Dodge Ram & Cummins News:
Mopar Ram Runner Wins Truck Duel in the Desert: Leaves Ford
SVT Raptor in the Dust!
Auburn Hills, MI,
May 30, 2012—Mopar Ram Runner 33-seconds
faster than the Ford SVT Raptor on punishing 4.73-mile loop...Mopar Ram Runner declared the winner in this
sunrise showdown...Media release from Chrysler Group, LLC.
The Mopar Ram Runner
and the Ford SVT Raptor met for a shoot-out at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), a state park
in southeast California with 85,000 acres of nothing but dirt, dust and desert. When all was said and done, the
Mopar Ram Runner was declared the winner.
teamed with veteran SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck driver Chad Ragland to thoroughly
evaluate both trucks on a challenging 4.73-mile evaluation loop.
“I was impressed
with Ram Runner’s extreme off-road capability,” said Ragland. “We jumped, slammed into mounds, cut through deep
sand and it came out like a pro, rarely getting into the bumpstops or touching the skid plates,” said Ragland.
“Those front-end shocks are amazing. During our first set of runs, I could feel myself tighten a bit as we headed
toward the big rocks and ruts, but then the front end just sucked it all up. Those big springs and shocks had no
“We like how the Ram
Runner kit can be built in pieces and stages based on what the truck owner wants and needs,” said Mark Williams,
Editor, PickupTrucks.com. “You can go full throttle right away, or take it slower, building your perfect desert
explorer at your own pace, factoring in your own budget."
“Our Mopar Ram Runner is the ultimate desert
racer based on a production vehicle,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s
service, parts and customer-care brand. “Mopar Ram Runner offers superior suspension travel to handle rough terrain
and greater approach and departure angles for better clearance.”
“We’re proud that—under the most punishing
real-world test conditions possible—the Mopar Ram Runner takes PickupTrucks.com’s top off-road honors over the Ford
Raptor,” said Fred Diaz, President and CEO—Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. “Whether you’re into desert
racing, rock crawling, hunting and fishing, or just need a hard-working dependable work truck, there’s truly a Ram
truck for everyone.”
Mopar Ram Runner
The Mopar Ram Runner
kit, developed with successful Baja off-roader Kent Kroeker, includes the following: 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 be purchased separately. The kit may be installed by
do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership.
The Mopar Ram Runner
kit is equal to or better than the competition on a number of fronts. The heavy-duty suspension system can handle
practically any abuse the off-road dishes out. Front upper and lower control arms, which are three inches longer
than production arms, provide added width and allow greater wheel travel over rough dirt
Front lower control
arms are constructed of plate steel in order to withstand off-road punishment. Upper control arms include
rebuildable high-angle ball joints. Both inner and outer tie rods are substantially strengthened and contribute to
the vehicle’s 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 than production, increasing
from .62 inches to .75 inches.
At the rear, a
5-link coil spring rear suspension is utilized and helps provide a 30-degree departure
The Pre-Runner Stage
II kit offers a boost in suspension travel, 14 inches both front and rear, which is superior to the suspension
travel on the Ford SVT Raptor. The Ram Runner kit, which includes Fox 3-inch internal bypass shocks, offers
performance on par with that of an off-road Baja race truck and outperforms the 2.5-inch shocks of the
Ground clearance is
approximately 13 inches at the center of the front cross-member and 16 inches at the rocker
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. The front bumper is constructed of steel with
an integrated skid plate. With a 41-degree approach angle, ample clearance is assured over the deepest off-road
Front and rear
fiberglass fenders are lightweight, tough and durable with wider wheel wells that allow for tremendous suspension
articulation with zero tire-to-body interference. The eight-inch wider track also provides an imposing, aggressive
aluminum, dual-scooped sport performance hood adds even more to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner Kit. 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
additional information on the Mopar Ram Runner kit, which is available for owners of 2009 to 2011 model-year Ram
Overview of Mopar Ram Runner
(Parts may be purchased
*Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit: 5-link
coil-spring rear suspension, lower control arms, upper control arms, rebuildable high-angle ball joints and
forged steel, high-angle tie rods. Fourteen inches of suspension travel in front and rear, three-inch internal
bypass Fox shocks. (MSRP: $13,670, Part No. P5155662)
*Off-Road Front Bumper: Steel
construction with integrated skid plate, high approach angle of 41 degrees provides greater clearance over
off-road obstacles. (MSRP: $1,290, Part No. P5155663)
*Off-Road Rear-Tire Carrier: Rear
placement allows for easier access and ability to carry larger tires needed for the off-road. (MSRP: $1,425,
Part No. P5155664AB)
*Off-Road Front Fenders: Tough, durable
fenders feature wide wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body
interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive look. (MSRP: $1,055, Part No.
Off-Road Rear Fenders (6-foot, 4-inch
bed): Tough, durable fenders feature wide wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero
tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive appearance. (MSRP: $1,395, Part No.
*Sport Performance Hood: Stamped
aluminum, dual-scooped hood with molded bezels adds to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner kit. (MSRP:
$1,070, Part No. 82211065AE)
*5.7L Cat-Back Exhaust: Dual exhaust with
chromed tips for bumper with cut-outs. (MSRP: $1,175, Part No. P5155280)
'Ram Outdoorsman' Will
Become an NBC Outdoor Television Program in 2012!
December 2011—Ram Outdoorsman joins the NBC Sports Network in 2012. Officials from
Orion Entertainment announced that the new Ram Outdoorsman series will launch on NBC Sports Network in the
fall of 2012. (VERSUS will become NBC Sports Network in Jan 2012). The new series will focus on North
America’s finest hunting and angling destinations from Alaska to Texas.
“This new series will provide the Ram
Outdoorsman with even greater visibility among America’s 50 million sportsmen,” said Fred Diaz, President and
CEO Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico—Chrysler Group LLC. “Chris Dorsey and Gerald McRaney are two of
the best known and most credible personalities in the outdoors. Working with Orion Entertainment helps the
Ram Truck brand speak directly to customers and demonstrates our commitment to the outdoors and outdoors
The series coincides with the highly
successful launch of the Ram Outdoorsman pickup. Designed by a team of Ram Truck engineers who are passionate
about hunting and fishing, the Ram Outdoorsman is a complete, ready-to-go solution to an outdoor enthusiast’s
Ram Outdoorsman is produced by Denver-based
Orion Entertainment, the world’s largest independent producer of outdoor adventure programming with numerous
series and specials airing and in production for NBC Sports, A&E, Discovery, Discovery’s Velocity,
DIY and multiple outdoor networks.
VERSUS, part of the NBC Sports Group, serves
passionate sports fans across all media platforms.