Ram 2500 Off-Road Package Creates Heavy-Duty Hauler
Dodge Ram’s accessorization options, which have proliferated in recent years, just became more extensive. You can now order Ram 2500 4×4s with an off-road package assembled to provide greater performance of that model in rough terrain.
Up to 35% of pickup owners operate their vehicles in off-road environments for work, points out Bob Hegbloom of Dodge, explaining the motivation for creating the package options, which include the following.
- Large front tow hooks.
- Larger fender flares to contain debris coming off tires.
- A transfer case skid plate to prevent underbody strike damage.
- A specially designed shock absorber, the Bilstein monotube, which is employed on all four tires. These performance shocks are tuned specifically for the weight of the truck and take advantage of the exclusive five-link coil rear suspension system on the Ram 2500, adding further control to the axle.
- Firestone LT 275/70R 18E OWL on/off-road tires that provide additional traction. These particular tires are designed to clean themselves better than on-road tires by allowing dirt or debris in the tread to break free under rotation.
- Hill-descent control, borrowed from the Ram Power Wagon. This allows you to control speed down steep, rugged grades with the buttons on the column shifter without the need for throttle or brake pedals.
- A rear antispin differential, which turns both rear wheels in tandem when increased torque is applied. The design automatically unlocks the differential for normal on-road driving, allowing the wheels to spin independently for improved driveability.
The off-road package is an option only available in Crew Cab (6.4- or 8-foot box) and Mega Cab (6.4-foot box) Ram 2500 models equipped with gas or diesel engines and short- or long-wheelbase models. The option is also available on all Ram trim levels, including Tradesman, SLT, Big Horn, Lone Star, Outdoorsman, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.
Spec It Out: Ram 2500 power train
- The standard engine is a 5.7-liter gas V-8 Hemi model VVT rated at 383 hp. and 400 ft.-lbs. of torque.
- Optional engines include the 6.4-liter gas V-8 Hemi model MDS rated at 410 hp. and 429 ft.-lbs. of torque or the 6.7-liter diesel Cummins model 16 with 370 hp. and 800 ft.-lbs. of torque.
- The standard transmission is a six-speed model 66RFE automatic.
- Optional transmissions include the six-speed automatic model 68RFE and the six-speed manual model G56.
- 3.73 axle (standard)
- 3.42 or 4.10 rear axle (optional)
Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings
- 9,000 pounds (standard)
- 10,000 pounds (optional)
- 180-, 220-, 380-, or 440-amp outputs (the latter two are dual alternator setups)