Here is what happens with we load our Ram Rebel Rouser project truck to its maximum payload capacity and drive to the top of the highest elevation mountain road in America!
This is part of our Torture Test video series in partnership with Shell Rotella Gas Truck engine oil. We changed the oil in the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 to the new Rotella fully synthetic engine oil. The idea is to put over 7,000 miles on the truck while also completing five torture tests.
Independent oil analysis testing for this Torture Test Series is being conducted by POLARIS Laboratories®.
Torture Test Video Series
The maximum payload capacity on a stock 2019 Ram Rebel crew cab 4×4 is near 1,500 lbs. We gave the truck a small suspension lift (two-inch leveling kit in the front). We also have several accessories on the truck, such as the sports bar behind the cab with additional off-road lights. The extra accessories add a bit of weight to the truck, thus decreasing its overall payload capacity.
No matter, this does not stop us from loaded just over 1,000 lbs of fire wood into the bed of the truck. Once you add Roman and Andre into the cab – the truck is maxed out. It also squatted about an inch and a half.
Mt. Evans is America’s highest elevation auto road, as it goes to over 14,130 feet above sea level. It means that near the top, the air density is about 42% less than as sea level. It means that the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 in this truck may be losing up to 42% of it total power. The engine is factory rated at 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. The engine is producing about 230 horsepower at this high elevation. Still, we are asking it to haul it’s maximum payload.
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