Previewed last summer as a fully-engineered one-off that wowed the faithful at the 2010 Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, the raging Mopar Ram Runner re-emerged in Detroit along with news that all its sexy off-road-only body and suspension bits were now heading into the Mopar pipeline. Inspired by Baja-style desert racing -- and unquestionably by the existence of the awesome Ford Raptor X -- the new Ram Runner component sets are designed for use on any Ram 1500 pickup, but strictly in an off-road capacity.
In addition to the Stage One Pre-Runner Suspension kit priced at $3,129, Mopar will offer a take-no-prisoners Stage Two Ram Runner Suspension that costs a lofty $13,270 plus installation but includes everything from revamped track-expanding control arms and beefier splined axles to variable-rate coil springs and a set of Fox Racing Shox with remote-reservoir dampers. The Mopar upgrade menu also features a variety of custom exterior bits including trick fiberglass fenders, a performance hood, special front bumper and a tubular rear tire carrier as well as a cold-air intake package and cat-back exhaust.
Mopar plans to start turning out Ram Runner component kits in March. As originally indicated, none of the hardware is covered under terms of the vehicle's factory warranty. Individuals will be able buy individual parts and kits to install themselves or have the work done by an authorized Chrysler/Mopar deals.