No, The Right Way To Engine-Swap A 1988 Dodge Ram Is To Put An LS2 Under The Hood1
It’s hard for us to like a 1988 Dodge Ram. But we’re willing to like it more when it has GM’s trusty LS2 V8 under the hood. Seeing nitrous purge out of the nostrils of the Ram hood ornament makes us chuckle and makes it even more likable. Sure, it’s such an unnecessary yet hilarious touch, but it also gives us an idea of just how much trouble is lurking under its broad hood.
Known by many as the Ramaro, the 6.0L LS2-powered Ram serves up a volley of grunt thanks to a giant PT8891 (88mm) turbo on 8 pounds of boost, while also dropping a healthy 100 horsepower shot of nitrous upon takeoff down the strip. Power is sent to the ground through all four wheels (though it can be swapped to the two rears for burnout purposes) via GM’s trusty 4L60-E automatic transmission. And with just 8 pounds of boost dialed up, it’s safe to say that there’s plenty more power to be had.
However, the Ramaro is far from lacking in the power department as is, and as you’ll see in this clip from Street Car Takeover St. Louis. The truck easily puts a fourth-generation Chevrolet Camaro in its place with an incredible 10.62-second quarter mile pass at 127 miles per hour, all on stock tires, we’re told.
Check out the Ramaro in the video and then be sure to be sure to check out its greatest kill to date — the Willys LSx Jeep.
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That Jeep is nuts. Talk about a pucker effect. No protection whatsoever.