Earlier this year, we had a blast driving the Mopar Ram Runner at Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. It’s a Ram 1500 half-ton pickup transformed into a go-fast desert rig with help from veteran Baja racer and suspension developer Kent Kroeker. Soon, you’ll be able to buy Ram Runner parts in kit form from any Ram dealer to create your own Moparized prerunner.
“We’re real excited about the kit we’ve created,” said Keith Montone, manager of Jeep/Ram off-road engineering. “You’ll be able to buy it around late January or February.”
Off-road enthusiasts will be able to buy the Ram Runner hardware all at once or in batches at their own pace.
“If a guy wants to start just with the fenders, they can do that first,” Montone said. “The can come in later and add suspension pieces and order it all separately. You don’t have to order it as a whole kit.”
The fender and body kit will include the front and rear fenders, front and rear bumpers and hood for approximately $5,000 to $6,000, according to Montone.
Mopar developed the running gear components in coordination with Kore Suspensions and Fox Racing. It will include new half shafts, upper and lower control arms, and front springs. The suspension has approximately 14-inches of travel in the front and rear. The front and rear shocks are 3-inch internal bypass dampers developed specifically for the Ram Runner by Fox, the same company that supplies the shocks for the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The rear coil springs remain stock.
“[The suspension kit] will probably cost more than $10,000. Around $10,000 to $12,000” Montone said.
Wheels and tires will be up to the individual, though the Ram Runner’s special General Tires can also be purchased from a Mopar dealer.
Owners that do transform their Ram pickups into Ram Runners should be aware that the truck won’t be street legal, similar to the Ford Racing Raptor XT. That’s because Chrysler isn’t putting these parts through the same certification tests it would for replacement parts.
Still, the durability testing is tough, said Montone. “We knocked the living heck out of it. We’ve tested it in Moab and the desert and Kent Kroeker has tested it in the desert in Southern California. We did a lot of repetitive hard impact stuff.”