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Old 03-23-2022, 10:17 AM
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Pulled the son's new 26' RV back to his place last week, and noticed a couple times when pulling a hill I had some vibration/chattering in the tranny. Went away on the flats. Stopped in at my local mechanic and asked if it was my tranny clutch disk. He said I was right. So now no more towing till I decide what to do about it. A new rebuilt from Jasper and it runs $6200. Not including torque converter.

Truck is a 2004 Dodge 3500 Cummins with a 48RE tranny and has 280K. Engine replaced in 2017.

Also considering getting a newer model. Likely a 2500 4WD this time.
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Old 03-23-2022, 11:34 AM
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Tough choice.

Not sure I’d go Jasper though. At old job, when we ( I was driving at the time unfortunately), the work van lost the oil cooler that was zip tied to the radiator and dragged on the ground, putting a hole in it and thus losing all engine oil. About 15 miles from the shop, van stranded me on side of road.

Boss researched and decided to put in a rebuilt Jasper ( Chevy 350) in it. Coworker and I did the change out.

About 9 months later, it was acting up. We then took it to another mechanic shop, and he put in another rebuilt warranty engine.

About a year after I left, motor went out again, and has been at the mechanic shop for about 3 years now. Not sure what exactly happened, but have not heard good things about Jasper motors from several other people too.

Maybe their transmission are better. But, with the problems we have locally with finding/ keeping quality help, I hear those problems are all over the country, so research who will give the best warranty, and hopefully they will stand behind their word.


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Old 03-23-2022, 11:53 AM
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Tough choice.

Not sure I’d go Jasper though. At old job, when we ( I was driving at the time unfortunately), the work van lost the oil cooler that was zip tied to the radiator and dragged on the ground, putting a hole in it and thus losing all engine oil. About 15 miles from the shop, van stranded me on side of road.

Boss researched and decided to put in a rebuilt Jasper ( Chevy 350) in it. Coworker and I did the change out.

About 9 months later, it was acting up. We then took it to another mechanic shop, and he put in another rebuilt warranty engine.

About a year after I left, motor went out again, and has been at the mechanic shop for about 3 years now. Not sure what exactly happened, but have not heard good things about Jasper motors from several other people too.

Maybe their transmission are better. But, with the problems we have locally with finding/ keeping quality help, I hear those problems are all over the country, so research who will give the best warranty, and hopefully they will stand behind their word.


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Jasper has a 5 year tranny warranty. My mechanic is a Jasper listed installer.
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Old 03-23-2022, 12:23 PM
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That seems a bit high to me. I rebuilt the 48RE in my 98 back before the Covid mess. I seem to recall rebuilds being in the $1800 to $2500 range then. That’s just the trans. No install but I can R&R mine in 3 hours so shop time shouldn’t be too much.
I would shop around some. Those trans have been around a long time lots of places rebuilding them.
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That seems a bit high to me. I rebuilt the 48RE in my 98 back before the Covid mess. I seem to recall rebuilds being in the $1800 to $2500 range then. That’s just the trans. No install but I can R&R mine in 3 hours so shop time shouldn’t be too much.
I would shop around some. Those trans have been around a long time lots of places rebuilding them.
I had a 46RE my local shop quoted $1900 for a rebuilt trans including R&R.

Me and the kids did it for under $700.
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Old 03-23-2022, 07:34 PM
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I did find a upgrade for the 48RE tranny from this place. 2K cheaper than Jasper and free shipping with new torque converter.. A bit heavier duty than the stock 48RE.
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I had about $900-$1000 in mine by the time I was done. Had to pull it twice. Evidently proper endplay is important .

Monster trans and ATS were both real competitive price wise back when I was looking.
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Old 03-23-2022, 10:32 PM
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I had about $900-$1000 in mine by the time I was done. Had to pull it twice. Evidently proper endplay is important .

Monster trans and ATS were both real competitive price wise back when I was looking.
I will check those out. Thanks.

I did check them out. Fairly competitive with each other. Still prefer the one I linked in post 6. They gave much more detail in what the upgrade consisted of.
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I had good luck with Jasper engines in the past, never had one of their trannys. Although that price seems pretty rich. Another place I've heard good things about is BTS, Brian's Truck Shop out of Arkansas.

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Old 03-24-2022, 09:21 AM
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I had good luck with Jasper engines in the past, never had one of their trannys. Although that price seems pretty rich. Another place I've heard good things about is BTS, Brian's Truck Shop out of Arkansas.

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Asked for a quote. Thanks.
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