Flame Red 2015 Ram 2500
New Rams are very capable trucks, but that doesn't mean they can’t be improved. Jaf Karn of Yuba City, California, set about modifying his ’15 Ram 2500 in virtually every way. From computer tuning to its elevated stance and custom powdercoated and chromed suspension, Jaf's Ram was built to turn heads while still being a functional work truck.
It all started with a lift, as Jaf knew that was the first thing he wanted. With help from Ridin' High Motorsports in Yuba City, California, a radius-arm lift from Full Throttle Suspension was fitted to the truck. With 10 inches of lift, the suspension was hanging out in the breeze, so Jaf enlisted the help of Show Off Coatings and Modesto Chrome to make sure the underside of the Ram looked just as good as the shiny side.
A ’15 Ram is definitely no slouch in the horsepower and torque department, as it’s rated at 370 hp from the factory. Still, even with mostly stock components, there’s room for improvement through computer tuning. With a custom tune from PPEI and a DPF-back exhaust from MBRP, the Cummins engine now produces an estimated 470 hp at the rear wheels.
With a stout platform, Jaf worked on improving numerous details in addition to the engine and suspension. When it came to the truck’s function, Jaf still wanted to be able to drive and tow with his ’15, so a B&W gooseneck hitch was installed in the bed. An indexing ring was also installed between the transmission and transfer case to keep the driveline angles happy.
Retractable side steps from AMP Research were installed, as were C4 rock lights. The final upgrade was a set of 24-inch American Force wheels and 37-inch Toyo tires that would perfectly complement the Ram’s lift.
Now that the truck has more than a year on the clock, Jaf says the only thing he regrets about owning his Ram is that he didn't build it up sooner. We've seen Jaf at shows all across the West Coast, often trailering friends’ show trucks before polishing up his own. With plenty of show and plenty of go, Jaf's Ram is definitely ready for any kind of action.
Fast Facts:Year/Make/Model: ’15 Ram 2500
Owner: Jaf Karn
Hometown: Yuba City, California
Engine 6.7L Cummins I-6
Transmission: Factory 68RFE six-speed automatic
Odometer: 18,000 miles
Exhaust: 4-inch MBRP exhaust with a polished 5-inch tip
Engine Management: Custom engine and transmission tuning by PPEI
Horsepower/Torque: 470 hp/1,100 lb-ft (est.)
Suspension: 10-inch Full Throttle Suspension radius-arm lift kit installed by Ridin’ High Motorsports in Yuba City, California
Interior: Alpine components and two 12-inch subwoofers in a custom box
Exterior/Accessories: AMP Research retractable steps, C4 Off-Road Products rock lights, B&W Trailer Hitches gooseneck hitch
Paint/Wrap: Powdercoating by Show Off Coatings and chrome by Modesto Chrome
Wheels: 24x14 American Force Hydros
Tires: 37x13.50R24 Toyo Mud Terrain
Fun Fact: Although his truck says "show truck," Jaf actually runs a B&W gooseneck hitch in the bed and does a fair amount of towing.