Mopar Ram Runner
Dodge doesn't offer a full-size go-fast factory prerunner that might compete with Ford's Raptor SVT. And it probably never will, although it seems there is a plan to offer parts that would allow individuals to convert a Ram 1500 into something akin to the limited-edition Raptor XT. The Ram Runner is intended to demonstrate that possibility.

To get the suspension developed, they enlisted off-road-racing legend Kent Kroeker to prototype strong, light pieces that would permit smooth running over rough terrain at higher speeds. The suspension uses high-strength, T6 billet aluminum upper A-arms with rebuildable, long-travel ball joints. The lower control arms are made from 4130 chromoly steel. Axle shafts are made of 300M tool steel. Tie rods are one inch in diameter and have Heim joints on both ends. CV joints are used to accommodate extreme travel, estimated at 15 inches in the front. At the rear, the Ram Runner has variable-rate coils and 14 inches of travel, about the max that can be achieved without extending shocks through the bed. The shocks are Fox internal bypass units, three inches in diameter, that can be tuned in jounce and rebound cycles.

The suspension permits a low center of gravity and maintains stock alignment specifications, allowing the Ram Runner to corner flat off-road at speed, even when the path is irregular. Tires are 35x12.50 General Grabber Competition tires, and although they are DOT approved, the suspension kit is not, so it will likely be sold through Mopar as "off-road only" equipment, without warranty. Still, many Dodge dealers will install Mopar parts on a new vehicle, so it would be possible to purchase a truck like the Ram Runner, turn-key, and finance the cost.

More likely, individuals will purchase the parts as a kit, which will include the suspension pieces, Baja bumper and lights, front bash plate, fiberglass fenders to replace OEM steel and a prerunner-style, bed-mounted tire carrier. Educated guesses as to price range from $12,000 to $15,000, plus the cost of the rollcage, installation, and paint.