As the threads of the last bolt spun their way out, Jason hoisted the stock radiator out of the Ram’s engine bay, over his head, and set it on the ground next to his workbench. With the radiator laying next to the truck, it was easy to see why we’re making a replacement. The chiseled fenders and snarling grill of the 2017 Ram portray a truck built for power. The anemic core and plastic end tanks of the Ram’s radiator, on the other hand, look like they come from a truck built to meet a budget.
Dodge’s most popular truck is not just a vehicle to get from point A to point B; it’s a tool built to do what any tool does best: work. Like any good tool, much of the Ram’s design focuses on reliability and its ability to take abuse day after day. You’d be hard pressed to find an engine more durable than the 6.7L Cummins turbo-diesel found in the 4th generation Ram 2500 and 3500. But despite its legendary reliability, the 6.7 Cummins still relies on some less than bullet-proof support to ge