They’re big, they’re strong, and they power one of the poster boys of the American work truck. For decades now the Dodge Ram 1500 has been a go to for the working man and enthusiast alike. Perhaps it’s the looks, but we all know it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. Not everyone is going to buy a brand new Ram truck; in fact, just as many as those who are buying a new Ram are buying older models. Why wouldn’t they? For the past two decades they’ve done more than prove themselves as sturdy and reliable trucks that can handle anything thrown at them. We’re going to take a look at each one of the engines that live in Rams all the way back to the model year 2002. For specs we will look at the peak year. We will then break down each one and what makes it special. This will help you understand a little more as to what makes Rams great American trucks.
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More grunt is usually preferable in all situations, work sites, towing, off-road, and even in on-road emergency maneuvers. Modifying your Ram's engine can be as simple as a cold air intake or as complicated as a methanol injection system. Make sure to pick a place to start that's relative to your mechanical skill.