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3.42 only for Ram diesels; power and wheels

2013 Ram Heavy DutyA recent Ram product update told dealers that the optional 3.73 and 4.10 axle ratios are no longer available for Ram 2500 and 3500 diesel pickups, except when equipped with “duallies.” The update pointed out that “the 2013 Ram diesel equipped with a 3.42 [axle ratio] will tow more than a comparable 2012 with a 3.73 or 4.10 — while offering better acceleration and improved fuel economy.”

Sources confirmed that the dealer ordering system shows the 3.73 as standard, but then automatically options the 3.42 and does not give any options to change it. The 4.10 ratio shows up but cannot be selected on 2500 and 3500 diesels.

For 2013, Ram launched a high-output version of its 6.7 liter Cummins straight-six diesel engine, pushing 385 horsepower and 850 lb-ft of torque through an Aisin six-speed automatic; this version is only sold with the Ram 3500. The standard diesel for Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups is the same basic engine, rated at 350 hp/660 lb-ft with a manual transmission or 370 hp and 800 lb-ft with the six-speed Chrysler automatic.

Power increased across the board, but in different ways. The diesel with automatic went up from 350 hp @ 3,013 rpm to 370 hp @ 2,800 rpm. Manual transmission buyers now see peak torque at 2,800 rpm instead of 3,013, and gained 50 lb-ft of torque, peaking at 1,500 rpm (rather than 1,400).

Trailer towing stands at a maximum 18,350 lb (RWD; 4×4 is 17,880) with the regular cab Ram 2500 pickups.

An additional change was the restoration of single rear wheels as standard equipment on all Ram 3500 pickups; the dual rear wheel package is optional on regular cab, crew cab/long box, and Mega Cab. This is similar to GM/Chevrolet and Ford pickup options.

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval

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San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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