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Here at Autoblog, we're big fans of the Ford Raptor. So when Dodge announced that Mopar would be prepping a Ram for a head-to-head duel, we were quite excited to see the outcome of that project. Officially revealed in all its glory on March 28 of this year, the Ram Runner kit is offered in seven component sets that allow you to build your Ram up as much as you'd like.

We haven't had the chance to test out the fully equipped Ram yet, but our friend Mike Levine from PickupTrucks.com lined one up and took it out to the desert.

Levine teamed up with veteran Baja racer Kent Kroeker, whose KORE suspension company built the components for Mopar and Dodge. The KORE-assembled Ram Runner features every option available in the kit, and Levine put all of them to the test. The truck was driven hard in the desert, spent a little bit of time in the air and then shuttled through Los Angeles traffic.

How did it fare? Quite well, with the minor annoyance of an ABS system in need of recalibration. Read the write-up over at PickupTrucks.com to see why.


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      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised they complained about the MPG. Since I'm not really sure how much they drove, what percentage off road and on, it's hard to tell if 13 MPG is that bad.
      FightinBluHen51
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chrysler, MOPAR, Fiat, are you listening here? Give me a v-8 Cummins that is developed and sitting on the shelf, and I'll be at your door step tomorrow!
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford still takes this one...I don't think the Ram Runner could touch the Raptor on it's excellent off road AND street usability. It's the difference between tack on parts and a car that was engineered into production form to work on and off the road. Plus the Ram is much more expensive...
      razrrick13
      • 3 Years Ago
      The SVT Raptor is the better truck, no expensive kit, no cutting up your truck and putting roll cage in, etc. Plus you can get heated heats and a stud in the Ecoboost. Look at the numbers C&D put up in 4WD crew cab 0-60 in 6.1 sec and it weighs 5700lb! WTF!
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @razrrick13
        The Raptor doesn't come with the EcoBoost, only the Boss 6.2.
          razrrick13
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Dammit, I guess that's what happen when look at too much auto info on the web, you can't contain it all and start making stuff up. Foot in mouth.
          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Raptor should have the EcoBoost though. More low-end torque, lighter engine.
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any bent frames? (Ford had some a while back)
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mark S
        Since basically no one has these yet, it would be unlikely to hear of any problems with the users abusing the truck past its abilities.
      protovici
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet its a beast on the trail like the Raptor, but it looks ugly. Looks to home made.
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @protovici
        It's not a factory built truck but a truck that has "factory approved' modifications done to it so yes it is definitely going to look more "garage built" than the Raptor does.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      VROOOM!
      • 3 Years Ago
      If I could have this in a diesel regular cab I'd be all over this.
      Tina Fey
      • 3 Years Ago
      if any one need accessories for this Truck modification then please check this ..... :) http://www.industrialmotoring.com/user_pages/0_contact.shtml?page=CONTACT+INFO
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id take a cheaper better quality and fully factory fresh Raptor over the Rum Runner, even though it may have less shock travel and less chunky tyres. I'll admit the RR even looks cooler, more like a BAJA racer than a normal pickup with black cladding and fake mud.
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