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Jason Patten’s 1,282hp 2006 Dodge Is Street-Driven Fury at Its Finest

Raging Ram

Jason Sands
Jun 25, 2015
Photographers: Jason Sands
There are quite a few hot-rodded diesels out there that make pretty good power, especially in the Midwest, where seeing 600-to-800-horsepower trucks roaming the roads is a common occurrence. However, Jason Patten’s ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 cruises the streets of Greeley, Colorado, with power and torque that’s way beyond those regional standards. So, you’re wondering what kind of performance is the 5.9L Cummins engine in Jason’s Ram good for? How about a dyno-verified 1,282 hp, along with a mind-numbing 2,223 lb-ft of torque?
Power and torque like this is only achievable with good engineering, plenty of stout parts, and a whole lot of effort. Although Jason’s truck has seen many different combinations, the latest is by far the most radical. With the help of his good buddy Tyler Baker from PRT Diesel, Jason hatched a plan for making more than 1,000 hp, while keeping his truck reliable.
Photo 2/24   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500
With four-digit power, ensuring an engine’s reliability and more so its durability can be tricky. So, Jason focused on fortifying the engine block itself. The block and crankshaft were cryogenically treated to extract maximum performance out of the metal. The connecting rods are custom Carrillo pieces, which are attached to a set of ceramic-coated pistons. A Diesel Pros Stage 1 camshaft actuates the Hamilton Cams valvetrain. The engine was then topped off with a fire-ringed and milled head from Industrial Injection.
Photo 3/24   |   The 5.9L Cummins in Jason Patten’s '06 Dodge is one of the strongest street-truck engines we’ve seen in a while. With boost levels of more than 100 psi, the Cummins has put down 1,160 hp at the rear wheels on fuel alone—and a whopping 1,282 hp with only a mere 0.053 jet of nitrous oxide.
When it comes to the turbocharger and fuel systems, Jason again used nothing but the best. Since he lives and drives in high altitude, an A4000/A8000 compound-turbo kit from ATS Peformance Diesel was selected, with 64mm and 95mm turbochargers. An impressive 115 psi of boost is sent through a Mishimoto intercooler. Jason found that a single lift pump wasn't keeping up, so twin AirDog units were installed to keep fuel pressure constant. Moving on to the engine bay, a second CP3 pump was installed with an ATS Twin Fueler kit that feeds a set of Industrial Injection injectors, which are rated at 400 hp more than stock. For tuning, Jason has both StarLite Diesel and Hardway Performance Solutions supplying computer files, which are uploaded to the truck with EFILive.
Photo 4/24   |   A big factor in producing huge power numbers is this 95mm Aurora 8000 turbo, which flows 160 psi/min of air and can support more than 1,600 hp at the flywheel.
While making 1,282 hp doesn't come easy, beefing up a transmission to handle that type of power and nearly double the torque is even more difficult. Jason turned to ATS for a 48RE automatic that can handle what the hot rod Cummins produces. The transmission has all the usual tricks for high performance, such as upgraded clutches, a heavy-duty flexplate, and an ATS Five-Star torque converter. Since Jason knew he'd be going to the dragstrip on a regular basis, he took upgrades a step farther and requested billet shafts throughout the gearbox, and a manual valvebody, which allows him to control the shift points.
Photo 5/24   |   A high-performance fuel system is a must on any big-power diesel powerplant, and Jason’s Dodge is no exception. A second CP3 pump mounted with an ATS Performance Diesel Twin Fueler kit works in conjunction with the factory CP3 to feed the mammoth 400hp Industrial Injection injectors.
Since Jason isn’t the type of guy to just leave things alone, the rest of the Dodge was modified to the same level as the drivetrain. A BDS long-arm suspension kit gives the Ram 4 inches of lift, while a BorgWarner steering box, BDS track bar, and Carli Suspension ball joints combat “death wobble.” The truck also rides smoothly, thanks to shocks from Fox Racing. All of this suspension work was performed so that Jason could feel comfortable racing his 1,200hp truck—even on 35-inch street tires.
As if the bright red paint doesn't make the truck visible enough, Jason plans on attending multiple dyno days and drag races on the West Coast. He’s already won one dyno event with a 1,092hp blast and plans on making it to the Diesels on the Mountain extravaganza in his home state, where he’ll be shooting for 10-second runs in the quarter-mile. Whether it’s cruising the street, ripping down the track, or spinning the dyno, one thing is clear: Jason's Dodge is a cut above the rest.
Photo 6/24   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Rear Three Quarter
Fast Facts
Year/Make/Model: 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Jason Patten
Hometown: Greeley, Colorado
Odometer: 230,485 miles
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6, cryogenically treated block and crank, ARP main studs, Carrillo rods, ceramic-coated pistons, Diesel Pros Stage I camshaft, ARP 625 head studs, Hamilton Cams 110-pound springs, and Industrial Injection cylinder head
Fuel: Twin AirDog lift pumps, ATS Diesel Performance Twin Fueler dual CP3 kit, 6.7L FCA, 400hp Industrial Injection injectors, and tuning by StarLite Diesel
Air: AFE filter, ATS Aurora 4000 (64mm) over ATS 8000 (95mm) turbochargers, 5-inch downpipe, Mishimoto intercooler, ZZ Custom Fabrication side-draft intake, and Nitrous Express nitrous-oxide system (only when needed)
Exhaust: ATS manifold and Kenworth muffler with an MBRP 7-inch tip
Transmission: ATS 48RE automatic, built with billet input, intermediate, and output shafts; manual valvebody; upgraded clutches; and ATS Five-Star torque converter with billet flexplate
Horsepower: 1,282 hp
Torque: 2,223 lb-ft
Tires: 35x12.50R22 Toyo Open Country M/T
Wheels: 22x10 BMF Novakane
Suspension: BDS long-arm 4-inch suspension kit with progressive springs and Fox Racing 2.0 shocks, BorgWarner steering box, adjustable BDS track bar, Carli Suspension ball joints
Axles: Factory 3.73:1 gears and limited-slip rear differential with ATS cover
Body: 230,000-mile paint
Interior: Auto Meter gauges and Katzkin leather kit
Fun Fact: The current turbo package on Jason’s Dodge is its fourth set of compounds!
Photo 7/24   |   The interior of Jason's Dodge has been upgraded with a leather kit from Katzkin to provide a comfortable ride while he enjoys his 1,282 hp.
Photo 11/24   |   Airflow improvements extend past the turbos and intercooler, and into the engine itself. The stock Cummins intake shelf was machined off the head by Industrial Injection, and a ZZ Custom Fabrication side-draft intake was installed.
Photo 21/24   |   2006 Dodge Ram 2500 Side Alt

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