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The 2003 model year was the beginning of a new era for the Cummins Turbo Diesel. The Common Rail Era. Dodge ditched the troublesome VP44 in favor of the more reliable Bosch CP3 injection pump, capable of supplying fuel at up to 30,000 PSI to the rail. Most Cummins enthusiasts would agree that this new system is easier to get big horsepower from and all without sacrificing diesel fuel economy. The addition of the right tuner (our choice would be Smarty), a decent set of injectors, an upgraded turbo, some transmission modifications, some gauges to keep an eye on things, and these trucks will easily slip into the 500 RWHP range.
Whatever your goal is for your truck, whether it's big horsepower or better handling, we can help you out with name brands like Carli Suspension, BD Diesel Performance, Industrial Injection, Valair Clutch, Dynomite Diesel, ISSPRO Gauges, FASS Fuel Systems, Mads Electronics Smarty Tuner, Edge, MBRP Exhaust and much much more.
NOTE: For those of you with 2004 model year trucks, it is important to understand that there are significant differences between a 2004 and a 2004.5. Different injectors, different turbos, different exhaust systems (2004.5 trucks have full 4" exhausts and catalytic converters), different valve bodies in the transmission etc. One way to check is to locate the red or silver tag on the driver's side of your block. On a 2004.5 the tag will show a torque rating of 600 or a horsepower rating of 325. 2004's will show a horsepower rating of 305. If you are still unsure call your local Dodge dealer with the last 8 #'s of your VIN and they can clarify it for you.
If you need help with your decision don't hesitate to call. Products in this section are designed to work on 2003 and 2004 model year Dodge trucks equipped with the 5.9L Dodge Cummins unless otherwise noted.
Q: How do you find out if your Cummins is a 2004.5 or a 2004?
A: There are two ways. First, you can check the drivers side of the valve cover at the estimated horsepower. If the truck is a 2004, it will indicate 305, whereas the 2004.5 models are rated at 325 horsepower. Secondly, early 2004 models (non-California) did not have a catalytic converter from the factory, where 2004.5 models do. If your exhaust is still original, this is an easy way to check.
Q: Do I need the Extreme Duty Red-Head Gear Box, or the regular unit?
A: The Extreme Duty is built for those running exceptionally large tires, such a a very wide 35" or a 37" or larger diameter. This model would also be a good idea for those vehicles whom regularly see off road use.
Q: I'm looking at an exhaust kit on your website, but it doesn't state which cab and bed configuration it fits, will this fit my application?
A: In most cases, unless it is specifically stated as fitting a certain configuration, all exhaust kits on our website will fit all cab and bed lengths. Further, most kits will not fit cab and chassis applications unless otherwise noted.
Q: I'm looking at this 5" (or other) exhaust kit, but my truck only has a 4" exhaust now. Does this 5" exhaust include an adapter / reducer?
A: Yes, the exhaust systems we sell will adapt down to fit the application at the designated starting point (turbo back, cat back, DPF back, etc.) for a hassle free installation.
Q: What are EGT's?
A: EGT stands for Exhaust Gas Temperature, which is the temperature of the exhaust leaving your engine. This measurement is typically measured before the turbo to ensure you are not overheating components. For most applications, we recommend not exceeding 1300 degrees.
If you've got a question about your Cummins, feel free to give us a call at 888-99-DIESEL and we would be happy to assist.