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2006 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9L Cummins - Diesel Power Challenge 2014 Competitor

Jun 15, 2014
Photographers: Diesel Power Staff
There's always next year, said some to Matt Kauffman when his 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 didn't get voted into DPC 2013. These words turned out to be more than mere consolation, as this year, Matt received the phone call inviting him to join the coveted rank of DPC competitors. Bringing with him an arsenal of experience and support—not to mention the mighty fine Mega Cab through which to channel these assets—Matt just may be a serious threat for the DPCX crown. Matt was at DPC 2013 as a crew member for Third Place finisher Banean Woosley and his '05 Ram 2500, undoubtedly taking notes. For the return trip to Denver this year, Matt and the Firepunk Diesel crew "loaded half of the shop" for the 20-hour drive, including spare front and rear axleshafts, a transfer case, and even a spare engine and transmission. It's safe to say Matt rolled into Denver prepared for whatever the competition and Mother Nature could throw his way.
Photo 2/10   |   Matt Kauffman 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Rear View
It is indeed a small world after all when it comes to these race-ready diesel trucks. Case in point: Banean offered his 5.9L Cummins from DPC 2013 for Matt to rework and run this year. With Matt's engine in disrepair just weeks before the event, the offer became a viable choice and, for what we believe to be the first time, an engine will make a return trip to Denver—just in a different truck. Matt outfitted the inline-six with Carrillo rods, an MJ Tool Fab camshaft, D and J Precision Machine valvesprings, Hamilton Cams pushrods, and a fully CNC ported and polished head. An Engineered Diesel S366/S484 compound turbo setup was chosen for the Mile High City, as were Exergy Performance 200-percent-over injectors. The coolest performance parts are useless without a transmission to transfer the four-digit power to the ground. Naturally, Matt's '06 Dodge was confidently equipped with a Firepunk Diesel Competition Stage 3 48RE with PhatShaft billet input, intermediate, and output shafts, as well as a billet Diesel Performance Converters quad-disc converter. His tire of choice for the diversified field of events was the Nitto Dune Grappler, distinguished by its flame pattern extending onto the sidewall. Although this tire is built for sand and desert conditions, the tread design's wide surface area lends itself well to gripping the track and handling the road.
Matt finds himself most at home on the dragstrip, so definitely watch out for his truck during the quarter-mile event. Although he brings competitive experience to all the events, we will probably be able to catch him the most white-knuckled right before the eighth-mile trailer tow, as trucks are prone to carnage during this event. Will this be Matt's year to put his photogenic Cummins Mega Cab on top of the podium, ousting the reigning 6.4L Power Stroke?
Photo 3/10   |   Matt Kauffman 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Intake
Photo 10/10   |   Matt Kauffman 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins Wheel

Build Sheet
Name/City: Matt Kauffman/Plain City, Ohio
Vehicle: 2006 Dodge Ram 3500
Driver Experience: Dyno, sled pull, drag race, tow, wrench
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6 built with Carrillo rods, fly-cut and coated .020-inch-over factory pistons, MJ Tool Fab 190/220 camshaft, ARP 625 head studs, full CNC ported and polished heads with hardened oversized valve seats and D and J Precision Machine valvesprings, Hamilton Cams pushrods
Turbos: Engineered Diesel billet S366/S484 compounds, On 3 Performance intercooler
Fuel: Exergy Performance 200-percent-over injectors, Evil Twins dual CP3 kit with ATS controller, AirDog 165-gph lift pump
Electronics: EFILive
Injectables: Custom nitrous-oxide system
Intake/Exhaust: AEM Dryflow filter/custom exhaust with a 7-inch hoodstack
Transmission: Firepunk Diesel Competition Stage 3 48RE with PhatShaft billet input, intermediate, and output shafts; and a billet Diesel Performance Converters quad-disc torque converter
Suspension: Factory suspension with Rancho RS9000 shocks and Firepunk Diesel traction bars
Tires/Wheels: 305/55R20 Nitto Dune Grappler/20x12-inch Fuel Maverick
Differentials: 3.73 gears

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