2003 To 2010 Dodge Ram Power Recipes

For $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, And $10,000 Budgets

Jason Sands
Apr 1, 2010
Photographers: Jason Sands
If you own or are looking to buy an '03 to '07 Dodge with a 5.9L Cummins common-rail engine, then you're in for a treat. These trucks offer the most bolt-on-for-the buck potential of any year Dodge, and it's not uncommon to see 450 to 500 hp at the wheels with just an intake, exhaust, and tuner. The 6.7L-powered '08 to '10 models also have great power potential, albeit with a lot more emissions equipment.
Photo 2/8   |   Late-model Cummins trucks have the ability to make clean power. The common-rail Dodge pictured made almost 600 hp on a chassis dyno with only a light haze of smoke coming out the stacks.
Common-Rail Budget Busters
Keep in mind these trucks can be very expensive to upgrade if you modify them beyond the usual bolt-ons. You'll almost immediately need to begin upgrading transmission parts, and if you decide to upgrade the fuel system, look out. Dual CP3 injection pumps and injectors can be $5,000 alone.
That being said, at lower power levels (less than 500 hp), common-rail Dodges are some of the best buys on the market today. With legendary reliable Cummins power and plug-and-play performance increases of 200 hp or more, the ease at which these newer vehicles can be modified is very impressive. If you can spend a bit more (or are willing to use nitrous), a 700hp street truck is well within reach.
BUDGET: $1,500

Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250-$300

Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, PPE
Price: $1,000

300 to 350 HP
Weak Links: Programmer must be run on lower levels or transmission and torque converter damage may occur

TOTAL: $1,250 to $1,300
BUDGET: $2,500
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250-$300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog
Price: $500
Modification: Programmer
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, PPE
Price: $1,000
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1,000-$1,300
350 to 400 HP
Weak Links: Programmer must be run on lower levels or transmission damage may occur
TOTAL: $2,850 to $3,100
BUDGET: $5,000
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250-$300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog
Price: $500
Modification: Programmer Stacked With Pressure Box
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, PPE, TS Performance, Dr. Performance
Price: $1,000
Modification: Aftermarket Intake
Reason: More airflow is needed with more fuel
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $250-$300
Modification: Aftermarket 4-Inch Exhaust
Reason: More exhaust flow is needed with intake and fuel upgrades
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $350-$450
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1,100-$1,300
Modification: Clutch Upgrade (manual)
Reason: Stock clutch will slip—get a dual-disc version
Vendor: South Bend Clutch
Price: $1,100
Modification: Rebuilt Transmission, Upgraded Valvebody, Billet Input Shaft
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc., Brown's Diesel
Price: $2,500-$3,500
450 to 500 HP
Weak Links: Stock flexplate and turbocharger
TOTAL: $3,450 to $7,350
BUDGET: $10,000
Modification: Gauges
Reason: To keep an eye on boost and EGT
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power, Auto Anything
Price: $250-$300
Modification: Lift Pump
Reason: More fuel is needed to support the programmer
Vendor: AirDog
Price: $500
Modification: Programmer Stacked With Pressure Box
Reason: Adds fuel and timing
Vendor: TST Products, MADS Electronics, PPE, TS Performance, Dr. Performance
Price: $1,000
Modification: Aftermarket Intake
Reason: More airflow is needed with more fuel
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $250-$300
Modification: Aftermarket 4-Inch Exhaust
Reason: More exhaust flow is needed with intake and fuel upgrades
Vendor: Auto Anything, Source Automotive, Laguna Speed
Price: $350-$450
Modification: Torque Converter (auto)
Reason: Stock converter will slip
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, NADP, Goerend Transmission Inc.
Price: $1,100-$1,300
Modification: Racing Transmission (auto)
Reason: Stock transmission will slip and break shafts
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, Goerend Transmission Inc., NADP
Price: $4,000-$5,000
Modification: Aftermarket Flexplate (auto)
Reason: Stock flexplate will break
Vendor: Sun Coast Converters, ATS, Goerend Transmission Inc., NADP
Price: $500
Modification: Clutch Upgrade (manual)
Reason: Stock clutch will slip—get a dual-disc version
Vendor: South Bend Clutch
Price: $1,100
Modification: Aftermarket Injector Nozzles
Reason: More fuel is needed
Vendor: Dynomite Diesel Performance, Formula One Diesel
Price: $1,000
Modification: 64-66mm Turbocharger
Reason: More airflow is needed at this power level
Vendor: ATS, Industrial Injection, Majestic Turbo
Price: $1,300-$1,800
Modification: Head Studs
Reason: Better clamping force to keep head gasket from blowing
Vendor: Pure Diesel Power
Price: $500
500 to 550 HP
Weak Links: Price (automatic transmission)
TOTAL: $6,250 to $12,650

Sources

Auto Meter
Sycamore, IL 60178
866-248-6356
www.autometer.com
PPE
Fullerton, CA 92831
714-985-4825
www.ppediesel.com
ATS Diesel
Arvada, CO 80002
866-490-5573
www.atsdiesel.com
Snow Performance
Woodland Park, CO 80863
866-365-2762
www.snowperformance.net
TS Performance
Bowling Green, KY 42101
270-746-9999
www.tsperformance.com
Pure Diesel Power
Marshfield, WI 54449
715-254-1833
www.puredieselpower.com
Advanced Flow Engineering
Corona, CA 92879
951-493-7100
www.afepower.com
S&B Filters
Ontario, CA 91761
800-358-2639
www.sbfilters.com
Industrial Injection
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
800-955-0476
www.industrialinjection.com
South Bend Clutch
Mishawaka, IN 46545
800-988-4345
www.southbendclutch.com
Brown's Diesel
Riverdale, CA 93656
559-867-1111
www.brownsdiesel.com
Auto Anything
San Diego, CA 92123
800-874-8888
www.autoanything.com
AirDog
Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-635-0555
www.pureflowairdog.com
Dynomite Diesel Performance
Monroe, WA 98272
760-794-5732
www.dynomitediesel.com
Goerend Transmission Inc.
St. Lucas, IA 52166
563-778-2719
www.goerend.com
Majestic Turbo
Waco, TX 76101
800-231-5566
www.majesticturbo.com
Scheid Diesel
Terre Haute, IN 47805
800-669-1593
www.scheiddiesel.com
Airaid
Phoenix, AZ 85050
800-498-6951
http://www.airaid.com
Diamond Eye Performance
Athena, OR 97813
800-635-9950
www.diamondeyeperformance.com
Isspro
Portland, OR 97211
888-447-7776
www.isspro.com
TST Products Inc.
Columbus, IN 47201
812-342-6741
www.tstproducts.com
Dr. Performance
Weatherford, TX 76087
877-338-7373
www.drperformance.com
Formula One Diesel
Dallas, TX 75227
214-632-4765
www.f1diesel.com

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