• Feb 15, 2011
Dodge Ram Runner Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's some big news buzzing around the Ram Runner Concept at the moment. We've known for a good while now that Chrysler is planning to offer a kit to convert any Ram 1500 pickup into the desert raiding beast seen above, but according to PickupTrucks.com, the company's engineers have managed to pull a few stunts to make the vehicle completely street legal.

The biggest hangup was that the conversion kit widens the vehicle's track from 68.2 inches up front and 67.5 inches out back to 77.5 and 74.5 inches respectively. In order to make everything right as rain with Jonny Law, Chrysler had to throw in a couple of illuminated fender markers in the name of safety.

That's great news and all, but there's more. It turns out Chrysler is mulling the notion of selling the Ram Runner as a turn-key vehicle instead of as a pile of parts available from your local dealer. If the automaker decides to go that route, you can expect the company to turn to an outside builder to convert standard Ram 1500 models into a full-blooded Ford F-150 SVT Raptor fighter.




Live photos copyright ©2010 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      ....2nd thought.

      Even though I don't like the looks, I think it should be built.

      As much as I loathe the Leaf, Volt, Prius and other hybrids, I'm glad they're selling so car and truck buyers like us, who still have a pulse, can enjoy hedonistic toys like this!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glad to see another manufacturer throw their hat into the production off-road performance pickup arena. Hopefully this will encourage other manufacturers to do the same...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now that's 4 great trucks I need to buy then.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where is the video on THIS jump?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Chuck Norris was driving, so it took off, but never landed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alright, now we have two manufacturers pumping out JC Whitney specials, can we get to 4? 5?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes, of course. These bolt-on kits are purpose-built, unlike JCW kits.
        • 3 Years Ago
        These are purpose built off road trucks and are far from anything you could buy from JCW.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let the overcompensation begin!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Gruv... You're still a joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Intimidate? No. Irritate? Yes.

        They typically drive in the left lane, yet flat out "refuse" to move over for faster traffic. When you honk, they get pissed, like i've insulted their manhood, and it is their god given right to drive in whatever lane they damn well please, pansy!

        It's annoying.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Its been going on for YEARS. Its just coming from the factory now.

        Which ain't necessarily a BAD thing, y'know?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Gruv... You're a joke.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Disagree completely. Prius owners move over when I honk, becuase they're generally driven by people who don't want to flex their manhood/power of not moving over at every given chance.

        It's like pickup owners are so insecure, they refuse to move over because that would somehow be admitting defeat, or something along those lines. I don't get it. Work trucks generally move over, but if it's a pickup with some accessories, most likely it will refuse to move over.

        SUVs are also really bad.

        But then again, what do I know, I only drive upwards of 40,000 miles a year.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree with you Gruv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Gruv, you just described Prius owners.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, it's cool. I think it's good these are built by professionals, instead of JimBob in his backyard, which can result in stuff like that video of the 80k show truck snapping suspension off the chassis with a really small jump. If anybody remembers it ( year or two ago on AB?) link it! Hilarious!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Do people in pickup trucks intimidate you for some reason?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Did anyone really think Chrysler would have bothered with this if there was ever any chance of it not being street legal?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I hope the roll cage goes before this becomes street-legal. The cage looks incredibly unsafe for everyone in the back seats along with passenger and driver if they are not wearing a helmet. While I am a fan of cages, they are only for competition cars and are not street-able without a helmet and proper padding.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Shut up Caboose.

        Sorry couldn't resist.
      • 3 Years Ago
      @GRUV,

      Funny,mostly small cars around here hug the left lane and refuse to pull over.
      When I drive my truck, every other day get tailgated by some clown in a car,they cannot see that there is a slow car or 2 infront of me,they tailgate me,honk..it is very annoying..I love it when they try to pass me get beside me then realise there are a few cars in front of me,then they lose their spot and actually get further behind me.Before you honk at a so-called truck you think is slowing down traffic,most likely there is a car infront of the truck slowing traffic down..

      Furthermore,I cannot stand people like yourself who think someone in a truck is overcompensating for something.I like the ride,visibility,comfort of my truck..Being well over 6 feet tall cars are just too cramped for me,remember cars are designed for a small ,tiny person of 5 foot 8 ! Trucks are the only new vehicle I can drive for hours at a time and not get a sore back,legs ect.... I usually find people who dislike trucks are actually scared of driving,and they are not very good drivers..just an observation of my years of driving and talking to lots of people.Anywho good day,and remember to look before you honk !!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take off the Dodge. I thought they knew already. Dodge Ram Runner sounds weird. Ram Runner sounds correct.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I think trucks like this for mainstream sale is silly I have to admit that Ram should do it and get some people into the sales room floor. Ram (notice not saying Dodge lol) needs to break out into its own persona and this truck could be the well truck to do it. Have the price be near if not under the Raptor and I dunno Ram toss in a few bits Ford doesnt offer and you'll be getting people who want a truck like this looking to you more so than others.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like this!! Now, can they offer us a Patriot with a solid front and rear and call it a Cherokee? I would be all for that too as it already kind of looks like one.
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