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  • Ram Heavy Duty
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    385 @ 2800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    865 @ 1700
  • Displacement:
    6.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    110 mph
  • Price:
    30115
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The Ram Heavy Duty has been around since 1981 when Dodge introduced the three-quarter and one-ton trucks. The Ram was available with an innovative, 5.9-liter, Cummins turbo-diesel, something GM and Ford trucks couldn’t boast. The old Cummins turbo-diesel saw Ram Heavy Duty sales grow, thanks to its direct-injection fuel system, turbocharger, and greater power outputs than the competition.

Four generations of trucks later, the Ram Heavy Duty is still powering ahead of the competition with its Cummins turbo-diesel power, unmatched payload and towing stats, and its rugged, big-rig-like looks.

The 2015 model year sees some fairly significant changes for the Ram truck, mostly dealing with its updated, 6.7-liter, Cummins powerplant and the trucks certification with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ J2807 towing standards. Though the Cummins is the headlining engine, Ram (no longer Dodge since 2010) also offers a 6.4-lite, HEMI V-8 and the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8.

With three cab configurations, three bed lengths, two engines, and two- or four-wheel-drive offered, the Ram 2500 and 3500 can be built to suit whatever job needs doing. Heck, Ram even offers a chassis cab version of the 3500 prepped and ready for aftermarket bed applications.

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The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

The Best Truck For Moving A Big Christmas Haul

When Santa’s sleight left everything under your tree

Imagine, for a second, a long-lost and filthy rich uncle invites your family over for Christmas. Under the tree is every imaginable gift to make up for his years of absence. (It’s a stretch, yeah, but play along.) The kids tear through the paper revealing massive gifts that somehow weight a ton. Now, how will you get these presents home? Well, luckily there are pickup trucks built to handle the load.

General Motors, Ford, and Ram’s offerings have all grown exponentially capable over the last decade, with some hauling and towing more than ever though possible. In many cases, a commercial driver’s license is needed to stay legal. Here, we’re going to focus on one-ton trucks with single-rear wheels and achieving the maximum payload capacity. So, if you’re needed a truck that can haul, this is for you.

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Ram Adds Two Special Editions To Its Already-Jumbled Trim Line

Ram Adds Two Special Editions To Its Already-Jumbled Trim Line

More luxury is great, but what’s up with these trim names?

Luxury is the apparent theme of the 2017 Texas State Fair as Ram launches two new special editions to its pickup lines, one of which is a high-end offering. The new Laramie Longhorn Southfork edition brings extra cowboy posh to the Ram 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups, while the Lone Star Silver edition jumps from the 2017 Ram 1500 to now the 2018 HD trucks. The announcement came just hours after Ford debuted the new availability of the Limited trim on the 2018 Super Duty and its $100,000 price tag. But unlike Ford and its easy-to-remember trims, Ram’s new offerings only contribute to a convoluted mess of similarly named trims and more special editions than anyone can keep track of.

Nomenclatures aside, the two special editions bring added luxury and a western flair to the Rams. The Ram’s Laramie Longhorn Southfork features two-tone, full-grain leather seats that are lighter in color than the traditional saddle brown in the Laramie Longhorn. More leather is stitched onto the grab handles, and steering wheel. Suede is used for the headliner and sun visors, and real Walnut and Ash wood is scattered in several places throughout the cabin. Outside, the big R-A-M grille and massive Longhorn badge cap the front and rear of the truck and 26 colors are available, including the recently added RV Match Walnut Brown lower two-tone color.

The Ram Heavy Duty’s new Lone Star Silver edition is basically a copy of the 2017 Ram 1500’s Lone Star Silver edition that debuted at last year’s Texas State Fair. Like the 1500, the HD’s new trim includes a wire-mesh grille with a Lone Star badge in the lower corner, chrome mirror caps and door handles, chrome side steps, 20-inch wheels, and black front tow hooks. Ram didn’t forget to slap another badge on the tailgate to signify this special edition’s tribute to the Lone Star State. Nothing changes inside, however. Seat choices are limited to vinyl or cloth in one of three colors in this mid-grade trim package. Naturally, the Lone Star Silver edition is only available in Texas.

Pricing for the high-end Laramie Longhorn Southfork starts at $52,615 for the 1500 in 2WD. The 2500 Southfork starts at $57,015. The HD’s new Lone Star Silver edition starts at $46,130 in the 2500 series. Of course, those prices are without any added options like 4WD and diesel engines.

What do you think? Will these special editions make customers more likely to buy? Are these names becoming too much to remember? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ram Shows Love For Tractors with Harvest Edition Trucks

Ram Shows Love For Tractors with Harvest Edition Trucks

Built for farm life and painted to match the tractor

Ram recently debuted a new line of special edition trucks at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois called the Harvest Edition. The package is available on the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 in Quad, Crew, and Mega Cab configurations with all powertrains but the base V-6. Headlining the Harvest Edition are two paint colors: Case IH Red and New Holland Blue. Other upgrades include a one-inch increase in ride height on 1500 models, on/off-road tires, and other farm-ready accessories.

So, what’s the deal with Case and New Holland? Well, both tractor brands are owned by CNH Global – a holding company that also includes Fiat Industrial S.p.A. Ever notice how all the equipment seen in Ram media photos are Case? There’s your answer. (Too bad John Deere isn’t in the mix – that awesome shade of green would look great on a Ram.) Aside from the corporate affiliations and cross-marketing, the Harvest Edition Rams provide a real-life benefit for customers. Not only are the 1500s lifted one inch and come with meaty tires, all models have a specific list of options that cater to daily operations on a farm.

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2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

2018 Ram 3500 Heavy Duty

Cummins now kicks out 930 pound-feet of torque!

The current Ram Heavy Duty has been around since 2010 with an update in 2013 and smaller updates scattered throughout the years. Not much changes for 2018, save for one aspect: the Ram 3500’s 6.7-liter Cummins inline-six turbodiesel is getting a healthy bump in torque for class-leading numbers. Turbo boost limits were raised, fuel flow was increased, and a retuning of the ECU adds 30 pound-feet of torque for a total of 930 pound-feet. This surpasses both General Motors and Ford’s maximum torque ratings of 910 and 925 pound-feet, respectively.

This veritable arms race between the Big Three has been ongoing for several decades, but the Torque Wars have really heated up in the last decade. Diesels are popular and the biggest numbers win – both in power figures and towing capability. Ram isn’t short on either. The 2018 Ram 3500 also boasts a new fifth-wheel hitch assembly from Ram Engineering that offers 30,000 pounds of towing. Ram says its the hitch is strongest hitch in the industry. Customer can add the hitch for $1,395, either with a built-to-order truck or as a dealer add-on. The Ram’s gooseneck hitch rating remains unchanged at 31,210 pounds, while its receiver hitch can pull 20,000 pounds. Compare that to Ram 3500’s numbers from 2011. It could only pull 15,540 pounds with a gooseneck and 12,000 pounds at the receiver. Yep – the truck’s towing capabilities have nearly doubled in eight years. But towing and torque aren’t everything, so let’s have a deep look at the 2018 Ram Heavy Duty.

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Holy Torque! The 2018 Ram 3500 Now Makes 930 Pound-Feet!

Holy Torque! The 2018 Ram 3500 Now Makes 930 Pound-Feet!

Cummins turbodiesel gains 30 pound-feet to become HD torque leader

The Cummins-powered Ram 3500 will make a whopping 930 pound-feet of torque for the 2018 model year. That puts Ram in the lead of the unofficial Torque Wars raging between the Big Three. Ford and its Power Stroke turbodiesel previously held the lead with 925 pound-feet of torque and the GM twins aren’t far behind with the new-for-2017 Duramax and its 910 pound-feet. Ram also announced its new fifth-wheel hitch designed and built in-house. The beefy hitch, combined with the Cummins’ extra grunt, pushes the 3500’s max fifth-wheel tow rating to 30,000 pounds – another segment-leading figure. Ram’s gooseneck and conventional tow ratings remain unchanged at 31,210 and 20,000 pounds, respectively.

Ram says its engineers worked along side Cummins to enable the torque increase. Minimal changes were actually needed, and consist of a higher-flow fuel delivery system and giving the variable geometry turbo a higher boost limit. A retuning of the ECU is also highly likely. What Ram (or Ford or GM) doesn’t mention: any vehicle with a Gross Combined Weight Rating of 26,001 pounds or more requires the driver have a commercial driver’s license to legally operate on any public road. Hope you’re ready for a written skills evaluation, driving test, and drug testing, depending on your state’s laws.

The 2018 Ram Heavy Duty will begin arriving at dealerships this month. Customers can buy the new fifth-wheel hitch as a dealer add-on for $1,395. But beyond the extra power and new hitch, the Ram Heavy Duty doesn’t change for 2018. Ram is expected to debut the next-generation HD in 2020, which follows the new Ram 1500 in 2019. Stay tuned for our full review of the 2018 Ram Heavy Duty coming soon.

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2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

2017 Ram 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty Night Package

Ram rounds out its “custom” truck lineup

Ram has introduced its latest “custom” truck appearance package, and this time, it’s the Ram Heavy Duty trucks getting some love. The new special edition is called the Night Package, and its available for 2500 and 3500 HD Rams with the single rear wheels. The new look includes blacked out exterior trim pieces, black wheels, the massive R-A-M logo on the tailgate, and a murdered out interior with smoked chrome accents.

The Night Package builds of the Sport Appearance Package – an available add-on to the Lone Star, Big Horn, and Laramie trims, which appeals to those wanting a well-equipped, good-looking truck with some unique character. Ram Trucks boss, Mike Manley, put it this way:

“Truck enthusiasts look for ways to stand out from the crowd. The Ram brand understands that it’s important to meet the demands and deliver outstanding, durable products to every type of truck buyer. From the Ram Sport, to the popular Rebel, to the ultimate off-road truck – the Ram Power Wagon – Ram is building the best trucks in the enthusiast segment.”

Of course, those getting a Night Package Ram Heavy Duty will get all the goodies that make the Ram HD one of the most competitive trucks in the segment. This includes three engine options, the segment’s only available manual transmission, available 4WD, a multi-link coil spring suspension on 2500HD models, and the segment’s only solid front axle.

But never mind the standard stuff – let’s dive into what makes the Night Package different.

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Ram Reportedly Delaying Updated 2500/3500 HD Pickups

Ram Reportedly Delaying Updated 2500/3500 HD Pickups

The redesigned 2018 Ram 1500 won’t share its updates

The Ram 2500- and 3500-series trucks are staying around a bit longer, according to a report. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had originally planned an all-new version for the 2018 model year in line with similar changes taking place with the Ram 1500 half-ton pickup that same year. Now it seems FCA will only move forward with the Ram 1500’s extensive update, while only bringing a mild refresh for the heavy duty models.

The report comes from Automotive News, which cites sources close to the Ram HD’s development. It’s said Ram will only update the current, DS-based Ram HD’s exterior and interior, rather than giving it a complete refresh from the ground up. The 2018 model year will see such extensive improvements with the DT-based Ram 1500, however.

Reasons behind the delay include FCA’s current lack of expendable cash for R&D and retooling for the Ram HD’s Saltillo, Mexico assembly plant. FCA is already spending billions in revamping its Sterling Heights and Warren Truck Assembly Plants to accommodate the upcoming influx of new SUVs, crossovers, and trucks. Adding Saltillo and the Ram HD to the list simply isn’t feasible – at least according to the report.

This comes days after FCA’s Jeep division postponed development and production of its Grand Wagoneer – a high-class luxury SUV that competes with Range Rover and wears a $130,000 price tag.

Hopefully FCA will experience a boom in SUV and crossover sales to account for its vast investments. That influx in cash would certainly help fund future developments at the Ram and Jeep divisions.

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Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

Jeep Grand Wagoneer “Placed on Hold,” Sources Say

At least FCA has not canceled its Range Rover competitor… Yet.

News about the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer has gone from promising to problem-ridden over the last month. Reports have suggested Jeep is canceling the high-end SUV for good, while others suggest nothing is wrong. Well, word has just surfaced from two different third-party parts suppliers that Jeep in putting the Grand Wagoneer project on hold.

The news comes from Larry Vellequette, a reporter with Automotive News whose dedicated beat for the last decade has been Chrysler and now FCA. He reports the luxo-Jeep isn’t officially dead, but it isn’t alive and well. The major problem, according to Vellequette, is FCA’s very limited cash reserves. FCA is currently funding a company-wide game of musical chairs and retooling with its assembly plants. Vehicles are being moved around, plans are getting refurbished, and this is eating into cash reserves.

Also a major factor is the limited size of vehicle that’s capable of being produced at FCA’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit. It currently builds the Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, but anything larger, say like a three-row Range Rover competitor, simply wouldn’t fit down the assembly line.

Vellequette makes an interesting observation though. Why retool Jefferson at great expense for a low-volume SUV rather than build a high-volume, body-on-frame SUV that competes with the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition? Why not base that SUV on the upcoming refreshed Ram 1500? It’s certainly an idea worth exploring.

Ram has never made a three-row SUV based on its pickup despite GM and Ford having outstand success with the concept. Should Jeep choose to pursue this, the Grand Wagoneer name would likely drop the “Grand” portion, recalling the more utilitarian Jeep Wagoneer of 1974 through 1983.

Should Jeep go this route, it could even create a heavy-duty version, competing where the Suburban 2500 and Ford Excursion once did. What’s more, it could even create a Rubicon or Trailhawk version based on the Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Best of all, FCA would need far less cash to pull this off. The Ram’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant could accommodate the 1500-series Wagoneer, while FCA’s Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant in Mexico could accommodate the heavy-duty and Power Wagon versions.

Of course, this is pure speculation on our part based on speculation by Vellequette. One thing is for sure though – Jeep will not be getting its Grand Wagoneer by 2018 or 2019.

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Did You See Ram's Thanksgiving Day Commercial?

Did You See Ram’s Thanksgiving Day Commercial?

Ram goes poetic again, appeals to blue-collar crowd

Ram Trucks aired a deep, thought-provoking commercial on Thanksgiving Day, honoring the unsung heroes of the blue-collar class. Called “Praise,” the 90-second TV spot mentions things hard-working folks commonly be thankful for – and some things that aren’t generally though of. One string of poetry reads, “Praise the line worker and the line, praise the foreman and the floor, praise the second shift early Saturday, praise the candle lit at both ends…”

The commercial aired during NFL football games on CBS and FOX on Thursday, November 24, 2016. It combined with Ram’s heavy appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade earlier that day. For two years now, Ram has been the official truck of the Macy’s Parade where 25 Ram trucks pulled the floats down the crowded streets of New York City.

“Praise” isn’t the first poetic commercial Ram has produced that targets blue-collars. Ram debuted “Farmer” during the 2013 Super Bowl – an iconic and picturesque two-minute piece with moving images of farmers hard at work mixed with the original reading of famed radio host Paul Harvey’s “And God made a Farmer” speech.

Ram also appealed to women in its 2015 TV commercial, “Courage.” The spot contained motivational words about harnessing inner strength and prevailing against the odds, with imagines of conquering the elements of Mother Nature and the inner demons of self-doubt.

Don’t count of “Praise” being the last heart-felt commercial we see from Ram. These spots seem to be garnering tons of attention and acclaim. Let up know what you think in the comments below.

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2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

2016 American Expedition Vehicles Prospector XL

It’s a diesel Power Wagon on steroids

American Expedition Vehicles is well known in the aftermarket industry for its popular Jeep accessories, up-fits, Hemi swaps, and pickup conversions. But now the Michigan-based company has released its biggest product yet – the AEV Prospector XL. It’s based on the Ram Heavy Duty pickup and this turn-key package puts the Ram on 40-inch tires with a three-inch lift with beefed up gearing and capped with a stamped steel front bumper, massive fender flares, and all the accessories your wallet will handle. In short, it’s the diesel-powered Power Wagon the DOT won’t let Ram build.

It was back it 2013 that AEV expanded its product line with a host of upgrades for the Ram Heavy Duty pickup. Soon after, AEV began offering in-house, turn-key conversions of these trucks called the Prospector. Fitted with big tires, a suspension lift, a high-rise air intake, and the stamped-steel front bumper, the Prospector proved itself fully capable of off-roading with the hardiest of Jeeps. But folks still wanted more.

The Prospector XL takes the basic idea of the Prospector, and includes huge fender flares that open up the wheel wells, allowing for 40-inch tires while only needing a three-inch suspension lift. That translates into a low(ish) center of gravity and huge tractor-like tires for scaling obstacles, all while maintaining a comfortable driving experience in a truck capable of heading cross-country.

Let’s jump into all the modifications AEV is including on its Prospector XL package.

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Ram Debuts 4x4 Off-Road Package for 2500 HD Trucks

Ram Debuts 4x4 Off-Road Package for 2500 HD Trucks

Competes agasint FX4 and Z71 packages

The pickup market is arguably the most competitive auto segment in the U.S., but even then, there’s a clear hierarchy among the top three models. The model that rules the roost is the Ford F-Series, which still holds the title as the best-selling pickup in the States. The consensus second placer is the Chevrolet Silverado, followed by the Ram Truck. Sales figures from January 2016 provides the perfect indication of this hierarchy with the F-Series accounting for 51,540 sold units for the month. That’s followed by the Silverado with 37,863 units and the Ram Truck with 29,938.

So yes, there’s some truth to the perception that the Ram Truck is the perennial third-placer in this three-pickup race. Even when it comes to something as simple as off-road packages, the Ram has been left behind by Ford and Chevrolet and their respective off-road packages, the FX4 and the Z71. But that’s about to change because Ram is finally getting in on the fun with the introduction of its new 4x4 Off-Road Package.

The package will be offered on the 2500 model and will have no restrictions other than the cab size. Ram 2500 owners who opt for the package must have a Crew or Mega Cab to get it. But other than that, the 4x4 Off-Road Package will be available on the 2500 regardless of its engine, trim, or bed length. The package itself isn’t going to be too different from the ones that are used on the F-Series and the Silverado. It’ll have the usual array of mechanical changes to go along with some cosmetic additions, all designed to give the 2500 a fresher look and a more pronounced off-roading capability.

It’s nice to see Ram get in on this game, even if it does feel like it acted a little too slowly to understand the needs of the market. Then again, better late than never, right? Who knows, maybe this package is exactly what Ram needed to close the gap between the F-Series and the Silverado.

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Built-In Bed Ramps: Next Big Thing From Ram?

Built-In Bed Ramps: Next Big Thing From Ram?

It appears Ram Trucks is considering a new and innovative ramp system for its cargo box. The ramp system has just been granted a patent through the U.S. Patent and Trademark office and is technically now available for Ram to use.

The system includes two ramps fitted into two recessed tracks within the cargo bed floor. To use, the tailgate is lowered and the ramps are pulled rearward until their latching mechanism engages a lateral track system running along the leading edge of the tailgate. This secondary track system allows the ramps to move side to side, accommodating a limitless number of wheeled vehicles being rolled into the bed.

What’s more, both ramps are independent of the other, allowing one ramp to be deployed at a time. This would make quick work of loading a motorcycle.

If this system makes production, it would mark Ram’s second major cargo-box innovation, following of course, the popular RamBox. However, there is no word on whether the automaker will implement this technology into the Ram anytime soon. When asked to comment on the ramp system, a Ram spokesman simply said, “[It’s] good to note that a patent does not always lead to a product.”

While it’s true product patents don’t always reach the assembly line, this ramp system would compete very strongly against Ford’s bed-ramp system found in the 2015 Ford F-150. The Blue Oval’s design incorporates removable ramps that are stored on the side of each bed rail and must be lifted into position on the tailgate.

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2016 Ram Heavy Duty

2016 Ram Heavy Duty

The Ram Heavy Duty has long been the biggest and baddest competitor in the three-quarter and one-ton truck categories, boasting its Cummins inline-six turbodiesel and ultra impressive towing capabilities. Now for 2016, Ram is upping the ante even more with an extra 35 pound-feet of torque and 1,210 pounds of towing capacity in the oil-burner for an even 900 pound-feet of torque and an outstanding 31,210-pound max towing capacity.

While numbers and stats often lead headlines, Ram also focused its attention on design and interior appointments. Mirroring the half-ton Ram 1500, the Ram HD gets the restyled Laramie Limited trim with its updated grille an upscale interior. A new front-bumper-mounted parking assist feature helps with object detection when navigating around tight spaces.

The cushy comforts haven’t changed the Ram HD’s hard-working intents. The 2500 HD still offers its five-link, coil spring rear suspension with an optional air suspension upgrade. The 3500 HD sticks with leaf springs for heavy lifting, but also offers the air suspension upgrade for improved unloaded driving characteristics.

New on the gasoline engine side is the addition of the regular cab and 2WD configurations to the 5.7-liter Hemi’s Compressed Natural Gas package, which was previously not offered. Boasting a few best-in-class figures for the Ram’s gas engines is the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. Available across the Heavy Duty board, it kicks out 410 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, which is more than GM’s 6.0-liter V-8 and Ford’s 6.2-liter V-8.

The truck market is a highly competitive segment and the Big Three are fighting hard for customers. Besides the new features for 2016, let’s see how the Ram HD stacks up.

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Ram Trucks and FCA Donate $100k To Support Texas Flood Victims

Ram Trucks and FCA Donate $100k To Support Texas Flood Victims

Watch the news and there’s no missing the widespread flooding happening all across Texas. Reports say the flooding and flood warnings extend nearly 800 miles from southern Texas and into Missouri. Thousands have been affected and millions of dollars in damage have occurred. Worse yet, reports say at least 27 people have died and 13 are still missing. Needleless to say, it’s a tough situation.

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Ram Trucks and FCA Donate $100k To Support Texas Flood Victims

Ram Trucks and FCA Donate $100k To Support Texas Flood Victims

Watch the news and there’s no missing the widespread flooding happening all across Texas. Reports say the flooding and flood warnings extend nearly 800 miles from southern Texas and into Missouri. Thousands have been affected and millions of dollars in damage have occurred. Worse yet, reports say at least 27 people have died and 13 are still missing. Needleless to say, it’s a tough situation.

Well Ram Trucks and FCA’s philanthropic arm, the FCA Foundation, have announced plans to donate $100,000 to helping flooded communities. “Ram Truck and the FCA Foundation are committed to helping our friends in these Texas communities get back on their feet and on the road to recovering from the devastating floods,” said Bob Hegbloom, Ram Trucks’ President and CEO.

Ram Trucks is also working with the relief The First Response Team of America, a relief group known for its community restoration projects. The partnership extends back to 2012, and since, the automaker has donated more than $300,000 to First Response during similar crises. Ram has also equipped The First Response Team with a fleet of Ram pickup trucks and vans to aid in the process.

Relief efforts will concentrate on home renovations, delivering food and water, and supplying cleaning materials.

Besides First Response Team of America, Ram is also coordinating relief efforts with its “Ram Nation” truck owners association. Ram Nation members are just regular truck guys, but who often come together volunteering time, money, and their trucks to help clean and rebuild after natural disasters.

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Ram HD Chassis Cab Recalled Over Miscalibrated Top Speed Governor

Ram HD Chassis Cab Recalled Over Miscalibrated Top Speed Governor

Chrysler’s Ram Trucks division is voluntarily recalling nearly 2,000 Heavy Duty trucks over a miscalibrated top speed governor, which would allow the trucks to exceed the speed rating of the factory tires.

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Ram HD Chassis Cab Recalled Over Miscalibrated Top Speed Governor

Ram HD Chassis Cab Recalled Over Miscalibrated Top Speed Governor

Chrysler’s Ram Trucks division is voluntarily recalling nearly 2,000 Heavy Duty trucks over a miscalibrated top speed governor, which would allow the trucks to exceed the speed rating of the factory tires.

The recall covers 2014 and 2015 Ram 4500 and 5500 HD Chassis Cab trucks powered by the mighty 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 and equipped with dual rear wheels. An estimated 1,771 trucks are affected in the U.S. with another 169 trucks affected in Canada.

The issue surrounds the top speed governor, which was mistakenly calibrated for 106 mph. That exceeds the speed rating on the tires and could potentially lead to the premature failure of a tire.

“While FCA believes it is unlikely that these trucks are operated at such speeds, and that doing so would exceed posted speed limits in nearly every applicable jurisdiction, the Company is acting out of an abundance of caution,” the recall states.

Ram will offer free recalibrations of the governor to Ram customers, setting the truck’s top speed to 87 mph.

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Ram Sets Guinness World Record With Longest Pickup Truck Parade

Ram Sets Guinness World Record With Longest Pickup Truck Parade

Ram Trucks has set another record, though this one is a bit eccentric. Owners from seven U.S. states and Canada descended upon Arlington, Texas this past weekend to participate in the “Ram Truck Round-up” parade. In doing so, Ram set a new world record, having 451 pickup trucks in a single line.

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AEV Now Offering Ram HD Accessories

AEV Now Offering Ram HD Accessories

American Expedition Vehicles is well know for its aftermarket Jeep parts, but the Michigan-based company just announced it is officially selling parts for the Ram Heavy Duty truck line.

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Ram Laramie Limited

Ram Laramie Limited

The luxury truck market is alive and well, and that’s especially obvious when blinded by the shimmering chrome grille of the new 2016 Ram Trucks Laramie Limited trim level.

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Ram Trucks has announced it will have a product unveiling at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show on February 12. Though Ram’s press release doesn’t give details, we’ve got our suspicions as to what’s coming.

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2015 Ram Heavy Duty

2015 Ram Heavy Duty

The Ram Heavy Duty has been around since 1981 when Dodge introduced the three-quarter and one-ton trucks. The Ram was available with an innovative, 5.9-liter, Cummins turbo-diesel, something GM and Ford trucks couldn’t boast. The old Cummins turbo-diesel saw Ram Heavy Duty sales grow, thanks to its direct-injection fuel system, turbocharger, and greater power outputs than the competition.

Four generations of trucks later, the Ram Heavy Duty is still powering ahead of the competition with its Cummins turbo-diesel power, unmatched payload and towing stats, and its rugged, big-rig-like looks.

The 2015 model year sees some fairly significant changes for the Ram truck, mostly dealing with its updated, 6.7-liter, Cummins powerplant and the trucks certification with the Society of Automotive Engineers’ J2807 towing standards. Though the Cummins is the headlining engine, Ram (no longer Dodge since 2010) also offers a 6.4-lite, HEMI V-8 and the venerable 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8.

With three cab configurations, three bed lengths, two engines, and two- or four-wheel-drive offered, the Ram 2500 and 3500 can be built to suit whatever job needs doing. Heck, Ram even offers a chassis cab version of the 3500 prepped and ready for aftermarket bed applications.

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Top Five Off-Roaders

Top Five Off-Roaders

Having the right tool for going off-road is just like having the right tool for the track; purpose-built vehicles work best for their intended purpose. And just like we at TopSpeed often compare track toys that go fast, we also like to compare the dirtier side of the automotive spectrum.

Below the jump is our pick of the top-five best off-road vehicles currently on the market. They hail from five brands, three continents, and two vehicle types. These trucks and SUVs represent the best in modern innovation tied in with proven technology wrapped in attractive packages.

Just like at the track, it’s all about getting power to the ground when heading off the beaten path. Locking differentials, axle articulation, and proper tires make all the difference. With pricing in the comparison ranging from $31,000 to in excess of $50,000, the group varies wildly from spartan to outright luxurious. But no matter what the interior looks like, the greasy bits underneath are what count the most.

Click past the jump for TopSpeed’s Top Five Off-Roaders

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2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

2014 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Ram Trucks has just released the details and photos of its latest and greatest Power Wagon, a refreshed version of the heavy-duty, off-road champ that can handle nearly every strenuous task thrown its way. While the Power Wagon isn’t the only off-road-based truck out there today, it is certainly the only one capable of trudging deep ruts, climbing rocks, and fording 30 inches of water while hauling 1,490 pounds in its bed.

And yes, people actually do that.

While the obvious comparison is with the Ford Raptor, the trucks compete on two different playing fields. Designed as a high-speed desert runner, the Raptor is lighter and more nimble than the Ram while its suspension is designed to absorb jumps and bumps at tremendous speeds. Those Fox racing shocks work very well in those circumstances, but aren’t so great for towing or hauling.

That’s where the Power Wagon picks up. Built on the back of a Ram 2500 Heavy Duty truck, the Power Wagon has the strength of the heavy duty combined with the off-road prowess of a Jeep Wrangler. The fact both the Wrangler and Power Wagon come from the same manufacturer shouldn’t come as a surprise. They actually share some hardware – at least in concept — namely the front axle’s electronic sway bar disconnect. With the push of a button, the massive solid axle is free to twist in full flex, keeping its 33-inch tall tires on the ground no matter how severe the terrain gets.

The list of impressive hardware continues throughout the three-quarter-ton truck as the Ram powers its way through Prius’ nightmares and Raptors’ dreams. Click past the jump for the full run-down.

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2014 Ram Heavy Duty Black

2014 Ram Heavy Duty Black

Introduced last summer, the 2014 Ram 1500 Black Express Edition was quite popular with pickup truck drivers according to the Chrysler-owned brand, who has just revealed that the appearance package will make its way onto the more capable Heavy Duty lineup.

As suggested by its name, the Black package wraps both the Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD in an all-black exterior. In fact, we might as well call these trucks the triple-black Ram pickups, as the chrome is completely removed from both bumpers and the imposing cross-hair grille, which are now offered in the same color as the body.

To complete the menacing look, the manufacturer perched the trucks on black 20-inch aluminum wheels and removed body-side badging from all models save for the diesel, Cummins-powered ones. Naturally, the premium bi-functional halogen headlamps and the fog lamps come with blacked-out housings, the taillights feature a smokey finish, while the windows are tinted all around.

Also included with the Black package are 15-amber-LED turn signals, 3-amber-LED side markers, and Parkview and Parksense technologies.

The new appearance pack can be had with Crew Cab and Mega Cab Ram 2500 and 3500 SRW models in Big Horn and Laramie trims, in either two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations.

Pricing starts at $42,140 for the Ram Heavy Duty Black, plus a $1,195 destination fee.

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2014 Mopar Muscle Monster Truck

2014 Mopar Muscle Monster Truck

Mopar unveiled today the first details on the new Muscle Monster Truck, which is loosely based on the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty truck. The model is the result of a recent collaboration between Ram and Hall Brothers Racing, and it will see use in numerous Monster Jam competitions, starting with the one on January 11th in Detroit.

The new Mopar Muscle Monster Truck is the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) monster truck to be introduced in the Monster Jam series in more than a decade. The model is based on a highly modified Ram Heavy Duty truck that is 10-feet high and weighs 10,300 pounds.

Under the hood the new monster truck gets a 565-cubic-inch, supercharged version of the iconic Gen II 426 HEMI engine that delivers a total of 2,000 horsepower — an increase of almost 1,600 horsepower over the most powerful Ram Heavy Duty version.

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2014 Ram 2500 Concept By AEV

2014 Ram 2500 Concept By AEV

American Expedition Vehicles just threw down the gauntlet. The company known for outfitting Jeep Wranglers with assembly-line-quality aftermarket parts has unveiled this 2014 Ram 2500 concept for this year’s SEMA event.

Starting with a 2014 Ram 2500 Crew Cab Diesel, AEV fitted 40-inch-tall tires under the Ram with a three-inch suspension lift. The result is a heavy-duty truck that’s still usable around town, but can handle any off-road challenge thrown its way.

AEV made a name for itself by developing its aftermarket products with guidance from Chrysler engineers, ensuring top-notch quality. The tradition continues in the Ram project with such examples as the suspension setup. The front springs remain stock and sit atop cast-aluminum spacers, so as not to change the ride quality, while heavy-duty Bilstein shocks help manage the expected abuses found off-road.

The Ram’s front bumper is 3/16-inch-thick stamped steel — over four times thicker than the stock unit — and hides a massive 16,500-pound Warn winch. Two recovery points predominantly protrude out front, ready for D-ring shackles. The bumper is divided into three separate pieces for easy replacement of damaged parts, or even further user-customization.

Around to the Ram’s side are the AEV high-clearance finders with integrated flares. They provide the capability to run 40-inch-tall tires with such a minimal lift. (Normally 40-inch tires require six to eight inches of lift) Unique 17x10, AVE-designed “Katla” cast-aluminum wheels are ruggedly stylish and can carry 3,650 pounds each.

In addition to the suspension setup, AEV added a high-steer kit that corrects for the steering gear’s new geometry, while only two inches of lift were added to the rear axle, making the truck level.

While the truck as a whole isn’t headed for production, the individual AEV parts are. They go on sale sometime in 2014.

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2014 Ram 2500HD Cummins - Driven

2014 Ram 2500HD Cummins - Driven

The 2014 Ram Heavy Duty is heavily revised with new air suspension options, an all-new interior, and a fifth-wheel trailer towing option that allows these huge trucks to hitch a trailer right into the bed of the pickup truck.

The Heavy Duty Ram line also brings a mild exterior refresh with the projector-beam lights on posh trims like the Laramie test truck.

A quick spin was enough to have me looking for poundage to haul somewhere, maybe a friend who likes to ride dressage horses competitively?

Sadly, not enough time to test the limits of this tall workhorse by towing some show ponies out back.

This all-new 2014 Mega Crew Cummins 2500 is the big chief of the Ram family, with over 800 pound-feet of torque and tow ratings that would make a tractor trailer blush with embarrassment. For a non-truck-guy, the 2500 Ram is generally thought of as the 20,000-pound trailer max — in the right settings.

The 3500 Ram is now in a class of one with a 30,000-pound towing max, again with the right option boxes ticked.

With base pricing just below $30,000, how does the Ram HD line compare with the best-sellers from Ford and Chevy?

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty 2500 Diesel.

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2014 Ram Heavy Duty

2014 Ram Heavy Duty

A monster 6.4-liter V-8 joins the Ram Heavy Duty ranks for 2014 along with two new air suspension designs for the rear ends of the 2500HD and 3500HD. Big motors and soft rides make sense at some of these hefty entry prices.

In bottom Tradesman trim, the 2500HD is a capable hauler with new fifth-wheel towing abilities but a stripped interior. In top trims, the Ram 3500HD Cummins diesel can do all the dirty work and heavy lifting. The goal of the both 2014 Ram HD series models is to do all this with new levels of cabin tech, quietness and ride comfort.

There are typically big trade-offs when moving from the half-ton class upwards. The new Ram HD line aims to literally smooth some of the edges from one of its most distinctive vehicles and make it an easy – but pricey – transition to a real work truck.

Paired with the big purchase price comes some of the most capable and sophisticated technology ever to grace one of these full-size middleweights.

Where Ram Trucks loses points for the generic Ram HD name, it regains face with 2014’s new intake design called… Ram Active Air – or just Ram Air for short.

How do the Ram HD trucks carve out appeal beyond bragging rights for best-in-class towing and cargo loads? Is the evolutionary look too cautious in the face of the Chevrolet Silverado HD 2500 and the Ford F-250 SuperDuty?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ram 2500HD and 3500 HD pick-up trucks with details on all the latest changes and updates.

Updated 10/23/2013: This article has been updated with the latest specs, photos and even full 2500HC and 3500HD Tow Charts, in downloadable PDF form from Ram Trucks.

New-for-2014 Laramie Limited and Outdoorsman trims also join the Ram Heavy Duty line, with high-res images of both new trucks after the jump.

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