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2008 Dodge Ram 2500 - Mr. X

A 900hp Dodge Shrouded In Mystery

Aug 22, 2014
Photographers: Jason Gonderman
Shrouded in mystery, hiding under the cover of darkness, is the one known simply as Mr. X. From time to time, we stumble on a project worthy of these pages -- with an owner who would rather remain anonymous. This is one of those occasions.
It all started innocently enough, when the truck was bought new in 2008. The mods slowly started trickling in. An intake came first, and then a programmer. Before long, the power thirst was no longer quenchable with bolt-on parts, so the truck was shipped off to Industrial Injection in Salt Lake City, Utah, for some more serious work. The techs at Industrial started by tearing down the engine and installing new pistons and one of their Stage 3 camshafts. Next, the block and head were machined for a set of fire rings, and a port and polish was applied to the head. ARP head studs seal everything together.
"From its mild exterior you would never know that living underneath the hood of this simple 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 is a caged beast, waiting to devour its next victim."
The factory turbocharger was kicked to the curb in favor of a compound setup. A mammoth 80mm BorgWarner S400 feeds a Silver Bullet 66, and together they provide enough airflow to easily support a claimed 900 hp. Clean air is fed to the chargers by an S&B filter, then routed through an AFE intercooler and intake manifold. Exhaust gases make their exit through a PDI two-piece exhaust manifold. A MagnaFlow muffler keeps things quiet.
Photo 2/12   |   Directing air into the engine is an AFE BladeRunner intake manifold. This cast-aluminum unit outflows factory by more than 30 percent and comes fitted with five auxiliary ports for use with boost gauges, temperature sensors, or nitrous-oxide systems. Also present is a Glacier Diesel Performance Air-Boss grid heater delete.
A lot of air means there needs to be plenty of fuel available. A single 85-percent-over Dragon Fire CP3 feeds a set of 45-lpm injectors from Industrial Injection. Providing a constant supply of fuel to the injection pump is the task of an AirDog 165-gph lift pump. For added boost, a water-methanol injection kit is employed from Snow Performance. Tuning is handled by way of an H&S Black Maxx programmer.
Backing up the stout engine is an even burlier transmission. The Signature 1,000 68RFE from the mad scientists at RevMax was selected for this build and installed by the techs at Bud’s Diesel in Midway City, California. Thanks to the gratuitous use of billetaluminum throughout, and better friction materials with increased surface area, this six-speed should be able to withstand whatever Mr. X throws at it.
With this combination of stealthy looks inside and out and a potent Cummins under the hood, this Dodge’s anonymous owner is sure to make many sports cars cry as they get left in a haze.
Photo 9/12   |   Aside from an H&S Black Maxx programmer, one would never know anything had been changed from stock.

2008 Dodge Ram 2500
HOMETOWN: Orange County, California
ODOMETER: 80,000 miles
ENGINE: 6.7L Cummins I-6
ASPIRATION: Industrial Injection Silver Bullet S366/S480 compound turbos, AFE intercooler, and BladeRunner intake manifold
FUELING: Industrial Injection Dragon Fire 85-percent-over CP3 and 45-lpm injectors, AirDog 165-gph lift pump
HORSEPOWER: 900 hp (est.)
TORQUE: 1,800 lb-ft (est.)
TRANSMISSION: RevMax Signature 1,000 68RFE six-speed automatic
TIRES: 325/50R22 Nitto Trail Grappler
WHEELS: 22x9.5-inch Fuel Hostage
SUSPENSION: BMF 2-inch leveling kit
FUN FACT: Mr. X’s truck reflects his personality: flying low and under the radar.



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