On this episode of Ram Rebel Rouser, we give the truck a suspension lift and larger tires for more capability and a whole new look. Did we succeed in making the Rebel Rouser look like the Ford Raptor?
Of course, this project is not all about looks. The additional ground clearance and rear axle travel should improve the truck’s RTI score.
Rebel Rouser – Stage 1
If you have been following this series, you already know that Stage 1 of this project included many Mopar performance parts. The truck gained a whole new attitude with the performance exhaust sound. The off-road running boards, the beadlock-capable wheels, and the RamBar / LED lights add looks and function.
Here is the parts list:
- 82215259AB – Beadlock Wheels : $425 each
- 82215508AB – Off-Road Running Boards for Crew Cab : $995
- 82215959 – RamBar : $995
- 82215274AB – 5″ LED Off-Road Lights : $595
- 82216127AA – Light Brackets : $70
- 77072428 – Cold Air Intake : $925
- 77072520AA – Cat-Back Exhaust : $1710
- 82215534AB – Sport Hood Graphics : $100
Big thanks to Johnson Auto Plaza for installing the parts.
Rebel Rouser – Stage 2
There is still room for improvement. The Rebel (with steel suspension / not air) needs more ground clearance and better approach/departure angles. This is precisely what Stage 2 is all about.
We are using the first pre-production 2019 Ram 1500 Falcon Tow/Haul performance shocks to get a 2-inch front leveling lift. The rear does not get a suspension lift, but the Falcon shocks offer a longer travel and better rear axle articulation. The rear shocks are manually adjustable for stiffness: softer for off-road performance, and stiffer for towing or hauling heavy loads.
The 35-inch Toyo Open Country AT-II tires should provide superior grip and additional clearance. In the end, the suspension lift allowed us to not have to cut anything on the truck to allow for tire clearance. We now have a Rebel on 35s (the truck comes with 33-inch tall tires from the factory).
The Falcon shocks for the new 2019 Ram 1500 are not on sale yet, but existing generation shocks retail for around $1,500.
The price of the Toyo Open Country AT-II tires vary depending on where you buy them.
Indeed, when we put the modified truck in the RTI ramp – the suspension articulation score improved significantly from 378 stock to 412 modified.