2006 Ram SRT10
Both the Regular Cab and Quad Cab SRT10 (the name loses the hyphen for 2006) benefit from the improvements made to the standard half-ton 1500. The cabin uses new seats, a new instrument panel, and a new center console and was engineered for reduced noise, vibration, and harshness.
The styling changes as well, with new front fascia, grille, headlamps, and fenders. In the rear, the aluminum tonneau was made standard equipment on both models, and receives an attached spoiler, different from the one attached to last year's pickup's bedrails. If would-be SRT buyers are hooked on the 2005 look, it's easy to duplicate. The tonneau can be removed by detaching two bolts and quick-release gas struts, and the other spoiler, which can still mount to the bedrails, is available from Mopar.
The SRT10 also gets the new hydroformed, fully boxed frame, and, with it, changes to the suspension. While the overall layout of the front suspension is the same as the 2005, there were modifications to its components. In addition to all of the Ram 1500's suspension changes, the SRT10 has larger rubber lower control-arm bushings, tuned for lateral and vertical compliance. The lowering springs, unique to the SRT10, receive new spring rates for 2006 and the Bilstein shocks were retuned. The front anti-roll bar is thicker, going from 33mm to 38. In the rear, the geometry remains the same, but those shocks also were retuned, and there is a new lowering suspension with a power-hop control system (for the Regular Cab), which comes with snubber springs and an anti-windup monotube shock. The Regular Cab receives a 23mm anti-roll bar in back, while the Quad Cab does not.--A.H.