2011 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD - Flyin' High Daily
One Bad Ram Built To Duel With The Desert
Each corner of our nation has its own unique geography that plays a rich part in the development and usage of our trucks. For us living in the Southwest, the desert landscape stretches all the way to Western Texas from the Pacific Ocean. That's an absurd amount of sand, rocks, cacti, and scrub brush to deal with when taking our rigs off-road. To combat the extreme abuses the desert terrain can dish out, our rigs are created with a go-fast mentality, and the strength to get us back home again. It can be a tall order at times.
Jacob Callahan knows firsthand how brutal the desert landscape can be on trucks and equipment. As the sales manager of Rock and Roll Offroad in North Richland Hills, Texas, Jacob is an intrinsic part of the company's Trophy Truck race crew. Oftentimes, his 2011 Dodge Ram 2500 is called upon to provide support for the race truck many miles into a race and far from civilization—or the nearest parts store—should something go wrong. A truck like that has to be tough, so the first order of business was beefing up the suspension. Adding ground clearance and travel is critical in the desert environment, so Jacob chose the 4-inch Chase Series Long Arm System from Pure Performance. The long-arm front four-link works in unison with multi-rate front coil springs damped by 2.625 Prodigy shocks with reservoirs. Under the rear of the truck are mid-travel Deaver leaf springs with an additional pair of Prodigy 2.625 dampers. To keep the big 2500 pointed in the right direction, a PSC Motorsports Synergy steering box brace and Dynatrac heavy-duty ball joints augment dual steering stabilizers from Carli Suspension. Under the Fiberwerx fenders and bedsides, enough room exists to clear 37x13.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T tires on 17x9-inch Ultra Motorsports X102 Xtreme X-Lok wheels.
Cummins released the new 6.7L high-output turbodiesel to rave reviews thanks to its monster horsepower and torque ratings, but Jacob knew stock numbers weren't going to cut it while tearing up the desert's treacherous terrain. With a plan of action at the ready, the truck was left in the capable hands of Stewart Field Services in Haslet, Texas, and the crew there brought the Ram's engine output up to serious speed. Opening up the air intake and exhaust track was of primary concern. Air coming in starts at the S&B cold-air intake and flows through a factory turbo and intercooler before rushing through an H&S Boost Tube and Maxx Flow intake manifold, under which a Glacier Diesel grid heater delete resides. ARP head studs keep the cylinder pressures in check while the H&S Mini Maxx controls the fuel and air mix. An AirDog II Fuel Preporator supplies steady fuel pressure, and a 5-inch MBRP Black Series turbo-back exhaust moves the spent cylinder gases into the atmosphere. Stock power be damned, this thing is a beast!
Plenty of effort went into this Ram 2500 to keep it happily working under the worst conditions while still being comfortable and reliable enough to tackle the mean streets of a daily commute to work. A tall order? No doubt, but with the help of the right suppliers and some labor by his friends and family at Rock and Roll Offroad, Jacob came out with a winner in the end.
Ripping through the desert at night takes a certain amount of skill and cajones most don't possess. Lighting the way is of major concern lest you like surprises. Jacob's Ram sports a Rigid Industries 50-inch lightbar on the roof, 40-inch in the bumper, and dual 6-inch beams replacing the factory driving lights.
Everything in the desert requires more fluid capacity to keep vital parts cool. The 2.625 Prodigy shocks all have fluid reservoirs, and the axles received Mag-Hytec finned covers to add capacity and keep temperatures down.
Fiberglass fenders and bedsides are a staple in the desert racing community. They allow more rubber to fit under the truck with less height to keep the roll center as low as possible. The masculinity of the huge bulges can't be ignored, either.