GROUND & POUND

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did re­ceive a trans­mis­sion up­grade in the form of a Rev­max 550 gear­box with bil­let torque con­verter and in­put shaft. Comen­sky re­lates that all of this is to keep it as re­li­able as pos­si­ble for long trips and to let the truck cope with the in­evitable off-road abuse and 37-inch tires. Af­ter all, it is not ad­vis­able to be­come stranded in the cli­mates and ter­rain in which this truck was shaken down.

The en­gine pro­gram­ming has been tapped by an H&S Mini Maxx tuner with Al­tered Diesel Works cus­tom data—also to en­hance run­ning re­li­a­bil­ity. “Our goals with the en­gine’s cus­tom tun­ing were to keep tem­per­a­tures as low as pos­si­ble and to min­i­mize po­ten­tial is­sues,” Comen­sky ex­plains. He re­ports lit­tle smoke and cool EGTS de­spite the Ram’s ob­vi­ous im­proved ter­rain ne­go­ti­a­tion, which en­ables driv­ers to push the chas­sis and the 6.7L to the ab­so­lute edge.

Aes­thet­i­cally speak­ing, there is a lot of un­der­state­ment to this build. The fac­tory bumpers were re­placed with Merce­nary Of­froad units front and rear (also pro­to­types, in­ci­den­tally). The grille was up­dated to a 2013+ unit, and the head- and tail­lamp clus­ters were brought in from the same era. For­ward light­ing is aug­mented with a six-lamp Baja De­signs XL80 ar­ray; the rear fea­tures S2 dust/re­verse lamps from the same com­pany. Amp Re­search Pow­er­steps were added at the rocker pan­els to as­sist en­try and exit and then to GTFO of the way when not in use. A Warn M12000 winch and Fac­tor 55 Flatlink shackle mount re­side up front (for emer­gency use only, of course). Ex­te­rior paint­work on the body up­dates is cred­ited to Tony Ananyan at Au­to­bahn Col­li­sion Cen­ter in Tor­rance, Calif.

The truck de­buted at the Off Road Expo in Pomona, Calif., in 2015—imag­ine a SEMA for those who pre­fer to do their busi­ness in the dirt. Cole Comen­sky is quite thrilled with the way it turned out. “I’d say that we were suc­cess­ful in push­ing the lim­its of what a ¾-ton diesel truck can do off-road,” he says. “The fact that this truck could han­dle 70 mph through large whoops and stay com­posed was pretty im­pres­sive in my opin­ion. The truck’s sus­pen­sion is ca­pa­ble of do­ing more off-road than what I’d say is safe with­out a roll cage.”

 The in­te­rior re­mains util­i­tar­ian, so it was kept stock ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of an H&S Mini Maxx to ap­ply cus­tom tunes meant not so much to push en­gine per­for­mance over the top than to keep the Ram run­ning re­li­ably while it’s flogged across the...

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