• May 30, 2012
Our friends at Pickuptrucks.com have pitted two serious off-road bruisers against one another in a desert throw down. The Mopar Ram Runner and Ford F-150 SVT Raptor locked horns in a battle for supremacy wherein both trucks had to tackle a five-mile desert course. The truck to set the best time over several runs came away the victor. The track snaked a loop around the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area and featured everything from washed-out river basins and rutted trails to more civilized gravel roads. Both trucks started at a stand still in 4WD high.

Not surprisingly, Pickuptrucks.com turned to a professional driver to handle the wheel work. Chad Ragland stepped up to the task. The guy's spent the last few years putting Trophy Trucks through the ringer in the SCORE racing series, and he's netted podium finishes in competitions like the San Felipe 250 and the Baja 1000.

So, did the aftermarket Mopar take the gold or the bone-stock Raptor take the edge? Each truck ran the course a total of four times, and the site broke down each section of the course based on terrain, and both trucks took home two sections, but it was the Ram Runner that came out on top with an overall time of 6 minutes 25 seconds. The F-150 SVT Raptor, meanwhile, took a full 33 seconds longer to do the deed, winding up with a final time of 6 minutes, 58 seconds.

Of course, there's the little issue of pricing differentiation between these two monsters. But we'll leave that to you to debate. Check out the full write up here, and be sure to watch the recap video below for yourself. While you're there, you can also read a self-congratulatory press release from Mopar.


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Mopar Ram Runner Wins Truck Duel in the Desert
Leaves Ford SVT Raptor in the Dust


Mopar Ram Runner 33 seconds faster than Ford SVT Raptor on punishing 4.73-mile loop
PickupTrucks.com declares Mopar Ram Runner the winner
May 30, 2012 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - This showdown was at sunrise.

The Mopar Ram Runner and the Ford SVT Raptor met for a shoot-out at Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), a state park in southeast California with 85,000 acres of nothing but dirt, dust and desert. When all was said and done, the Mopar Ram Runner was declared the winner.

PickupTrucks.com (powered by Cars.com) teamed with veteran SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck driver Chad Ragland to thoroughly evaluate both trucks on a challenging 4.73-mile evaluation loop.

"I was impressed with Ram Runner's extreme off-road capability," said Ragland. "We jumped, slammed into mounds, cut through deep sand and it came out like a pro, rarely getting into the bumpstops or touching the skid plates," said Ragland. "Those front-end shocks are amazing. During our first set of runs, I could feel myself tighten a bit as we headed toward the big rocks and ruts, but then the front end just sucked it all up. Those big springs and shocks had no problems."

"We like how the Ram Runner kit can be built in pieces and stages based on what the truck owner wants and needs," said Mark Williams, Editor, PickupTrucks.com. "You can go full throttle right away, or take it slower, building your perfect desert explorer at your own pace, factoring in your own budget."

"Our Mopar Ram Runner is the ultimate desert racer based on a production vehicle," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "Mopar Ram Runner offers superior suspension travel to handle rough terrain and greater approach and departure angles for better clearance."

"We're proud that – under the most punishing real-world test conditions possible – the Mopar Ram Runner takes PickupTrucks.com's top off-road honors over the Ford Raptor," said Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. "Whether you're into desert racing, rock crawling, hunting and fishing or just need a hard-working dependable work truck, there's truly a Ram truck for everyone."

Mopar Ram Runner
The Mopar Ram Runner kit, developed with successful Baja off-roader 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 be purchased separately. The kit may be installed by do-it-yourselfers or in a Ram dealership.

The Mopar Ram Runner kit is equal to or better than the competition 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 three inches longer than production arms, provide added width and allow greater wheel travel over rough dirt trails.

Front lower control arms are constructed of plate 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 vehicle's 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 than production, increasing from .62 inches to .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 SVT 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 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 eight-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."

Following is additional 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 may be purchased separately)

Pre-Runner Stage II Lift Kit: 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 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, three-inch internal bypass Fox shocks. (MSRP: $13,670, Part No. P5155662)

Off-Road Front Bumper: Steel construction with integrated skid plate, high approach angle of 41 degrees provides greater clearance over off-road obstacles. (MSRP: $1,290, 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: $1,425, Part No. P5155664AB)

Off-Road Front Fenders: Tough, durable fenders feature wide wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive look. (MSRP: $1,055, Part No. P5155665)

Off-Road Rear Fenders (6-foot, 4-inch bed): Tough, durable fenders feature wide wheel wells allowing for tremendous suspension articulation, zero tire-to-body interference, and provide an imposing, aggressive appearance. (MSRP: $1,395, Part No. P5155666)

Sport Performance Hood: Stamped aluminum, dual-scooped hood with molded bezels adds to the forceful appearance of the Ram Runner kit. (MSRP: $1,070, Part No. 82211065AE)

5.7L Cat-Back Exhaust: Dual exhaust with chromed tips for bumper with cut-outs. (MSRP: $1,175, Part No. P5155280)

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
Brand-specific customer care telephone lines: first to offer Sunday service hours for customers
WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

About the Mopar Brand
Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes 280,000 parts and accessories. With the creation of the Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. partnership, Mopar is extending its global reach, integrating service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Combined with Fiat SpA, Mopar's global portfolio includes more than 500,000 parts and accessories that are distributed in more than 120 countries. Mopar is the source for all genuine parts and accessories for Chrysler Group and Fiat SpA brands.

Mopar parts are unique in that they are engineered with the same teams that create factory-authorized vehicle specifications for Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A.vehicles - a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at www.mopar.com.

75 Years of Mopar
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words MOtor and PARts) was trademarked for antifreeze product in 1937. The Mopar brand made its mark in the 1960s - the muscle-car era. The Chrysler Corporation built race-ready Dodge and Plymouth "package cars" equipped with special high-performance parts. Mopar carried a line of "special parts" for super-stock drag racers and developed its racing parts division called Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use. The brand has expanded to include technical service and customer support.

About the Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a stand-alone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.

About PickupTrucks.com
PickupTrucks.com is a website dedicated to the distinct needs of pickup truck buyers and owners. In addition to thousands of new- and used-truck listings, PickupTrucks.com offers relevant information and powerful tools so that truck buyers can make the right decision on what to buy, where to buy, how much to pay and how to outfit their vehicles. The site features expert truck reviews, the latest truck news, a pickup truck configurator, pricing calculators, user generated ratings and more. PickupTrucks.com is a member of the Cars.com family of sites. Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures, LLC™.


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      imag
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm generally a car guy, but I have to disagree with comments on here and say this was a great video. They spent some coin on this. There were some fantastic shots, great slow motion, and even some good aerial work. The shot from the helicopter looking in the window as the driver was countersteering was fantastic. That said, I think the video shows that this kind of driving looks really cool from the outside, but isn't necessarily that much fun from the inside. I wouldn't want to be doing it to my $50K truck with a leather interior. If I lived close enough to the desert to do this kind of stuff, I'd rather have a $20K desert buggy - it would be more involving and probably faster than both trucks.
      Fonin
      • 2 Years Ago
      these comments have been quite entertaining!
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Haha why all the hate? Both are cool trucks. Depends really on what you want. A vehicle that can be a daily driver and an off road toy, or something you have to trailer to the off road park/desert. I don't have a problem with the Rams looks either. People criticizing the looks and saying the Raptor looks more "professional" obviously aren't the type who's going to use the truck seriously for it's intended purpose anyway. Anyone who would build their gown rig it's going to look like the Ram. If it were my money it would probably be on the Raptor because I wouldn't want something not street legal. Then again, you could still take a normal truck and dump the same kind of money the Ram package costs and piece it together yourself not using the Mopar kit and make a truck that performs just as well as the Ram and is actually street legal. Having a Tacoma I see plenty of folks that have gone long travel, caged, beds, etc. and still have trucks they can actually still drive daily.
      2010rrsupercharged
      • 2 Years Ago
      You would think this experienced off road racing driver would know that part-time 4WD systems( what the Raptor has) is incapably off providing a torque split of anything other then 50/50% as there is no center differential. This also means front and rear wheels spin at similar speeds when your not accelerating because the front and rear axles are locked together. I also wonder if the ram was in 4wd auto or in 4wd locked, cause if it was in 4wd lock it should have felt much the same
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2010rrsupercharged
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      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah, I don't get it. Ram: 1. Not street legal. I repeat, NOT STREET LEGAL. 2. No warranty 3. More expensive 4. Looks like a shoddy aftermarket kit 5. It isn't a pure factory vehicle 6. Has to be installed at the dealer Raptor: 1. Street legal 2. Full factory warranty 3. Less expensive 4. Looks fantastic, like a finished product 5. SVT engineered and developed 6. Buy one and drive away Sorry, I'll take the Raptor each and every time.
        avconsumer2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Absolutely agree. Maybe the Ram "won" this "battle", but it's clear who's winning the "war". Oh, and the Ram is absolutely fugly.
        CBJMNWLD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Totally agree. Its a no-brainer. You can modify anything. I can drive a Raptor off the lot, Take it back in three years and trade it for something. Nobody would want that Dodge as a pre-owned vehicle thats valued accurately. Dodge=FAIL
      Andrea
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, it seems that the Ford Fanboys are out in full force on this thread.
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrea
        maybe, more of a callout of a questionable comparison...stock vs custom...valid?.....
          Andrea
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Well, if that the case why dont magazines compare the Challenger SRT-8 to the Mustang GT instead of a Shelby product. Yes, the shelby can be bought off a Ford lot but not before a stock Mustang is taken out to Vegas dissasembled, CUSTOMIZED, re-assembled and shipped to Ford lots. As a Mopar fan its not many times we get an advantage in a comparo, compared to GM, FoMoCo, but when we do we get pissed on by Fanboys.
          Nick M
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Stock versus custom? Um, they are the same thing, except for one is done at the factory and the other at the dealer...in what world of yours is a Raptor a "stock" truck?
        Nemebean
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andrea
        Yes, but they've all been downvoted into oblivion, so I think the Mopar fanboys are winning this thread. For what that's worth. :-)
      Egon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did the Ram come with the factory-installed Truck Nutz option package or is that now standard equipment? It seems all the Rams around here are sporting this masterpiece of class and subtlety. Extra points if they're spraypainted chrome or brass :rolleyes:
      D57H
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love all the excuses by the Ford fans of these garage queen trucks, keep them coming!
        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @D57H
        what excuses, this is pure custom against pure Factory.....your comment wreeks of pure jealousy.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          [blocked]
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          hey SVX, are they off the showroom floor, do they come with a FACTORY warranty?....get a clue "dude".....
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @D57H
        Did the Raptor get stuck? No? Did the Raptor have trouble keeping up? No Did the Raptor lose in every single test? No The Raptor won two of the terrain sections and the Ram Runner won two of the terrain setcions. It just happens that overall the Ram Runner was 30 seconds quicker. That does not make the Raptor a "garage queen"
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Dean Hammond
        • 2 Years Ago
        bollocks....do your research....AGAIN.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
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          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          what exactly did Ford lose?...definitely not credibility, heres $13k of specifically built parts, go buy a Truck, pay me to put them on, and you too can hang with a vehicle available STOCK ...oh, FOR LESS, and perhaps more of a usable vehicle day to day...FACT, Ford hit a home run, some just cant seem to grasp that fact and rebel with stupid, ill-informed blog posts...hilarious really, bordering on PATHETIC.
        WillieD
        • 2 Years Ago
        The frame deal was just some idiots who had modified their suspension and went past the truck's limits.
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          yep, guess what would happen if you attempted to tow 12000 pounds with the Ram or Raptor....nothing right?, even though it EXCEEDS the trucks limits...seriously DORK, put the pipe down. BOTH trucks are awesome but the comparison is invalid, otherwise one could invariably say a custom drag car is on level terms to an off the shelf equivalent....
          • 2 Years Ago
          @WillieD
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      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Ram is badass. Ram for me !
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Has ford fixed the frame bucking issue?
        NightFlight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xspeedy
        There never was an issue, ever. It was owners doing really dumb stuff and taco'ing the frame. Every vehicle has its limit, and those owners went well past the Raptors limit.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @NightFlight
          Yes, please downrate me for pointing out a fact.
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      quick question, I asume BOTH trucks are straight off the showroom floor correct, I can literally walk into a Dodge store and buy a Runner correct, and they are similarly priced....correct? If they are not ( sarcasm ) then the comparo is null and void, if one just "happens" to be more expensive, subtract the difference and mod the cheaper of the two so they $ the same....something about full custom and bone stock just isnt kosher.....
        Matt Farah
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        no, you cannot just "walk into a Ram store and buy one." The Ram Runner package is a custom-ordered and dealer installed kit. Basically you buy a new truck, they disassemble half of it and re-build it right there at the dealer.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt Farah
          [blocked]
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt Farah
          shhhhh ( I knew that Matt ).......imagine what one could do with the difference in price to a raptor.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt Farah
          good luck on that one, try and get one brand new....HUMMER = pure fail....course you could always factory order one no?....oh wait.....
          Dean Hammond
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Matt Farah
          once again a deflect...lets bring in the used market....sheesh SVX, get some game.... BOY.
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