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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11-28-2018 This one hurts, but we saw it coming a mile away. In a year that GM has introduced a great new generation of trucks, Ram seems to be taking home the lion's share of awards. The latest is Motor Trend's Truck of the Year Award. Before you assume Motor Trend is biased toward one brand or another, let us tell you we looked back and GM trucks have won the TOTY award in 2016, 2015, 2011, 2008, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1996, 1995 and 1979. The long list and varied winners indicted to us that what Motor Trend primarily looks for is a change agent type of vehicle. Something that stands out from the norm, not necessarily just the best overall brand of trucks. MT says about this year's award, "Our 2019 Truck of the Year should give pause to prospective Blue Oval loyalists (or buyers of any truck, for that matter) because there isn't a truck out there that so precisely hits the diverse needs of the segment better than the 2019 Ram 1500." This particular introduction to the award hit home for the GM-Trucks.com staff. Last week, we attended an event set up by Ram for the New England Auto Press Association. Ram's outstanding support team brought out the new 2019 Ram Limited and also a North Edition (a Big Horn Trim). Ram did this so that they could show us the North Edition, which was developed after Ram specifically listened to the needs of truck testers who live in the snow belt. Folts like Zane and Josh at GM-Trucks.com who live in the white stuff and own truck and know trucks. Contrast this with GM skipping the Texas Truck Rodeo this year. How could they skip the biggest truck testing event in North America in a year they launch an all-new truck? You have to play in order to win, as they say. GM's support for the media and testers seems to have diminished in the recent few years to the point where members looking for trucks to test are pretty much on their own and need to rent or test drive vehicles at dealerships. Meanwhile, Ford has provided NEMPA with two Raptors in the past six months. Enough inside baseball. Ram is deserving of praise for many reasons. One is its air suspension ride. Simply put, it is the most comfortable truck ride we have ever experienced. Next up, novel engine options that add both torque and fuel economy. Finally, the ginormous infotainment screen available in the Ram. In a class of vehicles where everything from the HVAC knobs to the tires are big for the sake of being big, Ram seems to get that bigger is better. And the Ram is a looker too. "Best-in-class: sophisticated without going over the top," editor-in-chief of MT Ed Loh says. "I love the styling," road test editor Chris Walton said, eyeing the Ram 1500 Rebel. "It's like the Viper of Rams." MT's Features Editor, Scott Evans, said. "This is a luxury interior. Look at this wood! This leather! The metal, stitching, design, attention to detail! The leather on the grab handles! Cadillac could learn a thing or two by spending an afternoon in this cabin." We are GM fans here, and we are not saying we agree with MT's pick, but the reasons that other brands are taking home so many trophies are apparent to us from both a product and also a support perspective. Ram deserves congratulations for hitting both sides of the coin. You can check out the full Motor Trend story on the Ram 1500 Truck of the Year win at this link.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-18-2018 A new story by Left Lane News titled, "FCA Confirms New Midsize Ram Pickup" seems to have facts to support its claim. The publication says that " A presentation slide from FCA's Capital Markets Day shows the new model on the roadmap for 2022, slotting below the Ram 1500." A new Ram Dakota is long overdue. The name sounds weird to our ears. "Dodge Dakota" has a nice ring. Both Dodge and Ford have missed out on hundreds of thousands of truck sales by missing the market's resurgence. Toyota is selling over 20K Tacomas per month now and GM could be as well if it had the capacity. Left Lane News says the new Ram Dakota would be built alongside the new Jeep pickup. GM-Trucks.com reached out to our FCA contact to ask if the news can be confirmed. The answer was "NOT CONFIRMED." Hmm. Check back in a week or so and we will see how this develops.
  3. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com 2/5/2018 FCA was ready to use multiple commercial spots during this year's Super Bowl to promote the heck out of the all new 2019 RAM. Instead, it has ignited a firestorm over the use of a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr as the background track in a commercial to sell trucks. The NY Daily News says "Dodge’s Super Bowl ad distorts MLK’s message of service to sell trucks" Business Insider's headline reads: People hate Dodge Ram's Super Bowl ad, which uses a Martin Luther King speech to sell trucks The New York Times: Martin Luther King Jr. Commercial for Ram Trucks Is Swiftly Criticized ABC News Just Put Up An Article From The Associated Press:  Ram truck ad using MLK speech draws backlash A topic discussing this ad on r/Politics on Reddit shows that some people are very outraged. - I got excited to hear mlk. I was not thrilled it about the selling trucks thing. Terrible idea. - /u/Pm_me_hot_sauce_pics - Tried sending Dodge an e-mail of my disgust but their server must have crashed. I sure hope thousands of others had the same intent. - /u/seness - I wanted to ****ing spit at my TV over this shit. There is no American for whom it would be more offensive to use to sell a product with than Dr. King. - /u/RussianTrollHunter - This just in: corporate America doesn't and never will give a shit about civil rights, truth, or justice. Unless of course that somehow involves you paying them on a generous bi-weekly basis 3/4 of your paycheck, then they'll totally pretend to give a shit about civil society. - /u/Adwokat_Diabla Watch the ad and see the controversy for yourself. Than let us know what you think below. Although this ad is getting all of the attention, it wasn't the only ad RAM showed during the Super Bowl. Here's two more that are not getting any flack.....yet. And the most popular... General Motors on the other hand, didn't run a Super Bowl ad this year for the 2019 Silverado. So, what do you think? Did RAM step in it? Or is this all overblown?
  4. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-23-2018 The information Ram put out for the new 1500 is extremely detailed. Almost overly so. We scoured the available information on the new Ram 1500’s drivetrain and running gear and created a sort of highlight reel on just that tipic for readers to scan. Here is what we found: Engines - V6 “Pentastar” has 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. - V8 “Hemi” has 395 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque - eTorque mild hybrid system standard on second generation 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and optional on 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines. eTorque combines a belt-drive motor generator unit with 48-volt battery pack to enable start/stop function, short-term torque assist and brake energy regeneration and adds up to 90 lb.-ft. of torque to the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and up to 130 lb.-ft. to the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. The eTorque unit also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to feed charge to the battery pack. - V8’s Fuel Saver Technology (cylinder deactivation). The engine control computer turns off fuel and spark, and closes the intake and exhaust valves on four of the engine’s eight cylinders during light load operation, such as highway cruising when full power is not needed. - For the 2019 model year, the Interactive Deceleration Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO) feature that pauses fuel flow to the engine cylinders when the vehicle is decelerating is improved to be active in third gear and higher. - The HEMI V-8 in the 2019 Ram 1500 benefits from a new 850-watt electric cooling fan using Pulse Width Modulation to tailor the fan’s energy draw to the cooling demand. Eliminating the traditional fan blade mounted to the front of the engine helps improve fuel economy by reducing parasitic losses and fan noise. Transmissions - Every 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a fully electronic TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with a wide spread of gear ratios that keeps engine rpm in the right range for the task – whether putting in a full day of off-road work or highway cruising. Trucks equipped with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 use an FCA-produced TorqueFlite 850RE transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 uses an upgraded TorqueFlite 8HP75 transmission. Both transmissions use a new generation of computer controllers that process data faster and coordinate transmission operation with the eTorque mild hybrid system. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift changes and points for fuel economy, performance and drivability. Transfer Cases, Axles, 4X4 Gear and Such - Upgraded for 2019 BorgWarner 48-12 for part-time 4WD operation with Hi and Low ranges; and the BorgWarner 48-11 for on-demand 4WD are available in the 2019 Ram 1500. Both transfer cases engage via a push-button control center-mounted underneath the rotary gear selector on the instrument panel. - Three final drive ratios are available on 2WD and 4WD models – 3.21, 3.55 and 3.92. Each combination is available with a traditional open or limited-slip differential, which automatically divides torque among the rear wheels to maximize traction available at each wheel. - New for 2019 is an electronic locking differential, available on 4WD trucks with the 3.21 and 3.55 final drive ratio and lifted suspension, and 2WD and 4WD trucks with the 3.92 ratio with the base or lifted suspension (Rebel and 4x4 Off-road Package). The electronic system gives the driver the ability to lock or unlock the differential on demand, providing maximum traction to the vehicle when needed. - Also new for 2019 is a Max Tow Package, an option with the 3.92 final drive ratio offering up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability. The Max Tow Package is based around a Dana Super 60 center section and open differential with a 256-millimeter gear set, and uses 35-spline axle shafts. It is available on 2WD trucks powered by the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with eTorque. Drivetrain Electronic Gadgets - Heat exchanger system now includes industry-first thermal axle to quickly warm rear axle gear oil, maximizing axle during warm-up - Hill-descent Control - AdaptAdaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold - Ready Alert Braking and Trailer-sway Damping control - LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus alerts and assist the driver with corrective action - ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hill-start Assist uses ultrasonic sensors to help the driver perform technical maneuvers
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-15-2018 Ram launched its new 1500 today at the Detroit Auto show. Highlights of the launch include a new eTorque mild hybrid system that increases payload by 22% and towing capability by 20% due to its significant torque increases at low RPM. The New Ram also has a class-leading infotainment setup that takes FCA’s already popular UConnect system to a place no other truck seems to be in terms of size. The new Ram also has revised air suspension options, more high strength steel in its frame and other key areas which brings down weight, and is longer, wider and more aerodynamic than the outgoing model. Does the new Ram sound to you in some ways like the new Silverado? If so, watch the launch video and it will sound even more similar since its launch host also has a foreign accent, just like the two hosts of the Silverado launch event! Rule Britannia! “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 delivers a no-compromise approach to the full-size truck segment with strength, durability, technology and efficiency,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 offers truck buyers leading-edge innovation with 225 pounds of weight reduction, 12,750 pounds of towing capability, a stunning Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display and active systems that improve fuel efficiency and assist drivers. The Ram 1500 stands out as the benchmark in a very competitive segment.” The new Ram has many other interesting tidbits added. Ram says there are now 100 safety features to bore you. One plus of the new mild hybrid system is that when the truck shuts off (yup, stop-start), the new system is what powers the re-start. The parking brake is now electronic. There is a new 4X4 off-road package with cool stuff. Both Ford and GM are bragging that their new diesel engines now to Ram’s. However, Ram made sure to point out that its 1500 has a new diesel engine coming in 2019 that will “Regain all of its titles.” It sounds like 2019 is the year of the diesel. The new Ram has many very specific improvements we will explore in the coming week with focus stories and comparison and contrast stories showing where Silverado stands among the new lineup of trucks for 2019. Check out our focus on the UConnect infotainment system here.
  6. Zane Merva Executive Editor / Publisher, GM-Trucks.com 1/15/18 Earlier today, Fiat-Chrysler introduced their new 2019 RAM 1500 Pickup. We have more on the all new RAM here, but one thing caught our eye and we wanted to talk about it right away. The 2019 RAM's optional 12-inch Uconnect infotainment system. We were all happy that Chevrolet upgraded the interface of the MyLink System for the 2019 Silverado. That said, the brand didn't upgrade the screen or make it any larger than the last generation. To be fair, 8-inches is right in line with the market as it sits today. Ford certainly didn't offer anything larger, so Chevy apparently didn't see the need to go bigger or better with MyLink for the next generation Silverado. That might not have been a great idea. The new (and highly optional) UConnect seems like it was plucked straight from a Tesla. In comparison, 2019 MyLink looks like it was pulled from a Step 2 Playset Manual. Take a look for yourself. 2019 RAM 12-inch UConnect vs 2019 Silverado MyLink 2019 RAM Uconnect 12 inch vs 8.4 inch 2019 RAM Uconnect 12 inch Interface Of course, we've yet to actually use this new 12-inch system but we've been impressed with RAM's smaller 8.4-inch screen and interface for some time. What do you think? Does the 2019 Silverado have enough with an 8-inch MyLink System or does the 2019 RAM blow it away?
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-12-2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobile, U.S. (FCA US) has announced that it will move production of its RAM trucks from its Saltillo truck plant in Mexico to the Warren plant in Michigan. This move will mean that the approximately 6,300 jobs in the Warren plant will expand by about 2,500. The Warren plant will receive $1 billion in investment funds to modernize and prepare for the move. The next-generation RAM HD will be made there starting in 2020. Fortunately for the Mexican workers in the Saltillo plant, FCA plans to repurpose the plant building commercial vehicles for the international market. “These announcements reflect our ongoing commitment to our U.S. manufacturing footprint and the dedicated employees who have contributed to FCA's success,” said Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, FCA. Image Note: Warren production line.
  8. What's up ya'll. I've had my front and rear Rough Country floor mats in my 2014 Silverado Double Cab for a bit over a year. I shot a quick update video to show you guys how they are holding up and protecting my floors
  9. Hi All! We excited to share our installation guide of the Magnum Headache rack on my 2014 Silverado 1500. This installation procedure is going to be very similar for most trucks. Enjoy! for the video.
  10. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 8/18/2016 What's the biggest unknown detail that enthusiasts what to know about GM's 2017 model year. Only two numbers. Horsepower and torque. Specifically, how much of each will the new L5P Duramax Diesel serve up. We've been slowly learning about the 2017 Silverado and 2017 Sierra this week. We know what the new colors are and how the option packages will be structured. We know the RPO codes and we know that there's a new and improved Duramax Diesel engine on the way. So, while GM is playing mum with the official numbers, we're going to read between the lines. Allison transmission improvements are also expected (maybe more gears?) but we're going to focus on the Duramax right now. Where we are today The current 2016 Duramax is currently rated at 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque. That's not insignificant or something to scoff at... but the truth is Chevy's and GMC's competitors have been stepping up their game. It’s worth to remember, however, we’ve come a long way since 2001 when the Duramax came to life at only 235-horsepower and 500 ft-lbs of torque. 300-horsepower and 520 lb-ft of torque. 2017 Ford PowerStroke and RAM Cummins Ford has an all new PowerStroke Diesel for the coming model year. It's a doozy. Rated at 440-horsepower and 925 lb-ft of torque, Ford has topped the Duramax's numbers by large margin. Specifically, 43 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. Both are big numbers when you're towing 15,000 lbs. Ram is also bringing big specs to the table. Their 2016 Cummins Diesel is producing 385-horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque. It's still under Ford's PowerStroke but better than the 2016 Duramax. Like General Motors, Chrysler is keeping their 2017 numbers under wraps as of today. We expect an increase to top or match Ford's PowerStroke numbers, because Ram's strategy is big numbers on spec sheets. GM's 2017 Duramax What can we expect from the new Duramax taking the current numbers into consideration? The first thing we need to think about is that the consumer HD pickup segment is on a race to 1,000 lb-ft of torque. How close the Duramax comes to this magic number is the biggest unknown but General Motors would love to be the first at that number. Second, it’s important to remember that GM historically takes every opportunity to best Ford on paper, even if only by a small number. Also, GM, as a company, also likes to give itself room to grow with vehicle performance specs while underrating true output. Taking all of that into mind, my personal thoughts and 16 years of experience tell me we'll see the all new Duramax power numbers lay out as follows. Our (100% Unconfirmed) Prediction 2017 6.6L Duramax Engine ~450 -Horsepower ~950 lb-ft of Torque What do you think? Would this be enough? Should GM go for 1,000 ft-lb of torque? Let your comments be known below.
  11. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-30-2016 No, it isn't the 707 hp that the Hellcats get, but 575 hp is nothing to sneeze at. Using a 6.2-liter HEMI V8 and a paddle-shifted 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission, Ram says this concept could run 100 MPH off-road. Ram emphasizes this is a factory drivetrain, not a tuner's version. With 13-inches of travel and 37-inch wheels the Ram Rebel TRX looks the part. It is also six inches wider than the current production Ram. Ram says that the Rebel TRX concept employs the standard Ram 1500 front axle with an open differential. The CV half-shafts are custom to work with the added width. Ram explained its rear end, saying, "In the rear, a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle spools power through an electric, selectable locker to 35-spline, 1.5-inch axle shafts. The locker is available in all modes and commits both rear wheels to traction at the same speed, spreads the torque load and maximizes the tractive effort (power put to the ground) in full-throttle maneuvers." We've seen Ram Rebel concepts in the past. Do you think this one will make it to production?
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8tKtYXztzY The video hits on a lot of emotional levels. It's a virtual tip of the hat to the the Big Three (most of whom have been producing pickup trucks since before Nissan was ever founded). It also is a sly way for Nissan to read a hand out to current Silverado, Sierra, F-150 and Ram owners. "It's ok, we're just like you!" What do you think of this video? How will it resonate with current Chevy, Ford, and Ram owners?
  13. Zane Merva Executive Editor & Founder, GM-Trucks.com 1/12/16 Nissan is going full force promoting the all new Titan pickup. Yesterday the company released a 90-second video spot on YouTube that lets the world know it respects the pickup brands that have come before. In a weird way, it's almost as if Nissan is acknowledging the previous generation Titan was a sub-par effort and is pretending it never existed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8tKtYXztzY The video hits on a lot of emotional levels. It's a virtual tip of the hat to the the Big Three (most of whom have been producing pickup trucks since before Nissan was ever founded). It also is a sly way for Nissan to read a hand out to current Silverado, Sierra, F-150 and Ram owners. "It's ok, we're just like you!" What do you think of this video? How will it resonate with current Chevy, Ford, and Ram owners?
  14. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4/27/2016 Perhaps the only failure of FCA US recently has been the company's inability to compete with mainstream family cars. The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart have proven unsuccessful. That is why multiple news outlets, including Automotive News, have reported that FCA will move its Ram trucks into the Sterling Heights plant. The two cars mentioned will either be mothballed, killed off, or outsourced. The general idea is to move some of the Warren, Michigan truck production in and ultimately expand the total truck production capacity. The Warren plant may soon be building some kind of new Jeep model. Unfortunately, about 1,300 workers at the Sterling Heights plant will be temporarily laid off during the retooling and transitioning, according to MLive. FCA US CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said about the moves “I confirm now that the realignment of the footprint will yield an increase in manpower.”
  15. Watch Ram 1500 Fail Critical Crash Test

    IIHS VP Raul Alberlaez mocked automakers for "Trying to one-up each other in ads on who build the toughest large pickup trucks." Speaking about the combined small frontal overlap results of the Ram, Tundra and Silverado, Alberlaez said a driver in one of these vehicles "...would need help freeing their legs from the wreckage." He went on to add "The injuries they sustained could require months of rehabilitation." Keep in mind that this is a test in which vehicles from all other classes including economy cars, and the Ford F-150 score Good, meaning the driver is not injured and there is no intrusion into the cabin. See our prior story to see the full IIHS crash video results for large trucks.
  16. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 4/12/2016 Our recent story listed the results of all full-size pickup trucks tested by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety. We focused on the positive results in our main story, but Ram had a very bad day of testing. The small frontal overlap test simulates a pickup truck hitting a telephone pole with the front corner of the vehicle. Small economy cars like the Prius can ace this test. So too can cars in the mid-size class and all crossovers have models that can score "Good" on this test. In fact, it is difficult to find any car or crossover that does not score Good on this test. Watch the Ram results. IIHS VP Raul Alberlaez mocked automakers for "Trying to one-up each other in ads on who build the toughest large pickup trucks." Speaking about the combined small frontal overlap results of the Ram, Tundra and Silverado, Alberlaez said a driver in one of these vehicles "...would need help freeing their legs from the wreckage." He went on to add "The injuries they sustained could require months of rehabilitation." Keep in mind that this is a test in which vehicles from all other classes including economy cars, and the Ford F-150 score Good, meaning the driver is not injured and there is no intrusion into the cabin. See our prior story to see the full IIHS crash video results for large trucks.
  17. Spec's in bullet point: •New 2017 Ram Power Wagon front grille design styling super-sizes Ram 1500 Rebel •Tops Ram – “The Off-road Truck Leader” – 4x4 lineup •New colors, lighting, wheels, grilles and legacy graphic takes cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon” •New interior colors and materials, including Diesel Gray and Black seats with tire tread-matching pattern •Unique 17-inch wheels and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires pull dirt from its comfort zone •Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque features unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/60,000 miles •Unique Ram “Articulink” front suspension system incorporates high movement joints and sway-bar disconnecting system, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation •Ram engineering continues to lead heavy-duty segment innovation with five-link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride and superior axle control •Ram Power Wagon features standard front and rear electronic-locking differentials for true four-wheel drive and maximum traction •Standard Warn 12,000-lb. electric winch mounted behind the front bumper, able to hang competitors off the ground •Power Wagon available in Tradesman trim and design •Up to 10,030 pounds of towing capacity •Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was first mass-production 4x4 pickup — simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability
  18. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2/12/2016 Ram launched the 2017 Power Wagon at the Chicago Auto show this week. The 410 hp 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V8 is just one aspect of the truck that makes it tough. Ram clearly thinks this truck is the most off-road capable truck in the market. Toyota's TRD Pro may be more capable, but it is not a full-size truck. The Ram sure is. Here are some images and the spec rundown on the truck the Ram says, "... is an off-road, all-access pass, removing the limitations, instilling confidence and allowing owners to reach areas of recreation and lifestyle not attainable with any other pickup. The 2017 Ram Power Wagon delivers to those who travel into extreme terrain, while providing the towing and payload capability required in a heavy-duty truck.” Spec's in bullet point: •New 2017 Ram Power Wagon front grille design styling super-sizes Ram 1500 Rebel •Tops Ram – “The Off-road Truck Leader” – 4x4 lineup •New colors, lighting, wheels, grilles and legacy graphic takes cues from 1979-80 “Macho Power Wagon” •New interior colors and materials, including Diesel Gray and Black seats with tire tread-matching pattern •Unique 17-inch wheels and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires pull dirt from its comfort zone •Standard 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with best-in-class 410 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque features unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/60,000 miles •Unique Ram “Articulink” front suspension system incorporates high movement joints and sway-bar disconnecting system, allowing for additional flexibility and axle articulation •Ram engineering continues to lead heavy-duty segment innovation with five-link coil rear suspension to deliver best-in-class ride and superior axle control •Ram Power Wagon features standard front and rear electronic-locking differentials for true four-wheel drive and maximum traction •Standard Warn 12,000-lb. electric winch mounted behind the front bumper, able to hang competitors off the ground •Power Wagon available in Tradesman trim and design •Up to 10,030 pounds of towing capacity •Introduced in 1945, Power Wagon was first mass-production 4x4 pickup — simply no other pickup on the market matches Power Wagon’s on- and off-road capability
  19. Cabela's and Ram Trucks Team Up

    Toyota and its Tundra have a similar arrangement with Bass Pro Shops.
  20. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 2/15/2016 Ram Trucks and Cabela's have team up in a new partnership that has made Ram Trucks the official truck of Cabela’s. The two companies will work together on special events, give-aways and other types of co-marketing projects. Commenting on the new pairing, Bob Hegbloom, Head of Ram Trucks – FCA North America, said, “More than 80 percent of Ram owners list hunting, fishing or camping among their most cherished hobbies. Ram truck owners tell us they’re passionate about hunting and the outdoors, and our Ram team is no less enthusiastic. As the official truck of Cabela’s, Ram is able to reinforce its support of this industry, and this partnership provides the opportunity to be involved with the outdoor enthusiasts that make up Cabela’s customer base.” Look for information on the new partnership at Cabela's stores or website in the coming days. Toyota and its Tundra have a similar arrangement with Bass Pro Shops.
  21. The Ford F-150 MRT with its breathed-on 3.5-liter EcoBoost had too many add-ons to list, but some of the most notable drivetrain parts include: •MRT stainless steel exhaust, Max-Flow h-pipe and back half exhaust system •MRT custom induction •MRT custom shifter •MRT custom rear spoiler fabricated by Team Z Motorsports •JMS Pedal MAX accelerator pedal signal controller •JMS Boost MAX boost signal controller •SCT custom tune for performance and extreme duty thermal management •Tremec Magnum 6-speed manual transmission (conversion) •QuickTime bell housing •EXEDY performance clutch and flywheel •Turbosmart blow-off valve Toyota brought a Tundra made into a limo which we refuse to dignify with an image. However, Yoda redeemed itself with this awesome looking 4Runner Tonka off-road vehicle.
  22. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 11/05/2015 The Chevy trucks at SEMA have been a hit with the forum members, so we are offering up a quick peek at some of what the competition brought this year. First up is the great-looking Ram Rebel X. Mopar wheel flares and 17-inch cast-aluminum beadlock wheels with 35-inch Toyo tires give the truck a tough look. Of course the Rebel packs a 5.7-liter HEMI engine. Added go-fast bits include a cold-air intake, cat-back exhaust, and a Ram Air duct. The Ford F-150 MRT with its breathed-on 3.5-liter EcoBoost had too many add-ons to list, but some of the most notable drivetrain parts include: •MRT stainless steel exhaust, Max-Flow h-pipe and back half exhaust system •MRT custom induction •MRT custom shifter •MRT custom rear spoiler fabricated by Team Z Motorsports •JMS Pedal MAX accelerator pedal signal controller •JMS Boost MAX boost signal controller •SCT custom tune for performance and extreme duty thermal management •Tremec Magnum 6-speed manual transmission (conversion) •QuickTime bell housing •EXEDY performance clutch and flywheel •Turbosmart blow-off valve Toyota brought a Tundra made into a limo which we refuse to dignify with an image. However, Yoda redeemed itself with this awesome looking 4Runner Tonka off-road vehicle.
  23. You know there is something, one little thing, you like about the Ram 1500. Maybe it's the diesel engine that can be nursed to 29 MPG on the highway in 2WD and tow about 8,000 pounds. Maybe its those cool optional cargo boxes on the side of the bed. Our question is what would you change on the Silverado by substituting the parts from the Ram? If your heart is so committed to the Silverado and cannot bear the thought of sullying it with Ram parts, call it the Ram-ierra. It has just as good a ring to it. Tell us in the comments how you would meld the two.
  24. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9/2/2015 OK Silverado fans here at GM-Trucks.com. This is just for grins and giggles, so let's not get all serious. Just image if Sergio Marchionne's evil scheme to merge GM and FCA US came to pass. Now let's go one step further and say that the bean counters looked at the 14 trims of the Ram 1500 and the dozen or so Silverado variants and said "Let's just take the best of both and make one!" Call it the Ramerado. You know there is something, one little thing, you like about the Ram 1500. Maybe it's the diesel engine that can be nursed to 29 MPG on the highway in 2WD and tow about 8,000 pounds. Maybe its those cool optional cargo boxes on the side of the bed. Our question is what would you change on the Silverado by substituting the parts from the Ram? If your heart is so committed to the Silverado and cannot bear the thought of sullying it with Ram parts, call it the Ram-ierra. It has just as good a ring to it. Tell us in the comments how you would meld the two.
  25. This is all part of a huge settlement FCA US is making with NHTSA over 11 recalls covering 23 million vehicles. Included is a $105 million dollar fine. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind commented, saying “Fiat Chrysler’s pattern of poor performance put millions of its customers, and the driving public, at risk. This action will provide relief to owners of defective vehicles, will help improve recall performance throughout the auto industry, and gives Fiat Chrysler the opportunity to embrace a proactive safety culture.” If you own a Jeep or Ram vehicle and want to see if it is covered, please click here. For details on the NHTSA announcement form the agency itself please see the NHTSA website.
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