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Ram Long Hauler Concept - Ram trucks is still pondering the idea of their dedicated tow rig concept, the Ram Long Hauler. A 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel backed by a medium duty 6 speed automatic transmission sit in the Ram 5500 chassis for plenty of power. With its mid-mounted fuel tank, Mega Cab body, and 8 foot box, the truck rolls down the highway at a total of 24 feet long. But the "Long Hauler" didn't get its name from its length; 3 fuel tanks store 162 gallons of diesel, ensuring minimal stops during your long haul. Is this simply a concept, or is Ram considering this as a production vehicle?

 

GMC Sierra All Terrain - Could GM be attempting to sneak into the fullsize off-road market currently dominated by Ford's SVT Raptor? If GMC is serious about their latest pickup concept, Ford better find a way to stuff a diesel under the hood of their Baja tested F150 Raptor. That's right, the GMC all terrain is based on GM's 2500 HD, meaning it would come standard with the popular 6.6L Duramax and Allison 1000 transmission combination. While there have been no hints as to the likelihood this vehicle will ever hit the show room floor, it would surely stir up the marketplace.

 

Ford Fuel Tank Strap Recall - Ford is recalling approximately 1.1 million trucks due to defective fuel tank straps. While their have been a minimal number of recorded accidents, the fuel tank straps may corrode over time and possibly break, risking accident and in even fire. The problem is most prominent in areas exposed to salt and deicing agents. But wait, what doesn't salt corrode? All jokes aside, the fuel tank strap recall is serious and owners with affected vehicles should read this article for further details.

 

Smoke Responsibly - Diesel performance enthusiasts love a good ole' coal roll. But are we damaging our industry by blowing smoke when we shouldn't be? As of June 12th, 2012, diesel exhaust is officially classified as a known carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO). In "Smoke Responsibly", we take a look at what we can all do to help save our industry from further reputation damage and stricter emissions regulations.

 

Dodge Ram Tie Rod Recall - Over 250,000 Ram trucks are being recalled due to problems with tie rods, which can wear prematurely and cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle. You may have heard of the Dodge Death Wobble, a reoccuring problem in particular Ram models over the years. This particular recall affects many Ram models from 2003 to 2011, in both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations. A full list of affected vehicles is featured in our report.

 

Cummins Diesel Nissan Titan - Cummins and Nissan have teamed up with the United States Department of Energy to design and produce a diesel powered Nissan Titan. The 2.8L 4 cylinder Cummins reportedly manages to muster up 350 lb-ft of torque and will hopefully be capable of 28+ mpg. It seems Cummins has taken a number of innovative steps to ensure the engine is both clean and efficient. Is this another rumor, or will we see a diesel powered Titan become a reality by 2014?

 

800 lb-ft 6.7L Cummins - After falling behind the latest Power Stroke and Duramax, the Dodge Ram has become competitive once again thanks to increased torque output. That's right, the new 6.7L Cummins, while keeping the 350 hp badge, has been upgraded to deliver 800 lb-ft. All the necessary alterations have also been performed to ensure that Chrysler's 68RFE automatic transmission can handle the extra grunt. Unfortunately, a 6 speed manual transmission will not be available with the 800 lb-ft version of the 6.7L Cummins. But who offers a manual transmission these days, certainly not Ford or GM. At least 1 automaker is still giving consumers the option to shift their own gears, even it costs 190 lb-ft.

 

Cummins High Mileage Club - Take pride in your Cummins? Then why not join the Cummins High Mileage Club, and be rewarded with a free High Mileage Club badge that represents the miles you've racked up on your Dodge Ram pickup. Badges are available with available in 100,000 mile intervals, so you can get your first badge from Cummins once your odometer reads 100,000 and a new bade for every 100k after that.

 

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