2008 Dodge Ram 3500 - Bad Mega

Not your average Dodge

Jason Sands
Sep 15, 2014
Photographers: The Author
On the short list of many Cummins fanatics is the ownership of a longbed Mega Cab Dodge. The reason these trucks are so desirable is simple: Dodge never made them.
However, that didn't keep enthusiasts from building them, with companies like Longhorn Conversions willing to convert a regular Mega Cab pickup into a stretched-out version of itself. This particular truck was mostly stock, save for the conversion, when current owner Brad Reyes got ahold of it. His plan was to use it as the ultimate tow rig—something that could haul anything and everything.
That plan was cut short when the stock 68RFE transmission made a quick exit on its second trip towing a three-car trailer. With no choice but to forge ahead, Brad decided his truck would be better suited to towing duty with a manual, and he swapped in a G56 transmission, complete with a South Bend 3250 dual-disc clutch.
Photo 2/15   |   Looking more like a workhorse than a race engine, the 6.7L Cummins (below) in Brad Reyes’ Dodge Ram puts out a surprising 550 hp and 1,200 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels.
Since the rest of the driveline was so beefy, it was time to make some power. The 6.7L Cummins engine would see extreme towing duty, so it was immediately upgraded with a set of ARP 625 studs, and the head was fire-ringed by Brown's Diesel out of Riverdale, California. Brown's Diesel also did the tuning on the truck with a custom EFILive tune by Erick Brown. The final step to reliable power production was to install a 64.5mm Super B Special turbocharger from BD Diesel Performance. While the combination sounds simple, it makes a surprising amount of power at 550 hp and an estimated 1,200 lb-ft of torque.
While big power and torque numbers were great for show, the truck still had to do what it was designed to do, which is tow heavy. After seeing Brad's Dodge gross 25,000 pounds up a 6 percent grade at 70 mph and watching the boost gauge sweep past 40 psi with the EGT never breaking 1,300 degrees, we'd say his Ram backs up its power numbers with an immense amount of utility. With plenty of interior space, room in the bed for an auxiliary fuel tank, and a hopped-up 6.7L Cummins, Brad might just have built the ultimate tow rig.
Photo 6/15   |   2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Front View Towing
Photo 10/15   |   The G56 manual transmission is also an integral part of the longbed’s combination. A South Bend 3250 clutch puts the power to the ground.

Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
Owner: Brad Reyes
Hometown: St. Maries, Idaho
Odometer: 275,389 miles
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6 with ARP 625 head studs and fire-rings
Fuel: EFILive by Brown's Diesel
Air: BD Diesel Super B Special, AFE intake
Transmission: G56 with a South Bend 3250 dual-disc clutch built by Brown's Diesel
Horsepower: 550 hp
Torque: 1,200 lb-ft (est.)
Tires: 245/70R19.5
Wheels: American Eagle 19.5-inch
Suspension: Factory with Hellwig air-assist
Axles: 3.73 gears with factory limited-slip
Fun Fact: Brad has already grenaded one G56 transmission while doing a Third gear launch. Despite trashed syncros, gears, and a broken main case, he was able to limp it home in Fifth gear.
Photo 14/15   |   Basic boost and exhaust gas temperature gauges are used to monitor the engine’s vitals. Brad’s right foot keeps both numbers in a safe range.
Photo 15/15   |   2008 Dodge Ram 3500 Dash

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