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2006 Dodge Ram 2500 - Speed Demon

Another 740hp Dodge Roaming the Heartland

Mike McGlothlin
Jan 27, 2014
Photographers: Mike McGlothlin
It’s said that every family has its black sheep. An atypical member, if you will. When John Crider decided to get away from his family’s Blue Oval roots, he became the family oddball in a sense, but he also hasn’t had any regrets since becoming the owner of this ’06 Dodge Ram 2500. “My dad and I had an ’01 7.3L Power Stroke, but I needed something with a little more power,” he told us. “I testdrove every truck out there, but there was just something about that Cummins…I just loved it.”
After buying the truck with 30,000 miles on the clock, John was convinced by a buddy to start modifying it. Before he knew it, he was knee-deep in a high- horsepower build at Fleece Performance. The 5.9L’s head was pulled, fitted with 90-pound valvesprings and push tubes from Hamilton Cams, fire-ringed, and mated back to the untouched factory short-block via H11 head studs.
Photo 2/11   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500 On Drag Strip
The entire fuel system was upgraded, and an unrestricted fuel supply gets its start at a Sinister Diesel fuel tank sump installed in the bottom of the factory tank. From there, an AirDog system feeds a 10mm stroker CP3 from Fleece Performance, which pressurizes diesel and sends it to six 125-percent-over injectors from Exergy Engineering.
A 68mm S400-frame turbo and ManTake from Fleece Performance pull fresh air in through an AFE filter and force it through a Spearco intercooler, a Wilson Manifolds intake elbow, and ultimately the engine. Uncorrupted exhaust flow comes by way of a T4 exhaust manifold from Steed Speed. The second-gen-style unit allows the S468 to mount higher than the turbo’s factory location and also makes running second-gen intercooler plumbing possible. Tying each of John’s power-adders together was left up to Brayden Fleece, who tuned the truck via EFILive.
While parked in the Fleece Performance stable, the Ram’s 48RE four-speed automatic would also receive a complete makeover. Using all Sun Coast parts, improved clutches were utilized throughout, and billet input, intermediate, and output shafts were added, as was a billet direct drum. A Sun Coast torque converter would also get the call for efficient engine-to-transmission power transfer.
Much of the Ram’s visual appeal stems from its suspension lift and wheel and tire package. The 3-inch BDS Suspension system employs a Fox 2.0 Performance Series shock at each corner, and dual-rate, Pro-Ride coil springs make the heavy Cummins a nonfactor in terms of ride quality. A set of 35-inch Hankook Dynapro mud terrains mounted on matte black 20x12-inch Fuel Hostages aid the truck’s tough, black-on-black look. Changing the face of the Ram is an RX-2 grille from Rolling Big Power.
Although it can be seen towing an enclosed trailer or skid steer on occasion, John admits his Dodge is primarily a play toy. “I’m a speed demon,” he told us. “As it got faster and faster, it became a lot more fun!” Even with 740 hp and more than 1,500 lb-ft of torque on tap, John recently decided to replace the single S400 with compound turbos, proving his need for speed truly is legitimate.
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: John Crider
Hometown: Bloomington, Indiana
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Fuel: 125-percent-over Exergy Engineering injectors, Fleece Performance 10mm CP3, Sinister Diesel fuel tank sump, 165-gph AirDog II
Air: Fleece Performance 68mm S400
Horsepower: 740 hp
Torque: 1,525 lb-ft
Transmission: 48RE with Sun Coast torque converter and internals
Odometer: 102,000 miles
Tires: 35x12.5R20 Hankook Dynapro MT
Wheels: 20x12 Fuel Hostage
Fun Fact: As we went to press, John was having a tow-and-street-friendly (63mm over 75mm) compound-turbo arrangement installed on the truck.

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