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Part 1: [1] [2] [3] [4] Introduction to the 2007 Heavy Duty Shootout
[Intro] [Truck Specs] [Dodge] [General Motors] [Ford] [Squat Test]

Part 2: Quarter-Mile Drags
[Intro] [3/4-Ton Unloaded] [3/4-Ton Loaded] [1-Ton Unloaded] [1-Ton Loaded] [F-450] [Diesel v Gas Comparison]

Part 3: Hill Climbs
[Intro] [3/4-Ton 7% Grade] [1-Ton 7% Grade] [Diesel v Gas Comparison 7% Grade]
[3/4-Ton 15% Grade] [1-Ton 15% Grade] [Diesel v Gas Comparison 15% Grade]

[F-450 All Grades] [Summary]

We’d like to say thanks to Ford Motor Company, again, for coming through and letting us borrow their Michigan Proving Grounds (MPG) near Romeo, Michigan, about 50 miles due north of Detroit. We used this world-class vehicle testing facility back in 2002 for the 7% and 15% hill climbs. We used the same grades again this year.

Due to time constraints at Milan, we also conducted the ¼-mile tests for the three-quarter-ton trucks on Ford’s 2-mile long east/west straightaway. The road surface is so level that it follows the curvature of the Earth. The pictures you’ll see of those trucks, though, were taken at Milan Dragway.

You’ll also be reading about our new squat, ‘SuperMax’ 25% grade, and downhill brake temperature tests.

Thanks also to GM. After a trailer deal fell through at the last minute, General Motors stepped up to quickly and graciously loan us three 10,500-pound ballasted trailers with 60 square-foot windscreens. They’re the funny looking double axle rigs you’ll see behind the trucks in the pictures.

Of course we’d also like to thank all the OEMs - Dodge, Ford, and GM – for coming through with the vehicles you’ll read about. We asked for the pickups to be configured as similarly as possible and we stayed in constant contact with the manufacturers, so each OEM was aware of what the others were bringing to the challenge. For the most part, the trucks are identical except for some of the rear axle ratios. There was one last minute change. The Ram 2500 HD was originally supposed to have a 4.56 rear axle but it was changed just before delivery to a 3.73 rear axle.

We’ve also partnered again with Ricardo Inc. to instrument and measure each truck’s performance. So, not only were the vehicles tested by PickupTruck.com as a neutral third party, but PickupTruck.com went the extra step to hire this globally recognized automotive engineering and consulting company to collect metrics – absolutely ensuring no bias was introduced into our tests. In pictures you’ll see the vehicles running side-by-side in drag contests for subjective comparison, but Ricardo only collected data one truck at a time.

Ricardo’s instruments are first class. They brought along an RT3102 computer from Oxford Technical Solutions for capturing and processing data. It contains 3 accelerometers, and three angular rate sensors, as well as GPS, and a Pentium processor. From this Ricardo engineers collected three types of acceleration (lateral, longitudinal, and vertical), three body movement rates (roll, yaw, and pitch), as well as position, velocity, orientation and slip. Time was obviously collected too. The RT3102 outputs a whole host of other items, including pitch and roll angles, the three acceleration figures in either body or frame orientation. You can spend a lot more on one of these. A fully-specced one retails for around $110,000 USD, when used in conjunction with a base-station to get positional accuracy to 2 cm!

Five weeks is in an incredibly short period to pull together and finance such a comprehensive test. We’re grateful to Superchips for quickly jumping on board and becoming an early sponsor. Superchips is a market leader in electronic tuning products for late model cars and light trucks, offering a complete line of hand-held tuners to cover most domestic cars and trucks, including diesel powered pickups. We hope you take the time to learn about how their products can benefit your truck.

One final item before we get to the good stuff.

We’d like to apologize to Chrysler for accidentally denting the rear bumper of the Dodge Ram 2500 while backing up to hitch a trailer. It’s the first time in ten years that PickupTruck.com has damaged a vehicle loaned to us by a manufacturer.

The Trucks:

Three-Quarter-Ton SRW Crew Cab Short-Bed 4x4 Specifications

 

2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab
4x4

2008 Ford F-250
FX4 Super Duty
Crew Cab 4x4

2007 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE Crew Cab 4x4

Rear Axle Ratio

3.73

4.30

3.73

Engine Type

HEMI V8 gas

Triton V10 gas

Vortec V8 gas

Displacement
(Liters / Cubic-Inches)

5.7 / 345

6.8 / 415

6.0 / 365

Horsepower

345 @ 5,600-rpm

362 @ 4,750-rpm

353 @ 5,400-rpm

Torque (lbs-ft)

375 @ 4,400-rpm

457 @ 3,250-rpm

373 @ 4,400-rpm

Compression Ratio

9.6:1

9.2:1

9.4:1

Transmission

545RFE ‘Orion’ 5-speed auto

5R110 ‘TorqShift’ 5-speed auto

6L90 Heavy Duty 6-speed auto

Fuel Capacity
(Gallons)

34

30.5

26

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - GVWR
(Pounds)

9,000

9,600

9,200

Gross Combined Weight Rating - GCWR
(Pounds)

17,000

22,000

18,500

Measured Curb Weight
(Pounds)

6,180

7,420

6,120

Trailer Weight
(Pounds)

10,500

10,500

10,500

Tow Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

60

58

55

Spotter Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

12

26

25

Price As Tested

$43,925

$45,000 (est.)

$36,693


 
  2007 Dodge Ram 2500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 5-speed 545RFE 2008 Ford F-250
FX4 Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4 5-speed 5R110
2007 GMC Sierra 2500 HD SLE Crew Cab 4x4 6-speed 6L90HD
Rear Axle Ratio 3.73 4.30 3.73
First: 3.00 3.11 4.03
Second: 1.67 2.22 2.36
Third: 1.00 1.55 1.53
Fourth: .75 1.00 1.15
Fifth: .67 .71 .85
Sixth: - - .67

One-Ton DRW Crew Cab Long-Bed 4x4 Specifications

 

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT Crew Cab 4x4

2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4

2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4

Rear Axle Ratio

3.73

4.10

3.73

Engine Type

Duramax V8

Cummins I6 diesel

Power Stroke V8 diesel

Displacement
(Liters / Cubic-Inches)

6.6 / 405

6.7 / 410

6.4 / 390

Horsepower

365 @ 3,200-rpm

350 @ 2,900-rpm

350 @ 3,000-rpm

Torque (lbs-ft)

660 @ 1,600-rpm

650 @ 1,500-rpm

650 @ 2,000-rpm

Compression Ratio

16.8:1

17.2:1

16.7:1

Transmission

T1000 Allison 6-speed auto

68RFE 6-speed auto

5R110 ‘TorqShift’ 5-speed auto

Fuel Capacity
(Gallons)

34

35

38

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - GVWR
(Pounds)

11,400

10,100

11,500

Gross Combined Weight Rating - GCWR
(Pounds)

23,500

24,000

26,000

Measured Curb Weight
(Pounds)

7,500

7,600

8,590

Trailer Weight
(Pounds)

10,500

10,500

10,500

Tow Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

55

60

58

Spotter Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

25

12

26

Price As Tested

$48,750 (est.)

$47,700

$50,500 (est.)


 
  2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 LT Crew Cab 4x4 6-speed T1000 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT Quad Cab 4x4 6-speed 68RFE 2008 Ford F-350 King Ranch Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4 5-speed 5R110
Rear Axle Ratio 3.73 4.10 3.73
First: 3.10 3.23 3.11
Second: 1.81 1.84 2.22
Third: 1.41 1.41 1.55
Fourth: 1.00 1.00 1.00
Fifth: .71 .81 .71
Sixth: .61 .63 -

One-and-One-Half-Ton DRW Crew Cab 4x4 Specifications

 

2008 Ford F-450 Lariat Super Duty Crew Cab 4x4

Rear Axle Ratio

4.88

Engine Type

Power Stroke V8 diesel

Displacement
(Liters / Cubic-Inches)

6.4 / 390

Horsepower

325 @ 3,000-rpm

Torque (lbs-ft)

600 @ 2,000-rpm

Compression Ratio

16.7:1

Transmission

5R110 ‘TorqShift’ 5-speed automatic

Fuel Capacity
(Gallons)

38

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - GVWR
(Pounds)

14,500

Gross Combined Weight Rating - GCWR
(Pounds)

33,000

Measured Curb Weight
(Pounds)

8,850
(estimated)

Trailer Weight
(Pounds)

20,000

Tow Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

58

Spotter Mirrors
Width x Height
(Square Inches)

26

Price As Tested

$56,000 (est.)

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