• Apr 7th 2011 at 7:29PM
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Mopar Ram Runner Stage II Short Cuts video – Click above to watch after the jump

The Ram Runner Stage II kit makes for one very impressive Ram 1500. Performance modifications like beefed-up control arms, Fox shocks and 14 inches of wheel travel make us want to pit the modified Ram against the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in a high-speed dirt race to the death finish line.

We're not the only ones eager to compare the Ram Runner Stage II to the Raptor. Follow the jump to watch an Autoblog Short Cuts video of Jim Sassorossi, Director of Mopar Parts, as he explained to us why Chrysler believes the Ram Runner is better than the Raptor. In fact, Sassorossi brings up the Raptor no less than four times, and throws in "best in class" for the Ram Runner's specs another another four times.

This will be a thrilling battle when Ford's ready-made race truck gets pitted against Ram's D.I.Y. wonder. To see what we mean, watch the video and then answer our poll below.

Which Approach To Off-Road Production Trucks Do You Prefer?
The build-it-yourself Ram Runner 1846 (19.0%)
The turnkey Raptor 7891 (81.0%)

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      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO Both this and Raptor are yuppie mall crawler trucks if you want serious off road/work in a pickup buy a Power Wagon. Funny how the Ford faithful praise the 6.2 that has yet even one full year under its belt. They are only 9 years late to the party! Sad, if Chrysler did not think the 5.7 was capable of competing with the 6.2 they have the 6.4 waiting under there wings!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yep typical AB fashion down ranked for the truth. To many self proclaimed desk jockey auto processionals out there. Does not take a genius to know the truth only a computer mouse!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Voting results say it all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's be realistic, very few people actually will push either of these vehicles to the limit, so while we don't know the performance difference (yet), who cares?

      Bottom line the raptor is beautiful and the Ram Runner (stupid name) is ugly.
      Me personally for 45 grand, i want to get out of the good looking ride.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mopar, while I applaud your recent efforts to make your company and products world class, the Ram Runner falls short. Im sure its capable and yada, yada, yada... but its late to the party, looks questionable, and doesnt even come close to the Raptor in terms of styling or being boss.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over and above the chassis buts how about these Raptor exclusives to seal the deal:

      • Electronic locking rear axle engages with the pull of a switch, locking the rear gears together for maximum traction and power
      • Hill Descent Control™ allows the driver to control hill descent without applying the brakes
      • Off-road mode engages a third throttle map and shift schedule for improved off-road performance
      • Auxiliary switchboard on the center console makes aftermarket customization easier
      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the Rum Runner and I'm game.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Number one reason why Raptor is better...It's practical. Its that simple. Get a Ram 2010-11 1500 quad or crewcab with all the premiums such as navi, leather, sunroof ect. Add 19,000 to the price of that and it wont be less than 45 grand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aftermarket off-road kits have been available on trucks for years. How is this any different? If your going to modify a truck with this kind of money there are several other options that would give you even better performance.

      The Raptor is nice because you can buy it right off the dealership with full capability and it doesn't look like some bro tried to convert his truck into a pre-runner.

      Its also much easier for consumers to get 1 big loan on an off road truck than 1 loan for the truck and 1 loan for the off road equipment upgrade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes Yes and Yes. Why does Mopar keep insisting on trying to compete with the Raptor? I would honestly repsect this piece of kit more if they just labled it on its own without comparing it to the raptor which dominates its only vehicle class
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bank/dealer financable?

      Full factory warranty on all parts?

      That's why the Raptor is superior. You can drive it off the lot, completely ready to go, and retain all the perks of a brand new vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Resale value?

        Not having to put a pile of parts nobody wants on craigslist just to get them out of your garage?

        Factory warranty?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand why he compares it to Raptor but IMO it's a mistake to do so.

      Like others have mentioned you're comparing factory built truck with a kit. If Ram wants to truly compete make a turn key RR because as it stands now, nothing has really changed except Ram publicizing off-road performance kits for their trucks--something they and other builders had all along.

      The beauty of the Raptor is it comes from the factory with all the goodness already baked in.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A tag line for Ram commercials:
      "Mine is 3 inches longer than yours!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to know where everyone is getting this preconceived notion that "the Raptor is better because Ford put HOUR upon HOUR of testing into it and Ram did not do the same for the RamRunner kit." If anyone here can offer proof that Ram designed this thing over a weekend and put it on the market, then please speak up. This kit has been around for over a year now and I am sure A LOT of engineering went into these parts. As I've mentioned once or twice already, the RamRunner kit was designed by KORE performance who has an outstanding off road racing pedigree. Most of the parts for the kit were based off of and carried over from KORE's race trucks. Do y'all think KORE just takes a pile of parts, slaps them on a truck, and enters into races? No.

      So, as far as kit components go...Ram > Raptor (go look at pics). The Raptor gets its advantage in the fact that it's turn key and has the electronic goodies added in.
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