2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Moparized JeepsEnlarge Photo
2011 Moab Easter Jeep Safari Moparized Jeeps
Although the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab is usually all about Jeeps, that doesn't mean that Chrysler's Ram truck brand can't be part of the fun.
Mopar, Chrysler's performance arm, has "Moparized" a Ram truck partly in the spirit of the Easter Jeep Safari and partly to fight against Ford's mighty Raptor off-road attacker. Mopar and Ram will be sponsoring the 2011 TORC off-road short-course racing series, and the Ram Runner will pace all events.
The package will include 14 inches of wheel travel, new front and rear bumpers, bigger control arms, Fox-brand shocks, and beefier fenders. The Ram Runner Stage II kit is available in five different pieces, with a base price of $13,270. The front bumper adds $1,250, a rear-tire carrier adds $1,010, the front fenders add $1,020, and the rear fenders add $1,350, meaning a fully-optioned out truck comes to $17,900. Company officials estimate that the total package--which will be available for 2009-2011 Ram 1500s in a month or so--will set you back about $19,000, not including labor.
Perhaps not coincidentally, that means the Ram Runner will be priced similarly to the Raptor.