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Mopar Ram Runner Kit Gets Official Details, Pricing

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If you're a dyed-in-the-wool Mopar lover, but have been a bit jealous of Ford's brilliant Raptor, you're no longer out in the cold: the Ram Runner package is now officially detailed and will be on sale soon. Chrysler even claims it's superior to the Raptor in terms of suspension.

That's quite a statement, as the Raptor comes with Fox offroad shocks from the factory. Chrysler says its suspension and shocks are better, though, because it's bigger and tougher, made of 4130 chromoly steel to take abuse. Fourteen inches of suspension travel are soaked up by, yes, Fox shocks, but in a larger 3-inch diameter than the 2.5-inchers found on the Raptor--an upgrade Chrysler says puts the Ram Runner on par with a Baja race truck.

Thirteen inches of ground clearance at the front crossmember and 16 inches at the rocker panels mean even large undulations in terrain are easily surmounted. A 41-degree approach angle and 30-degree departure angle mean all but the most wall-like of hills can be cleared, too.

Of course, the Ram Runner won't look like a normal Ram: bumpers, fenders, and hood are all unique. The front and rear fenders are fiberglass for weight savings, and are flared to make room for the larger wheels and tires through their arc of articulation. A three-inch wider track also separates the Ram Runner from the standard truck. The hood is aluminum, again to save weight, and gets dual scoops for cooling and looks.

Perhaps best of all for those that already own a newer Ram, the Ram Runner kit will be available for all 2009-2011 Ram 1500 models.

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  1. While Ford developed the Raptor through sheer imagination and innovation, it seems Ram needs to copy Ford in every detail. Can't they boys at Fiat originate something instead of trying to copy it?
    Oh well, as Coke once stated during the height of the "Pepsi Challenge" ad campaign: If there were no champions, there could be no challengers.
     
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  2. Sure, Ford can take the credit for doing it first - Good job Ford, it was about damn time.
    However, this is the kind of competition I like to see. There is a lot of awesome that can come from this. Plus more manufacturers "copying" each other mean new perspectives with new ideas and further innovation. This can only be positive for the enthusiast consumer.
    So where are GM, Toyota and Nissan in this foray? I say bring it!
     
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  3. I'd rather see innovation than "me too" from the others. Fiat Motors could have presented us with a killer rock climber, or any of a dozen other interesting new offroad or onroad configurations that haven't been done before.
    So what do they give us? A picture of an orange/red Fox Shox-equipped half-ton pickup jumping a sand dune. Seems like I've seen that before...yawn.
    As for Toyota and GM, they're probably having a hard time jumping a truck equipped with 3000 pounds of Lithium-Ion batteries. I'm sure the White House will buy a fleet of them for their staff.
     
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