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    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.
    by Published on 03-06-2015 02:17 PM

    Hello Ram Faithful! I think you will find the following two summaries, which include links to the complete articles, to be of interest:

    As always, thank you for your continued support of the Turbo Diesel Register.
    by Published on 02-24-2015 01:12 PM

    Is it cold where you live? Here is a press release from the folks at Ram. It discusses cold-weather testing. Unlike some press releases, this one has down-to-earth writing that gives you an excellent glimpse into some of the things Ram engineering is doing to ensure the truck works for you rather than you having to work fir the truck. You will also enjoy the link to a cold-weather testing video.

    Winter Testing Season at Ram Truck

    Piles of snow and below-zero temperatures in Houghton, Mich.; Bemidji, Minn. and other hostile winter areas are the cue for Ram Engineering to suit up and run severe cold weather and plow testing.

    Every year, the dedicated truck engineering teams take advantage of the naturally reoccurring elements to reproduce the harsh environments some customers and operators experience. Although the conditions are far from humanly comfortable, those folks running a “Cold Trip” could not ask for a finer setting.

    “Only a small percentage of Ram truck owners will subject their truck or van to the harshest winter conditions, but for those who do, our durability testing procedures instill confidence,” said Mike Cairns, Director of Ram Truck Engineering. “When it’s minus 20 outside and I walk up to my Ram Truck on a morning of a Michigan winter, I have a sense of self-reliance and assurance that my truck will start, warm up quickly and run well because I know that we have tested and verified our trucks to perform in these harsh environments. We want every Ram customer to feel that way. “

    The Cold Trip
    Ram Engineering conducts a multitude of lab tests at the company’s Technical Center in Michigan and full vehicle tests at the company’s two major proving grounds in Arizona and Michigan. The purpose of the Cold Trip is to run real world operational tests in extreme environments. The Cold Trip serves as the engineering team’s final validation, assuring all Ram trucks are fully capable and the components will withstand the harshest environments in the US and Canada. Being based in Michigan offers a naturally cold environment for testing but the northern region amplifies the experience. Houghton, Michigan is not only provides below zero temps, it also is home to a testing facility dedicated to the winter bloom. The team also travels to Bemidji, Minnesota to experience extreme cold where the trucks soak in the frigid below zero temps for extended periods of time.

    Slush test
    When deicer is spread on the road, in temperatures around 28 degrees F° slush can collect. Because slush is water during an in-between state of liquid and solid, it can shift either way but when the sun goes down and temperatures drop, solid has the advantage. Slush does not drip off the undercarriage. It hangs on, filling gaps and covering components. During a hard freeze, anything covered in slush becomes encased in ice. Fuel lines, diesel exhaust fluid tanks, engine oil pan, brakes, etc. Ram engineers run trucks through 12-inch-deep slush and immediately park the truck overnight in a refrigeration facility set at minus 20. The truck is then inspected top to bottom to assure components and systems are functioning properly. Ram trucks feature dedicated systems to protect areas of potential vulnerability. For example, the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) tank is allowed to freeze in such conditions. The tank and lines are made of materials to allow a hard freeze without breaking. An independent heating system keeps just enough DEF above freezing temperatures to allow start up while meeting tailpipe emissions. Another example is the location of vent lines. Water can freeze, clogging vent lines for the axles, transmission and transfer case. Windows must continue to roll up and down and more importantly windshield wipers and defrost mechanisms must function.

    Arctic blast
    Anyone who has walked across a windy parking lot in low temperature conditions knows the effects. Imagine that force at higher wind speeds, even lower temps while delivering a healthy dose of snow and ice. That’s exactly what Ram executes during the arctic blast test. Ram engineers create a convoy of trucks and drive in-line for hours on end, switching positions in the order. The leader pulls a “drag” or rake to kick up ice and snow. This test addresses performance of windshield wipers, lighting and defrost but moreover the systems related to the engine.

    Snow ingestion can be particularly bad in such conditions. Much like driving though a sandstorm, the snow does not dissipate in low temperatures, which can pack the truck’s air filter and air box, limiting the trucks “breathing” capabilities. If the intake system is compromised, it will dramatically reduce engine performance. It is important to place the engine’s air intake in a location that avoids an over exuberance of snow ingestion. Alternatively, areas such as Arizona in the summer can create a need for the air intake to be present at the front of the truck for maximum flow of cooler air. The Industry-exclusive Ram Active Air intake system addresses both scenarios. When the intake system senses extreme heat, it draws cooler air from the front of the vehicle – a function that also engages at high altitudes for superior throttle response in low-oxygen environments. When conditions are wet from snow, ice or water fording, the system pulls air from an under-hood inlet, clear from snow packing and water.

    Moving white stuff
    Each season, Ram engineers plow more than 10,000 tons of snow to validate every system and ensure reliable operation. Moving a large amount of snow is paramount to a plow operator, which is why XX percent of commercial and private plow trucks are ¾-ton or greater. Although the Ram’s 2500 and 3500 are very popular for such duties, Ram also sells a large number of Chassis Cab trucks for snow removal. Ram 2500 and 3500 are available with a Snow Chief Package, which includes:

    • Upgraded cooling system
    • Higher-amp alternator
    • Anti-spin differential
    • More robust front suspension
    • Plow lighting interface eliminates the need for a lighting harness and enables plow lights to override the headlights upon plow installation
    • Transfer case skid plates
    • Auxiliary switches to operate the plow
    • Clearance lamps
    • OWL 18" tires

    All Chassis Cab trucks come standard with heavy duty cooling, auxiliary switches, limited slip rear axle, clearance lamps and 3500 (optional on/off road 4X4 tires) and 4500/5500 (rear traction tires on 4X4).

    Ram Chassis Cab 3500 4x4 is available with a Snow Plow Prep Package, which includes:

    • Higher-amp alternator
    • Transfer case skid plate

    Ram Chassis Cab 4500 and 5500 4x4 and 4x2 are available with a Snow Plow Prep Package, which includes:

    • Higher-amp alternator
    • Transfer case skid plate
    • Heavy Duty front suspension group

    The front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is the dictating specification for how much weight can be attached to the front of the truck. Front GAWR is the maximum allowable weight on the front two tires of the truck, including added equipment (winch, PTO, plow, rack, etc.). Plow operators balance plow size with truck weight, traction and power. Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs rated for up to 7,000 pounds of front GAWR on 6.4-liter gas engine-equipped models and up to 7,250 pounds GAWR on 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel models, allowing for the largest plow in the segment.

    Before you can use a piece of equipment on your truck, it needs to be installed. Ram Truck has benefitted from a long-standing relationship with truck equipment manufacturers. Our pickups, vans and chassis cab trucks are known for upfitter friendliness.

    Not every plow is brand new and there are a variety of plows available. Ram engineering tests trucks with new and “experienced” plows — some with minor damage, V-plows and straight plows, to assure a range of use and equipment is covered.

    Operating at maximum front GAWR is a sure way to push the trucks. The largest possible plows are used, matched with each truck’s capability. Plow truck operators often take multiple passes in a small area, pushing forward and reversing out, only to make another push. The engineering team has logged a staggering amount of plow miles pushing snow and nearly an equal amount in reverse. That type of use can be punishing for a transmission and Ram has included the actions in the durability schedule.

    Additional weight (~500 pounds) is mounted over the rear axle, in the bed, to help maintain rear tire traction and counter the hanging weight of the plow on the front of the truck. This also presents an opportunity to test tires in low-traction environments. Heavy Duty trucks normally carry tire pressures upwards of 70 psi, which isn’t always helpful when trying to gain traction while pushing mounds of snow.

    Additional winter-friendly features available in Ram trucks:

    • SiriusXM Travel Link with weather forecasting, alerts and real-time weather maps
    • SiriusXM Traffic
    • WiFi Hotspot
    • 9 -1-1 Call
    • Real time gas and diesel pricing
    • Remote start key fob activates defrosters, heated seats and steering wheel
    • Uconnect Access remote start from any computer or smartphone
    • 115v center stack outlet allows you to charge and have access to battery-powered winter accessories – from flashlights to handwarmers
    • choice of beds/organizers: spray in bedliner (traction), Tonneau, Bed divider/extender, tiedowns, RamBox for storing winter gear and equipment
    • Power sliding rear window with defroster
    • Three different winter friendly floor mats
    • Cargo/bed camera with LED lights
    • Backup camera and parking sensors
    • Wheel to wheel side steps for easy entry and bed access

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