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    by Published on 07-29-2015 01:24 PM

    We are full-speed into the summer months and are hopeful you have a little bit of vacation time on the horizon. If you do, chances are you will be looking for a good book or magazine that relates to your hobby. Lately we’ve been busy adding reference material to the TDR Members’ Only area (see the left ...
    by Published on 07-24-2015 02:39 PM

    We talk about the bad news. We talk about the good news. No doubt you’ve notice the drop in the price of diesel fuel. When the price of diesel was higher than premium gasoline, we searched for answers and the underlying reason would typically be a supply and demand ...
    by Published on 07-02-2015 08:36 AM

    The Ram Rebel and Ram Laramie Limited - some folks like the styling of the front grill, some folks do not.

    A design exercise?

    A personality exercise?

    Your opinion?

    Time to hear from the designers at Ram. Enjoy the video. It is worth your four minutes as the next generation 1500 is due for 2017, and the next generation Turbo Diesel in 2018.
    by Published on 06-23-2015 08:58 AM

    TDR Members, the following is an announcement from the folks at Ram Public Relations. The power wars continue with 900 lb.-ft. being the new torque target. We are not so sure about the timing of this announcement, perhaps late summer as the model year would be closer to the seasonal change over would have been better? We wouldn't expect any detailed order or pricing information quite yet. Enjoy.

    2016 Ram Heavy Duty Widens its Leadership Gap with a Triple-decker Presence: Best-in-class Power,
    Towing Capacity and
    Payload Capacity

    • 2016 Cummins 6.7-liter calibration hits a best-in-class 900 lb.-ft. of torque. The most torque ever offered in a mass-production vehicle
    • 2016 Ram 3500 crushes the competition with up to 31,210 pounds of SAE J2807-spec. towing capacity, beating the closest competitor by more than two tons
    • 2016 Ram 2500 holds best-in-class ¾-ton towing title with 17,980 pounds of capacity
    • Ram 3500 maintains best-in-class payload of 7,390 pounds with 6.4-liter HEMI V-8
    • Ram 3500 raises its best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) to 39,100 pounds
    • Ram maintains credibility and customer confidence as the only automaker to align with SAE J2807 towing standard across its entire pickup truck line
    • Fuel economy is top of mind for Ram 1500 customers and the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine continues to crush the competition with an amazing 29 miles per gallon (mpg)
    • The first 2016 Ram Heavy Duty trucks begin rolling off the factory line third quarter of 2015
    • Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/60,000 miles on gas engines and Five years/100,000 miles on diesel engines

    Ram continues as “King of the Hill” in the heavy-duty battleground with the introduction of the 2016 model year Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups. The capability leaders further build on a list of best-in-class claims.

    Additionally, for two years running, the Ram 1500 leads pickup truck fuel economy with the exclusive 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine delivering 240 horsepower, 420 lb.-ft. of torque and 29 miles per gallon (mpg).

    "Ram maintains leadership in all three pickup segments offering best-in-class fuel efficiency, best-in-class towing, best-in-class power and best-in-class payload," said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO — Ram Truck Brand, FCA US. "Ram continues to break records in the most important consumer-driven titles of the pickup truck market and we’re not slowing down.”

    Ram Engineering and Cummins developed a new, hard-hitting fuel delivery and turbo boost calibration for the 6.7-liter I-6 diesel that produces an additional 35 lb.-ft. of torque. This improvement raises the bar from Ram’s current title at 865 lb.-ft. of torque to 900 lb.-ft. of torque — a number never achieved in a mass-produced vehicle.

    The previous heavy-duty towing title also belongs to the Ram 3500 at 30,000 pounds. The 2016 Ram 3500 brings that stat to 31,210 pounds, further distancing the closest rival by more than two tons. To handle the increased towing capacity, Ram engineers beefed up the rear axle ring gear hardware from 12 to 16 bolts on all trucks equipped with the 11.8-inch axle. The additional hardened bolts and stronger material are used in the differential case to assure long-term durability.

    The most payload available in a pickup is 7,390 pounds for a 6.4-liter-equipped Ram 3500 model, more than 3.5 tons.

    The 2016 Ram 2500 also continues its ¾-ton towing leadership with a dominating 17,980 pounds of capacity.

    Ram is the only automaker to back its entire pickup truck line and towing claims with SAE J2807 testing criteria.

    “Ram has bookended its innovation leadership in the pickup segments and thoughtfully engineered better trucks, including our Ram 1500 with real-world fuel economy approaching 30 mpg and the Ram 3500 with a mind-boggling 31,210 pounds of towing capacity, even on the hottest day,” said Mike Cairns, Director— Ram Truck Engineering, FCA US. “Our 2016 Ram Trucks own pertinent, functional titles while delivering award-winning interiors and exclusive features that entice customers."


    • 2016 Ram 2500 starting at $31,485
    • 2016 Ram 3500 starting at $31,990
    • NOTE: Pricing does not include $1,195 destination


    2016 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    The 2016 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and Quad Cab models are built at the Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Warren, Michigan), which has built more than 12.5 million trucks since it started operations in 1938. Regular Cab and additional Crew Cab models of the 2016 Ram 1500 are built at the Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.

    Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickup trucks are also assembled at FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Coahuila, Mexico.
    by Published on 05-05-2015 02:30 PM
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    TDR Issue 88 print copies are in the mail. US addresses should expect delivery within the next 7 – 14 days. International addresses should allow 2 – 4 weeks for delivery. TDR subscribers will receive a link via email to access the digital version of the Turbo Diesel Register within the next 4 – 7 days.
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    by Published on 04-30-2015 09:09 AM
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    The folks at BD Diesel Performance invite you to come out for a weekend full of racing, Dyno testing, drifting and sled pulling. Enjoy this family affair with bouncy castles and a donation lunch where proceeds go to the BC Children's Hospital. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Friday Night Drags
    May 22nd 4:30pm - line up starts at 3:00
    Racers $35 / Crew $5 / Spectators $5
    Mission Raceway, Mission
    by Published on 03-20-2015 02:52 PM

    Hello TDR friends in Texas, especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. When you look at corporate marketing events, you often have to wonder, "What were they thinking?" But I doubt any of us will question the compatibility of pickup trucks and country music. We tip our hats to the folks at Ram for this one! So if you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, this might be a fun VIP experience. Check it out. If you attend, write it up. We'd love to publish your experience on the website and in the magazine.

    Ram Truck Owners can be Part of History as the Brand Seeks the Guinness World Records™ Title for Largest Parade of Pickup Trucks

    • Space is limited for Saturday, April 18, ‘Ram Truck Round-up’ event in Arlington, Texas, held in conjunction with 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards where Ram is the ‘Official Truck'

    • Participants will receive tickets to Saturday’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival featuring top name country music performers and other activities

    • Ram truck owners can register at www.ramroundup.com

    March 18, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Ram, the “Official Truck” of the Academy of Country Music Awards, is inviting its owners and their trucks to help the brand break a Guinness World Records™ title for the largest parade of pickup trucks. The event is being held to honor the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast live for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, April 19, at 8 p.m. Eastern time/8 p.m. Pacific time on CBS.

    Five-hundred truck slots are available for the “Ram Truck Round-up” parade taking place Saturday, April 18, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Ram truck owners can reserve their place in history by registering at www.ramroundup.com. Each participating Ram truck will receive up to two tickets for Saturday’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival featuring live performances by an outstanding lineup of top country music artists.

    A $50 deposit for each ACM Party for a Cause Festival ticket is required to hold a place in the parade, which will be refunded to participants in cash when they check in at the event.

    “Everything is always bigger in Texas and Ram, America’s fastest-growing truck brand, is making sure this year’s ACM Awards celebration in Arlington will prove this once again,” said Robert Hegbloom, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ram Truck Brand, FCA – North America. “The ‘Ram Truck Round-up’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our loyal truck owners to be a part of a special record-breaking rally and pickup parade in the largest truck market in the country.”

    Ram Truck Round-up Specifics
    The Ram Truck Round-up is open to Ram truck owners exclusively. Registered participants must arrive at AT&T Stadium between 7:30-10 a.m. Central time as gates will be closed after 10 a.m. All attendees, including drivers and one guest, must be at least 16 years old and the drivers must have a valid driver’s license or photo ID that matches the advance registration information. Additional information is available at www.ramroundup.com.

    Entertainment at the Ram Truck Round-up will include a special car-crushing appearance by the Raminator monster truck and a chance to meet nine-time Monster Truck Racing Association Driver of the Year Mark Hall. Participants also will receive VIP access to special offers from Ram partners and the first 100 Ram trucks to arrive will receive additional partner giveaways. Expected Ram partners include Bosch Power Tools, Mossy Oak, Tucker Hibbert, Ram Rodeo and Drury Outdoor.

    Light breakfast items will be available free for guests who arrive early. No outside food or alcohol is permitted.

    ACM Party for a Cause
    Ram Truck Round-up participants receive tickets for Saturday’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival. The two-day outdoor music event, taking place Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, will include multiple stages for ongoing live country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with vendors from around the country and much more. Country music icons, including many 2015 ACM Award nominees, are set to perform. The festival also will be taped for a two-hour special “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets!,” which will air on Friday, May 15, on CBS. Additional information on the event is available at ACMcountry.com.

    This is the sixth consecutive year that the Ram Truck brand has partnered with and been the "Official Truck" of the ACM Awards. Ram Trucks' involvement has evolved over the years. This year, Ram is the sponsor of the Ram Lone Star Stage at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival and is running a national radio promotion where winners receive trips to Dallas for the ultimate ACM weekend experience. In addition, Ram promotes the ACM Awards and ACM Party for a Cause Festival through social media, as well as television and digital advertising.

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