Diesel World

$100K SE­COND-GEN

A 750HP 02 DODGE COM­MON-RAIL THAT'S WORTH EVERY PENNY

- BY MIKE MC­GLOTH­LIN

When you’re a se­cond-gen con­nois­seur, chances are pretty good you’ll own a few of them. As for Ken­neth Donkers­goed, he’s held the ti­tle of more than a dozen ’94-’02 Dodges in his time—but none of them have been like this. After ob­tain­ing a straight bod­ied ’02 Quad Cab as a roller from Jake Schlosser of Slosh­fab, Ken­neth did some­thing most se­cond-gen own­ers never do: he treated his pride and joy to a show-qual­ity, $20,000 paintjob. Then he broke the mold again, this time in ditch­ing all thoughts of a P-pumped 24-valve for a com­mon-rail 6.7L. “I wanted to have the nicest se­cond-gen out there,” he told us. “Some­thing that you can’t just go buy.” After a year of be­ing un­der the knife at Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing, Ken­neth’s $100,000 com­mon-rail se­cond-gen is alive—and it’s un­like any other ’94-’02 Cum­mins you’ll come across.

6.8L CUM­MINS

With the truck be­ing pur­chased as a roller, there was no 5.9L to pull. How­ever, a new power plant had to be sourced. Turn­ing things over to Free­dom Rac­ing En­gines, a Stage 2 6.7L-based Cum­mins was put to­gether. The bored, honed, decked, and blue-printed block is fur­nished with a fac­tory crank­shaft, 9/16-inch main studs, Carrillo con­nect­ing rods, and Mahle re­place­ment pis­tons. Free­dom’s fire-ringed per­for­mance se­ries 6.7L cylin­der head, fit­ted with over­sized valve seats, Man­ley Per­for­mance stain­less steel valves and 103-lb Hamil­ton valve springs, an­chors to the block via 14mm ARP head studs.

STRO­KER CP3 & 100-PER­CENT OVER STICKS

To make the truck fun to drive, Fleece and S&S Diesel Mo­tor­sport teamed up on the fuel sys­tem.

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 ??  ?? Leav­ing his VP44 and P-pump knowl­edge in the past, Ken­neth Donkers­goed had Free­dom Rac­ing En­gines piece to­gether a stout 6.7L Cum­mins com­mon-rail for his ’02 Dodge. The bal­anced and blueprinte­d power plant is graced with 9/16-inch main studs, Carrillo rods, Free­dom’s fire-ringed Per­for­mance se­ries head, 14mm head studs, and was topped off with the ’03-’05 ma­rine valve cover that’s vis­i­ble here. Along with over­see­ing the en­tirety of the truck’s build, Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing’s Jake Richards ex­e­cuted the com­mon-rail swap to per­fec­tion. Iron­i­cally enough, drop­ping a com­mon-rail Cum­mins into the old Dodge re­quired Ken­neth to run one of Fleece’s se­cond-gen turbo swap kits to achieve the kind of power he was after. The charger spec’d out for his build is an S400 with a 63mm com­pres­sor wheel, an 83mm tur­bine wheel, and a .90 A/R ex­haust hous­ing. The S400 breathes through Fleece’s 5-inch Man­take cold air sys­tem and is ef­fi­ciently driven thanks to a T4 ex­haust man­i­fold from Steed Speed. Mak­ing use of some of the most proven fuel sys­tem parts in the in­dus­try, a Fleece Pow­er­flo 750 CP3 sup­ports a set of 100-per­cent over in­jec­tors from S&S Diesel Mo­tor­sport. While the sin­gle 10mm CP3 stands no chance of sup­port­ing an all-out ef­fort from the 100-per­cent over in­jec­tors, by run­ning an in­jec­tor that’s larger than what’s needed, stock-like in­jec­tor du­ra­tion can be com­manded. This means the truck’s 750-800hp is achieved with­out the en­gine hav­ing to en­dure ex­ces­sive EGT or stress to make it hap­pen.
Leav­ing his VP44 and P-pump knowl­edge in the past, Ken­neth Donkers­goed had Free­dom Rac­ing En­gines piece to­gether a stout 6.7L Cum­mins com­mon-rail for his ’02 Dodge. The bal­anced and blueprinte­d power plant is graced with 9/16-inch main studs, Carrillo rods, Free­dom’s fire-ringed Per­for­mance se­ries head, 14mm head studs, and was topped off with the ’03-’05 ma­rine valve cover that’s vis­i­ble here. Along with over­see­ing the en­tirety of the truck’s build, Fleece Per­for­mance En­gi­neer­ing’s Jake Richards ex­e­cuted the com­mon-rail swap to per­fec­tion. Iron­i­cally enough, drop­ping a com­mon-rail Cum­mins into the old Dodge re­quired Ken­neth to run one of Fleece’s se­cond-gen turbo swap kits to achieve the kind of power he was after. The charger spec’d out for his build is an S400 with a 63mm com­pres­sor wheel, an 83mm tur­bine wheel, and a .90 A/R ex­haust hous­ing. The S400 breathes through Fleece’s 5-inch Man­take cold air sys­tem and is ef­fi­ciently driven thanks to a T4 ex­haust man­i­fold from Steed Speed. Mak­ing use of some of the most proven fuel sys­tem parts in the in­dus­try, a Fleece Pow­er­flo 750 CP3 sup­ports a set of 100-per­cent over in­jec­tors from S&S Diesel Mo­tor­sport. While the sin­gle 10mm CP3 stands no chance of sup­port­ing an all-out ef­fort from the 100-per­cent over in­jec­tors, by run­ning an in­jec­tor that’s larger than what’s needed, stock-like in­jec­tor du­ra­tion can be com­manded. This means the truck’s 750-800hp is achieved with­out the en­gine hav­ing to en­dure ex­ces­sive EGT or stress to make it hap­pen.

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