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DPC '11 Competitor Interview: Joel Saunders

2006 Dodge Ram 2500

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Diesel Power Challenge 2011 Competitor Interview: Joel Saunders
2006 Dodge Ram 2500

Diesel Power: What changes are you making to the truck in order to prepare for the event?
Joel Saunders: “We are running a new improved Hamilton Cams camshaft, valvesprings and retainers, larger nozzles, water-meth kit, and amsoil fluids.”

DP: What was your reaction when you got the call to compete?
JS: “I was shocked and had forgotten I had even entered. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. (Hopefully I'll be back again though).”

DP: What tires do you plan to use?
JS: “No idea on tires, yet.”

DP: What is your strategy going to be for each event? What’s the game plan?
JS: “No strategy or game plan, yet.”

DP: What spare parts are you bringing?
JS: “I’m bringing an entire spare parts truck [laughs].”

DP: Who are your crewmembers?
JS: “Jeff Lagasse so far.”

VEHICLE SPECS
Year: 2006
Model: Dodge Ram 2500
Body style: Quad cab, four-wheel drive
MODIFICATIONS
Turbocharger(s): 2500MPI twins—HTT64/S480
Programmer, chip, or box: Smarty TNT/MP-8
Injectors: Extrude hone nozzles
Injection pump: ATS dual CP3
Lift pump: Fass 200-gph
Intercooler: Banks
Air intake: AFE air filter, Banks intake elbow
Nitrous oxide: Yes
Water/methanol: Snow Performance
Estimated horsepower/torque: 830 rwhp fuel, 958 rwhp nitrous
Engine: ARP 625 head studs, Hamilton Cams camshaft, push rods, valvesprings and retainers, O-ringed cylinder head
Transmission: 48RE w/Goerend torque converter and valvebody, Sonnex billet input and billet output shafts— built by Northeast Performance Diesel.
Suspension: 3-inch suspension lift
Locker: ARB air locker in front differential

COMPETITION EXPERIENCE
-Joel’s truck has made 830 hp on fuel and 958 hp on nitrous in the past, and with smaller injector nozzles than what’s currently on the truck
-He has drag racing, sled pulling, dyno competition, and trailer towing experience on his side

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