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2014 Ram Heavy Duty to Feature All-New V-8 Engine and New Rear Suspension System

June 28, 2013

The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck. Photo courtesy Chrysler.
The 2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty pickup truck. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

For MY-2014, Chrysler offers an all-new gasoline V-8 engine for its Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck models, along with a range of other features. New features include a gooseneck/fifth wheel capability, a new dual alternator system, new wheel packages, a factory rear air suspension system for the Ram 2500 and an exclusive factory supplemental air suspension system for the Ram 3500.

The all-new 6.4L HEMI V-8 in the 2014 Ram Heavy Duty can produce 410 hp at 5,600 rpm and has a peak torque rating at 429 lb.-ft. at 4,000 rpm. This engine is matched with a 66RFE six-speed automatic transmission. Engine features include exhaust gas recirculation, variable valve timing, and Chrysler’s Fuel Saver cylinder deactivation technology.

Another new system on the Ram Heavy Duty is an all-new five-link coil rear suspension system, which allows the Ram 2500 to tow up to 17,940 lbs. Ram Truck also offers a rear air suspension system for the Ram 2500. An air bag replaces the coil spring, which allows for load leveling. When the vehicle is carrying a load in its bed, the system can increase pressure in the air bag until the truck reaches a normal ride height, thereby improving stability.

The Ram 3500 comes with a a rear Hotchkiss leaf spring system but Ram Truck will offer a supplemental air suspension system on SRW and DRW applications.

The Ram Power Wagon model comes with a modified front three-link system that features high-movement links, allowing for more flexibility and axle articulation. This model also features the new five-link rear coil suspension on the Ram 2500.

New for 2014, Chrysler offers a five-link coil rear suspension system that allows the Ram 2500 to tow up to 17,940 lbs. Photo courtesy Chrysler.
New for 2014, Chrysler offers a five-link coil rear suspension system that allows the Ram 2500 to tow up to 17,940 lbs. Photo courtesy Chrysler.

For 2014, another new towing-related feature is gooseneck or fifth-wheel capability. The Ram features an in-box connection junction and a standard Class 4 and 5 receiver hitch with a four- or seven-pin connector on the bumper.

Another new feature is a different alternator system for Ram Heavy Duty models equipped with the 6.7L diesel engine, which features dual 220-amp alternators. The Ram 2500 and 3500 equipped with the 6.4L engine will feature an alternator system that comes with 220- and 160-amp units.

In addition to these features, the Ram 2500 will offer different 18- and 20-inch wheel choices, including forged aluminum, polished wheels with painted, white gold painted pockets, and cast aluminum with silver inserts. Next, a cargo view camera provides a view of the bed, allowing the driver to see behind the vehicle when using a fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer.

Ram 2500 Crew Cab models also offer a flat-load floor option. This option features fold-out panels that create a flat surface across the floor of the seating area in the back of the cab.

For paint choices, Chrysler offers a total of 12 colors and two new choices, Blue Streak and Granite Crystal, each in a monotone or two-tone version, depending on the vehicle model.

A rear air suspension system is optional on the Ram 2500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.
A rear air suspension system is optional on the Ram 2500. Photo courtesy Chrysler.
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  1. 1. RICHARD TATUM [ January 11, 2014 @ 07:13PM ]

    I just bought a ram 2500 6.4 and everything to do with your new idea or a goose neck and 5th wheel hitch sucks.me $800.00 b and w hitch won't fit and I have to buy a $250.00 ball for my stock trailer.What joke I wish I had checked into it before I bought the truck

 

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