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How To Pick The Right Turbo For Your Dodge Ram Cummins Diesel

It’s true that everyone has their own brand loyalty, but when it comes to old Diesel pickups, the Dodge Ram Cummins seems to have the best hit rate. When it first became available for the 1989 model year, the Cummins 6BT blew away the competition such as the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L in the GM pickups, or Ford’s IDI. Its use of direct injection and a turbocharger had the rest of the big three scrambling to catch up. Without dark eras in its history like the reliable-but-slow GM 6.5 or the emissions-choked 6.0L PowerStroke, and a reputation for reliability like the Million Mile Club, resale values on diesel Rams is through the roof.

Given the high miles these trucks see and the hard work they’re put through, some work is to be expected. Common issues include the VP44 and CP3 injection pumps on the 24-valve 5.9L, or common-rail injectors on the 6.7L. But just like any turbocharged vehicle, replacing the turbo is one of the biggest yet most common jobs out there. Finding the right turbo for your Cummins can be tough, since there are so many options based on model year and options, not to mention all the turbos available for the Cummins 6BT or ISB in commercial applications like semi trucks or construction equipment.

As part of our mission to make it easier to buy auto parts, we have created this buyer’s guide where you can find a link to the correct turbo that corresponds to your exact vehicle application, either a reliable stock replacement or something with a larger compressor housing or billet compressor wheel to make a little more power.

Fitment Order Link
1988-1990 Ram D250, D350, W250, W350 5.9L Cummins Order Here
1991-1993 Ram D250, D350, W250, W350 5.9L Cummins Order Here
1994-1995 Ram 2500 & 3500 5.9L Cummins Order Here
1996-Early 1998 Ram 5.9L 12v w/ Auto Trans Order Here
1996-Early 1998 Ram 5.9L 12v w/ Manual Trans Order Here
Late 1998 or 1998.5 Ram 5.9L 24v Order Here
1999 Ram 5.9L 24v w/ Auto Trans Order Here
1999-2002 Ram 5.9L 24v w/ Manual Trans Order Here
2000-2002 Ram 5.9L 24v w/ Auto Trans Order Here
2003 and early 2004 Ram Cummins Order Here
2004.5-2009 Ram Cummins 5.9L "High Output" Order Here
2007-2012 Ram 6.7L Cummins Order Here
2013-2015 Ram 3500/4500/5500 Cab & Chassis - Does NOT Fit Pickups! Order Here
2013-2016 Ram 2500 Pickup Order Here
2013-2015 Ram 3500 Pickup - Does NOT Fit Cab & Chassis! Order Here
2014-2017 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel V6 Order Here

Do you have a Cummins ISB or 6BT that’s NOT in a Ram pickup? The best way to find a match would be to look up any OEM part numbers off your original turbo and search them on our website. If nothing comes up, send us an email and we can probably find it from one of our suppliers!

For every variation of Ram Cummins turbo there is, we most likely carry brand new, remanufactured, OEM, and high-performance upgrade options. If you need help choosing an option that best matches how you use your truck, contact BuyAutoParts for knowledgeable assistance in getting the best replacement turbochargers and other parts for your vehicle. We carry guaranteed exact fit turbos from known brands like Holset, Stigan, BD Diesel and more. All our parts professionals are here and ready to help!

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