By Jeffrey Ault
I purchased this truck two years ago with the thought in my mind this would be my last diesel truck so to speak, so reliability and performance were in mind—which can be rather daunting when dealing with a truck that could be rather costly if repairs were needed.
My truck was still under warranty at the time and I wanted to keep it that way without having to drop serious funds on a delete kit. I tried contacting several other companies about aftermarket performance modules/tunes with little success and rather poor customer service until I got the chance to talk to Eric Madrid at Stealth Performance.
Initially his professionalism and company’s core values struck something with my situation that no other competitor did. Stealth would allow me to preserve warranty, increase usable power, improve fuel economy and enhance throttle response—all at a realistic cost solution.
My wife, dog, and I do a fair amount of camping so the low- to mid-range power boost module provided just what I needed. I wasn't concerned with peak dyno numbers since this was a daily driven truck that gets used like a truck.
The installation process was a breeze. While taking my time and documenting my install it took around 20 minutes. The first initial driving experience was great. There was noticeably less dead pedal feeling for which diesels are notorious. The truck had an effortless feeling while driving and towing. There was less DEF usage over a long term in conjunction with fewer regenerations. Plus the big bonus was the two mpg bump in fuel economy.
Within a week or so I already knew this was a smart buy for any diesel enthusiast with a similar situation as mine.
Fast forward about a year or so to the Unlimited Off-Road Show at Texas motor speedway: While hanging out with Eric, Krista and Stella from Stealth, we got the chance to put my truck on a dynojet. The results were pretty significant and a surprise to many onlookers at the event.
My truck with 35-inch tall tires, 4x4 and a fifth gear pull netted an increase of 70 wheel horsepower and 160 wheel torque under the curve on the highest setting, and 50 wheel horsepower and 100 wheel torque on the medium setting.
Of course the horsepower at the crank, being conservative, was probably 20 percent higher than that at the wheels. So the product does in fact work and work well.
From the smooth strong application of power, to the peace of mind knowing you don't have to worry about increased EGT's, boost and a damaged transmission, the Stealth Performance Module is a realistic performance solution making my truck overall more enjoyable to drive.
2013 Ram 2500 Laramie
(Sponsored by: Stealth Performance Products, Bolt Locks, Cquence Brakes, Amsoil, Dropstarts Wheels, ShineOn Detailing.)
2013 Ram 2500 Laramie 4x4 Mega Cab Cummins (68rfe 1 of 5 made)
Full mod list:
Stealth Performance Module +70whp/160wtq @2200 RPM
Dr. Performance Twister Series injectors
Boltlock Hitch Pin lock
Full Synthetic Amsoil Fluid change: engine, transmission, transfer case, and axles
Rough Country 2.5" Level
Total Load Control rear auto-leveling air suspension 10" Goodyear air bags with integral bump stops
Viair 90 onboard air compressor with one gallon tank
Bilstein 5100 F/R Shocks
35x12.5R20 Mickey Thompson ATZ P3
20x10 -25 Dropstars DS655BM wheels
K&N Drop-in filter
Self-painted headlight housings
EAutogrilles lighted grille
Luxe Auto Dark carbon fiber tinted brake lights
Painted calipers and brackets
Self-made hood badging "408 CI Cummins Turbo Diesel" with distressed matte black American flag
Smoked Amber LED cab lights
Truxedo roll-up tonneau cover
Duraflap 14-inch wide extra long mud guards
Icom V8000 2M radio
Eight-year warrantee System X ceramic coating
27-inch Air Horn
Stock Ram 3500 Max tow finned aluminum differential cover upgrade
Self-made car show hood prop, door props, and information stand