2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10
2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10
It ain’t bragging if you can
do it. With a maximum speed of 150 mph and the biggest engine in a
performance pickup, the Dodge Ram SRT-10 backs up its claim as the
baddest truck on the block.
The Ram SRT-10 makes the most of its 500 horsepower Viper engine with a combination of high technology, performance icons and some old-fashioned hot-rodding.
“When it came to creating a 150 mph, PVO-designed Dodge Ram pickup, only the best would do,” said Dan Knott, Director–Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO). “We took the best parts available, a Viper V-10, a Dodge Ram 1500 chassis and body, Hurst shift linkage, and a Dana 60 rear axle. Pirelli tires, Bilstein shocks, a custom designed power hop damper and the braking system from the Ram Heavy Duty ensure that we can get the Ram SRT-10 slowed down for the corners.”
More than just a big engine, Ram SRT-10 adds the largest standard wheels, tires and brakes offered on a production pickup. Unique in a world of look-alike trucks, the Ram SRT-10 is a radical, custom-built performance truck, straight from a manufacturer. The Dodge Ram SRT-10 blends performance cues direct from the Dodge Viper SRT-10, the ultimate sports car and the baddest pickup on the market, the Dodge Ram.
The Power and the Glory
From the beginning, the
engineers at PVO knew that this monster truck was a snake. The 8.3-liter
Viper V-10 delivers 500 horsepower and 525 lb.-ft. of torque.
Resting on unique engine mounts; the V-10 engine delivers 90 percent of its whopping 525 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500 to 5600 rpm. The cast aluminum cylinder block has interference-fit cast-iron liners and cross-bolted main caps.
The Ram SRT-10 also features a unique oil pan, throttle linkage, new “Hi-Flow” exhaust manifolds, new transmission mounts and a modified Ram Heavy Duty radiator tailored to fit the between the NASCAR inspired grille baffles.
The rest of the V-10 is straight from the Viper, with a six main bearing crankshaft with cross-bolted main bearing caps. Despite larger diameter aluminum alloy pistons than the previous generation’s 8.0-liter Viper engine, the pistons weigh less and are included along with all-new, lighter and stronger cracked-steel connecting rods.
Cylinder heads on the Viper V-10 are semi-permanent mold (SPM) 356 T6 aluminum alloy. Low-profile die-cast magnesium cylinder head covers feature steel internal baffles and anti-slosh foam.
The Viper V-10 boasts a single-piece, central dual-plenum, cast aluminum intake
manifold and a single, non-staged two-barrel throttle body for higher peak horsepower RPM. The intake manifold is an all-inclusive Integrated Air and Fuel Module (IAFM) with tubular fuel rails, injectors, sensors, wiring and throttle body. A Ram Heavy Duty
cooling system is modified to handle the needs of the new Viper engine. A custom dual exhaust system is mounted to new exhaust manifolds.
The 2004 Dodge Ram SRT-10 focuses its power through a new, purpose built Hurst shifter and a modified version of the Viper SRT-10’s Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission. The T56 is fully synchronized with electronic reverse lockout. A new 4.5-inch aluminium driveshaft runs from the Viper-sourced transmission to a Dana 60 rear axle with a 4.11 ratio to deliver the massive torque to the road.
Despite rocket-like straight
line acceleration, the Ram SRT-10 was also designed to carve corners and
challenge the laws of physics. The engineers at PVO modified the rack
and pinion steering system from a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty and custom tuned
the independent front suspension.
Working with the hydroformed Dodge Ram 1500 frame, one of the stiffest in the industry, PVO dropped the Ram SRT-10 one-inch in the front and 2.5-inches in the rear. New front and rear strut assemblies and a rear sway bar were added to handle the increased cornering loads and virtually eliminate body-roll.
“The Dodge Ram SRT-10 delivers simply phenomenal handling,” said Knott. “But without sacrificing ride quality. This is a truck that you can run to the store in, and then start tackling apexes on your favorite set of twisties. And, depending on your right foot, the V-10 can make the straightaways really short.”
To make the most of the excellent handling characteristics of the Dodge Ram 1500, the PVO engineers added Bilstein mono-tube shock absorbers, a new front knuckle design and shorter and stiffer performance tuned springs. Next came unique aerodynamic aids to keep the Ram SRT-10 planted at high speeds and 22-inch custom “Viper-style” wheels fitted with 305/40 R22 Pirelli Scorpion tires for extra adhesion. The rear leaf springs were modified and leaf spring snubbers were added for smoother power launches.