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Diesel Power Challenge 2016 - Jake Patterson

’06 Dodge Ram 2500, 5.9L Cummins

John Lehenbauer
Jul 1, 2016
Photographers: Ben Cooper
Jake Patterson has followed the Diesel Power Challenge since the first competition in 2005. In 2016, and after two years of trying, Jake achieved his goal of becoming a competitor, and he says his ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 is ready to go.
Jake’s rig is a 1,000hp daily driver that he feels is at a competitive level. Jake is driving the truck to Denver to compete and hopefully win Diesel Power Challenge, and then he plans to drive back home to Olaton, Kentucky. “I regularly drive it to the track or on long trips. I’m not afraid to thrash on it and then drive it back home,” says Jake.
Photo 2/17   |   004 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
His strategy for DPC is to run a lower power level and maintain reliability—even if it hurts him on the dyno—and then use his skill and the truck’s proven ability in the remaining events to make up the difference.
The 5.9L Cummins engine is completely stock inside (the cylinder head has never been off). However, a few things had to be done to get the powerplant to perform and be reliable. To keep the head gasket in good shape during competition, a set of ARP bolts and a Fleece Performance Engineering coolant bypass were installed. Then, a custom BorgWarner S475 turbocharger was added. The turbo breathes through an ATS Diesel Performance intake horn and custom cold-air intake. Exhaust exits via a Steed Speed Performance T4 manifold that’s plumbed into a homemade 7-inch stack. The fuel is fed by an Airdog II-4G lift pump and dual Industrial Injection CP3 injection pumps. The CP3s send pressurized fuel to 180hp IKT Diesel Performance nozzles.
Photo 3/17   |   013 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The engine transmits its 1,000 hp to a custom-built 48RE four-speed automatic transmission from Westerfield’s Countryside Transmission. To guarantee there is plenty of brawn, an array of TCS Performance billet internals, Alto Products clutches and steels, and a SunCoast Diesel Transmissions valvebody and flexplate were used to construct the unit.
The truck’s stock springs have been retained. A leveling kit was installed along with Fleece low-profile shock mounts. Suspension damping is handled by Bilstein shocks. The ’06 Dodge Ram 2500’s original front and rear axles remain unchanged.
Build Sheet
Name: Jake Patterson City: Olaton, Kentucky
Vehicle: ’06 Dodge Ram 2500
Driver Experience: Dyno, drag race, sled pull, tow
Engine: 5.9L Cummins I-6
Turbo(s): BorgWarner S475 with billet 75mm compressor wheel, 87mm turbine wheel, and .9 A/R exhaust housing
Fuel: Airdog II-4G lift pump, Industrial Injection dual CP3 injection pumps, and 180hp nozzles from IKT Diesel Performance
Electronics: EFILive with tuning by Fleece Performance Engineering
Injectables: AEM Performance Electronics water-methanol kit and Nitrous Express Stacker 3 diesel nitrous-oxide kit
Intake/Exhaust: Homebuilt air intake and exhaust systems, ATS Diesel Performance intake horn, custom aluminum intercooler, and Steed Speed Performance T4 exhaust manifold
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic built by Westerfield’s Countryside Transmission, TCS Performance Aermet input shaft, maraging steel intermediate shaft and Vacumelt steel output shaft, Alto Products Red Eagle clutches and Kolene steels, SunCoast Diesel Transmissions billet flexplate and valvebody, Diesel Performance Converters triple-disc torque converter, and Derale Performance coolers with fans
Suspension: Stock with Bilstein shocks and Fleece Performance Engineering low-profile shock mounts
Tires/Wheels: 305/50R20 Toyo Proxes, 20x12 Ion alloy wheels
Differentials: Mag-Hytec cover
Photo 4/17   |   006 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
The relatively stock 5.9L Cummins engine in Jake Patterson’s ’06 Dodge Ram 2500 definitely needs a lot of fuel to perform at the 1,000hp level. To satisfy that requirement, dual Industrial Injection CP3 injection pumps feed IKT Diesel Performance 180hp nozzles. A BorgWarner S475 turbocharger and Steed Speed Performance T4 exhaust manifold play the major role in the engine producing such impressive power.
Photo 5/17   |   007 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Fleece Performance Engineering’s low-profile shock mounts are used on the front of Jake’s rig to hold the Bilstein shocks and free up space in the engine bay.
Photo 6/17   |   008 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Keeping the gear oil clean and cool is important, which is why Jake installed a Mag-Hytec rear differential cover. The cover increases fluid capacity and separates metal particles from the oil via a magnetic drain plug.
Photo 7/17   |   009 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Adjustable traction bars minimize wheelhop and help the truck hook up under load.
Photo 8/17   |   010 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Even though the Dodge Ram 2500 received numerous mechanical modifications in preparation for DPC 2016, the interior was left alone, with the exception of gauges on the A-pillar for keeping tabs on the engine’s vital signs.
Photo 9/17   |   017 Jake Patterson 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
A pair of transmission coolers with electric fans is mounted in the bed, along with the Nitrous Express nitrous-oxide bottle for easy access.

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