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Mopar Ram Runner Stage II kit – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has shocked and awed us with its ability to handle off-road terrain at extra-legal speeds. The folks at Ram and Mopar are looking to give the Raptor its first taste of real competition with this, the all-new Mopar Ram Runner Stage II kit.

Jim Sassorossi, Director of Mopar Parts, tells Autoblog that the Ram Runner Stage II will be available for owners of 2009 to 2011 model year Ram 1500 models as soon as the Moab Easter Jeep Safari in Utah is completed, so figure on less than a month from now. The package gives owners control arms with an extra three inches of extension, Fox racing shocks with three inches of bypass to increase cooling and a best-in-class 14 inches of wheel travel. To accommodate that prodigious wheel travel, the Ram 1500's front fenders and rear bed-sides are replaced with wider pieces made of fiberglass.

The folks at Mopar feel their truck has several advantages over the Raptor, not the least of which is the fact that Ram owners can build it piece by piece. There are five upgrades in total, with the Pre-Runner Stage II lift kit taking up the bulk of the pricing at $13,270. Truck modders can then pick up a front bumper for $1,250, a rear tire carrier for $1,010, front fenders for $1,020 and rear fenders for $1,350. That adds up to $17,905, though Sassorossi estimates the entire package will set you back $19,000 on top of the cost of a Ram 1500.

We're told that all you need is any 2009-2011 Ram 1500 to build your Ram Runner, though a six-foot, four-inch bed is required if you want the rear fenders. While $19,000 for the complete package might sound like a deal, don't forget to add the substantial cost of labor. The big wheel/tire package, racing seats and roll cage are all extra, too. And despite how high that front bumper looks, Ram claims the truck is street legal in all 50 states.

To get customers excited about the new Mopar Stage II kit, Ram and Mopar also announced today that they'll be sponsoring the 2011 TORC short-course off-road racing series. The Ram Runner will become the official vehicle of TORC and serve as pace truck for all of the series' events.

Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Shunk / AOL

[Source: Chrysler]
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"Moparized" Ram Truck Mopar Ram Runner

The available Mopar Ram Runner kit was inspired by high-speed desert off-road racing. The rigors of off-road racing require large tires, additional ground clearance and a sophisticated suspension system capable of withstanding tremendous impact. These features are combined with the proven HEMI 5.7-liter V-8 into a package that is stable at speed and rock-solid in the corners. Inspired by trophy trucks, steel front fenders and rear bed-sides are replaced with fiberglass layered in the Liquid Metal Mopar racing scheme. The high-clearance wheel wells allow tremendous suspension articulation with zero tire-to-body interference.

Description Part number Price
Pre-runner stage II lift kit P5155662 $13,270
OFF-ROAD REAR FENDERS (6' 4" BED) P5155666 $1,350

Ram and Mopar will sponsor the 2011 TORC short-course off-road racing series and bring a significant on- and off-track presence to each round of the championship. Ram will become the official vehicle of TORC with the Mopar Ram Runner pacing all of the series' events.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Even IF they managed to make their Ram as good as the Raptor, I'd still go with the Ford.
      If for no other reason than because they did it first. I always appreciate a pioneering product but, in the case of the Raptor, it not only started a new segment in the production pick-up truck market, it set the bar amazingly high!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the raptor still looks like a street truck, this looks like a full blown baja truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But the Raptor will still outperform it while costing less and not looking ridiculous, so who cares.

        Go >>>>> Show

        Bite >>>>> Bark

        Raptor for me any day of the week over this ridiculous looking kit truck.

      • 4 Years Ago
      While I wouldn't buy either the Raptor or this, I applaud the effort of major manufacturers stepping into performance off-road trucks. What I'm waiting for is one of the foreign manufacturers to step into the ring with a fully-independent suspensioned desert runner - VW Touareg Dakar Edition, anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should just go the other direction and make another SRT Ram.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm starting to like the looks of the Dodge offering, if only because you get to choose a base vehicle.

      You can't get a Raptor without power everything, leather seats, etc., whereas you could buy a dodge work truck without all the extra crap that has no business being in an offroad vehicle and come out with an equally capable vehicle.

      Shoot, if you wanna save money, find a one or two year old truck with some easy highway miles on it and I bet you could get it done for under $25-30k
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like how the Raptor still looks "somewhat" normal driving down a normal road in any town. This Ram just looks like a rally truck. I'm not saying that's bad, but it looks purpose built, and would look more out of place when cruising down pavement. Cool though, but I give Ford the edge on this matchup.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it's bad. It looks like half-baked and unprofessionally assembled.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give me this and since I am building it myself I will throw in a 6.4 and have the truck to beat! Who cares about the street this truck was designed for racing something most Raptors will never see if even dirt!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think one thing many fail to realize here is that you can be damn near 99.9% sure that anyone who buys this kit (RamRunner) is going to use it. I'd say over half of the people that have bought Raptors haven't put them in any off road conditions. Most Raptor consumers look at it as the top of the line F150, so those with the money and those that always want what they perceive to be the best will buy them...will they offroad them? Doubt it. Now, if you're going to go and drop 19k on the RamRunner kit, you obviously want the best (all/most components of this kit outperform the Raptor and are designed by KORE racing) and you are at least going to off road the damn thing.

      Having all the bells and whistles the Raptor offers is nice in a turn key truck, but why drop the 45k-60k on a Raptor if it's just going to be a mall-crawler? Not to mention, you can get a brand new Ram w/ 5.7 v8 for around 20k-22k + 19k for the RamRunner, and you're in a Raptor beater for 41k, which is cheaper than a new Raptor. I rest my case.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its surprising the amount of ignorance being spewed on these articles about the RAM Runner... So many people spewing "R&D", "bolt ons", "redneck", and talking about how people, regardless of their interests, don't like working on vehicles (really?), etc, etc, like they actually know what they're talking about.

      I used to find the comment sections here on AB entertaining, but now its just idiotic and pathetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Market it as a finished turn-key truck and then they can talk, until then it's no different than the other thousands of truck mods that have been available for decades. The Raptor is unique in that you can go and buy one right now, not buy a truck, buy a bunch of parts, then build your own.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So you're telling me an absolute bog-standard Hemi Ram with this package will run me about $42 grand?

      I think I'd rather have the Raptor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Compare it to what you get on a Raptor, and you will spend $15K more on the Dodge, not counting labor.

        That is the advantage of the Raptor being a factory built truck. With economies of scale, and the fact that it is built on the same line as the F150's, the savings are HUGE.

        Not to take anything away from Dodge/Ram, but saying that a modified truck is taking on a factory truck, is a bit disingenious.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Disingenuous indeed.

        This Runner can't light a candle to the Raptor. It's just another pretender. The whole paint job in general looks like some tuner shop got ahold of it. What are they thinking?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think dodge is forgetting that the raptor not only looks at home in the dirt, but also looks and feels at home on the street.
      You can be of any class of people and drive a raptor.
      While the dodge seen here certainly would make the average guy look like a redneck.

      20 grand for all this crap? If you had an extra 20,000 dollars wouldn't you have just bought a raptor?
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