Do you need a buy-it-now reason to purchase a new Turbo Diesel truck? If so, here it is. Courtesy of Automotive News (December 2, 2013). The title, "Buy by January 1." The highlights:
Tax breaks in the form of accelerated depreciation for vehicles over 6,000 pounds will end December 31, 2013. Quoting from Automotive News, "The tax breaks, part of federal stimulus legislation spurred by the recession, dramatically front load the depreciation schedules for many large assets, particularly for vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds, such as heavy-duty trucks.
"The deduction under Section 179 of the federal tax code applies to businesses that buy or lease $2 million or less worth of equipment in 2013.
"Most vehicles of more than 6,000 pounds that are used for business are eligible for 100 percent of the depreciation. But any vehicle used for commercial purposes can quality for some benefits."
5.9 HP CR Engine Radiator Fan • HVAC Blower Motor • Hidden Heater Hoses • Number Four Injector Line • Low Growl Increases with Speed/Tool Tip • Cruise Control • G56 Parts At Drain
Plug • South Bend Clutch Aftermath... • CEL Tells Me Crank Position Sensor
6.7 HP CR Transmission Shifting Problem • First Oil Change Question • Transmission Shudder in Reverse
Fourth Generation 350 Versus 385 HP/Miles Per Gallon Difference? • 2013 Towing Prep • Do I Need the Aisin? • EGR • 2013 Gearing • Fuel Overfill Splash • DEF and DPF Questions • Exhaust Gas Temperature Gauge
Blowin' In The Wind What is VM Motori? • Nissan Gets a Cummins Diesel
Technical Topics What is New For 2014?
TDResource 2013 TSBs • Recalls Issued in 2013
Your Story Fourth Generation Recap - What Have I Learned With My 4G • Lesson Learned The Hard Way - Or - How Empty Is Empty • Second-Guessing The Editor
Ready To Travel A Journey Through Time Down the Grand Staircase in Southern Utah
Four Whaling Cummins in the News • Diesel Versus V-6? • The $50 Blunder • RAM 1500 - First Impressions
Idle Clatter Gassy Business • Poor Running • Engine Swaps • Second Generation Brakes • The Case For Exhaust Brakes • Looking Back 10 Years • "Old Wive's Tales"
Ranch Dressing Last Issue Recap • Industry Happenings • Battery Charging
Have Ram, Will Travel Overview of 2013 HD Features - Part Two
Back In The Saddle Engo 9000 Winch • Pacbrake • DDP Dyno Days
Backfire 12-Valve Articles • Backfire the Cummins Ad Director • Oil Change Interval - Watch the Special Symbols
Chapter News CMEP Tour and Presentations • RAMs Gather at Columbus for TDR Meet
TDRV Tire Pressure Monitors • Front Hitch on a 3500 • Truck Bed Topper • Factory Installed Tow Package • More Gooseneck Hitch • 2006 Versus 2013 Fifth-Wheel Towing Comparison • Dexter Nev-R-Lube Wheel Bearings • Wireless Remote Backup Camera
TDR Members, Issue 82 was mailed on November 4, 2013. Domestic deliveries should arrive by November 15, 2013. International deliveries should arrive by November 28, 2013.
Included with this issue you will find the 2014 TDR Calendar. We offer our sincere appreciation to each of you who submitted a photograph for consideration this year. As always, the competition was tough. We had a very difficult time limiting our selection to thirty-three pictures. We hope this calendar finds a place of honor in your home, office or garage for 2014.
As you might expect, this issue contains an emphasis on the new 2014 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks as well as our “first impression” drive of the new 1500 Turbo Diesel with its 3.0-liter VM Motori engine. Also included in this issue is our annual Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) recap.
Other articles of interest:
- Cracked dash removal and installation on a Second Generation truck. - News about Cummins 5.0-liter V8 diesel. - News about VM Motari. - A Fourth Generation truck accessory recap. - Writer, Joe Donnelly’s purchase criterion in his quest for a 2013 truck. - Writer, Andy Redmond diagnoses a “tappy” noise. - The usual best-of collection from the TDR’s website. - And a recap of this summer’s TDR tour of the CMEP facility in Columbus, Indiana. - Much more . . . .
We hope you enjoy this issue of the Turbo Diesel Register. And as always, I sincerely appreciate your continued support of the Turbo Diesel Register.
Robert Patton Editor
Note: We'd also like to thank every TDR Member who participated in this year's community service project sponsored by Geno's Garage. A total of 1,174 EVOLUTION t-shirts were sold. Geno's Garage staff presented a check in the amount of $9,747.50 to the Richard B. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home last week. The money is being used to add an automatic door opener (similar to those in retail establishments) to allow veterans in wheelchairs to access gardens on the property. And for fun, we hear they will be adding a few video games as well.
Each year we continue to be honored to receive the number of photographs we do for use in the TDR Annual Calendar. This year, as in years past, it was extremely difficult to select just twelve photographs for the calendar. To all of you who sent in photographs, we offer you our sincere appreciation you for both your time and your work. We enjoyed receiving each and every entry. Congratulations to those TDR Members whose photographs were featured in this year's calendar:
- January - Provided by Cummins, Inc. - February - Mikel Flinn - March - Ozymandias Steiner - April - Ashley Gyman - May - Randall Benton - June - Adam Boggess - July - Eugene Story - August - Robert Benedict - September - Randy Erickson - October - Lars Wells - November - Austin Carlson - December - Jason Wyglendowski - Front Cover - Wayne Shollenberger, Spin Shaffer, Bill Benson, Nick Spotlock, David Cummings, Andy Keller, Mark Yeary, Robin Feys, Kevin Venema - Rear Cover - Peter Hoshyla, Mark Pasternak, Bryan Pavel, David Peach, Jason Murray, Steve Linde, Ron Knoch, Henry Martin, Randall Williams, Tyler Purdy, Rick Guzik and David Ryder
Download your copy of the 2014 TDR Calendar. Or purchase additional color copies at the Turbo Diesel Register.
Now get those cameras back out and start working on your entries for next year!
Don't be discouraged if your your photograph was not chosen for this year's calendar. Many of your photographs will be used throughout 2014 in the TDR magazine. Be on the lookout.
October 31, 2013, Louisville, Ky. - The Ram Truck brand celebrated the passion ignited around its “Year of the Farmer” initiative by presenting Clay Sapp, 2012-2013 National FFA President, with a $1 million donation at the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 30.
Ram Truck brand declared 2013 the “Year of the Farmer” during the Super Bowl last February, when its much-talked-about television spot, “Farmer,” kicked off a yearlong initiative to bring national attention to the significance of the American farmer. Ram pledged to donate up to $1 million to FFA for views of the “Farmer” video on the Ram Truck brand website. The brand reached the 10-million-view milestone, equating to the $1 million donation, in less than a week.
“To date, ‘Farmer’ has been viewed online more than 22 million times, underscoring America’s interest in and support for the important role farmers play in our country,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO, Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “It is a pleasure to present the check to FFA and to be among thousands of dedicated FFA members who convey the spirit of what we at Ram Trucks value most of all – courage, dignity, integrity and example-setting through hard work.”
Bigland presented the donation to Sapp alongside country music artist and former FFA member Easton Corbin, who has worked with the Ram Truck brand throughout 2013 to promote the “Year of the Farmer.” Corbin is visiting FFA members in 12 cities across the United States from October to February, providing private concerts and furthering the notion that FFA plays an important role in reducing hunger issues in America.
“It is so wonderful to see our country rise up and show support for those who work hard every day to provide vital resources to the nation,” said Sapp. “The response we’ve received from Ram’s ‘Year of the Farmer’ has been overwhelming, reinforcing the pride we have in our work and what it means to be a farmer.”
The “Farmer” video was inspired by the stirring “So God Made a Farmer” oration delivered by legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey in 1978, and since used as a national anthem in grassroots videos created by farm families. To honor American farmers, the Ram Truck brand aspired to create greater awareness, support and appreciation for farming families, communities and providers. The Ram Truck brand commissioned 10 noted photographers to document American farm life, yielding a beautiful and comprehensive catalog of farming images. Many of these artful and compelling stills provide the visual mosaic for “Farmer,” while Harvey’s passionate oration provides the narration.
Ram Truck brand also presented a first copy of its “The Farmer in All of Us,” a coffee table book to be published by National Geographic. It is a beautiful and comprehensive collection of original agriculture, farming and family farm photography, including many of the images commissioned for the “Farmer” video. Proceeds from the book will go toward the FFA’s “Give the Gift of Blue” program, which donates traditional FFA blue corduroy jackets to members who would not otherwise be able to own one. The jackets are an important symbol of the hard work and dedication to farming by these young people.
An exclusive, limited number of “The Farmer in All of Us” books will be available for order in the coming weeks.
Save this holiday season and get your Dodge truck enthusiast what they really want with Auto Meter. Their entire lines of products qualify for these holiday savings, but only through the end of the year. Simply buy any new Auto Meter product from an authorized dealer and send in the rebate form. The more you buy, the more you save, up to $100.
Purchase must be made between November 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
In our recent travels, we had the good fortune to meet Automotive journalist, Mark Williams of pickuptrucks.com, and Kent Sunderling of mrtruck.com. More from Williams and Sunderling in a minute.
These two names may sound familiar to you. They were a part of the team that did a 3500 series pickup comparison back in September of 2011 (covered in our Issue 75, pages 66 - 68) and a 2500 comparison in the Fall of 2010 (covered in Issue 71, page 56).
Both of the articles were done for the www.pickuptrucks.com website. The 3500 evaluation was titled, "Diesel Shootout." My observations of these two tests is that they were (are) as Consumer Reports-like as you will find. The authors give you "just the facts," and there is no bias. To add further credibility to their evaluations, the "Hurt Locker" test was done using the SAE pickup truck testing standards (TDR 75, page 64 and Issue 80, pages 48 - 49).
So what is new from writer Williams and tester Sunderling? While we did not fare so well in the two previous www.pickuptrucks.com tests, I have good news for the Ram faithful. Two weeks ago, Mark Williams told me to be on the lookout for their "King of Beasts" shootout. It has now been released to the public.
Here is the link to the article. Take a few minutes to enjoy:
The answer to this question depends on whom you ask.
2014 Consumer Trucks
The short answer for the folks that are interested in the consumer marketplace and the 2500/3500 Heavy Duty trucks:
A new 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline engine was introduced for the 2500s and 3500s.The engine is 410 hp/429 ft-lb torque with variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation for light load fuel economy.
The 2500s are now are equipped with a link coil rear suspension that is approved for up to 17,940 pounds of towing.
The 2500 link suspension can be ordered with air bags to replace the coil springs.Load capacity is not sacrificed with the air bags.Automatic load leveling is a feature of the optional air bag system.
The higher tow ratings for the 2500s (and last year’s 3500s) necessitated changes to the front suspension.Two-wheel drive versions no longer have independent front suspension, but rather they adopt a three link front suspension (think four-wheel drive with the drive axle).This increases the roll stiffness of the truck.
For 2014, the Ram 2500 will offer a range of new 18” and 20” wheels.
The 2500 truck’s frame is now equipped with the gooseneck or fifth-wheel center positions in the bed.
The 3500s continue with a leaf-type spring system in the rear.However, there is a supplemental air suspension available for the rear on both the SRW and DRW trucks.
Dual amp alternator is available.
Three diesel engine options:
- 350 hp/660 torque with manual G56 six-speed
- 370 hp/800 torque with automatic Chrysler 68RFE six-speed
- For 3500 only – 385 hp/850 torque with automatic Aisin AS69RC six-speed
The long answer about the 2014 consumer is supplied to us by Ram marketing in this late June, 2013 press release.
Now let’s go back to the original question.What is new for 2014?Again, the answer depends on whom you ask.The short answer for the Chassis Cab trucks:
As we have seen in the past, the Chassis Cab trucks adopt many of the attributes that are first introduced in the consumer marketplace.For example, the updates to the truck’s frame give the Chassis Cab trucks bragging rights to best-in-class gross combined weight ratings and tow ratings:
- 3500 truck – GCWR 30,000 / tow 22,750
- 4500 truck – GCWR 32,500 / tow 24,650
- 5500 truck – GCWR 37,500 / tow 29,600
A new 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline engine is available with 367 hp and 429 torque.This gasoline engine is also offered in the 4500/5500 trucks.
New three-link suspension is available on applications of the two-wheel drive Ram 3500 Chassis Cab.
Next generation selective catalyst reduction (SCR) exhaust aftermarket system.Initially the first 2006 Ram 3500 Chassis Cab did not have the same exhaust aftermarket as the consumer trucks.New emissions legislation in 2010 drove the Chassis Cab trucks to adopt the first generation of SCR.
Again, the long answer about the 20214 Chassis Cab trucks is supplied to us by Ram marketing in this late June, 2013 press release:
It is that time of year again. No, you have not missed a birthday or anniversary. It is time to submit your best photograph for the Turbo Diesel Register’s 7th annual calendar contest.
Our annual calendar contest was introduced in 2007, and much to our surprise, the member response and photo quality were outstanding. We have seen enthusiasm for this competition grow each year. And with the popularity of digital photography, the overall quality of the photographs continue to improve.
Here is your chance to have your truck featured in the 2014 TDR Calendar. Participation is easy. Just send us your photograph! No sweat. Clean up your rig. Take it out and position against a scenic backdrop, or put it to work. Then wait for cloud cover or for the daybreak/twilight hour so that there are not any dreaded shadows.
Capture your rig with a digital camera or send us an old-fashioned print photograph.
Some tips from the judges:
Action shots are really hard to pass up.
Photographs with interesting backgrounds (oil rigs, vintage signs, breathtaking vistas) are popular with the judges too.
Photographs that represent a specific season or holiday seem to be winners. Who could pass up a photo of a truck loaded with pumpkins for the October or November spread? What about some fireworks in the background?
Extreme weather (snow, rain, lightning) adds action to the photograph.
Trucks at work (or play) almost always make it to the final round. That’s why we own our trucks anyway, right?
Take care to make sure photographs are clear and do not have any junk in the background. We frequently see power poles appearing to grow out of a truck bed and McDonalds Kids Meal boxes in the windows.
Submit the photo(s) by mail, e-mail or FTP to the TDR offices by Sunday, September 15, 2013.
Be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and some information on your truck with your submission.
Mail your print photographs to: Turbo Diesel Register, 2013 Calendar Contest, 1150 Samples Industrial Drive, Cumming, GA 30041.
We do have an incredibly enthusiastic group of TDR Members who call Canada home. At every event, they seem to show up in full force with an impressive body of knowledge about our trucks and a great sense of humor.
We agree. They seem to eat, sleep and dream in "Turbo Diesel". In June, the group's lead instigator, Robert Schwarzli (President of the Ontario Turbo Diesel Register Chapter) led the convoy of Canadian fans to Columbus, Indiana to be a part of the 2013 CMEP Plant Tour and TDR Get Together. Ram Canada has put together some great photos of the event.
Click Below to Link Through to Ram Canada's Coverage.
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