Okay, so I'm gonna blow the big bomb today lol!... (This is my personal idea, not a commercial ad!)
What do you guys think about a drop in replacement turbo diesel engine for the V6 and V8 gasoline engines on 2nd gen Rams? What I'm talking about is a COMPLETE kit (tailored for your year) that retains a factory look, no frame cutting or drilling, as it reuses the exact same motor mounts and the same transmission bellhousing, so it can also reuse your current transmission (46RE/RH, NV3500/NV4500, no 42RE/RHs or 47RE/RHs though) without new transmission mounts or crossmembers. The idea of this engine is NOT to create a competitor for the Cummins. Its sole purpose is giving V gasoline engine owners a reasonably affordable kit to upgrade from the gasser to a diesel without extra complexity and cost, while providing them with significantly better fuel economy and the ability to develop cheap and reliable power. Horsepower outputs would depend upon your setup (things like trannys and axles).
What I've been working on is a 5.5L V8 turbo diesel, with dual injectors per cylinder. It features 3 valves per cylinder, and dual turbochargers, intakes, and intercoolers. It shares mounts and bellhousings with the Dodge Magnum V8 gasoline engines, thus making the swap all that much easier.
And yes it is a computer controlled engine, for automatic transmission users the kit will provide a TCU as well. My idea is to provide a harness that plugs right into the factory harness thus reducing complexity and making the swap that much easier. The factory fuel tank is re-used, but a new fuel pump and new fuel lines would be included. The computer tuning platform WILL be released for FREE to the public, and the PCMs are unlocked. Certain tweaks that are known to cause problems will void the warranty however. It would not be available in California.
1500 and 2500 trucks would have a vacuum pump for running brakes and accessories, with hydroboost brakes as option, and 2500HD and 3500 would have hydroboost brakes as standard.
There will be no modification of air conditioning, as it will bolt directly onto the engine. The radiator will go right in place, and while dimensions are the same as the factory gasoline radiator, it is a different one to allow proper cooling.
Note to friends who I have discussed this with elsewhere: I have only revealed the details here I want to be known of my design. Please do not mention any other things about it without my prior permission!
Also, this is not about bashing Cummins. It is not intended as a replacement for Cummins diesels, nor is it intended to compete with Cummins engines. It is designed to replace the V8s with a much better performing engine that gets much better fuel economy, but also can develop reasonable power compared to the Gasser without needing much modification.
Remember all of the above and respect it, then throw it all at me, good or bad