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Old 02-17-2011, 10:05 AM   #1
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Mopar’s extreme off-road Ram Runner kit has been modified to be fully street legal when it goes into production in March, Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier said.

“After [the Ram Runner concept] debuted in Moab and reaction was so positive, we went back and changed [the kit] to be street legal,” Gorlier told PickupTrucks.com at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show. “We want to make sure buyers can enjoy it on- and off-road.”

Ram Runner hardware will turn a half-ton Ram 1500 pickup truck into a hardened desert racer using components inspired by Baja trophy trucks. Mopar teamed up with veteran Baja racer Kent Kroeker to create the kit, which includes custom body and suspension pieces such as 3-inch diameter Fox Racing internal bypass dampers at all four corners, custom upper and lower control arms for the front suspension and flared widetrack fenders.

One of the changes Mopar has done to make the kit street legal is the availability of side marker lamps, which are required by the government because of the Ram Runner’s width. Ram Runners will be much wider than stock. Track is 77.5 inches at the front and 74.5 at the rear, compared with 68.2 inches at the front and 67.5 inches in back for a standard Ram 1500 four-wheel-drive model. That extra width translates into stability in corners and high-speed turns.

“Mopar will have a clearance-identification kit available,” Mopar spokesman Bryan Zvibleman said. “The kit will meet requirements for driving on the street with wider fenders.”

Off-road enthusiasts will be able to buy the hardware all at once from a Chrysler-Mopar dealer or in batches at their own pace.

If there’s enough demand from off-road enthusiasts, Gorlier said Chrysler is also considering offering the Ram Runner as a Ram 1500 model straight from the factory, similar to the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

“We’re looking at making the Ram Runner available [as a turn-key truck],” Gorlier said. “If we did, we would use a [second stage] partner to build the trucks.”
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #2
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This new breed of truck is nuts. I would never buy one, but I am happy they offer an off-road racing type of truck available from the factory. That's kinda cool. Can't wait to see the new Raptor on the road...
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:44 PM   #3
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Does it include the tow truck?


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The wide body bits are cool and all, but I don't see any engine mods.... Drop in the SRT10 engine and call it a Raptor killer (Dodge T-Rex?)

Edit: N/M I see this is only a kit at this time and not a turn key vehicle.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:00 PM   #4
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I think that looks cooler than the Raptor. I REALLY want one of these just for the hell of it...
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:50 PM   #5
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This new breed of truck is nuts. I would never buy one, but I am happy they offer an off-road racing type of truck available from the factory. That's kinda cool. Can't wait to see the new Raptor on the road...
It is a thing of beauty, I saw a blue one about six weeks ago, SWEET!
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It's too bad I don't live near a desert, because I'd love to buy one of these and beat the piss out of it.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:25 PM   #7
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Why BMW doesn't do something like this with it's X5/X6 M I'll never understand.
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:37 PM   #8
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Why BMW doesn't do something like this with it's X5/X6 M I'll never understand.
Bmw owners, off roading? Never!

I'd love to see toyota make a brocoma to compete with the SVT Raptor. Now that would be friggen sweet.
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