We have our shop here and it’s always a hotspot of cool parts and builds going on. Just this week, we’ve received the Pusher Intakes high-mount compound turbo system, and it’s sure to deliver some extra thrills to the vehicle we plan to install it on.
That vehicle is a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 dually, used by Rob Blanton in service of Warfighter Made, an organization devoted to improving the lives of wounded combat veterans. Rob is somewhat tired of how poor the truck can be when it comes to towing around items and hopes that with this install, he can really get the truck to pull like it ought to, while also making the installation as simple as possible.
“Compound turbos aren’t this race-only thing,” said Jacob Allenbuagh, CEO of Pusher Intakes. “Having two turbos doesn’t have to mean big horsepower and major modifications to the surrounding factory components. These turbo systems are designed to be truly bolt-on, while providing that super-smooth and broad power curve everyone wants.”
There are certainly other parts we will be installing to take advantage of this added airflow, but for the time being, we want to examine what all makes the Pusher kit intriguing. It starts with the way the products are made using some of the latest manufacturing technology – CNC machining, TIG welding, laser-made cutting, mandrel bending, and more.
From there, the parts are all bolt-on and come ready to go. The mounting plate for the second turbocharger bolts securely to the motor, but it does allow for adjustment to the turbocharger to clear the A/C lines, intermediate charge pipe, and downpipe.
The secondary turbocharger can be ordered from the product page, and has options for a BorgWarner S471, S475, or S480 to match the customer’s power needs. The intermediate charge pipe is full-steel and uses an o-ringed v-band flange to mitigate chances of leaking air in the lower parts of the system, keeping the whole thing running smoothly for the long haul.
Elsewhere, the intermediate exhaust pipe routes high-pressure exhaust towards the passenger side and up to the second turbocharger, thus reducing the chance of heat soak to the oil and water supply lines for the factory turbocharger. The last two items of the exhaust comprise the two-piece downpipe, which safely channels spent exhaust to the existing exhaust system on the truck. Up front, a high-flowing five-inch air intake and massive filter (not pictured) will make breathing as easy as possible on the Cummins.
In all, this compound turbo system from Pusher Intakes makes for a very contained and manageable installation, and one that we expect will make a great difference in how the Cummins performs. As Allenbaugh himself told us, “Pusher Intakes’ compound turbo systems are designed to last the life of the vehicle, and then some.”