Dodge RAM Tuning

Tuning the Dodge RAM and best RAM performance parts.

We take a peek at RAM tuning and outline the greatest modifications. Dodge RAMs are good projects and with carefully chosen performance mods you can greatly maximize your driving experience. We've seen these turning in very respectable times on the drag strip.

The RAM is a good tuning project to play with the standard RAM offers loads of power but there is so much potential to extract more making this one of the most aggressive and fastest trucks on the road. The key to RAM tuning is getting the right mods - a lot of money can be wasted if you do it wrong.

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Handling modifications are usually your first port of call for the RAM.They are deigned to ride quite high as they are pickup trucks but stiffer suspension and tweaking the camber and toe will greatly improve the often criticized handling..

Turning our attention to the RAMs engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.


Spending a little money on the best engine and handling mods should transform your RAM into a credible track performer, with many owners setting very respectable quarter mile times.

The best power gains come from larger engine sizes. Adding forced induction, larger turbos, superchargers and twin charging systems help realize the full potential of these stunning engines. They are very strong blocks and can cope with substantial power increases but we would recommend balancing and blueprinting if you are wanting to wring out a little more from the top end.

Tuning modifications.

These are the mods that are usually performed by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get going.

Getting the right mods for your planned usage of the car is vital. Stage 3 competition upgrades just won't work well on the road hard to control in slow traffic.

Typical stage 1 mods often include: Alloy wheels,Remap,Suspension upgrade (firmer springs), Lighter flywheel,Sports exhaust,Induction kit with cold air feed.

Typical stage 2 mods often include: Power clutch,Fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,Fast road cam,Ported and polished head,.

Typical stage 3 mods often include: Competition cam,Sports gearbox,Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger),Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves),Engine balancing.

Peak power is nice in motorsport but for regular daily use you need a long torque band and perhaps extending the rev range. In this article we shall give a limited introduction to the best performance parts for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance modification.

Fast road cams offer one of the biggest performance gains for your money as far as a bolt on part goes on a NASP engine. It improves the intake and exhaust flow and increases the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a remap.

We'd also caution you not to go with a competition cam as this affects the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.When pushing up the power you will need to pay attention to the fuelling. More power needs more fuel. If you find you have flat spots and surges after your mods you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well.

To get sufficient fuel you may need to uprate the injectors on your engine. If have increased your fuelling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

The next area for modification is the intake and exhaust. Contrary to popular belief there is generally only a small power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only work well and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope! The standard RAM airbox is very well designed and flows plenty of air.

For most RAM engines TorqueCars would suggest you just go with a full cold air fed induction kit. On heavily tuned engines and turbo vehicles an induction kit will help release the power providing you address the problem of supplying cold air. The standard air intake is not really restrictive so this mod is not essential until you hit 40% power gain figures.

Sports exhausts will certainly help air flow from the engine but avoid an exhaust that is too large or you could will reduce the flow rate. Stick to a twin 2.5 to 3 inches for best results.

Getting a professionally polished and ported head with larger valves can fully release the engines power. A good heavy duty fast road uprated clutch will help to keep that power going where it should. Never cut corners or expect the standard clutch to cope. Turbo engines are just pleading to be flashed.

You will see big power gains on most modern turbo charged engines making a remap one of the most cost effective and big modifications for your money.The most impressive power gains for NASP engines usually involve the addition of forced induction. Turbos are often harder to add than a supercharger. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with engine speed. The nice steady boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them easier to map. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engine compression ratio .

Alloy wheel upgrades.

The benefits of alloys include lowering your unsprung weight and better brake cooling via the extra air flow they allow. The drawback to large rims on your RAM is that you alter your final drive ratio so this will have a negative effect on acceleration. For this reason aim to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the recommended OEM sizes. In all cases without going larger than 24 inches.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss RAM options in more detail with our RAM owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased Dodge tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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