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1995 Dodge Ram 2500 - Rockwell’d Ram

Posted in Features on April 28, 2014 Comment (0)
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Photographers: Ken Brubaker

How do we find the features we publish in Four Wheeler? Most of the time it just comes down to being in the right place at the right time. Thankfully, Ken Brubaker always seems to be in the right place at the right time. In fact, it happens so frequently with Ken that we suspect he’s really some sort of Midwestern necromancer who magically appears in front of insanely cool 4x4s sporting a T-shirt with cutoff sleeves and a honkin’ DSLR camera. Don’t believe us? We submit Roger McFadden’s 1995 V-10-powered Dodge Ram 2500 as Exhibit A.

Brubaker tells us he was in Southern California when he stumbled upon the Oregon locksmith’s working truck, but we suspect he was really sitting on his tractor in Illinois when his Spidey senses told him a 46-inch-tire-shod cover truck sporting full-width Rockwell axles and a mess o’ cool mods was within camera range. No matter how or why, Ken got the shots of Roger’s Dodge Ram for you to gawk at. Roger spent six months building the V-10–powered longbed into the behemoth you see here. We dig the proportions—the cool integration of factory dualie bedsides to cover the wider stance of the rear tires pushed out thanks to the flipped hubs on the rear Rockwell. Void of useless chrome, gewgaws, or fluff, Roger’s Dodge Ram fits right in with our tastes and sensibilities.

A name that used to be much more common in the days before every company in the world made heavy-duty bumpers, a Reunel front bumper from a F-450 was modded to fit the Dodge framerails and equipped with a Warn 12,000-pound winch.

At A Glance
General
Vehicle: 1995 Dodge Ram 2500
Owner: Roger McFadden
Stomping grounds: West Coast
Build time: 6 months

Drivetrain
Engine: 8.0L V-10
Transmission: 47RH four-speed automatic
Transfer case(s): NP241DLD
Low-range ratio: 2.72:1
Crawl ratio: 44.78:1
Front axle/differential: Rockwell 2½-ton, 6.72 gears, Detroit Locker
Rear axle/differential: Rockwell 2½-ton, 6.72 gears, Detroit Locker

Suspension
Front: Four-link, Doetsch shocks
Rear: Leaf, Rancho shocks
Steering: Dodge van, agricultural ram-assist

Tires/Wheels
Tires: 395/80R20 Goodyear MV/T
Wheels: 20x11 homemade

Miscellaneous
Armor: N/A
Cool Stuff: Reunel front bumper, 12,000-pound Warn winch, Flowmaster muffler

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