Have you ever heard of a 10 second tow rig or a daily drive that can clock 123 mph in about 10.93 seconds? Chances are you haven’t. But there is one Aaron Flournoy who has achieved just that, with a 2006 Dodge Ram.
Aaron Flournoy had purchased a 2006 Dodge Ram 2500 because he wanted great mileage and a relatively all purpose vehicle. The Dodge Ram has been a popular choice for those who needed power and fuel economy. But not being someone to be satiated with normal performance, Aaron Flournoy soon opted for upgrades. He got a programmer, new exhaust and an intake. He quickly got a 62mm turbocharger, a lift pump, bigger injectors and the transmission was also replaced.
Aaron’s quest for more speed while not compromising on the other perks of driving the Ram saw him go through several changes over the years. By 2010, the Ram he had bought and the one he had transformed it into bore very little semblance, spec-wise. Aaron went for many upgrades. He opted to rebuild the valve body, billet input and output along with the intermediate shafts. Lastly, the converter was upgraded and eventually Aaron landed with a 595 rear-wheel horsepower.
In 2010, after subjecting the car to a new set of twins, a second CP3 and even larger injectors, the Ram failed to clock 1600 rpm. Aaron checked the compression test and the cranking pressure was 100 psi down on some cylinders. It so happened that two rods were bent and four were worn out severely. Instead of a quick fix or easy remedy, Aaron wanted the engine to undergo a holistic uplift.
The engine underwent extensive machine work and was later assembled by Aaron with the help of some friends. The makeover included a new set of ARP main studs, a girdle, shot-peened 12-valve connecting rods, factory condition Cummins pistons, a Stage 3 Colt camshaft, a set of ARP 625 head studs and a ported 5.9L head with titanium valve.
The result was an 11-second time-slip with 868 rear-wheel horsepower. After clocking 40,000 miles with the new engine and four years later, Aaron added a bit more fuel injection and then perfected his launch. The outcome was a 10-second time-slip to clock 123 mph.