2014 Ram HD Chassis Cab: First Look

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By Andrew Mikonis

Although most of the new Ram heavy-duty chassis cab models (that includes the 3500, 4500 and 5500) remain similar to 2013 specs, there are some significant changes for 2014. The biggest difference (and most exciting from our vantage point) is the addition of a new base engine for most of the models, an all-new 6.4-liter Hemi gasoline V-8.

"It's a true truck engine," said Kevin Mets, head of Ram Truck heavy duty pickup engineering, "tested on the same durability schedule as the Cummins turbodiesel." The new Hemi produces most of its torque at 1,800 rpm versus the competitions' 2,800 rpm level. Based on many of the same design strategies as the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, Mets said component sharing (the two engines share about 70 percent with one another) means "proven durability." Additionally, Ram engineers wanted to make sure the new engine would run best on 87-octane fuel (the 5.7-liter Hemi recommends 89 octane) in order to make the engine more fleet friendly. Mets also said a cooled exhaust-gas recirculation system helps to reduce overall fuel consumption as well.

A significant upgrade to the 6.4-liter Hemi over the 5.7-liter Hemi that used to be offered on some chassis cab models is the automatic cylinder deactivation feature, which allows the engine to run on four cylinders when off throttle or at various steady cruise situations; most buyes will match the bigger Hemi with the 66RFE automatic transmission. When paired with the Aisin A66RC automatic, it can run on four cylinders in PTO mode as well. The engine is also designed to deliver 250 pounds-feet of torque on the power takeoff, which will be available for either right- or left-side use.

From a durability standpoint, Mets said the stainless-steel exhaust system, sodium-filled exhaust valves and oversized oil cooler should also keep long-term costs down. The oil change interval for the gas engine is 10,000 miles.

Of special note to fleet buyers is a dual alternator option that can produce a total of 380 amps. The base alternator puts out 180 peak amps with a 220-amp upgrade available; the dual option adds a 160-amp unit. Dual alternator diesels are rated at 440 amps. Like other chassis cab engine options, the 6.4-liter V-8 carries a transferrable five-year/100,000-mile warranty.

Maximum available front gross axle weight rating for 4500 and 5500 diesels has increased to 7,250 pounds. The new base engine maximum front GAWR matches last year's 7,000-pound diesel rating.

If you are trying to stay below certain weight ratings with your truck, a new 3500 single-rear-wheel chassis cab model debuts for 2014. Exclusive features include the carryover 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 as an option and three new 18-inch-wheel choices (steel, chrome-clad steel or polished aluminum) depending on trim level.

In other 2014 3500 chassis cab news, four-wheel-drive models receive a new front axle disconnect system to help save fuel as well. The three-link front suspension along with all the other frame improvements introduced last year on 3500 retail pickups are now on all 3500 commercial chassis cab models. A new tire pressure monitoring system that displays all tire pressures on a dedicated gauge screen is available for both single- and dual-rear-wheel models - a first in the segment. Mets called it a "passive system" that doesn't trigger a warning light, so that operators will be able to adjust pressures based on their needs.

Finally, a new dual tank option for all models increases capacity to 74 gallons. Also, the 52-gallon standard tank can be deleted in favor of a midship-mounted 22-gallon tank.

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Chassis cabs were not available for driving at the 2014 Ram media event; however, we did test a single-rear-wheel Ram 3500 crew cab pickup with the new 6.4-liter engine for a taste of what a sub-10,000-pound truck drive might be like. Those noncommercial rigs get the same 410-horsepower at 5,600 rpm ratings as all other pickups, while heavier models will get the down-rated 370-hp (at 4,600 rpm) 6.4-liter Hemi. Both, however, produce 429 pounds-feet of torque. To put it bluntly, we like this motor. The bigger Hemi definitely delivers a stronger pull, with a touch more smoothness at lower rpms. Over a variety of road conditions, which included choppy dirt roads, the three-link front suspension felt vastly improved and almost downright refined. Our test truck had a bed full of hay bales and carried the tall load with composure and control. We'll have a more in-depth assessment of various chassis cab models when we get the chance to sample the full line at a later date. But for now, this bodes well for the rest of the lineup.

To read the press release on the 2014 Ram 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cabs, click here

To review the specifications for the 2014 Ram 3500 HD Chassis Cab, click here.

To review the specifications for the 2014 Ram 4500/5500 HD Chassis Cabs, click here.

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Comments

Jake D is another one of BAFO's alter-egos.

@Jake D
I don't think you're very accurate about the manufacturers. Why would a manufacturer want to disrupt. That means they will lose out on useful information. In other words people will shy away from the site.

I think many are misguided phans. Who without realising are turning other's away from what they are trying to promote.

As for the competition will heat up when Colorado is released, I certainly agree. Especially if it comes in a 2.8 diesel. I just hope it hasn't been to 'dumbed' down for the US market.

Remember we don't have a large full size market and our Colorado has to do the work your 1/2 tons do and even edging into the bottom end of your HDs.

A Colorado this capable might take sales away from full size 1/2 ton Chevs and GMCs one of our diesel Colorado's are very capable off road and towing. I hope you guys get those attributes of the global Colorado.

Lou_BC - heeeheee that's great I am pissing you off. This is better than I ever dreamed....lol

Hey Lou so was that the last time you directed a comment at me (again)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7nqwGt4-I

@Fake Lou - what makes you think I am pissed off?

You are having all sorts of wet dreams assuming that I am.

Are you able to read all that from unidimensional blog entries?

Did you learn that in college?

At least 95% of communication is non-verbal. That means you are making one huge assumption.

If anything, the only emotion you have stirred in me is one of empathy.

I feel sorry for you.

Like I said earlier, you have revealed yourself and your intent.

I have to agree with Big Al, there is no way manufacturers would use blogs to disrupt and push their product. If anything it is negative marketing. Every time HemiV8 and the Dodge fan boys that forget about reality post it makes me rethink what brand I drive and love so much. I do like Rams or Dodges however you prefer, but being completely ignorant to all else is stupidity and a great fallacy. Honestly, making so much noise is worse for the brand than just shutting up and letting it speak for itself.

@BAFO - No one here wants to discourage the flow of crappy trucks to North America. The same with crappy Chinese and Turkish cars. Do you think do really think US, Japanese, Korean, and European OEMs are really worried about crappy cars and trucks invading the US? Do you really *think*?

@Lou BC, "Can you honestly say that pre 94 Dodge trucks were good looking? Yes, yes i can. What is wrong with the looks of this pre 94 model Lou bc?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7ilOOT5VtQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLyEXQ_gqRE

@HemiV8 - okay, since I am dealing with you, I will be more specific....... 1981–1993 Dodge Ram.

BTW, the Little Red Express came out in '78 & '79. It was all down hill from there until 2004.

@Lou BC – you are right about one thing…95% of communication is non-verbal. And I love pissing you off. It’s so easy.

Must be because you couldn’t get into college…lol. Even a $uck’n Canadian college. I guess none of your inbreed children weren’t able to get in either…a family of geniuses. When Lou’s family goes to the mind-reader, they get half price!

Maybe your dumb ass father was smart enough to know not to send a moron like you to college. Why waste the little money he had! It’s bad enough he was a loser in life, no use wasting the few bucks on you.

So LOU BC baby, is this the last time you address me directly. I mean it’s not like you haven’t used fake logons before. You can go on and use those to talk to me. If you weren’t soooooo old I'd love to give you the thorough beating you so rightfully deserve, but I also know what a pain it is to try to wash off that sort smell.

Anyway here’s a blast from the past folks:

“To move "Z" amount of mass "Y" amount of distance requires "X" amount of energy. “

$uck that was so deep Lou are you sure you only graduated from the 5th grade (3rd grade American)?

Once Fiat puts the 6.4 in the Power Wagon and it comes out with coil springs and air ride all around, it will stand a chance of beating the Raptor in a 4x4 shootout.

The engine I want to see in the Power Wagon is that 5.0 Cummins V8 diesel. That would be killer.

Unfortunately that will not happen so I'll settle for the 3.0 VM Motori diesel in the PW. That might be a better choice than the Cummins 5.0 since it is lighter.

@Big Al - it will be interesting to see how the Colorado fairs in the USA and Canada once it arrives. I'm also curious to see which engine will turn out to be the most popular.

I do suspect that they will benchmark the Tacoma since it currently the best seller.

@DeverMike/Paul/Tom Lemon/Greg Baird/TRX4Tom/Dave/Hemi V8/Tom Terrific/sandman 4x4/lautenslager/zveria/Bob/US Truck Driver/Glenn/Jason/Hemi Rampage/smartest truck guy/Maxx/SuperDuty37/Ken/Ron/johnny doe or whoever you want to call yourself.

Quit the crap, really.

It's getting long in the tooth.

You want to debate, but it has to be on your terms.

Learn to debate with good information, then we might be able to have a decent debate.

Opinions are good, but if they are only your view to support the UAW, then how good are they. Look at what you guys have done to Detroit.

Terror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me.

If PUTC wants the UAW or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kids like I've been told by PUTC.

They don't seem to care. So this will go on.

@Lou BC, " 1981–1993 Dodge Ram."

In my opinion Chevy had the best looking truck for those years
above.

@Lou BC, This is my favorite front look and hood for DODGE truck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zC8wKd78sc

Who can forget this famous DODGE truck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyB-QX3EktI&feature=endscreen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkkwd7ASG78

@HemiV8 - I would have to agree. Chevy had the competition beat in the looks department during those years.

@The Real Lou
I do think the new Colorado will shake up the mid size dominance of the Taco. The Taco is woefully outdated, 90s technology.

With the GM statement the Colorado will be a lifestyle vehicle (whatever that is) I hope it doesn't take away from the vehicle we have as the global Colorado is quite a good performer. Much better than all the other midsizers we get except for the Ranger/BT50/Amarok.

I've read Izuzu have done a better job with the 'Colorado' than GM, the Izuzu diesel is supposd to be a gem and very fuel efficient.

@The Real Lou
Here is a link to all of those Turkish pickups that are invading Australia. You can get an idea on what to expect from the Colorado if it comes out in a diesel.

I think the V6 gas version will not return great FE.

I haven't read the review, but the Taco would perform worse than the Triton/Hilux/Navara(Turkish Frontier)

http://www.caradvice.com.au/249408/ute-comparison-ford-ranger-v-holden-colorado-v-isuzu-d-max-v-mazda-bt-50-v-mitsubishi-triton-v-nissan-navara-v-toyota-hilux-v-volkswagen-amarok/

I'll try again?

@The Real Lou
Low and behold I googled pickup trucks in Turkey. Allpar was the first site to come up. Very interesting, De Soto, Fargo, etc were sold to Turkish interests and Chrysler had a factory that make Hino's (Toyota's). Strange bed fellows. The world is a truly amazing place.

They still make De Soto and Fargo (brand), very intriguing!

http://www.allpar.com/world/turkey.html

Here is a link to Askam, they make De Soto and Fargo. Wow, can you believe. Have a look at the manufacturers of the drivetrain, steering, etc.

Names like, a Duetz diesel!, Eaton transmission! Rockwell Tx case! Saginaw steering! Dana Spicer axles and locking diffs!

All Turkish sounding companies the suppliers. Thanks Dead Man this is related to this article about Fiat/Chryslers.

The thing is a tractor from hell, and judging by the equipment it's probably bullet proof (literally, it has to be :-) and ugly.

All from Chrysler, just like a KB Hemi top fuel engine. Its a Chrysler.

http://www.askam.com.tr/v2/english/product_technical_features.aspx?id=21

Before anyone complains, this is banter, but educating banter.

@ Lou and Big Al

all I can say is stop feeding the trolls, totally ignore negative comments and stay on topic, maybe/hopefully that will slow it down, and also maybe Mark will implement some better monitoring and security on the site.
heres too hoping....

@Dean - they can't stop they have the brains of a sac of rocks...just so easy to play with their ego. Unfortunately their ego is bigger than their talent. Like fishing for bass...lol

Anyone who is tired of the trolling can click the link below and file a complaint.

https://www.facebook.com/Ssshhh.No1.gives.a.fukk

@Dean - I have to agree.
The problem is that PUTC was disinterested in dealing with trolling and since it was more insidious in nature, it made it tough to build a case against it.
The fake Lou being an impotent egomaniac will ramp it up to keep his petty fetish fueled. He has already done so when challenged.
That will contribute to his own downfall.

I will "Endeavor to Persevere". (from Outlaw Josie Wales)

@Dean
I actually did google pickups in Turkey, not for the Trolls but out of interest. Because I have never heard of a Turkish pickup.

What I found out there is a 'Turkey' Hotrod competition in Texas which looked interesting as well.

I was actually amazed at the names of De Soto and Fargo being sold to a Turkish company and they are still used today. If you aren't aware Fargo and De Soto used to make pickups in the US, very interesting.

There used to be Fargo pickups here in Australia, years ago. The last I really saw them was in the 70s.

Like I stated that Askam company makes a pickup, but full of US parts. So even though Askam is Turkish a country like that surprised me by the amount of US connection in one of their motor vehicles.

@Dean
That's how I learn as well, I just don't google, Ford, Chev, GM, Allpar, etc.

@Dean
If you read the ute comparison you'll see also that the Colorado didn't fair to well.

I hope the US version is improved.

@ Big Al from Oz - those links are interesting. It reminds me of Cuba, car manufacturing trapped in the 50's and 60's. Mind you, tariffs and barriers had kept the USA trapped in the past too. Competition has woken them up but bad habits are still there.

@Lou
I think this is a East meets West situation. Sort of what would a Russian pickup look like.

If I was to travel across Australia (not using roads) I think this Askam would probably reach the other side.

I'm surprised and would have never thought the De Soto and Fargo names would have ended up like the did.

I sorry about my tongue in cheek Turkish and KB Hemi comments. They weren't a troll as such, but to have those two guys actually read the links. And hopefully learn.

@Big Al from Oz - that is the problem with all of the impotent losers and their fake names, it makes people more combat oriented and one gets suspicious of any new name.

day late dollar short! this truck engine isn't direct injection, why? gm will release a di gas v8 in some form in January to be sold in july. ford will also update its motors in the next 12 months. hopefully ram isn't blind to these facts!

@ gladiator, If only that was all that Ram updated. Ford and Chevy have got some work to do.



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