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Are you a Ram Truck owner? Are you tired of watching Ford SVT Raptor drivers effortlessly fly across desert sand dunes and mall parking-lot curbs? Well, it's payback time. Mopar is ready to sell you the Ram Runner Kit.

Designed for installation on 2009-2011 Ram trucks, seven component sets compose the full Mopar Ram Runner Kit (they can also be purchased separately if you want to do the build in stages). The largest and most expensive item on the list is the Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit. Priced at $13,270, it includes a five-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chromoly lower control arms, upper control arms, rebuildable high-angle ball joints, and forged steel, high-angle tie rods. Couple that with three-inch internal bypass shocks from Fox, and you now have fourteen inches of suspension travel.

All those suspension components can be dressed up with a variety of Mopar exterior upgrades. An off-road bumper, front and rear fenders and a Mopar sport performance hood are offered as individual add-ons. Mopar also offers a rear tire carrier and a cat-back exhaust system to let your 5.7-liter HEMI breathe a little easier.

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Mopar Announces Details of Ram Runner Kit for Off-Road Enthusiasts

Turn Your Ram Truck into a Desert Racer


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Mopar Ram Runner kit offers performance on par with off-road race trucks
Suspension and shocks included in the Mopar Ram Runner kit are superior to the competition
Mopar Ram Runner kit boasts aggressive, attractive styling that will also turn heads on the street

Ram Truck owners may now transform their truck into a Mopar®-powered desert racer.

Just a little more than one year after Mopar debuted its Ram Runner image vehicle to much acclaim at the 2010 Moab Jeep® Safari, the brand announced today announced details of its new Ram Runner kit for off-road enthusiasts.

"At Mopar, our image vehicles showcase potential directions that we may take and the new Ram Runner kit is a good example," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar, Chrysler Group's service, parts and customer-care brand. "We saw the reception that Ram Runner received last year and quickly moved to offer kits that will allow off-road enthusiasts to transform their stock Ram 1500 into a desert racer."

The Mopar Ram Runner Kit, developed with successful Baja off-road racer 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 also be purchased separately. The street-legal kit may be installed by do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership.

The Mopar Ram Runner Kit is equal to or better than its competitors 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 3 inches longer than production arms, provide added width and allow greater wheel travel over rough dirt trails.

Front lower control arms are constructed of 4130 chrome moly 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 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, increasing from 0.62 inches to 0.75 inches.

At the rear, a 5-link coil spring rear suspension is utilized and helps provide a 30-degree departure angle.

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 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 competition.

Ground clearance is approximately 13 inches at the center of the front cross-member and 16 inches at the rocker panels.

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 aluminum skid plate. With a 41-degree approach angle, ample clearance is assured over the deepest off-road obstacles.

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 three-inch wider track also provides an imposing, aggressive look.

The stamped 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 feel".

Ram Truck and Mopar are joint sponsors of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) Series in 2011. Both brands will share sponsorship of the Traxxas Racing team fielded by Mike and Mark Jenkins along with the Menzies Motorsports team owned by Steve Menzies. Ram will be the official vehicle of the TORC Series and the Mopar Ram Runner will serve as the official pace truck. The Mopar graphic that appears on the Mopar Ram Runner pace truck will also be made available to consumers.

Following is information on the Mopar Ram Runner kit, which is available for owners of 2009 to 2011 model-year Ram 1500 models:

MOPAR RAM RUNNER KIT (Each part of kit may be purchased separately)

Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit: 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chrome moly 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, 3-inch internal bypass Fox shocks. (MSRP: $13,270, Part No. P5155662)

Off-Road Front Bumper: Steel construction with integrated aluminum skid plate, high approach angle of 41 degrees provides greater clearance over off-road obstacles. (MSRP: $1,250, 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: $1,010, Part No. P5155664)

Off-Road Front Fenders: Tough, durable fenders feature wider wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive look. (MSRP: $1,020, Part No. P5155665)

Off-Road Rear Fenders (6'4″ bed): Tough, durable fenders feature wider wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive appearance. (MSRP: $1,020, Part No. P5155665)

Sport Performance Hood: Stamped aluminum, dual-scooped hood with molded bezels adds to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner Kit. (MSRP: $978, Part No. 82211065AD)

5.7L Cat-back Exhaust: Dual exhaust with chromed tips for bumper with cut-outs. (MSRP: $1,135, Part No. P5155280)


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      Discerning
      • 3 Years Ago
      No 6.4l? That's pretty lame. Ford pulled out all the stops with their 6.2l. If you're going to make something so hardcore, at least go all out and drop the 6.4 in there.
        Mark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Discerning
        it's a motherloving aftermarket parts kit, you want the 6.4? Buy it as a crate motor yourself
      LunarSnowStorm
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just remember, you can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sure is lot better looking than that Craptor thing+ it has a HEMI
        Randy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        Funny, I was thinking how interesting it was that the Raptor looks INSANE and unique while this looks like a retooled regular old Ram! Regardless of performance, and I'm sure the Raptor will kicks its arse, I'd take the Raptor on looks alone!
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      So for close to $20,000 on top of the $30,000 a Ram 1500 HEMI 4x4 will run you, you'll have a truck that won't be as quick as the Raptor, will be as well-built as your mechanic can make it (though in the end it's STILL a Mopar, which means it'll rattle itself to pieces in 5 years..) and the guy in the Raptor can STILL look at you and say "Isn't that cute, he thinks he's got a real off-road truck."
        Mark
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim R
        The Raptor hits 60 in the low to mid 8s last i checked, which means it'll get blown away by even a crew cab hemi Ram, and your ass is grass if it's a Ram express.
          Stuka87
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mark
          Wrong, that was the original 5.4L Raptor. The 6.2L raptor goes 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. And thats with 35" tires, which will really hamper your acceleration.
        Mike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim R
        This will only appeal to the Mopar faithfull..i believe it will only cater to them...the rest of the world will get a Raptor no questions asked
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only a redneck would think this thing is a good idea. Let's see, A. It's ugly B. It cost more C. It will never have factory reliability D. No way it's outperforming the raptor.
      Jerrycobra
      • 3 Years Ago
      but its still a kit, which makes it not as exclusive as a turn key raptor
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jerrycobra
        How is a kit less exclusive? Anyone can buy a Raptor. There's no exclusivity there.
        thecomedian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jerrycobra
        I think you mean "ready-to-drive" rather than "exclusive". An F150 is hardly exclusive anyhow...
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't forget you still have to get wheels and tires for another $2k or more plus repaint to match wich could cost 2k to 5k depending on quality...no thank you give my a Raptor with a warranty and factory finish paint to go with it, hill decent controls, pose' locking rear..the list goes on for the Raptor. Also i believe the Ram runner kit is only for a 4x2 not 4x4...i could be wrong but thats what i herd.
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        "pose'"? You mean posi? Posi (Positraction) is a GM trademark, neither of these can have Posi. As to having a limited slip diff in general, you could have a Mopar with an LSD simply by starting with a Mopar that has an LSD and putting the suspension bits on.
        Stuka87
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        The one pictured is 4wd, you can see the CV shafts up front. But I really don't see this being much of a competitor. Certainly not on price. Since you are essentially buying a lot of parts twice. All the stock suspension parts, and then all the kits suspension parts.
      iwkjp1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man's car
      Rexaniel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, great article..I love your blog.
      ramairjer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Waiting for GM to get into this niche . . .
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder why Mopar and Dodge(or RAM) can offer it as a factory direct trim for special orders.
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