Top 10 Dodge Ram Features
All Types of Gas and Diesel Goodness
It's probably best that we start including a "for now" caveat or adding part numbers (Part One, Part Two, etc.) to our Top 10 rundowns, as the stories highlighted in each edition represent only a minute fraction of the truck features that have been produced by staff and freelance contributors over many years.
When it comes to Dodge Ram rigs of 1987-2009/2010, there are tons of reports on impressive slammed, lifted, and standard-height, gas- and diesel-powered trucks in our database. Here are 10 examples that really stand out—for now. We certainly can and definitely will revisit the topic with more awesome candidates as time goes on.
Chris Wilkins and Group 5 LTD produced—in only three months—the unicorn that hardcore Dodge Ram truck fans wished they could buy: a Mega Cab dually with a short bed. The sexier rear fenders of a 2005 dually were grafted onto the body and pulled off the custom look exactly how it should be done.
Steve Bissell's rig is the second part of our unique Mega Cab equation. Although this single-rear-wheel monster was only produced with a short bed for 2007, Steve took it upon himself to make the long-bed rig he really wanted and load it with a hot 6.7L Cummins turbodiesel for plenty of tire-roasting fun.
Soaked in dripping wet PPG Black paint, Edgar Lopez's wide-body, super-slammed rig is a former SEMA Show display vehicle (2008) that just screams "bad to the bone!" Although this truck is powered by a gasser (5.7L Hemi), the engine is hopped up by an intercooled Vortech centrifugal supercharger that gives this ride all the zoom it needs.
Austin Meyers' clean ride caused quite a ruckus when it appeared on the cover of Diesel Power magazine (January 2018 issue). Why or how could a truck this nice bring chaos? Follow the link and find out.
This laid-out piece works perfectly in this report, but it also could easily be included in our recently published article on the Top 10 Diesel Dually Trucks. Kelly Bise owns the 5.9L Cummins-powered rig that, at the time this story was originally penned, spit "plumes of black smoke" out of its 8-inch exhaust stack. Of course, gross emissions like that are a serious party foul now, but the truck still ranks high on our bad-ass meter.
This truck just squeaked in below the cutoff (the Dodge Ram brand went full "Ram" in 2010). It's Jeremy Penland's pride and joy, featuring logo graphics on both flanks and in the grille that let the world know how he feels about "his" Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Go 'Hogs!
Seriously, how can you "dislike" Ken Kroeker's Viper Red rig? It was purchased new, driven every day, and modified with suspension pieces that helped it become the first Cummins-powered vehicle to ever complete the world-famous Baja 1000 off-road race. That's pretty stout!
Followers of the diesel scene know this truck by its simple nickname: "The Quad Cab." Lavon Miller used this rig to capture back-to-back Diesel Power Challenge titles (2014 and 2015), and today it still sees regular use as a tow vehicle and part-time race truck at Outlaw Diesel Super Series events.
For all intents and purposes, this rare Flame Red (only 1,040 made with this color), regular-cab rocket is a large-scale Dodge Viper: a 5,000-plus-pound truck version of the most vicious sports vehicle in FCA's collection. With an 8.3L V-10 gas engine making 500 hp and 525 lb-ft of torque, and backed by a six-speed manual transmission, these bad boys gave anybody lucky enough to own one immediate "badass" cred.
It's Number One. Period.