2006 Dodge Ram 2500 - Far From Factory

A Stock-Appearing, 700hp Dodge

Mike McGlothlin
May 26, 2014
Photographers: Mike McGlothlin
It’s no secret that sleepers are rampant throughout the diesel community. In fact, these days they’re so common we’d venture to guess that you’re virtually guaranteed to find at least one roaming around every small town in America.
In our opinion, the whole sheep in wolf’s clothing thing never gets old, and we leapt at the chance to take some photos of the truck you see before you. Even though Tim Svob will tell you he never set out to turn his 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 into a sleeper, that’s exactly what happened.
After 7-1/2 years of ownership, the Ram 2500 has racked up less than 42,000 miles, but the fact that the common-rail 5.9L Cummins was just getting broken in didn’t stop Tim from adding horsepower. Knowing he’d be installing a compound turbo system, head studs were first on the to-do list. ARP Custom Age 625 studs replace the factory head bolts and were threaded in one at a time so as not to disturb the still-fresh, factory head-to-block seal.
Photo 2/14   |   Thanks to the 60-percent-larger nozzles, 10mm CP3, EFILive, and S362 over S475 compounds, Tim’s Dodge recently cleared 674 hp (and 1,186 lb-ft) on the dyno.
Amplifying the fuel system is a 165-gph AirDog II, Exergy Engineering 10mm Stroker CP3, and 60-percent-larger injectors (also from Exergy Engineering). Balancing out the fuel is a compound turbo kit from Source Automotive. The quick-lighting system consists of a 62mm S300 on the manifold with a 75mm S400 serving as the atmospheric charger. An AFE filter, CFMPlus intake elbow, and Banks 4-inch turbo-back exhaust system free up airflow before and after the turbos. EFILive calibrating, courtesy of Silver Bullet Tuning, dials in all the truck’s mods and makes it incredibly driveable on the street.
The job of fortifying the transmission was left to Goerend Transmission, which completely rebuilt the four-speed 48RE automatic, all the while fitting it with billet-steel shafts, a constant-pressure valvebody, and a triple-disc converter. Settling down the rear suspension and AAM 1150 is a set of CalTracs traction bars.
Tim is a toolmaker by trade, and it’s obvious his attention to detail and high standards spill over into his diesel hobby -- hence the top-of-the-line Exergy Engineering CP3 and injectors, proven S300 over S400 turbo arrangement, and the race-ready Goerend transmission.  “Just like my truck, I try to build things the right way so I never have a problem,” he tells us.
So what’s next for this deceiving Dodge? For now, Tim plans to just drive it and enjoy it. But, of course, the occasional visit to the dragstrip and free rides for Corvette owners will never be out of the question…
“In our opinion, the whole sheep in wolf’s clothing thing never gets old, and we leapt at the chance to take some photos of the truck you see before you.”
Photo 6/14   |   Tim Svob was adamant in thanking nearby Randall’s Performance for getting the truck to its current, 700hp state, and his wife, Amy, for understanding his need to triple the truck’s factory power level.

Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Tim Svob
Hometown: Canton, Illinois
Odometer: 41,865 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Fuel: Exergy Engineering 60-percent-over injectors and 10mm Stroker CP3
Air: Source Automotive compounds (S362 over S475)
Transmission: 48RE built by Goerend Transmission with billet-steel shafts, constant-pressure valvebody, and triple-disc torque converter
Horsepower: 674 hp
Torque: 1,186 lb-ft
Tires: 305/65R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain
Wheels: 17-inch, factory
Fun Fact: Tim bought the truck brand-new in 2006, and (surprise, surprise) his primary reason for purchasing the ¾-ton Dodge was for the Cummins under the hood.

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