2010 Ram 2500: Big Blue Monster
Performance is an interesting thing to measure, isn’t it? Today, enthusiasts are spoiled, because through big horsepower or torque readings from engine and chassis dynos, we can forecast a truck’s e.t. and mph on the dragstrip, or how far a particular rig can pull a sled. We can do the same thing the old-fashioned way.
Rather than relying on a time slip or dyno sheet, we can rely strictly on the feeling we get when the throttle is hammered and the speedometer needle climbs like the temperature probe in a nuclear reactor. That’s the kind of fun everyone understands, and it’s exactly what Jocko McCants, owner of this ’10 Ram 2500, was looking for when building his beastly blue rig. Jocko’s name may be familiar to regular Diesel Power readers, because we featured his killer Cummins-swapped ’10 Ford F-450 in our May ’17 issue. The man sees trucks as tools, and while that F-450 fills one role, this Ram is designed for another.
“This Ram is my baby, and since I already have a rig that can tow whatever I want to wherever I want, my goals for the Ram are different,” Jocko says. “My problem with having a bigger truck like this is there are always people trying to get under it. Guys in little cars have a bad habit of trying to do that, so I wanted something that would be able to walk away from those types of situations. I love the power this one has. I see guys stand on the throttle, make a bunch of smoke, and then go nowhere. I’m halfway down the road before they know what happened to them.”
As the owner of a repair shop specializing in German cars, Jocko understands the value of a few important things. He knows quality parts, workmanship, and customer service are key elements for not only making a business work, but also for it to be successful. “I got with the guys at Advanced Diesel Works on the project because I have worked with them before, and they are great,” Jocko explains. “They look at projects like this the same way I do. I go to SEMA and a lot of events and see these trucks that look great from a distance and then you get up close and see they are not truly finished. Every vehicle I have has to be finished, and that’s why this Ram is built the way it is.”
So, how is it built? Well, instead of simply lifting the rig, putting bigger wheels and tires on, and calling it good, both axles are upgraded. Each of them has 4.56 gears, and the front is upgraded with RCV Off-Road Performance Products high-performance axleshafts and a Dynatrac Free-Spin kit that facilitates manually locking and unlocking the hubs. “Gearing is an area I think a lot of people overlook,” Jocko says. “I have driven lifted trucks with big tires on them, and they don’t go anywhere because the stock gearing has been left alone. Because I want this truck to perform at a high level, even with the larger wheels and tires, the 4.56 gears are the right choice.”
Giving the Ram its brutish presence is a truly interesting suspension system that again comes from the owner’s wants and needs, along with the skilled background of the crew turning wrenches. Using BDS Suspension’s front coil springs as the foundation for a true 8-inch lift, Top Gun Customz control arms anchor the axle to the chassis, and Fabtech Motorsports Dirt Logic shocks bring control to the whole system. In the rear, Carli Suspension’s Add-a-Pack leaf springs ride on custom-fabricated 4-inch blocks. There are also Firestone Air Command F3 airbags back there, and a pair of the same Fabtech shocks that perform up front. Custom traction bars help plant the tires. “I am obviously pretty picky about things, and that goes double for the suspension,” Jocko says with a laugh. “I drive the truck a lot and for long distances. It has to ride well, handle well, and do all of it without stuff rubbing or binding up. We used a mix of different parts, but the end result is exactly what I want the truck to sit and ride like.”
While the suspension may contain parts and pieces from multiple different manufacturers, the thumping heart of this blue bandit is the opposite. The 6.7L Cummins engine is smartly hot-rodded with a plethora of parts from BD Diesel Performance. Internally, the engine is stock, aside from being upgraded with ARP cylinder-head studs. This was done to ensure a good seal with the increased boost and combustion pressures that come along with adding more fuel and air to the party. Using a Fleece Performance Engineering PowerFlow 750 CP3 injection pump and Torque Diesel Motorsports Stage 1 injectors to deliver the fuel, the air comes by way of BD’s RT850 Track Master compound-turbocharger setup that uses BorgWarner AirWerks S300 and S400 ’chargers to pack the boost in. A BD intercooler and air horn get the pressure into the engine, which is where the real fun begins. Snow Performance water-methanol injection keeps the EGT low.
“I love the way the Cummins runs,” Jocko says proudly. “I also love the way the engine looks. The hydro-dipped graphics are great, and they set the truck apart and finish the whole thing off. The horsepower and torque are ridiculous. More than once, I have pulled onto the highway at part throttle only to look down and see the speedometer needle buried!”
If you happen to be in Washington State cruising down the road and this big blue brute of a Ram shows up in your rearview mirror, just go ahead and get on out of the way. Jocko’s got places to go, and he’s coming by you one way or the other!
Year/Make/Model: ’10 Ram 2500
Owner: Jocko McCants
Hometown: Issaquah, Washington
Odometer: 82,000 miles
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6, ARP 625 cylinder-head studs
Programming: Five-position switch with tuning by Hardway Diesel Performance
Fuel: FASS Fuel Systems 150-gph lift pump, Fleece Performance Engineering PowerFlow 750 CP3 injection pump, Torque Diesel Motorsports Stage 1 injectors
Air: BD Diesel Performance RT850 Track Master Twin Turbo Kit, cold-air intake, intake horn, extruded charge-air cooler
Exhaust: BD Diesel Performance manifolds, up-pipes, and downpipes
Transmission: 68RE six-speed automatic transmission by SunCoast Diesel Transmissions, upgraded input and output shafts, pan, and flexplate
Horsepower: 800 hp
Torque: 1,300 lb-ft
Tires: 37x13.50x20 Toyo Open Country
Wheels: 20x12 KMC XD-Series
Suspension: BDS Suspension 8-inch coil springs, Top Gun Customz control arms (front), Carli Add-a-Pack leaf springs, Firestone Air Command F3 airbags, fabricated 4-inch lift blocks, traction bars (rear), Fabtech Motorsports 2.25-inch Dirt Logic shocks (front and rear)
Axles: RCV Off-Road Performance Products high-performance front axles, Dynatrac spin-free kit, 4.56 gears
Body: Blue vinyl wrap, Throttle Down Kustoms bumpers (front and rear), Warn ZEON 12-S Platinum winch, lightbar
Interior: Stock with hydro-dipped console, ISSPRO gauges
Fun Fact: Jocko likes noise. While most guys put train horns on their trucks, Jocko has added a full fire-truck setup to the Ram!