Dodge Ram 2500 On A 10-Wheeled Track Takes On A Mud Pit
Bog hunters are a rare breed of outdoor truckers. They look for the swampiest, soupiest, absolute cruddiest conditions to sink their babied monster mudding trucks into. And that’s precisely what we’re expecting to happen when we see a veritable graveyard waiting for what looks like a tank had a baby with a Dodge Ram 2500. The results, though? You have to see this Dodge Ram 2500 track buggy to believe it.
First off, when constructing a track buggy for mudding, keep in mind there’s only one way to go: turbo charged diesel. There’s no substitute other than straight ethanol injected mayhem. Going into it with that understanding, this guy definitely took it to the next level with his super modified Dodge Ram. Let’s make no mistakes here – a stock Dodge Ram 2500 is nowhere near powerful enough to run a 10-wheeled track. The differential gears alone to transfer power to those suckers requires an extremely beefy twin turbo-charged diesel like an International or a 6.7L Cummins.
What’s this mud trucker’s secret to track buggy success? He ain’t telling. We searched high and low to see what his process is, but apparently the owner is keeping it real quiet. And who wouldn’t? The guy is basically driving an unarmored tank through bog that would probably eat up a tank. And this isn’t his only time featuring his truck for an audience of eager onlookers! He’s got other clips where he lets the treads get down deep into the mud and churn it up like it was clam chowder – that’s some serious torque.
Mudding is no simple matter. You need the right equipment set to the right engine specs, and there’s a whole bunch of âbackyardâ engineering at play. For this, we ne
Let’s Dig In Behind The Gears Of This Track Buggy
Mudding is no simple matter. You need the right equipment set to the right engine specs, and there’s a whole bunch of “backyard” engineering at play. For this, we need to see what the Dodge Ram 2500 has to offer.
The top options available at stock production for the Dodge Ram series:
• 6.4 L (392 cu in) HEMI V8 or
• 6.7 L (408 cu in) Cummins Turbo-Diesel I6
• 6-speed G56 manual OR
• Play around with the 6-speed Aisin AS68RC automatic
Well, of course you might say, “Why the heck would I want to deal with an Aisin automatic when I can downshift better in a manual?” You’re thinking added torque – and that’s not a bad thought to have. But, when equipped with an Aisin ASC69RC automatic transmission configured alongside a 6.7 L Cummins diesel I6, you’re looking at a whopping 385 hp out the gate and an optimum pull of 865-900 lb-ft of torque. THAT is what you need to get tracks moving in the bog! So, looking at the spec sheet, it’s possible to take an optimum package mid-class Dodge Ram and have it set to roll into the shop for track mods. That saves a LOT of time and unnecessary tinkering.
Tracks For Trucks – Knowing What Keeps You Above The Mud
It’s still no simple matter to get the tracks on, though. If you want to mud bog with tracks, it’s gonna take some real mechanic genius to get that drive train to go from almost straight horizontal to making a 90 degree spit downwards. We’re talking crazy differentials and a lot of high viscosity lubrication. Looking at the track setup for this mud bog tracked buggy, it’s pretty clear the owner probably took the tracks from another pre-existing system. When we looked around we found two basic options – get a custom track assembly manufactured and shipped out to your mechanic shop or take one from a pre-existing excavator or similar. Now, there’s gonna be some issues with taking it off an excavator because of the heavy machinery required to take the cab off. It’s not impossible – it’s just a project of its own might. And when you got a piping hot twin turbo-charged 6.7 L Cummins diesel sitting in a Dodge Ram 2500, you want to get that thing ready to eat swamp – not chew up some other piece of perfectly good equipment. Track sets come in two basic varieties – the more complicated tank track setup seen in this post and ones meant to replace tires in wheel wells. There’s a third class of tracks for trucks that are intended for the vehicle to just “drive in and snap in,” but those aren’t going to do you any favors in the deep soup. So, when thinking about turning your high powered Dodge Ram 2500 into a force to be reckoned with, plan accordingly. Give yourself plenty of room for a twin turbo-charged diesel engine, the right transmission to handle the load, and a set of tracks that won’t leave you neck deep in mud.
But most importantly, tell us about how it worked out in the comments section below.