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Jealous Of Joe - 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins

Desert Wheeling
Fred Williams
| Brand Manager, Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off Road
Posted July 1, 2010

A Zombie Killer Survival Truck

Joe Salas just needed a tow rig, a nice strong diesel tow rig. But as happens, one thing led to another and now his '03 Dodge 2500 is a dune-jumping, race-chasing, high-performance machine. It also still has enough style for his wife to borrow it for girl's nights out on the town and could probably survive the end of the world if need be.


Joe has a diesel shop known as NTG Racing, as in Nuts To Go Racing. It's a Dodge-specific shop and where his own ride went from "just a tow rig" to something ready for just about any adventure (or job) that comes his way. In fact, Joe daily drives the truck, works on the chase crew for KORE Suspension's desert race team, and still has time to take the family out to the dunes on the weekend. It was on one of those family vacations when his son borrowed the keys and put some airtime under the General Tire Grabbers; the truck took it all in stride. With a truck this clean and capable, we're definitely jealous of Joe.

Tech Specs
2003 Dodge 2500
Drivetrain
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Transmission: Stock automatic 48RE
Transfer case: Stock manual NP271
Front Axle: Stock AAM 91/4 4.10 gears
Rear Axle: Stock AAM 111/2 4.10 gears, stock limited slip

Suspension
Springs & Such: Fox 3.0 shocks with KORE Suspension coils, limiting straps, sway bar, and Recon link arms in the front; KORE leaf packs and Fox shocks in the rear
Tires & Wheels: 37-inch General Grabber race tires on 17-inch Moto Metal wheels
Steering: Fox steering stabilizer
Other Stuff: Bradford flatbed, Spitzlift boom, Baja Designs Soltek lights, Lowrance GPS, Smarty programmer, Omega fuel injection pump and injectors, Airaid cold intake system, Air dog 165 pump

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