio in it. Slap in a 4.10 and it will tow 12 to 14k prety good without adding any extra drive line strain from "chipping" the motor.
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