It’s time to find Rams in the desert.
A little more than a year after Mopar debuted its Ram Runner image vehicle at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari, the brand has announced details of its new Ram Runner kit for off-road enthusiasts.
“At Mopar, our image vehicles showcase potential directions that we may take and the new Ram Runner kit is a good example,” said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group’s service, parts and customer-care brand. “We saw the reception that Ram Runner received last year and quickly moved to offer kits that will allow off-road enthusiasts to transform their stock Ram 1500 into a desert racer.”
The Mopar Ram Runner Kit, developed with successful Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, includes: Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit, off-road front bumper, off-road front and rear fenders, off-road rear-tire carrier, sport performance hood and cat-back exhaust. Each element of the kit may also be purchased separately. The street-legal kit may be installed by do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership.
The heavy-duty suspension system features front upper and lower control arms that are 3 inches longer than production arms, providing added width and allowing greater wheel travel over rough dirt trails.
Front lower control arms are constructed of 4130 chrome moly steel. Upper control arms include rebuildable high-angle ball joints. Both inner and outer tie rods are substantially strengthened and contribute to the rugged, off-road steering characteristics and capabilities. Outer tie rods, constructed of forged steel, measure 1 inch in diameter. Inner tie rods also are nearly 20-percent beefier, increasing from 0.62 inches to 0.75 inches, according to a press release.
At the rear, a five-link coil spring rear suspension is utilized and helps provide a 30-degree departure angle.
The Pre-Runner Stage II kit offers a boost in suspension travel of 14 inches both front and rear and includes Fox 3-inch internal bypass shocks. Ground clearance is approximately 13 inches at the center of the front cross-member and 16 inches at the rocker panels.
Body parts included in the Mopar Ram Runner Kit, created with Trophy Truck inspiration, “feature a tough-yet-stylish look built to handle the rigors of the off-road while turning heads on the street,” according to the release.
The front bumper is constructed of steel with an integrated aluminum skid plate. With a 41-degree approach angle, ample clearance is assured over the deepest off-road obstacles.
Front and rear fiberglass fenders are lightweight, tough and durable with wider wheel wells that allow for articulation with zero tire-to-body interference. The 3-inch wider track also provides an imposing, aggressive look.
The stamped aluminum, dual-scooped sport performance hood adds even more to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner. The spare-tire carrier is located in the bed of the pickup and enables easier access and provides the ability to transport a larger spare tire, contributing to the overall appearance and “Baja truck” feel.
Ram Truck and Mopar are joint sponsors of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series in 2011. Both brands will share sponsorship of the Traxxas Racing team fielded by Mike and Mark Jenkins, along with the Menzies Motorsports team owned by Steve Menzies.
Ram will be the official vehicle of the TORC Series and the Mopar Ram Runner will serve as the official pace truck. The Mopar graphic that appears on the Mopar Ram Runner pace truck will also be made available to consumers.