Hummer H1 vs New Dodge Ram (Part 2)

Best buddies, I swear to goodness, drive vehicles they know will help each other out. The first guy has a Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel, perfect for fording rivers, clearing snow trails, and towing trucks out of the mud. His buddy has what looks to be a third generation Dodge Ram 2500, equipped with what sounds like a 5.9 L Cummins I6.

That’s perfect for hauling wood, heavy payloads, lowering a boat trailer into the water, and all sorts of other fun activities. These guys have a great situation worked out, and thanks to what’s next, you’ll know they definitely know how to have a good time. Both of these trucks are formidable in their own right.

A Cummins diesel is world renowned for long lasting dependability and performance and the H1 Hummer is synonymous with a bulldog in terms of low to the ground crawling capability. Neither are especially speed demons but if you’re looking to carve a path in the wilderness, you couldn’t ask for much better company.

The Cummins Engine – Best Add-On To Dodge Rams

Probably the thing that kept the third generation of Dodge Rams in the front and center stage was the addition of the Cummins I6 and B series engines. These add-ons brought a premium blend of capabilities and strengths to the Dodge Ram 2500 truck produced in the mid 2000s. The Dodge Ram ISB CR uses a common rail fuel injection system to ensure that diesel flows smoothly and evenly no matter what it’s being asked to do.

The real monster comes with the optional upgrade to an ISB 6.7. The B6.7, as Cummins refers to it, is a straight six cylinder engine which means every time that piston goes down, all that power is going to the drive train. This engine only became an option in Dodge Ram 2500/3500s built after 2007. And all the power that the B6.7 could bring to the table was used with gusto thanks to a robust Chrysler-built six-speed 68RFE automatic transmission that only Kokomo Transmission could craft.

All said and done the 6.7 L Cummins I6 could produce 350 hp and 650 lb ft of torque. Not only was it made for blistering performance right out of the gate, there were plenty of aftermarket additions that could further turbocharge this engine and make it a menace on the race track as well as the back 40.

There were alternate transmission styles after the 2007 series of B6.7 hit the market. These used varying types from the Aisin AS68RC to the Mercedes G56 6-speed. In all cases, the dedication to putting a high performance turbocharged diesel matched to a near-perfect transmission meant that the Dodge Ram 2500/3500 had few other competitors who could stay neck and neck.

That’s not to downplay the importance of the smaller Dodge Ram ISB CR with a 5.9 L Cummins I6. That’s what you’re likely to find when you see a Dodge Ram 2500 on the market in this day in age. These were much more common in production and sale. And, truly, it was not a bad choice to go by because the Dodge Ram ISB CR 5.9 L Cummins I6 available for the Dodge Ram 2500 certainly had plenty of horsepower and torque available – to the order of 325 hp and 600 lb ft.

This works against you slightly when you’re dealing with the great towing capacity and high torque of the Hummer H1’s engine, as you can see as you read on:

What’s Under The Hood Of An H1 Hummer Alpha Diesel? Let’s Find Out

Well, darnit, it looks like Duramax worked their clever claws under the hood of the 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel. Matched with an Allison 5-speed transmission, it boasted a 7,000 tow capacity commensurate with a lot of mid-size pick-up trucks on the market. As you can probably see, they’re a good bit wider than most other cars on the road and some trails can certainly be tricky for them to go down, but ultimately, the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel was meant to blaze trails and pull friends out of the muck. It’s got some great storage capacity and can certainly haul a heavy trailer up a mountain side. This thing was designed to dominate in several particular classes: climbing, crawling, and pulling. And in all three of those departments, it does precisely that.

Unfortunately, GM has sort of backed out of the Hummer game altogether, leaving some great opportunities for people to pick these up cheap at the used lot. The core mechanics of them are very durable but electrical components and sensors could take some scrounging. If you’re looking for the SUV to take you and your buddies up to a cabin in the woods, the Hummer H1 Alpha Diesel is certainly a top pick.

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Probably the thing that kept the third generation of Dodge Rams in the front and center stage was the addition of the Cummins I6 and B series engines. These add-ons brought a prem