The Mega Ram Runner is a specially made truck with a ridiculous 600-horsepower Cummins. That’s one powerful engine, but does it have enough power to beat a semi truck in a tug of war? The DieselSellerz crew recently accepted the challenge to pit their supped-up truck against a 1992 Marmon semi truck. Who will win this battle between a Cummins truck engine and Cat semi engine? You’re about to find out. But first, let’s find out more about each competitor.
The Custom-Built Mega Ram Runner Truck
Custom-made by the DieselSellerz crew and MegaX2, the Mega Ram Runner was built from a rolled 2012 Dodge Ram 3500. The original truck has a 350-horsepower engine, but the crew modified it to nearly double its horsepower. The Mega Ram Runner made its first appearance at the SEMA show in 2014. Here are some of its awesome specs in addition to that 600-horsepower Cummins engine:
- 6-door cab
- 4 giant stacks in the bed
- 4-speed transmission
- Custom suspension with coilover shocks
- 5-ton military axles
- 40,000-pound towing capacity
The Companies: DieselSellerz and MegaX2
Who are the two companies behind this custom-built monster? Well, DieselSellerz is the world’s largest diesel truck classifieds community, connecting buyers and sellers of new and used trucks. In addition to this website, they also do truck giveaways from time to time. MegaX2, on the other hand, specializes in converting regular cabs into 6-door cabs. They’ve done some pretty cool conversions over the years, but this Mega Ram might just be the best one of all.
Origins of the Marmon Motor Company
The Mega Dodge Ram was up against quite a challenge here with the 1992 Marmon semi. It’s likely that you’ve never heard the name Marmon before, and that’s because the company shut down their operations in 1997. The Marmon Motor Company, as it was called, was the successor to the Marmon Motor Car Company, which was established in 1902. Started by Howard Marmon in Indianapolis, Indiana, Marmon’s high-end cars quickly gained a reputation of being speedy and reliable. The company lasted until 1933, but still lives on through their holding company, the Marmon Group.
The ’92 Marmon Semi Truck
The Marmon Motor Company began making their high-end, handmade semis in 1963. Today, there are still many Marmon truck enthusiasts across the country for this semi that’s known as the Rolls Royce of Trucks. Though pretty rare, there are some still for sale that you can find online. The 1992 Marmon seen here is an impressive Marmon build that has the following key specs:
- 500-horsepower Cat diesel engine
- 18-speed transmission
- 150,000-pound towing capacity
As you will see, this Marmon semi also has a 5-ton auger on the fifth wheel to make things even more interesting. The Marmon is obviously much bigger with a much larger towing capacity, but I’d say this is a pretty good matchup on paper given that the Mega Ram has about 100 more horsepower.
The Rope: Monster Hook with 75,000-Pound Rating
When it comes to truck tug of wars, the rope doesn’t get a lot of credit. But if you don’t have a sturdy rope, the tug of war will be over pretty quickly and thus, quite lame. The rope used here is a 75,000-pound rated Monster-brand rope and hook. Monster Hooks makes some of the strongest towing ropes around, using two types of cordage in one rope made of nylon and composite. These ropes are also abrasion, water, and UV resistant. Despite these characteristics, however, you should still keep in mind that you have several thousand pounds here pulling against each other, so there’s still a risk of the rope breaking.
Place Your Bets and Watch
This tug of war takes place in a dirt parking lot, so there’s going to be a lot of dust stirred up along with the diesel exhaust to make for a pretty interesting scene. With those 4 stacks in the bed, the Cummins has the dirtier, blacker exhaust, which makes for kind of a cool effect combined with all the dust as well as the exhaust from the Marmon semi. You’ll notice that the Mega Ram has bigger tires with better tread which will definitely help its cause, but the semi does have 18 gears compared to only 4 in the Ram. It’s obviously a lot heavier than the Mega Ram as well. So taking all those specs into account, who do you think will win? Place your bet and enjoy the show!
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