The Mopar Ram Runner taking flight

Mopar Ram Runner beats the Ford SVT Raptor heads up

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The folks at PickupTrucks.com recently took a production Ford SVT Raptor F150 and a Ram 1500 fitted with the Mopar Ram Runner package to a state park in southeastern California for the ultimate off-road head to head challenge dubbed the Duel in the Desert and when the dust settled – the Mopar Ram Runner proved itself as the better off-road truck.

PickupTrucks.com took the Ram Runner and the SVT Raptor to the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) in California, bringing along veteran SCORE International Off-Road Racing Series Trophy Truck racer Chad Ragland. The team put together a 4.73 mile course that took the two trucks through a brutal off-road layout that featured everything from ruts and jumps of various sizes to some higher speed areas, with Ragland tearing through the desert terrain while being timed. In the end, the Ram 1500 turned Mopar Ram Runner claimed the title at the Duel in the Desert with a time of 6 minutes and 25 seconds – 33 seconds better than the time turned in by the SVT Raptor F150.

The Mopar Ram Runner was at its best in the worst conditions, with the modified Ram 1500 besting the Raptor by 10 seconds in the first stage which was named “Ruts and Jumps” while beating the Raptor by an impressive 24.8 seconds in the final stage named “Final Bumps”. On the other hand, the Ford SVT Raptor F150 was the better truck in areas that required more handling capacities and all-out speed (although not by very much), with the Raptor beating the Ram Runner in the second stage named “From Road to Wash” by just one tenth of a second and besting the Ram in the third stage named “River Wash Run” by 1.6 seconds. Each truck was taken through the course four times and Ragland turned in his best times of the day in both trucks during the final lap – with the Ram Runner turning in a best lap that was 33 seconds faster than the Raptor’s best lap.

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In your comparison of price, you ignore the labor involved in swapping all those parts and the cost of wheels and tires. Most people do not plan on finishing the assembly of their new vehicle when they buy it. It's funny that PickupTrucks.com picked the Ram, when the professional off-road racer, Ragland, picked the Raptor. He talked about how integrated the package was, with the software that helps the Raptor do so well. If I wanted the bigger shocks on the Ram, I'd buy the SVT and buy the Raptor Performance Group Stage IV package. Then I'd still have the fantastic Raptor seats and the integrated design. I actually own a Dodge ¾-ton 4WD and two Ford ¾-ton 4WD pickups, so it is not brand loyalty. The RamRunner is built more for rock-crawling. The Raptor is built for hustling down washboard dirt roads. Different tools for different jobs.
"svt raptor and 'fitted RAM 1500"...wtf...go scratch. Call me when you show up w/ a valid comparison. Then i'd be honored to read about a competitor. All you did was make me realize how inadequate your 'news' organization is. One must learn to pick your battles...and this was fundamentally the wrong one. You've lost a reader.
Too bad you fail to also mention that the Raptor is an off road truck with factory parts where as Dodge is too scared to manufacture their own off road parts because they know they suck and it will break. Put the same type of parts on an F150 and I bet the results would be a lot different.
I recently bought a White 2012 Ram 1500 Sport and installed the entire Ram Runner Kit by myself. I live near Edmonton, AB and work as a welder, so cutting and welding shock mounts were easy and are perfectly done, it took 60 hrs and i saved a shit load of cash in the process. I ended up spending the extra on a set of custom beadlock Method Race Wheels in BJ Baldwin Green with Goodyear Duratraks. The truck is truly amazing on highway and at the same time you can hang a sharp left into a ditch @70mph to pass a slow moving Ford Raptor.... haha good times!
Have you tried to tow anything with your RR? Put anything significantly heavy in the bed? I am considering the kit on my 2012 but don't want to lose any functionality.
This is to the people who didnt thank this review was fair. Your right. It was'nt. The Dodge has an aftermarket suspension lift. Fords is factory. So I give it to ford. Ford 6.2L Supercharged V8 411HP sounds great but what about a Normaly asperated 5.7L 395HP Hemi. Now that's impressive. Less cubic inches and only giving up 16HP. That's awsome!!! Guess Dodge should put the 6.2L Supercharged Hemi in this Ram Runner. Its Only got 707HP. Oh yeah and that's from Dodge. Not aftermarket!!! Does this sound fair enough. I thank so. Both motor's are 6.2L both are supercharged. What's not fair about that? I have a 2015 Ram1500 Quad 4x4 and am all ready saving for the 6.2L Hellcat motor for my truck. I can all ready out run the Ford Raptor thanks to the 3.92 Gears and the 8spd auto. So I can't wait to add the 6.2L Hemi with the supercharger. You know so the Raptor vs Ramrunner would be more fair.

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