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Who said the Ram trucks can’t handle going off-road? If they missed the off-road feature capabilities, and the new off-road package for the 2019 Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck, and our piece on “Three Amazing Off-Road Ram Trucks”, then here’s a little more evidence for the naysayers in one word – Mopar. Does anyone remember the off-road Ram Runner concept image that Mopar showed off several years ago at the 2010 Moab Jeep Safari event? Sadly, the kit is no longer available, but off-road enthusiasts need not worry. Take a look at how the new off-road package matches up with the kit by Mopar.
Mopar Ram Runner Kit
As noted, back in 2010, Mopar showed up with the “Mopar Ram Runner Kit”. Developed in conjunction with Baja off-road racer Kent Kroeker, the kit had a number of components, including an additional 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. For people interested in more ground clearance, there was also the Pre-Runner Stage II LIft Kit. It included the following: a 5-link coil-spring rear suspension, 4130 chromoly lower control arms, upper control arms rebuildable high-angle ball joints, and forged steel, high-angle tie rods. This kit added fourteen inches of suspension travel in the front and rear, and provided 13 inches of ground clearance in the front and 16 inches of ground clearance at the rocker panels.
2019 Ram 1500 Off-Road Package
The Ram 1500 has always had off-road capability available, but nothing like the capability with the 2019 1500. A new off-road package has been added for the next-generation pickup truck, and it may match up with the old Mopar Ram Runner kit. The package adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip. Denoted by rear-fender decals equipped with the 4×4 Off-road Package, any 2019 Ram 1500 modded with this package will be unmistakable from the rest. The transfer cases have also been upgraded with BorgWarner 48-12 for part-time 4WD operation with Hi and Low ranges and the BorgWarner 48-11 for on-demand 4WD.
With the 2019 Ram 1500 having recently debuted and going into production, it’s a perfect time to take a look at some of the most powerful trims Ram has in their pickup truck lineup. It’s not easy to pick out the toughest Ram truck models, especially with the larger vehicles like the heavy duty 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 models, so we’re just going to focus on three Ram truck trims designed for off-roading. The three best off-road Ram truck trims are the Ram 1500 Rebel, the Ram Power Wagon, and the upcoming TRX series.
2018 Ram 1500 Rebel
Standard on the Ram 1500 Rebel is the 3.6-liter V6 engine, optimized with variable valve timing (VVT) technology to increase its performance. With this engine, the Ram 1500 Rebel can generate 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. If looking for more power when going off-road, then consumers will also want more torque. With that comes the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and it is able to generate 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.
Mudding and water-fording are terms known mainly by Jeepers. Vehicles like the Jeep® Renegade, Jeep Wrangler, and even the Jeep Compass are made to go off-road, and they are able to handle varying terrain or the occasional rock crawling. Now that the 2019 Ram 1500 has been unveiled and it has new off-roading features, the light duty Ram truck can also play in the mud and get a little dirty. But first, there are some modifications one should look into before turning their pickup truck into a mud monster.
When going mudding, it’s a good move to make sure one’s vehicle can handle deep mud or water. The 2019 Ram 1500 is available with several wheel options, and they range from 18 to 22 inches, but when it comes to off-roading, tires matter more than the size of the wheels. To really improve the mudding or off-roading experience, make sure the truck is fitted with tires that match the activity, such as multi-terrain or all-terrain tires made for rocky terrain and going off-road, or swamper tires made for getting out of a nasty mess.
To keep those wheels turning, beadlocks are also a good addition. Beadlocks help keep the tires in check when going off-road and mudding, and although some drivers lower the air pressure in their tires for better traction and sidewall flexibility, beadlock wheels mechanically lock the tire bead to the rim. This takes the decrease of tire pressure for better traction out of the equation and helps ensure that the tires remain in place no matter how wild one may maneuver their Ram truck while out on the trail.
The 2019 Ram 1500 truck debuted back in January at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, and since then it’s quickly taken over the spotlight for light duty pickup trucks. More news about the truck and its capabilities have come out, and we’ve seen some new high-end and luxury trims, Mopar and Ram teamed up for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and most recently we got the starting MSRP. Yes, the pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 has been announced, but before we talk about the affordable price range, let’s remember what Ram is bringing to the table.
Power and Capability
The second vehicle to sport it, the 2019 Ram 1500 comes with the option to add the new eTorque system from FCA into its powertrain (standard on the V6 engine). With two engines currently available to the pickup truck, a 305 horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and a 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, both are able to generate torque at a standstill thanks to the new eTorque system. When revving up, the V6 can deliver 269 lb-ft of torque with an additional 90 lb-ft with the eTorque system. The V8 HEMI on the other hand can generate up to 410 lb-ft of torque, and if opting in for the eTorque system option, the V8 HEMI receives an addition of 120 lb-ft of torque to its threshold.
For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 light duty pickup truck has been given a new 4×4 off-road package. Already designed to act as an off-road vehicle thanks to Ram’s four-corner air suspension system and a front and rear stabilizer bar, the 2019 Ram 1500 lineup has even more options. Available on most trims, drivers can now go off-road by opting in for the off-road package that adds a one-inch suspension lift, with or without the available four-corner air suspension, an electronic-locking rear differential, robust skid plate protection (transfer case, steering, engine and gas tank), tow hooks, hill-descent control for added off-road capability, and 32-inch on/off-road tires on (standard) 18- or (available) 20-inch wheels to provide additional grip.