Engine & Performance
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In 2010, the Ram HD received a major facelift in the form of a completely new body style, featuring a larger back seat, new interior, and a ton of other cosmetic and creature comfort upgrades. For the most part, the powertrain remained relatively unchanged from the previous model year. But with GM and Ford hot on the heels of Ram, they made some finite adjustments to take the previous torque rating from 650 to 800 foot pounds of torque in 2012 in order to be at the top of the power podium. Then in 2013, Ram turned around and released the High Output 3500, sporting a brand new Aisin HD ASC69RC automatic transmission to be an available option in the pickup applications, hitting 385 horsepower and 850 foot pounds of torque. The non-HO pickup models would still have the available options of a 68RFE automatic or G56 manual transmission. For cab and chassis models, Ram maintained the standard Aisin AS69RC automatic or G56. We are glad to see Ram keeping the hand-shaker models available, when their rivals have abandoned manual transmissions altogether.
Also in 2013, Ram finally released an upgraded suspension and steering configuration for 3500 models that would assist in eliminating the issues that had plagued them for years. Most people with a Ram have at least heard of “Death Wobble,” if not having experienced it themselves. There are many contributing factors to this occurrence, and to combat this, Ram made a complete design change. One could say that Ram took a lot of notes from Ford by switching to a radius arm, as opposed to control arms, as well as a new steering configuration that separates the drag link and center link, very similar to a SuperDuty. The 2014 Ram 2500’s followed suit with this same treatment, but then threw an entirely new wrench into the mix by sending huge shockwaves into the heavy duty pickup market by being the first automaker to go with rear coil springs, as opposed to leaf springs, and later to have an available rear air ride option.
Were all of these changes for the positive? You bet! Are there still areas for improvement that the aftermarket can fill? Absolutely! While these trucks are light years different than they were a decade ago, there are still ways to gain greater power and fuel economy. There are still plenty of ways to improve the reliability and drivability. And anyways, who wants to drive a stock truck? We can help you achieve whatever goals you have for your truck, whether your goal is to run 10’s in the quarter mile, make it the greatest tow vehicle on the planet, or capable of pounding through a sand whoop section in the desert.
Browse through our various categories, and if you have any questions about what products are right for you and your truck, give us a call and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.
Q: Does your HE351VE (Variable Geometry Turbo / VGT found on 6.7L Cummins) come with an actuator, and if so, is it pre-calibrated?
A: Yes, all HE351VE's we sell come with an actuator, and is pre-calibrated, ready for installation.
Q: Will a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) back system provide more sound to my truck?
A: Generally speaking no, the emissions equipment upstream will still act as a muffler. However, that doesn't mean installation will not help in other areas by improving exhaust flow. While minor, the benefits are noticeable, plus an aftermarket exhaust looks way better than the stock exhaust.
Q: Will an aftermarket "2nd Gen" turbo swap kit on my 6.7 Cummins remove the factory exhaust brake?
A: Yes, the stock exhaust brake is part of the factory turbo. When removing the factory turbo in favor of a non-VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo), the factory exhaust brake function is removed, as well.
Q. Why does it sound like my transmission rattles after I installed a new clutch.
A. That noise that you are hearing is called gear rollover noise. It is evident in all transmissions, which is the reason the factory originally installs dual mass flywheel clutches, as they will cut down on that noise. The G56 is especially bad because it has a large aluminum case that acts as a megaphone. It is a completely normal condition, but can be helped. We typically recommend filling the fluid up to the fill plug in the transmission, then pulling the shift tower and putting one extra quart in. That will significantly cut down on the gear rollover noise.
Q: Can I buy just EFILive tuning for my 2013+ Ram 6.7L Cummins without an unlock device?
A: In short, no. Beginning in model year 2013, if you're looking to tune your Cummins with EFILive, you'll need to "unlock" the ECM. Firewalls were installed to prevent aftermarket tuning, yet there are several ways to bypass this to allow the installation of EFILive. We carry the Edge Insight CTS2 Cummins Unlock and the Bully Dog GT with Unlock Cable.
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.
Q: Will the products you offer void my warranty?
A: Some parts may void your warranty and some may not. We recommend researching the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that specifically protects consumers when choosing to install aftermarket components on their vehicles, as well as consulting with your local dealer.
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.