Ram Beefs Up Frame, Suspension for New 1500

RM019_065FNgnp651gtn4jodcugcq6srf28g8 IIEveryone knows that if you want to build something solid and reliable, you have to start with a good foundation. That's why, almost without exception, pickup truck makers tend to make significant upgrades to their ladder frames when they want to make a better pickup truck. And for the 2019 Ram 1500, that's exactly what Ram engineers did, essentially starting with a blank piece of paper. The new Ram debuted at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The newly designed fully boxed frame has a new shape and design to act as a better platform for the existing independent front and coil-link rear suspensions. The frame is now thicker in the mid-section (almost 9 inches tall) with stiffer and more specialized front and tail sections; the total weight of the frame is now 100 pounds lighter, 98 percent of which is made from high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel.

The front section of the frame is interesting because the Ram 1500 uses a unique pair of front "splayed" frame rails designed to provide better crash absorption and deflection in the event of a direct or offset collision, as well as making for a more solid attach point for tow hooks. And the whole setup reduces weight in the front end of the pickup as well. Additionally, all Ram cabs now have tire blockers behind the front wheels to force the wheels outward after a collision (and not into the cabin where passengers are sitting).

The 2019 Ram frames uses the same number of cross-members as the 2018 model, but now it uses cross-through welds inside the frame and out to provide more structural stiffness and extra strength. In fact, Ram is saying the new 1500 has a maximum payload capacity of 2,300 pounds and a max tow rating of 12,700 pounds. Although not stated, both of those capacities are likely for a 4x2 Hemi-equipped long-bed regular-cab half ton.

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Active tuned-mass modules use reverse damping to quiet vibrations caused by cylinder de-activation of the V-8 engine. These modules are attached to the frame. Ram goes one step further, providing noise-cancellation technology designed to listen for frequencies in the cabin and release a noise-canceling sound wave to make the cabin feel quieter than previous 1500s.

Ram uses the same coil-spring rear end and independent front suspension it's used before but with a few twists. The front suspension will remain coil-over with a double A-arm, but the lower arm is now made from lighter-weight aluminum and the upper A-arm is now made from composite materials, a first in the class. Additionally, Ram moved the front stabilizer bar (now 20 percent stiffer) behind the axle.

The rear suspension will continue to offer a choice (depending on trim) between the progressive coil springs with two control arms on each side and a bigger panhard rod locating the axle. The same rear-link setup works with the four-corner air suspension as well. Finally, Ram will use a brand-new shock absorber on all trim levels except Rebel, which gets a newly tuned Bilstein setup. The new shock absorber allows for an extra internal bypass that can be firm at higher speeds and smoother when slower inputs are sensed. The result, we're told, is more comfort and control, no matter what the speed or conditions.

Finally, the 2019 Ram 1500 will offer a new rear locking differential for all trim levels (standard on the new 4x4 Off-Road Package and the Rebel), along with all six-lug axles across the lineup. An industry-first thermal axle heat exchanger to help warm up the gear oil faster will be included on 4x2 Ram 1500s, the result of which is to incrementally improve fuel economy.

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Comments

I am surprised that no one has followed RAM and offered a multi-link rear suspension, there is no other truck that rides as nice as the RAM.

Those tire deflectors need to go! Larger tires no more...

GMs ride better when loaded, and that is much more important in a truck. More reliable and simple suspension.
But yes, when unloaded the RAM takes the cake But not by much..
So if you are a truck poser, buy the RAM half ton.

I wonder how much of this new technology will find it's way into
the heavy duties...Too bad there was no mention of the spaghetti
diesel getting upgrades/updates/improvements.

But for their 1/2 ton offering, this is a good start.

"I am surprised that no one has followed RAM and offered a multi-link rear suspension, there is no other truck that rides as nice as the RAM."

@Me

Huh? Have you ever driven a Chevy Avalanche?

""I am surprised that no one has followed RAM and offered a multi-link rear suspension, there is no other truck that rides as nice as the RAM."

@Me

Huh? Have you ever driven a Chevy Avalanche?
Posted by: papajim"

This statement is "there IS no other truck that rides as nice as the RAM." It did not say that there never has been. A vehicle that has been out of production for 5 years is no longer relevent in these discussions.

If you have a specific cargo-capacity or towing requirement, then buy the truck you need to do the job. I don't need 3k lbs of cargo capacity or 14klbs tow rating. If I did, I'd get a 3/4 or 1-ton. I occasionally need to tow 7k lbs of boat and trailer. My 14' Ram Laramie tows it nice and smooth with very little rear squat. 99% of the time my truck is empty and may have 4 people in it. So what if that makes me a poser.

I'll probably buy a new truck late this year. Not sure what I'll buy next as I rarely buy the from the same make in succession. Whichever mfg makes the truck I like the best, I will buy it.

I've been leaning back to Ford, but the interior and ride quality of the Ram may win me over again. We'll see. I'll even look at Chevy/GMC even though my prior experience with GM products have been horrible.

Dodge didn't design there coil link rear suspension.
Dodge payed a large amount of money to GM in 2009
For the rights to use the 5 link suspension and their technology for the cylinder deactivation. The coil link rear suspension was designed for their full size SUV, Tahoe, Yukon, half ton suburban, half ton Yukon XL and Avalanche. That's what dodge wanted, a soft plush
Suspension for their half ton truck. Which resulted in the lowest
Pay load in it's class .

Those vibration dampeners look like they're going to get eaten up by road salt in the winter. The way it's attached looks like a nice place for rust to get started right away. Nice idea but might be an issue in a few years.

Those vibration dampeners look like they're going to get eaten up by road salt in the winter. The way it's attached looks like a nice place for rust to get started right away. Nice idea but might be an issue in a few years.

Have you ever ridden in a Avalanche?
Who is this guy

When will the 2019 Rebel hit the dealers lots ?
When can I order one ?



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