When the Ram was introduced in 1994 it set the truck business on its collective ear; here was a pickup that looked like it was styled by the same people who design long-haul big rigs. All are part-time and have a low range of 2. While there are versions of the Ram that are of a more heavy duty nature depending upon engine and chassis, maximum towing capacity can go as high as 13,300 lb! In answer, General Motors improved the output of its big 7. Every 3500 Ram was made with a Dana 80. The 1500 Rams and some early light duty 2500 Rams used a 9. But even with those two new choices, the Dodge V10 will remain the biggest and strongest engine available to pickup truck buyers this year. The 2000 models began optioning heated leather seats.
For this review we had a 1500 Club Cab in Sport trim; ours was powered by the 5. The wheel support bearings are opposed tapered roller bearings contained in the hub assembly. This tag also lists the number of ring gear and pinion teeth. The differential case of the standard open differential is a one-piece design. A flat floor in the rear would have been nice. Dana 80 2500 axles and 3500 axles are identical except for the outer wheel spindle and hub assembly. Dodge offered the 2500 series in two different gross-vehicle-weight ratings for the first few years, but this was later dropped.
For both 2015 and 2016 Cummins had broken the torque records for any massed produced road worthy vehicle in the United States. The differential pinion mate shaft is retained by a roll pin. The original design in 1989 to 1993 started with a 5. Although it's bit ponderous around town, the Ram feels right at home at highway cruise, where its relentless inertia and length will keep it headed straight where you point it. The dash and gauge cluster were a far cry from the previous model Ram and were far more modern as well. It's one of the singularly great features available on any truck in the market. That kind of stability and long-haul comfort are among the major reasons people like to drive trucks, where trips are measured not so much by miles covered as by county lines crossed.
For additional utility the seat bottom cushion folds up and out of the way. . Differential bearing preload and ring gear backlash are adjusted by shims between the differential bearing cones and the differential case. The instrument panel layout is logical and modern, controls are easy to reach and operate and instruments and other information sources are clearly visible. Pinion bearing preload is set by solid shims on the pinion. This new generation of 6. A small stamped metal axle gear ratio identification tag is attached to the cover by one of the cover bolts.
Even though the back seat won't be as comfortable as in a full-size 6-passenger sedan, it's better than in other extended cab pickups. We think the ride quality is better with 2wd and the independent suspension, so if you'll be driving mostly on pavement and don't need 4wd we'd recommend saving the additional expense and weight and giving yourself a better ride in the bargain. A small percentage of the diesel engines in 1999 and 2000 were subject to problems within the water jackets and fuel injectors. That year, it was prominently featured as the hero vehicle in the film Twister. Rear axles for the light-duty 2500 trucks were semi-floating, while the heavy-duty 2500 rear axles were full-floating.
In the third generation of 5. By 2001, Ram sales figures were below those of Ford and Chevy trucks. Only one clutch disk in each pack is dished, the rest are flat. The purpose of the difference between the light-duty and heavy-duty 2500 trucks was for the heavy-duty 2500 to take the place of the discontinued one-ton single-rear-wheel trucks. Its curb weight was 4529 lb.
And with any version of the Ram, you'll be driving the most aggressive pickup truck styling on the road. The front drive axles in these Rams were unique in the fact they didn't feature Locking hubs, but featured a Center axle disconnect. All in all, a pretty nice truck, even if it did include some extra-cost options many buyers can do without. A more conventional design was originally scheduled for a 1991 production; when Bob Lutz showed it to the new styling designers, chief designer Phillip E. The Dodge Ram has independent front suspension on 2wd models, but the 4wd versions have a solid, live front axle.
The Cummins is noisy and rough and we suggest you choose it only if you really, really gotta have it, because the V10 is cheaper, stronger and smoother. Dodge continued to feature front axles like this for their 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 trucks until 2013 models. The exterior styling of the truck that was eventually released was the result of design concepts by Payne during 1988-1990. Summary Buying a truck obviously isn't a decision to take lightly. The braking system was upgraded to dual-piston calipers in the front. In the next generation of 5.
For many buyers, this is as close as you'll ever come to owning a Peterbilt. The Ram offers an extensive range of engines including the biggest available anywhere , a very roomy interior and a host of innovative and useful features. Driveability around town or at highway speeds was predictable, with the generous torque providing good, smooth acceleration. Models were now the 1500 half-ton, 2500 three-quarter-ton, and 3500 dual-rear-wheel one-ton in both 2- and 4-wheel drive. In the 1995 model year, Dodge added a Club Cab body, with seating for six.