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Flyin’ High: 2007 Dodge Ram

Magazine-Influenced ’07 Dodge Ram Sports Unique Mods and a 650hp Cummins

Jason Sands
Sep 24, 2019
Dodge hit a home run in 2006 when it introduced the Mega Cab, a truck that has all the room of a luxury sedan in the rear and is still capable of performing normal truck duties. The only drawback back then was that company officials felt owners wouldn't enjoy a limo-like turning radius, so the truck was never offered with a full 8-foot bed.
Well, just because Dodge never offered this behemoth, doesn't mean it can't be done. Innovative Customs specializes in such conversions, and the crew is able to do what the factory doesn't: turn the Dodge Ram 2500 Mega Cab into a longbed version. That's far from the long and short of it, though. Here's where the story gets interesting.
Steve Bissell's '07 Dodge Ram 2500 originally was equipped with a 5.9L Cummins engine and was a project truck for Four Wheeler magazine. This explains why it has an entire desert-race-truck's worth of suspension components on it, as off-road use is what this truck was modified for. This means the longbed is fitted with some serious Kroeker Off Road Engineering suspension components, a Warn winch, front and rear lockers, and a variety of additional upgrades. It's a truck that can surely get down in the dirt.
Photo 2/25   |   022 2007 Dodge Ram Front Burnout
When Steve acquired the truck, the suspension parts and pieces were still intact, but they had all experienced a lot of hard use. He decided to go the performance route and rebuild the engine using a 6.7L long-block from Brown's Diesel. Since the 6.7L's injectors are incompatible with a 5.9L ECM, which was retained, Steve had the engine fitted with custom injectors from F1 Diesel to make it all work. The engine also received additional upgrades in the form of a fire-ringed cylinder head and ARP studs, an Industrial Injection drop-in turbocharger, and several additional airflow upgrades. With a cat-back exhaust, Steve figures the engine is still good for around 650 hp and a stump-pulling 1,500 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 3/25   |   The original 5.9L Cummins engine that came in this '07 Dodge Ram 2500 is no longer, as a later 6.7L Cummins was transplanted for improved pulling power. The larger-displacement powerplant makes an estimated 650 hp and 1,500 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 4/25   |   More airflow was the first thing the big Cummins needed, so Steve went straight to S&B Filters for one of its free-flowing, cold-air intakes.
Photo 5/25   |   Properly sizing a turbocharger is a big part of building a driveable truck. An Industrial Injection-prepared BorgWarner 64mm Viper Phatshaft 'charger may seem on the small size for a 6.7L engine, but Steve wanted plenty of torque when pulling grades. The larger 68mm turbine side of the Viper also helps keep EGT in check.
Photo 6/25   |   The intercooler can be hard pressed to keep intake-air temperatures cool when boost is way beyond stock levels. AFE Power's BladeRunner intercooler was the solution; it flows more than 30 percent more than stock.
Getting all that power to the rear wheels turned out to be a real challenge with a 9,000-plus-pound truck, as the North American Diesel Performance transmission quickly gave up the ghost. Steve again turned to Brown's, which built him a 48RE four-speed automatic that can handle the rigors of towing huge weights up steep grades. Brown's incorporated aftermarket input, intermediate, and output shafts in the unit to help ensure the truck can be driven out of any "stuck" situations it encounters.
Although its roots can be traced back to off-roading, Steve's longbed has progressed above and beyond the Four Wheeler editors' wildest dreams. With more than twice the original horsepower and torque, increased displacement, and unmatched towing capability, Steve says the Dodge Ram 2500's only drawback comes when it's time to parallel-park. "But hey, there's always a trailer behind it (he had to unhook one for our photo shoot), so it really doesn't matter," he says.
Photo 7/25   |   An AFE intake horn sends more than 40 psi of boost into the engine, while hoses from Mr. Bob's keep all that pressure inside the engine.
Photo 8/25   |   If Steve needs a little more oomph, he hits the Snow Performance water-methanol injection, which adds about 40 hp.
Photo 9/25   |   A Warn winch rated at 16,500 pounds is mounted for use in the event Steve gets into trouble in the sand or (more likely) has to pull somebody else's truck out.
Photo 10/25   |   The truck needed a wheel and tire update, so Steve upgraded it with 20-inch Pro Comp 45 Series wheels.
Photo 11/25   |   The Dodge Ram's off-road past is most clearly seen in the Kroeker Off Road Engineering (KORE) front suspension, which features remote-reservoir shocks from King Off-Road Racing Shocks, as well as KORE springs and trailing arms. Note the suspension limiters up front in case the truck ever gets air (which it probably won't anymore.)
Photo 12/25   |   Part of the fun of owning a lifted Mega Cab is having your friends ride along with you, so AMP Research PowerSteps were added to ensure Steve's shorter friends could make the trip on up.
Photo 13/25   |   The majority of the night-lighting is taken care of via a lightbar from Rigid Industries, which spans the entire width of truck's roof.
Photo 14/25   |   Part of the unique look is the fact that it sports a set of Glassworks Unlimited fender flares, which gives the front tires plenty of clearance.
Photo 15/25   |   The rear is a little mellower looking than the front, with a slight lift being supplied with a set of Deaver springs, along with a Fab Fours rear bumper and Banks Power exhaust tip.
Photo 16/25   |   Steve's current wheel and tire setup is a little less aggressive since he does so much towing, but the 37-inch Pro Comp A/Ts can still churn some dirt if needed.
Photo 17/25   |   The interior has more controllers, gauges, and switches than the Space Shuttle. Inside the cabin are an ATS Diesel Performance Co-Pilot, Edge Products monitor, air-ride adjustment, radar detector, brake controller, lockup switches, and water-methanol gauge.
Fast Facts:
Year/Make/Model: '07 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Steve Bissell
Hometown: Fresno, California
Odometer: 210,000 miles
Engine: 6.7L Cummins I-6, fire-ringed cylinder head, ARP 625 head studs
Fuel: FASS Fuel Systems 165-gph lift pump, F1 Diesel 100hp Injectors,
Air: Industrial Injection-prepared BorgWarner 64.5mm Viper turbocharger, AFE BladeRunner intercooler, AFE air horn, S&B Filters air intake, Snow Performance water-methanol injection
Exhaust: BD Diesel Performance manifold, 4-inch cat-back tubing
Programming: 5.9L Cummins ECM, EFILive
Transmission: 48RE four-speed automatic; aftermarket input, intermediate, and output shafts; extra clutches; Goerend Transmission valvebody; custom-stall torque converter; ATS Diesel Performance Co-Pilot; Mag-Hytec pan; B&M cooler
Horsepower: 650 hp
Torque: 1,500 lb-ft
Tires: 37x12.50R20 Pro Comp A/T Sport
Wheels: 20x10 Pro Comp 45 Series
Suspension: Kroeker Off Road Engineering 5.5-inch Technical Series front springs, King Off-Road Racing Shocks 2.5-inch shocks, race sway bar, Deaver Spring Inc. rear leaf springs, custom adjustable air springs, traction bars
Axles: AAM 9.25 axle, Eaton ELocker, 4.56 gears (front), AAM 1150 axle, Detroit Truetrac differential, 4.56 gears (rear), Mag-Hytec differential covers
Body: Innovative Customs' longbed conversion, Fab Fours rear bumper, Hanson Offroad front bumper, 16.5ti Warn winch, Glassworks Unlimited 4-inch fender flares, AMP Research PowerSteps, B&W Gooseneck hitch
Interior: Husky floor liner, Edge Products CTS2 monitor, Pioneer and JL Audio DVD and navigation stereo system, JL Audio subwoofers
Fun Fact: After owning dozens of trucks over the years, Steve finally feels like he has his perfect ride. What does he like most? Loading the RZR into the fifth-wheel toy hauler and heading to the sand, of course!

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