Wednesday, February 10, 2016

4×4 Off-Road Packages for All! Ram Announces New Gear for All 2500 Pickups


While the bulk of the excitement on the Ram stand at the 2016 Chicago auto show may have centered around the new-for-2017 Power Wagon, the truck maker also had a little news for 2500 HD buyers interested in improved off-road chops without going full gonzo for the Power Wagon. Called, somewhat obviously, the Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4×4 Off-Road Package, it groups together some of the most popular and useful off-road options to ensure the components have a sympatico relationship with each other and to simplify the ordering process.

Starting with the exterior, Firestone on/off-road tires (275/70R size with 18-inch wheels or 285/60R with 20-inch wheels, selection dependent on trim level and options) roll under larger fender flares in black or body color. Up front is a pair of large tow hooks, while big “4X4 OFF ROAD” decal resides on the rear of the bed.


Off-road hardware upgrades include Bilstein monotube dampers and a rear “anti-spin” differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied, yet automatically unlocks for normal on-road driving. A skid plate protects the transfer case, which is lowest mid-point of the truck.

The package also brings hill-decent control as standard. Essentially a speed governor for the steep downhill terrain, it gives the driver’s feet a rest from finessing the brake and accelerator pedals. We tried a similar setup in the Ram Rebel 1500 and came away impressed.

The Ram 2500 4×4 Off-Road Package doesn’t tie buyers down to one or two body styles or trim levels. It’s available on all Ram models (Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn/Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited), and buyers can opt for either Crew Cab and Mega Cab models, gasoline or diesel power, and their choice of a short or long wheelbase. Look for the Ram 2500 4×4 Off-road Package to hit dealers in the third quarter of 2016.

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