Keep on Truckin’
The bond between a man and his truck rivals that of their dog, especially when you’re talking about a Dodge Ram 2500. With a towing capacity of nearly 20,000 lbs, who can blame them for their love? This heavy-duty beast comes with two engine options, a V8 gas behemoth, or the ol’ reliable Cummings Turbo diesel I-6 with the kind of torque you want to write home about. This truck has been dubbed one of the best value purchases in the market right now. There simply aren’t many other places you can get the same bang for your buck. The best part is, while you can’t modify anything on your dog to increase performance (at least not yet) the Dodge Ram 2500 has hundreds of awesome modifications on the market that are sure to make your neighbors jealous. Below we put together a list of some of the best ones:
The 68RFE Transmission – Some say that the 68RFE transmission coming to Dodge has been the most powerful coupling since Cummings, and maybe even sliced bread. This is because Dodge has primarily focused on perfecting their engines, and has done an excellent job doing so. The only issue with that, is their transmissions have historically simply not been able to keep up with such well-manufactured powerhouses, that is… until now. The 68RFE transmission has proven to be an entirely different animal. As the kids say, this transmission is simply ‘built differently’. This 6 speed transmission has proven that it can handle much more abuse than its predecessors. While it still has its limitations, it is leagues ahead of anything else available for the Dodge Ram 2500 at the moment. The team behind the transmission has worked hard to ensure that the shifting is smooth, and generates the proper torque for each job and gear. One of the key features that differentiates the 68RFE from the stock model is the new regulator valve design. This includes a new valve body separator plate and pressure control module that is designed to deliver up to 250lbs of PSI pressure. This is important because it allows for a 150% increase in holding force compared to the stock model. The 68RFE prevents slippage where nearly all other transmissions fall short because it was specifically designed with that function in mind.
The 68RFE transmission isn’t just a force of pure power either, it has a brain too. The electronic pressure controller adjusts the hydraulic pressure to the clutch as needed based on engine loads and other readouts. This pivotal function means the transmission is constantly adapting to its environment to deliver peak performance, just like the person behind the wheel. It doesn’t stop there either. The clutch packs and drums of the 68RFE are specifically machined to be thicker, and has a steel girdle, all designed to ensure that it can take the maximum amount of pressure from heat and force/torque. The 68RFE also comes with a 36 month, 150,000 mile limited warranty. There are several places you can buy this modification. For more information on the 68RFE transmission this page has technical information as well as pricing, https://reman-transmission.com/transmission-codes/?code=68RFE.
Carhartt Duck Weave Seat Cover – A heavy-duty truck requires heavy-duty protection. To prevent your seat from taking damage from the normal wear and tear of truck use, the Carhartt seat cover has the resilience and reliability you would expect from the Carhartt name, with the iconic look as well. Whether you’re going off-road, doing construction work, hauling your favorite pooch or your sloppiest child, these seat covers can take whatever life dishes out. The covers are custom fit, and have water resilience designed to repel all types of liquid. These covers are machine washable, and come with an attractive 3-year warranty. The fabric is breathable, so you won’t stick to it, and the triple needle stitch means these things are as durable as it gets. You can get covers for a great deal. Depending on the fit for your vehicle the price ranges anywhere from $170 to $310. These covers are a great way to ensure your vehicle stays in pristine condition for years to come.
Cummings ISB 6.7 Turbo Charger – This beautiful beast will boost your engine to the next level. From the trusted name Cummings, you know you’re getting a quality product that will help you outperform and outlast the competition. For only $3,359 at Big Machine Parts, the performance for the price is something most mods envy.
Transmission Tuner – The 68RFE is a revelation in transmissions, that is why it deserves to be complimented by a tuner programmer. A transmission tuner is likely to have one of the most noticeable performance impacts on this truck. This is because the tuner monitors and alters injection times, fueling, and many other parameters to ensure your engine and transmission are working in harmony and making the best possible decisions. The TCM (Transmission Control Module) has a 2nd gear lockup, and also utilizes a modified shifting schedule. This module can help increase the lifespan of your transmission, as well as make the proper second by second shifts so that the power load from the engine is always gaining traction at the wheels, increasing your overall haul potential.
The Best a Man Can Get
The Dodge Ram 2500 is a thing of beauty ,and with the right transmission to accompany the diesel engine, it is a force to be reckoned with. In all honesty, we only covered a fraction of the possible mods you can get for this truck. While we put together a list of the most impactful, be sure to do your own due diligence, because there is so much more that can maximize the potential of your beloved steel steed.