Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 747 times:
Pictures, man. I need pictures. Is this truly the aluminum Viper engine, or just a hopped up truck V-10? Do they still put V-10's in Rams? I'd go with the Cummins myself. Now, we just need a Lil' Red Express truck version.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7716 posts, RR: 17 Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 741 times:
Several years back, before the current generation of Dakotas was out... Motor Trend featured an article on how to soup up a plain Jane Dakota into a hot truck. You could take a basic Dakota regular cab, short bed, with a 5-speed and the 318... I think one of the axles was prefered. And there is plenty of easy to install performance mods available from Mopar Performance Parts that could be fitted. Probably more parts exist today and you could build your own super-truck... isn't that part of the fun anyways?
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
DC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 718 times:
Yeah, you're right, retro trends are popular, but just picture a '02 Ram 1500 with stained wood a smaller, unproportionate bed and semi exhaust pipes on it? LOL, not too cool, at least in my opinion.
People like flashy and fast vehicles. Even though Lil' Red was a little before my time, whenever I look at a picture of it, the thought of some hillbilly making a run down to the distillery to get a few kegs comes to mind.
Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 710 times:
OK, I've seen it now. Not bad at all. I can do without the rubber band tires, but I guess that's the style. Lightning killer? Maybe. But, what kind of payload will it have. That's the nice thing about Lightnings, they've always retained the F-series usefulness. When Chevy came out with the 454SS, it was a disaster. Sure it was fast, but it had a very low towing capacity, something like 2000lbs. I can pull more than that with my Taurus. The key to this formula is to make a powerful, fast TRUCK, not a Mustang or Camaro with a big trunk. It needs to retain a good part of it's "trucky-ness". That's why you see so many Lightnings used as shop trucks (I know of two contractors, and three speed parts shops that use them as "work" vehicles, then race them on the weekends).
DC10Tony From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1012 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 709 times:
Most sport trucks don't have a high towing capacity because their suspensions are tuned differently, therefore they can't accept a big load.
The Lightning can only tow 5,000 pounds and the 5.9 R/T is only rated for 2,000 pounds. In fact, Chrysler made a mistake and said the 5.9 R/T can tow 6,400 pounds, but had a recall and had to give all 5.9 R/T owners $300 back if they had a receiver as a factory-installed option on their truck, because it's useless. I have seen a 5.9 R/T hauling a pretty large boat once, and the rear suspension was hardly sagging.
About the SRT-10 vs. the Lightning. I like Dodge trucks and think they're fantastic trucks (no I don't wear blinders). This SRT-10 will hand the Lightning its ass.
...I would have liked to see Dodge use their new 5.7L V8 Hemi to combat Ford's 5.4L instead of the 8.3L V10. Kind of like putting a pitbull against a terrier.
You're right, the 454SS was a flop. What did that thing have, like 215hp?
Fordlover From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 194 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 706 times:
I thought a Pitbull was a Terrier? But other than that, I'd pretty much agree with you. I do wear blinders, but I can see competition when it's out there. This whould most likely out run a Lightning, and if it retains some truck usefullness, It'll be a hit. And 5000 lbs is more than enough towing capacity for the average user. Here at work, I regularly tow 5500-6000 lbs behind a '91 F-150 with no problems. But 2000 is pretty small. All-in-all, not a bad truck. I say build it.