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Mopar to offer street-legal Ram Runner kit

by Bill Cawthon on

According to, Mopar will offer a street legal version of the Ram Runner kit first shown last spring at the 44th Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah.

The Ram Runner kit, designed to transform a Ram 1500 pickup into a dune-jumping, fire-breathing desert racer was inspired by the trucks modified for grueling Baja 500 competition. Working with veteran Baja racer Kent Kroeker, Mopar assembled the components needed, including 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. To bring the Ram Runner mods into compliance with the law, Mopar added some equipment like clearance lamps for the flared rear fenders.

According to Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Mopar, the Ram Runner could be a factory option. If there’s enough demand for the kit, customers would be able to order a turn-key Ram Runner through their Ram dealer.

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Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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